Jan 062016
 January 6, 2016
dana larsen marijuana canada

(image via Cannabis Culture)

I have long admired Canadian marijuana activists. I have only been to Canada as a child, well before I was a marijuana consumer and activist. But I have always wanted to travel to Canada and meet a lot of activists that I have admired from afar for a long time now. One of those activists is Dana Larsen. Dana Larsen recently did something that would never fly in America, but is something that I think is fantastic and has been receiving a lot of media buzz.

Dana Larsen recently sent a copy of his book, along with a gram of top shelf medical grade marijuana to almost 200 Canadian politicians. Per Cannabis Culture:

Liberal MPs will soon be getting some interesting and fragrant mail.

Pot activist and former B.C. NDP leadership candidate Dana Larsen is sending a special package to the 184 politicians. The manila envelope contains his and illustrator Patrick Dowers’ new book Cannabis in Canada, the Illustrated History — as well as a gram (approx. $12-$15 worth) of medical-grade marijuana.

“It’s not legal to mail people weed … but most of Canada’s marijuana laws are made to be broken, so that’s just another one,” said Larsen who added he is not worried about any legal backlash for the 6.5 ounces that will be sent out.

That’s a very bold thing to do! Again, if this happened in America the USPS would likely not make the deliveries, and there would be some serious consequences. However, Dana clearly doesn’t seem worried that anything bad will happen to him as a result of his mailings. I think this is a really cool thing to do. I don’t think it’s something that can be done anywhere and everywhere, but I think it will be OK where Mr. Larsen lives. I love his quote, ‘most of Canada’s marijuana laws are made to be broken.’ That deserves to be on bumper stickers and T-shirts!

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  • Closet Warrior

    Been to Toronto and I have to say they have their shit together! It’s clean, friendly, open minded, great food, entertainment, science museums, etc, and don’t forget FREE healthcare and may soon give patients cheap to free mmj as it soon will be part of their pharmaceutical culture, very progressive, Canadians should be proud.

  • JR

    Johnny Green….while new to this comment thread, I am a long admirer of YOUR work! I read this blog everyday and tweet often. I’ve long admired the Canadian activists as well. From the old days of the I-5 smugglers to Emery, Larsen and now Trudeau.

    I’ll gladly nominate The Weed Blog as a modern day American version. Information, and you cover it all, in the age of ignorance is invaluable. Keep up the good work!

  • Nelson Barley

    Hi Guys. I live in Toronto and it ain’t all love and peace here. Last year the police charged over 70,000 people with possession across Canada. This is the largest number ever in Canadian history and it is a hangover from the recently defeated hard right Conservative government of Stephen Harper. Harper tried twice to legislate minimum sentencing laws with respect to pot but failed for technical reasons having to do with legislative scheduling. He made the persecution of pot smokers a high priority item and, while we now have a centrist Liberal government who has pledged to legalize pot (at least during the election), the police are still under the command of Harper appointed brass; they continue to push the hard right agenda. Additionally, any pot legalization laws put through Parliament will have to pass through the Senate before it can become law. The Senate is an appointed body that has been heavily stacked with Conservative loyalists appointed by Harper during his ten years in power. If it happens at all, it is going to be a long road.

    Dana’s very brave gesture will hopefully create some breathing room up here – it is a big shoulders move. If the cops don’t bust him for distribution, they’ll have a hard time going after the rest of us for simple possession, but only time will tell.

    I wouldn’t expect free marijuana under our healthcare system. Only seniors get free drugs and only from a narrow pharmacopoeia – for example things like blood pressure meds are covered but viagra is not.

    • Chris Makey

      Well written, you hit the nail on the head.

      As for legalization, I am with it, BUT, not if the big tobacco companies just take it over and monopolize it. I think people should be able to grow their own, and even grow to sell in regulated stores. I’d go into more detail, but I don’t wish to expose myself for doing anything criminally.