Penticton and South Okanagan
Pot petition sign up halfway point
Oct 26, 2013 / 7:09 am
Penticton canvassers for Sensible BC are stepping up their efforts at the halfway point of the campaign.
Amanda Stewart, the owner of Valley Hemp and area coordinator for the Boundary and Penticton Districts, said they have been taking it to the streets throughout the area in recent weeks.
"We are revving it up, traveling quite a bit to Okanagan Falls and Oliver. Just yesterday, we were at the Twin Lakes store," she said. "And this weekend we are at the Cherry Lane Shopping Centre, then down in Osoyoos."
The goal of the campaign, which started Sept. 9, is to have a referendum on the Sensible Policing Act, which would decriminalize cannabis possession in BC and start the province on the path to a legally regulated system.
To have that referendum , canvassers need to collect 400,000 signatures by Dec. 5., province wide they currently have one third of the signatures needed, but have more than doubled the amount of canvassers, said director Dana Larsen.
Larsen said he is feeling good about the campaign at the halfway point.
"I have good reason to think we can make it, but it will be a lot of hard work," he said.
In Penticton they just passed the 2,000 mark, with a goal of getting 6,000 signatures. So far they have gathered 1,900 in Boundary, with canvassers in Grand Forks getting 100 signatures in four hours on Thursday.
The goal in Boundary is to get 4,500 signatures.
Stewart said she too feels positive, but needs more canvassers at more locations.
"There are 20 canvassers in Penticton, but we need 50," she said. "Part of the problem with canvassers is a lot of the people who are most passionate about this are medicinal marijuana users, who have to gauge on a day to day basis if they can come out."
Stewart said a lot of seniors are lining up to sign the petition.
"They are saying this law should have been changed in the 1970s when they were young, and that this is long overdue," said Stewart.
A man who asked to not be identified, said he was signing it, because he believes the war on drugs is not working.
"To say this is a gateway drug is just stupid," he said. "It's like saying beer is a gateway drug to harder liquor."
Stewart said the passion currently driving her is that many sick and elderly people are suffering because they can't get their medical marijuana.
"That is what is pushing me out the door," she said.
You can sign the petition, every day, at the following locations:
Lockworks, 1256 Main St.
Servicemaster, 2325 Government Street
Valley Hemp, 4143 Skaha Lake Road and 326 Main Street
Dr. Sherry Ure, 451 Martin Street
Krazy Emporium, 135 Westminster
Minute Muffler, 2595 Skaha Lake Road
Yore Video Store, 1815 Main Street, Osoyoos
Summerland post office
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