A petition to decriminalize marijuana is now underway in Nanaimo.
The Sensible B.C. campaign needs the signatures of 10 per cent of every registered voter in the province to force a referendum on pot decriminalization. The campaign has broad support, including from four former attorney generals, who consider the enforcement and legal costs of illegal pot possession an unnecessary waste of taxpayer resources.
In Nanaimo, canvassers have their work cut out for them. They need signatures from voters in three constituencies: Nanaimo, Nanaimo-North Cowichan and Parksville-Qualicum. That challenge doesn't faze organizers.
"We've got a great team, we've got volunteers in Parksville, Qualicum Beach and Nanaimo," said Dana Larsen, Sensible B.C. director.
Locally, organizers had trouble finding enough canvassers over the summer, but Larsen is now "pretty confident" the Nanaimo campaign will succeed.
Larsen said while some people believe the harm from marijuana is minimal, even those who think it's dangerous have to realize banning the drug won't stop it being used.
"We're simply criminalizing people who at worst make a bad health choice," Larsen said.
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