If things work right for Canada, they could be rolling and smoking legally purchased bud by the time America gets its next President. The country’s brand spanking new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, months into office, is maintaining his campaign pledge that he is down to clown when it comes to weed legalization.
But what exactly is and what exactly isn’t going to be legal–how much can you sell and where and how much is it taxed and what about concentrates–hasn’t been made even a little bit clear yet. The Trudeau regime has said there will be some restrictions to access, but not what those restrictions are. Nor is it clear how much Canadian politicians actually know about cannabis and how informed their new laws will be. So one crazy-like-a-fox BC marijuana activist is taking on the responsibility to educate the country’s Members of Parliament (MPs)
But that may not be enough. And that’s where the so-crazy-it-just-might-work scheme of marijuana activist Dana Larsen comes in. Maryjane still needs popular support in Canada to go full legal, in particular the popular support of the country’s politicians. Larsen’s cannabis curriculum comes in the form of two lessons, both sent to 184 MPs across the country.
Lesson #1: weed literature. Larsen sent out a copy of his book Cannabis in Canada: The Illustrated History. Lesson #2: weed practice. The activist also sent each politician a gram bag of dank.
“Since they are soon to be legalizing cannabis it is a good time for them to learn about the history of how cannabis is such an important part of our country’s history,” Larsen said in a statement to Radio-Canada (later reprinted by CBC). “I included a gram for them because it is also a good time for them to refamiliarize themselves with the pleasant effects of cannabis, and to remember why so many Canadians enjoy using cannabis for medicine and relaxation.”
The headline-grabbing idea is not terribly illegal, but not so illegal, Larsen is betting, that he’ll end up in court. “Most of Canada’s marijuana laws are made to be broken,” he told the BC paper The Providence. That maybe true, but what’s really keeping the activist safe is that busting him would be more hassle for Canadian authorities than its worth. Toronto police constable Craig Brister told VICE as much, saying that the effort it would take to prove Larsen committed the act would be absurd, given the penalty for mailing such a small amount.
The MPs have been formally warned not to handle their mailed-in goodies. An email from the deputy sargeant-at-arms of the House of Commons (which is to the US’s House of Representatives as poutine is to fries and ketchup) to MPs read: “If you are in a constituency office and receive such a package, please contact your local law enforcement agency immediately to properly dispose of the package.”
The MPs may or may not be following this THC directive. As far as we know, none of them have copped to smoking the swag schwag yet, but some are at least in on Larsen’s joke, and his point. “Thanks for the gift @DanaLarsen!” read a tweet from Toronto Representative Nate Erskine-Smith. “Received, but haven’t smoked it (yet). #LegalizeIt”