Marijuana activist Dana Larsen addressed a crowd of more than 100 people last night during his stop in Kelowna for his OverGrow Canada tour.
The aim of the tour is to give cannabis seeds to the public, so they may grow them as a sign of civil disobedience.
Larsen handed out more than 20,000 seeds during the meeting.
His next stop is in Calgary, where he was previously arrested during his tour last year.
“It was a packed room and there was a lot of enthusiasm so I felt pretty good about the night,” said Larsen. “We got a really good response last year in Kelowna as well.”
He supports marijuana dispensaries in Kelowna and West Kelowna.
“I think the dispensary movement is part of a civil disobedience campaign that has been very successful in changing the enforcement across Canada,” he said. “I think the dispensaries are really saving lives as an alternative for opiates,” adding cannabis is a good pain reliever and could be used for withdrawal symptoms.
Larsen thinks Justin Trudeau’s timeline for legalization is not a realistic goal. “I anticipate dragging this out a long time.”
Larsen will be presenting in Calgary as the last stop on his tour.