A Green, an NDP, a Liberal, and a Conservative all agree on the same point: the province needs to decriminalize marijuana and start a discussion on the recreational drug.
Former Maple Ridge councillor and NDP candidate Craig Speirs is heading up the Sensible BC petition locally to collect signatures from 10 per cent of registered voters across the province asking the provincial government to hold a referendum on decriminalizing marijuana.
Speirs summarized the question that the referendum would ask: “Is it reasonable to make people criminals who possess a small amount of marijuana?”
The campaign officially kicked off on Monday, and, in Maple Ridge, the headquarters will be at The Always Growing Green Society (TAGGS), a medical marijuana dispensary, on 224th Street.
The campaign is twofold, Speirs said, asking for a referendum on decriminalizing marijuana, but also starting a dialogue on where society is going with its drug laws.
Alex Pope, who is a federal Liberal but ran in the recent provincial election under the Green Party banner, said he’s never smoked marijuana, but he believes using pot is a “personal choice.”
“Give people a personal choice and don’t turn them into criminals,” he said.
Organizers have 90 days to collect the signatures, and Speirs said they are aiming locally to have 15 per cent of voters sign in. He estimated that is about 3,500 voters.
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