Published On: Fri, Apr 8th, 2016

Seeds of discontent: Vancouver-based pot activist charged on Calgary leg of nationwide tour



A pot activist’s nationwide seed-giveaway tour hit a snag at a Calgary hotel where police slapped him with a pair of drug charges.

Dana Larsen, 44, of Vancouver, was charged Wednesday with one count of trafficking marijuana and one count of possession for the purpose of trafficking. He was later released from custody and is expected to appear in court on May 18.

The incident took place at the Days Inn in the 3800 block of Macleod Tr. as Larsen’s Overgrow Canada event, dubbed “Free Marijuana – Overgrow the Government Tour,” made its stop in Calgary, the second of 14 cities in the tour.

“Despite a high profile presence of uniformed police officers, a rally organizer began distributing marijuana seeds to members of the audience. As the seeds ran out, a man went to a van to retrieve more stock, at which time he was arrested and taken into custody,” police said in a statement.

Police say as the man was being arrested, the audience left the hotel – led by the event organizer – to watch.

“A Calgary Police Service inspector spoke to the organizer of the event, who chose to then distribute more seed packages. The event organizer was subsequently arrested and taken into custody without incident,” police added.

The first man arrested was later released without charges.

Officers searched the van belonging to the event organizer and seized 119 grams of marijuana, as well as 1,097 grams of marijuana seeds and a small amount of cannabis resin and oil.

On the Overgrow Canada website, Larsen said he was giving away seeds as part of what he called the largest civil disobedience campaign in Canada’s history.

He said it could be years before the Liberal government comes up with new rules, regulations, permits, and punishments for legal cannabis.

“We must not wait around to see if maybe Trudeau will be kind enough to let us grow a few cannabis plants at home. We must seize the moment, seize our freedom and plant our victory gardens!” he wrote, urging Canadians to plant the seeds on balconies, windowsills, in front or backyards, “into the fresh air where they belong.”

“A seed, some soil, sunlight and water. That is how we will finally end cannabis prohibition. I hope you will join me in planting the seeds of freedom from coast to coast!”

Police say under the Canadian Controlled Drugs and Substances Act it’s illegal to traffic marijuana regardless of whether it has been paid for.


News Source CalgarySun

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