As of Nov. 25, Sensible BC canvassers in the Comox Valley had collected 5,100 signatures calling for a referendum on changing the police act in British Columbia that would instruct police forces not to arrest people for possession of small amounts of cannabis marijuana.
That’s just over 10 per cent of the 50,026 registered voters and over 16 per cent of the 30,000 who actually voted.
“We still need enough signatures to cover any mistakes that have been made, such as people signing a petition sheet in a different constituency from the one they are registered in,” said Comox Valley organizer Ernie Yacub. “So far we have found that three per cent of the signatures won’t count because of mistakes such as neglecting to provide an address, or providing a box number instead of a street address.
“We anticipate that once the petitions are examined by Elections BC, more ineligible signatures will be found,” he said. “We want to get another 1,000 by Dec. 5, the last day of canvassing.”
Registered voters can sign petitions until Dec. 5 at: Surecopy, Urban Smoke, Progressive Growth, The Bridge Lounge, Guerilla Foods, Lush Valley, Cipollines Bakery, Yummies and Gyros, Strathcon Industries and Velvet Underground.
Addresses can be found at http://sensiblebc.ca/sign.
— Sensible BC