VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Organizers in the push to decriminalize marijuana are looking to a the recent success of a similar campaign here in BC.
Dana Larsen with Sensible BC says they’re using Fight HST’s campaign as a template for their cause. But he says the anti-tax campaign had a key advantage.
“They had a former premier on-board and they had a lot of organizational infrastructure in place when they began. We’ve had to build on our own, so we’ve really taken a longer-term approach… We’ve had a kind of a different path to go, I guess,” he explains.
“But ultimately, it’s the same kind of thing. You’ve got to find a lot of people out there who believe in this and want to devote some time and energy to it. We have to be really organized in order to make sure we have folks in every district to make this dream a reality.”
Larsen notes unlike the controversial tax, the marijuana issue has a big stigma attached to it.
“We have people who are worried that if they volunteer, they might get in trouble with their employer, they’ll be judged in their community if people think they’re a marijuana user or something like that. That’s something we have to struggle with,” he explains.
Sensible BC needs to get signatures from 10 per cent of all registered voters in each of BC’s ridings to push a referendum.