Marijuana activist Dana Larsen sparks up B.C. NDP leadership race

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Would you like to see Dana Larsen become leader of the B.C. NDP?

Yes 60%
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Pot activist Dana Larsen has officially launched the first campaign to become the next B.C. New Democrat leader.

Larsen announced his candidacy today (December 29) during a news conference in Vancouver.

He said his campaign will focus on democracy, sustainability, social justice, and getting smart on crime.

He said he will offer a "real alternative choice" in the leadership contest.

Larsen is well-known as a vocal supporter of marijuana legalization. He helped found Cannabis Culture Magazine and the Vancouver Medicinal Cannabis Dispensary.

In 2008, he stepped down as a candidate for the federal NDP in the West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky Country riding when video footage surfaced of him taking LSD and smoking marijuana.

The provincial NDP is set to select a successor for outgoing leader Carole James during a one-member, one-vote election on April 17.

In early December, James announced she would be stepping down as provincial party leader after seven years in the role.

Her decision came amid an increasingly public dispute among NDP MLAs over her leadership.

Other potential leadership candidates have also recently emerged. They include B.C. NDP MLAs Adrian Dix, Mike Farnworth, and Bruce Ralston, as well as B.C. NDP MP Peter Julian.

You can follow Stephen Thomson on Twitter at twitter.com/thomsonstraight.


Dana Larsen announces his B.C. NDP leadership bid.

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Christy Clark Fan
Thank you Dana for running. You bring energy and dynamism and idealism to a dying oppo party... I'm not sure though the ideas are what people want as much as a certain pair of political parties - one to win, one to believe.

Kinda cryptic but I trust you'll figure it out.
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Bob Jones
If this is Cheech who's gonna be Chong?
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Bruno15
Stephen, how long did it take you to come up with the headline for this story?
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Memories of 2008
" ... the first protoplasm in the universe!"

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Akat
"Let's rejuvenate the NDP with a leadership campaign," she said.

I'm hard pressed to understand how this candidate would do better in a general election than Carole James.

Jenny Kwan has a lot of explaining to do.
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Birdy
I wouldn't write Dana off, stranger things have happened. Just last week Pat Robertson came out of the (pot) closet. Considering the way Global and CTV have been attacking him all bloody morning, the fake left/right system seems like it might be a little afraid of him, hence the preemptive strike. Unlike Christy Clark, Mike Farnworth and The Falcon, he seems to actually say stuff while he talks. Which is why the TV isn't showing any footage of him talking, just smoking.

Mentioning "sustainability, social justice" as part of his campaign's focus is going to cost him a lot of libertarian/conservative votes though. I'm not sure if progressives will go for him even with the open pandering, as progressives seem intent on solidifying themselves as corporate greenwashed undemocratic tax-loving nannystate prohibitionists.

Lastly, enough with the "video footage surfaced of him taking LSD and smoking marijuana." nonsense. NOTHING 'SURFACED' it was on his weekly show Weedy Wednesday on Pot-TV. No secrets were involved, no one was trying to hide anything. It was on the same network where Jack Layton declared he supported recreational marijuana. So stop trying to make it look like he's got something to hide.
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Ziggles
He doesn't have a chance in hell in getting the votes he'd need.
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shavluk
From what I heard you again already blew it???

Please stop the stupidity of trying to address every drug instead of staying with what the majority of us condone and that is BC CANNABIS

You will continue to kill our support by trying to represent the small group who wish to address all drugs

I will run against you myself if this continues


I say right here and right now that the issue should be addressed by so called leader candidates

And this province has a unique situation because of how it entered "confederation" and can re-legalize and regulate cannabis tomorrow if it wishes

As Trudeau said he would never re-legalize cannabis because those people can not be controlled .......

Think about that ......the government could not control people

This is the mind set you are fighting

Adian Dix is a rabid prohibitionist and like Harmsworth

We will get our harms worth out of him ..no doubt


I respect the fact that you are standing because some one should but if I hear one more story about opium or coca or LSD etc

I tell you right now and here I WILL RUN AGAINST YOU MYSELF


The ndp is not a head shop nor a pretend compassion club where you pimp pot like your fake hero emery

Quit screwing and adding more stigma to what we already deal with

This shouldn't be and is not about YOU !!!!!


