Dana Larsen

B.C. Medical Marijuana Company Implodes On Twitter

Dana Larsen | Posted 11.05.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Dana Larsen

This week, MediJean CEO Jean Chiasson began tweet-attacking his business partners, accusing their breeder of theft, and threatening to sue Health Canada and the RCMP. The next day he deleted all of those tweets and claimed his account had been hacked, even as he confirmed the posts' basic accuracy.

Attention Hemp Farmers: I Will Buy Your Hash!

Dana Larsen | Posted 09.14.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Dana Larsen

I believe we should get that process started now, instead of waiting for the laws to catch up. The sick and dying people who need cannabis medicines don't have time to wait for the government and Health Canada to get their act together.

Sensible BC Has Big Plans For The Coming Year

Dana Larsen | Posted 07.12.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Dana Larsen

Sensible BC has become Canada's largest cannabis reform organization. Our focus for 2014 will be building our network and organization, keeping our issue in the media, fighting several legal challenges, and working towards the municipal elections coming this November.

B.C. Pot Campaign Races Against Time

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 11.08.2013 | Canada British Columbia

The Sensible BC petition is entering its final month with less than half the signatures it needs to force a referendum on decriminalizing marijuana, a...

Are The Wheels Off The Cannabus?

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 10.12.2013 | Canada British Columbia

Sensible BC needs to bounce back from a slack start. The campaign that is pushing for a referendum on decriminalizing marijuana has only collected ...

Sensible BC Complains Of Transit Interference

The Huffington Post B.C. | Jesse Ferreras | Posted 10.02.2013 | Canada British Columbia

Sensible BC leader Dana Larsen has filed a complaint with Elections BC alleging that TransLink staff and transit police are preventing campaigners fro...

Prominent Activists Disown Pot Petition

The Huffington Post B.C. | Jesse Ferreras | Posted 09.09.2013 | Canada British Columbia

You could hear a penny drop Wednesday night at the Renfrew Community Centre. There sat Dana Larsen, leader of the Sensible BC petition to decrimina...

Ticketing Tokers Is No Pro-Pot Policy

Dana Larsen | Posted 11.05.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Dana Larsen

Right now the RCMP lay about 60,000 charges annually for marijuana possession across Canada, while they let about four times as many people found with pot off with a warning. When the police talk about tickets for possession, they're not talking about reducing the number of charges, they're talking about finding a more efficient way to punish the hundreds of thousands of people they're currently letting go.

Toking Talk Boosts B.C. Pot Campaign

The Huffington Post B.C. | Jesse Ferreras | Posted 08.29.2013 | Canada British Columbia

Gregor Robertson. Kathleen Wynne. Rob Ford. The list of politicians joining Justin Trudeau in admitting to smoking marijuana continues to grow. Which ...

'Just Leave Pot Smokers Alone'

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 08.22.2013 | Canada British Columbia

Dana Larsen, the man at the head of a B.C. campaign to force a provincial marijuana referendum, thinks a proposal to ticket Canadian pot smokers is a ...

Fighting A Stoner Stigma

The Huffington Post B.C. | Jesse Ferreras | Posted 08.11.2013 | Canada British Columbia

Dana Larsen isn't just fighting Canada's pot laws; he's also facing down a social stigma that makes it challenging for people to stand up for the Sens...

Sensible B.C. Has More $$$ In The Bank Than People

The Huffington Post B.C. | Jesse Ferreras | Posted 08.01.2013 | Canada British Columbia

Sensible B.C. has at least $200,000 in the bank as organizer Dana Larsen sets out on a province-wide tour to sign up canvassers who will help him push...

Pot Petition Calls Out To Grass Roots

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 07.23.2013 | Canada British Columbia

Dana Larsen's Sensible B.C. campaign is getting down to business as organizers behind the initiative to force a vote on decriminalizing marijuana held...

Rallying The Troops

CBC | Posted 09.22.2013 | Canada British Columbia

A new group pushing for the non-enforcement of marijuana laws and appealing to the federal government for decriminalization held its first organizing ...

