Director of Sensible BC, the Medicinal Cannabis Dispensary and Overgrow Canada
Dana Larsen serves as Director of the <a href="http://cannabisdispensary.ca" rel="nofollow">Medicinal Cannabis Dispensary</a>, the <a href="http://sensiblebc.ca" rel="nofollow">Sensible BC</a> Campaign for Marijuana Reform, and the <a href="http://OvergrowCanada.com/" rel="nofollow">Overgrow Canada</a> five million cannabis seed giveaway. <br> <br> Dana Larsen is also author of books including <a href="http://greenbudsandhash.com" rel="nofollow">The Illustrated History of Cannabis in Canada, Hairy Pothead and the Marijuana Stone, The Pie-Eyed Piper, and Green Buds and Hash.</a>
If big corporate events are feeling the squeeze, how can any smaller community event without corporate sponsorship possibly hope to keep up?
Treating cannabis as a dangerous and deviant, while treating alcohol as normal and beneficial, is just bad policy and bad advice.
06/27/2017 11:59 EDT
While newspapers fall over themselves to be scandalized by 100 grand going towards policing 4/20 once a year, they are silent about the much bigger expense of fighting the pointless war against cannabis. The fact is that Vancouver's cannabis activists have saved the city many millions of dollars over the years.
06/02/2017 11:12 EDT
For the past 23 years, every 4/20 has been bigger than the last. Despite artificial controversy drummed up by the corporate media and hostile politicians, the fact is that 4/20 is a beloved civic event with widespread support and a broad base of participation.
05/30/2017 10:06 EDT
Considering how important cannabis is to our province in every way, it's surprising that legalization hasn't been a bigger topic in this election. Legalization could be a big boon for B.C., or it could be a devastating blow to our provincial economy. We need a premier who will get it right.
05/05/2017 11:06 EDT
Two major studies in the US have found that the states which have cannabis dispensaries have much lower rates of opioid use and deaths. This makes sense, because cannabis is often used as a pain reliever, just like opioids are. When people have easy access to a safer pain-reliever, cannabis, they are less likely to use the more risky one, opioids.
03/16/2017 08:55 EDT
The way the media and government treats the idea of minors and cannabis or minors and alcohol is very different. When a dispensary is alleged to have sold some cannabis to a minor, they face a police raid and harsh commentary in the media. But the daily sales to minors from liquor outlets is not treated like a big deal at all.
03/15/2017 10:29 EDT
Considering this justice system crisis, cannabis should obviously be the lowest priority for police and the courts, but it's not. Not only are police launching more raids against dispensaries than ever before, but ridiculous charges for small-scale "cannabis crimes" are continuing from coast to coast.
03/13/2017 03:39 EDT
Since Justin Trudeau became Prime Minister, I estimate that there have been over 56,000 "police reported incidents" of cannabis possession in Canada. Note that these are not cases where people are being arrested for a more serious crime, and the police also find a joint in their pocket. These are "federal statute incidents reported by police, by most serious offence." So in all these "incidents," cannabis possession was the most serious "crime" being committed.
02/23/2017 09:41 EST
These bylaws are so restrictive because they were written under the shadow of the Harper government. Now that we have the Liberals in power, and with such clear opposition to the current bylaws from the people of Vancouver, it is time for Mayor Gregor Robertson and Vision Vancouver to rethink their plan.
06/20/2016 02:57 EDT
As Canada moves towards legalization, it's good to remember how we got here. It is civil disobedience against the unjust pot prohibition laws that has gotten us to the verge of legalization. We must keep up that momentum as we enter into the final stretch of our cannabis campaign.
03/16/2016 12:15 EDT
In Nunavut and the North West Territories, about one per cent of the population gets arrested for a cannabis offence every year. That is an astoundingly high rate of arrests, especially when compared with cities like Vancouver, where such arrests are very rare. So, why continue to criminalize possession in some parts of the country and not others?
03/09/2016 12:13 EST
Ending cannabis prohibition must also make right the mistakes of the past. When we legalize cannabis we must not forget those who are still in jail now for cannabis, or the many Canadians with cannabis criminal records. We want a quick and easy process for Canadians to apply to have their cannabis criminal records expunged.
03/02/2016 11:56 EST
What started with a handful of people at Victory Square Park on April 20, 1995, has organically grown into one of Vancouver's largest and most well-known civic events. Last year, Vancouver's 420 celebration brought in upwards of 40,000 people to the Art Gallery grounds throughout the day.
02/16/2016 09:48 EST
Before premiers, liquor unions and corporations start falling all over each other in an effort to cash in on legal cannabis sales, let's remember the real reasons we should be ending cannabis prohibition in Canada.
12/29/2015 02:07 EST
An apology is what Canada's cannabis culture wants and deserves. Without a formal recognition that the war on cannabis has been a century-long mistake, we will never be able to truly heal from this dark part of our history.
11/02/2015 02:38 EST
If home cultivation is not allowed, then cannabis is not truly legalized in Canada. Canadians must have at least as much right to grow their own cannabis as they do to brew their own beer and wine.
10/29/2015 05:47 EDT
Legalization of cannabis is coming to Canada! Let's make sure we do it right.
10/21/2015 01:58 EDT
Gay Pride used to be controversial too, but nowadays every politician wants to be at the front of the parade.
07/13/2015 02:18 EDT
Instead of being laughed off as a silly mistake, this deserves serious scrutiny. Where there is one mistake caught only by a fluke, there are probably many more that didn't get noticed. Harper's cannabis crackdown means that our courts are steadily processing more and more small-time cannabis cases. As these cases clog the system, judges will find themselves even more pressed to deal with them quickly, and be paying even less attention to the specific details in each case. These kinds of sentencing mistakes will only happen more often.
02/04/2015 12:53 EST
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