A Canadian marijuana activist and winner of a $25 million national lottery last November is putting his money where his mouth is.
The Province reported last week that Bob Erb, 60, has vowed to meet any donations to Sensible British Columbia campaign for marijuana decriminalization and legalization. Erb has already donated $120,000, and says he’ll donate up to $500,000 more to match donations.
Currently Sensible B.C. is trying to get a voter referendum on the 2014 ballot that would order all police in British Columbia to no longer subject people searches, seizures and arrests for possession of cannabis. It would also require the BC government to petition the prime minister to allow for regulated and taxed cannabis production and sales.
“This simple change, called the Sensible Policing Act, would effectively decriminalize the possession of cannabis in BC, while leaving the rest of the laws in place.This would be similar to how BC joined with seven other provinces in refusing to expend any resources enforcing the federal Firearms Act, because they did not support the Long Gun Registry,” according to Sensible Canada literature. “Decriminalizing the simple possession of cannabis in this manner will save taxpayers money, help unclog our justice system and stop young people from having their lives ruined over a joint. This is the first step towards a more sensible cannabis policy.”
This guy, Erb, is awesome. He ran for office under the BC Marijuana Party back in the last decade, and was already a regular contributor to various marijuana groups, donates his time to local food shelters and he reportedly didn’t leave his job as a construction manager despite likely being worth more than the collective salaries of his coworkers. He even gave more than $30,000 to the staff of the gas station that sold him his winning ticket. And, let’s face it, his last name is Erb. Erb who loves his herb.
So far, the campaign has been given the go-ahead to collect signatures. They have 90 days to collect approval from 10 percent of registered voters in each district in British Columbia.