Petition For New Pot Laws Approved in B.C.

CP | James Keller, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.10.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - A British Columbia pot activist has received the green light to press ahead with a petition that, if successful, would force the provincia...

People Power Can Change the Pot Laws in B.C.

Dana Larsen | Posted 09.07.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Dana Larsen

We've written a law, called the Sensible Policing Act, which has already been approved by Elections BC. This law will make a first step towards legalization, by stopping arrests for marijuana possession, and focusing police resources on fighting real crime. This campaign does not rely on the whims of politicians. We can do this ourselves, with people power. But it isn't easy to get on the ballot so that we can have a marijuana referendum. We will need to collect over half a million signatures, from registered voters all across B.C., just like they did to stop the HST.

Bye Bye To Bong Shops?

Dana Larsen | Posted 08.23.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Dana Larsen

The RCMP have been focusing more on small-time marijuana arrests since Stephen Harper became Prime Minister. RCMP arrests for marijuana possession are up 40% across Canada, and have more than doubled in B.C. Also increasing in frequency are the raids and harassment of bong shops. This trend will continue, unless we put a stop to it. We need one of these store owners to stand up to the police, to go to court and challenge the foundation of this unconstitutional law.

Marijuana: To Decriminalize or Legalize?

Dana Larsen | Posted 08.13.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Dana Larsen

Although we can all agree that marijuana prohibition has failed, there is not full agreement on how exactly to legalize and regulate it. We still have to answer some important questions. Should people be allowed to grow their own marijuana? If so, how much? Should marijuana be sold in stores? What kinds of taxes should there be? Should there be taxes on medical marijuana products? What about extracts and foods? What is the best age limit? Before we can put a legalized system in place, we need to have the answers to these kinds of questions.

How To Decriminalize Marijuana

Dana Larsen | Posted 08.09.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Dana Larsen

Did you know that B.C. can decriminalize marijuana? Indeed, any Canadian province could decriminalize marijuana possession at any time. Provinces have all kinds of legal options when it comes to dealing with possession of marijuana. We know what the RCMP's preferred option is: more arrests and more charges for marijuana possession. The RCMP have increased marijuana possession charges across Canada by about 30 per cent since Harper came to power. In B.C. the increase has been the greatest: there was a 211 per cent increase in pot possession charges between 2005 and 2011.

Jesse Ferreras

Legalizing Weed In B.C.

HuffingtonPost.com | Jesse Ferreras | Posted 05.10.2013 | Canada British Columbia

April 20, 2013. The air around the Vancouver Art Gallery is thick with pot smoke. It's the annual 4/20 rally, once a fringe event whose attendance ...

It's Adrian Dix's Destiny to Legalize Marijuana

Dana Larsen | Posted 06.20.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Dana Larsen

He may not know it yet, but Adrian Dix will be the Premier who presides over the decriminalization and then legalization of marijuana in BC. The reason I know this is because of the 420 Code. Although Dix isn't particularly pro-pot, he does say he supports decriminalization. It's not an issue he feels comfortable talking about and usually he takes the easy route and passes the buck to the federal government.

B.C. Super Bowl Contest Winner's Trip Goes To Pot

CBC | Posted 04.05.2013 | Canada British Columbia

A Vancouver Island man who won an all-expenses-paid trip to the Super Bowl in New Orleans has been refused entry into the U.S. because of a marijuana ...

B.C. Pot Petition Up In Smoke

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.21.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - A B.C. marijuana activist has withdrawn his petition to decriminalize pot, saying he will spend the next 10 months gathering volunteers an...

B.C. NDP Leader: Balanced Budget Laws? Gone

CBC | Posted 11.27.2012 | Canada British Columbia

B.C. NDP Leader Adrian Dix delivered a key address to hundreds of municipal politicians from around the province Thursday morning at the Union of B.C....

90 Days Could Change B.C.'s Pot Laws

CP | Keven Drews, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.20.2012 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - One of British Columbia's leading marijuana advocates says he's going to raise an army of well-trained, disciplined volunteers for his eff...