Pubdate: Wed, 23 Oct 2013
Source: Daily Courier, The (CN BC)
Copyright: 2013 The Okanagan Valley Group of Newspapers
Author: Cindy Heemeryck


Sensible BC marijuana petitions have been out for just over a month.
This is an official, province-wide petition, just like Stop the HST.
It has deadlines, and we are required to get a minimum of 10 per cent
of registered voters in each of our three Kelowna electoral districts.

This grassroots campaign is driven by the people of B.C. for the
people - both for medical users, and recreational use. Registered
canvassers volunteer daily to sit outside, in various locations, and
wait for people to sign the petitions.

Most people don't realize how important their signature

Because of the nature of this petition, most people do not realize
that we are out there every day for their children's future.

That's why most people I sign in a day are over 60. These folks know
the impact of a possible criminal record, or jail time to a family
member. For what? A harmless and beneficial plant.

No one will ever know you signed the petition. We do not sell these
names; they go to the head office for counting and then will be
delivered to Elections BC in Victoria in early December.

Also, it is clearly stated in the Initiative and Recall Act that no
one shall be punished in any way for signing a petition presented by
Elections BC.

Next, you should sign the petition even if you are opposed to the
initiative. The reason is in order to have the referendum, and the
discussion to begin, on ways to implement or change our proposals we
must have enough signatures in the petition phase. You also will be
able to cast your ballot either in favour or against the actual
referendum question next September.

How often do we really get to enact changes to laws? Join in on the
democratic process? Be heard? End Prohibition? And make history all
with one little signature.

Next time you see us out there, stop, sign, and join thousands of
others who have done their civic duty and signed the Sensible BC petition.

Cindy Heemeryck, Sensible BC, Kelowna, West Kelowna, Lake Country.
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