Campaign for BC referendum on marijuana falls short of signatures

Dec 19 2017, 9:03 am

Advocates for the legalization of marijuana have fallen significantly short of the petition signatures required to force a referendum on B.C.’s marijuana laws.


As of today’s Election B.C. deadline, the Sensible B.C. campaign has only collected 210,000 signatures from residents across the province. The figure only accounts for about 66 per cent of what organizers needed to put B.C.’s marijuana laws into a public vote; it failed to follow the anti-HST campaign’s footsteps that led to the repeal of BC HST through a forced referendum.

The petition was carried out over a duration of 90 days. However, organizers and supporters are vowing that their campaign will not end with the petition.

A statement released by Sensible B.C. in light of the campaign’s failure:

We collected over 200,000 signatures during this campaign. That’s about 66% of what is needed to trigger a referendum, but still a remarkable feat. Thank you to everyone for your support. We will be trying this again in the not-too-distant future.

Today we will be delivering about 210,000 signatures to Elections BC. While this won’t be enough to trigger a referendum, it remains a remarkable achievement.

Thank you to everyone who volunteered and helped out with this campaign! We have had a profound impact, and brought our province much closer to actual marijuana reform. This is just the beginning of the Sensible BC campaign!

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