Article by Amanda Siebert, The Georgea Straight
Exactly two years ago, the Straight informed our readers that Watermelon would run for mayor in 2023.
She may not have known it then, but the self-proclaimed weed diva, whose local fame stems from selling cannabis-infused cookies and watermelon on Wreck Beach for 22 years, might be getting her political career started a little sooner than she expected.
She’ll run in the City of Vancouver’s October 14 by-election for the councillor position that was vacated by Geoff Meggs, as a candidate for the newly created municipal arm of Sensible BC, a provincial party founded by marijuana advocates including Dana Larsen in 2012.
“We’re creating a Sensible Vancouver party, and trying to get the cannabis community and other communities that feel poorly done by the other parties, to come on board,” Larsen told the Straight earlier this week in a telephone interview.
“Nobody’s really standing up for dispensaries or seeing cannabis as a positive thing in Vancouver, and the current city council wants to shut down 90 percent or more of the existing dispensaries,” he said.
Larsen acknowledged that the status of city council as a Vision Vancouver-led body wouldn’t change, but said he also expected there to be a very low voter turnout.
“This will be more about rallying people and getting them excited than convincing other people, but I’d also like to reach out to other groups,” he said, mentioning e-cigarette users, and consumers that like to occupy vapour lounges and hookah lounges.