Marijuana Activist, Dana Larsen in Bedford Monday to Promote Legalization

Article by The Chronicle Herald

Marijuana activist, Dana Larsen in Bedford Monday to promote legalization

Dana Larsen’s “quiet revolution” envisions more and more Canadians growing pot until the laws prohibiting it are unenforceable.

The Vancouver cannabis activist and author will be in Bedford at the Legion Hall (1772 Bedford Highway) on Monday from 7-9 p.m. to dispense advice, solutions to the crisis of fentanyl and other opioids — and maybe even a few cannabis seeds. Larsen is the founder of the Overgrow Canada campaign and distributed more than 2.3 million cannabis seeds in spring 2016. He’s doing a larger seed giveaway now, which started in January.

“We don’t want to overthrow the government, we want to ‘overgrow’ the the government,” he said in a phone interview from his St. John’s stop on a trans-Canada tour.

That strategy has worked with the proliferation of the sale of bongs and pipes, beginning in the 1980s, he said, citing seed banks and medical dispensaries as other “overgrowth” wins.

Disobedient growers

“We’ve overgrown the government in all these areas. Growing cannabis openly and freely to me is the final phase of overgrowing the government,” he said.

Larsen said Canada is close to legalization thanks to civil disobedience.

He envisions the eventual proliferation of thousands of microgroweries, much like microbreweries.

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