Cheers

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shavluk
I want the issue of BC Cannabis addressed once and for all in the BC NDP PERIOD
I invested an awful lot of time and effort within them and watched their cowardice internally while they pandered for our support

Their national leader wooed our votes and also showed he was actually yellow

and based on United Nations reports BC has the highest concentration of cannabis using voters in the world

Are they citizens with rights or not?
Is alcohol "safer" ...legal?? or illegal??

these are your kids and your taxes

we are paramilitarizing a police force that kills people at airports

I served in Canada's Armed Forces

Am I to be just written off as garbage because I prefer my beer in a joint??

What is the matter with some of you?

The rest of all illegal drugs.....which are all sold and just called pharmacutical names any way and may be delivered differently but hey they are the same drugs...period
And at some point we will decide to actually deal with that sanely as well

But the issue of cannabis must right now stand alone first in the BCNDP


We can not allow them to completely dismiss us and our rights by letting them say cannabis is the same as cocaine or heroin ...that is ridiculous and obviously I agree our present policies toward street prescribed hard drugs are totally wrong misguided and an a front to any sane person in my view by hey ...lots of money exploiting the weak do not forget

Police officers cost on average $75,000 a year

The delta fire man who grew and got caught with 350 plants walked away with house arrest for 5 months ..never lost his job that I know of and certainly not his house...apparently he did 38 waves or crops...then the lady in north van who lost her whole house over 55 plants one time with an MS patient neighbor

Kids in 100 thousand dollar Hummers with hand guns every time the police have a photo op of inflated value drugs
An innocent by stander shot dead on Boxing Day
6 shot in a Surrey high rise
For what???????


I demands some one ...any one...one of these so called leaders in this province to get it through their heads that this issue needs addressing !!

The ndp will loose the next election to some party if they refuse to address re-legalizing and regulating cannabis in BC and they should either come out of the closet or give up any pretension they have cannabis as an issue

Thank you for raising it
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Nunya Biznis
The NDP will let ANYONE run for their party. I know one guy personally who ran in the last election. Zero credibility, education or experience. You want less than mediocre? Vote NDP!
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Martin Dunphy
Nunya Biznis:

In your messianic fervour to seek out articles that mention the NDP, you neglected to notice that you are railing against a two-year-old post.

Have a nice day.
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Nunya Biznis
Thanks Marty, just pointing out what a bunch of useless twats the NDP have been and will continue to be every chance I get.
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West Vancouverite
This is the calibre of candidate the NDP can muster? I, for one, shall be placing my vote with the Liberals or BC Conservatives. The NDP are not a credible for allowing such individuals to run.
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Martin Dunphy
West Vancouverite:

See my comment directly above.

Nunya:

Well, then, help yourself to the archives.
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Nunya Biznis
Why is this showing up in the most commented section on the straight homepage in mid september 2013 Marty?

Anyone but NDP, seriously folks...
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Martin Dunphy
Nunya:

It's a glitch. We expect to have it sorted out in the near future.

In the meantime, all I can suggest is that you check the date at the top of an article when you open it in the "most commented" list.
Some old pieces are showing up there unexpectedly.

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Justicana
It shows up because the us election with the Washington vote . Dix better get off the fence . Harper is a traitor even a turncoat to
His western separtist coalition . What is a household , municipal , provincial issue he turns into big brother while seeking a night hood and the richest fascist he can find to sell out to
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Nunya Biznis
BC politics, what a joke. Who do you want running the zoo? Monkeys or clowns, take your pick. Dunphy,your site is still "glitching", several years later. Actually gettin on towards half a decade now. Amateurish, just like BC politics.

Just say NO to NDP
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Martin Dunphy
Nunchuks:

It is not several years since I advised you. It is several weeks.
And the fix should be made by the end of next week or the beginning of the week following.
Use the date of this posting for reference if you find temporal realities somewhat distracting.
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