Vernon Mayor Rob Sawatzky signs onto the SensibleBC petition for a marijuana referendum while Vernon-Monashee organizer Boyd Goble watches. There is an educational forum tonight at the Fairfield Inn and Suites (Swan Lake meeting room) from 7 to 9 p.m. with guest speakers including Dana Larson

Vernon Mayor Rob Sawatzky signs onto the SensibleBC petition for a marijuana referendum while Vernon-Monashee organizer Boyd Goble watches. There is an educational forum tonight at the Fairfield Inn and Suites (Swan Lake meeting room) from 7 to 9 p.m. with guest speakers including Dana Larson

Sensible BC hosts forum on cannabis

Dana Larsen among speakers for forum tonight at Fairfield Inn and Suites

  • Nov. 28, 2013 11:00 a.m.

With just one week to go to collect sufficient support for its cannabis campaign, Sensible BC is bringing the facts to town tonight.

Vernon-Monashee campaign organizers are hosting an education forum at the Fairfield Inn and Suites tonight from 7 to 9 p.m. (in the Swan Lake Meeting Room).

Everyone is welcome to attend the limited seating event which will feature the following guest speakers: Dana Larsen, Sensible BC director; David Kennedy, retired MD and member of Stop the Violence BC; The Herbal-Health Centre and several testimonials.

In order to be successful, Sensible BC needs the signatures of 10 per cent of registered voters in each riding (approximately 4,200 for the Vernon-Monashee riding) by Dec. 5. Although that number has been reached in some neighbouring jurisdictions such as Penticton, Vernon-Monashee has obtained approximately 60 per cent of the required signatures.

If organizers can collect the more than 400,000 signatures from across B.C. by Dec. 5 then a referendum to decriminalize marijuana possession will take place in 2014.