Marijuana activist Dana Larsen sparks up B.C. NDP leadership race
Pot activist Dana Larsen has officially launched the first campaign to become the next B.C. New Democrat leader.
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.
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Dana Larsen announces his B.C. NDP leadership bid.