Article by Elianna Lev, Lift News
A Vancouver activist is doling out millions of cannabis seeds across Canada in an attempt to normalize the plant – and the culture – throughout the country.
Dana Larsen is the director of Overgrow Canada, a pro-cannabis campaign launched in 2016 that has included a cross-Canada speaking tour alongside a massive mail-out component. Interested Canadians sign up online and a bag of 100 seeds is shipped to their door. More than seven million seeds have been distributed since the crusade started.
The campaign is largely run by volunteers who sort, package and mail the seeds out across Canada. Larsen won’t reveal where he sources the seeds.
The strain distributed in the campaign is called Freedom Dream, which produce buds that contain around 10 percent CBD and less than 1 percent THC. Larsen says that was an intentional move.
“The goal of this campaign isn’t to give everyone dank nugs they can grow at home, the goal is to plant these seeds in public places to normalize these plants, like any other plant,” he tells Lift News. “There are many plants that grow out there in public places that are toxic, so I don’t see any harm of growing (cannabis plants) anywhere publicly at all.”
Larsen says giving away seeds to Canadians is an attempt to continue to normalize cannabis culture, which is something he’s been focused on doing since before head shops could openly sell cannabis paraphernalia.