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Federal Election 2015

2015 is a crucial year for marijuana policy in Canada. Two of the major political parties, the Conservatives and the Liberals, have made it a key election issue. That is great for us - it gives us the opportunity to foster debate about the future of Canadian marijuana laws, and activate our teams in key swing ridings in the election.

One of our strengths as an organization is people power. In the referendum campaign we connected with hundreds of thousands of British Columbians in direct, one on one conversations. Election organizing is all about having direct contact with citizens - so our experience as a movement is invaluable.

Here’s our strategy: we are building teams in key "swing" ridings in BC, determining the most electable anti-prohibitionist candidate, and activating our people to ‘grow the vote’ in those ridings. Many of our members, supporters, and volunteers have not been inspired in the past to participate in the political process, so we have an opportunity to activate new voters in a meaningful way.

The basic idea behind strategic voting is to determine who the most likely ‘progressive’ candidate is, and support them. With more than one progressive party in Canada, the challenge is to make the best choice to defeat candidates who oppose marijuana reform - and that will mean different parties depending on the riding.

We often get asked why we don’t just back the Liberals, as they have been such advocates for legalization over the last couple of years. Well, first and foremost, we have members from all the major political parties - shockingly, even the Conservatives - within our membership, and we want to represent them.

Most importantly, we need to be able to push all parties on their positions - in the run up to an election, the election period, and after our new government is formed.

To make this happen, we need your help. Elections are a powerful tool but we need to get organized now, to make sure that we can have an impact.

Here are 4 things you can do right now to get involved:

1)Sign up today: We need to be able to keep our supporters informed on what is happening in their area. Sign up today and we'll keep you in the loop.

2) Register to vote: Every single vote counts in the upcoming election, in order to have an impact you need to be a registered voter. Click here to register to vote right now.

3) Volunteer: Follow this link and sign-up as a volunteer. As a small grassroots organization, volunteers are the key to Sensible BC's success.

4) Take the Lead: Help us organize teams in your community. Go to our Organizer page and let us know how you want to get involved.

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    Well John, the problem with your viewpoint is that if SB was to take the broad-based positions you favor then SB would:

    a) no longer be just an advocate for marijuana reform and thus would lose its effectiveness,

    b) lose the potential for cross-party support for marijuana reform as the broad-based positions you favor would alienate some marijuana reform supporters.

    There are other groups to lend your support to as it relates to the broad-based positions you favor, thus my recommendation is to support SB in their singular cause, as well as lending your support to groups that favor your broad-based positions.

    In sum, it’s unreasonable to expect SB to support all the broad-based positions you favor.
    commented 2015-06-18 21:55:19 -0700
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    Well John, the problem with your viewpoint is that if SB was to take the broad-based positions you favor then SB would:

    a) no longer be just an advocate for marijuana reform and thus would lose its effectiveness,

    b) lose the potential for cross-party support for marijuana reform as the broad-based positions you favor would alienate some marijuana reform supporters.

    There are other groups to lend your support to as it relates to the broad-based positions you favor, thus my recommendation is to support SB in their singular cause, as well as lending your support to groups that favor your broad-based positions.

    In sum, it’s unreasonable to expect SB to support all the broad-based positions you favor.
    commented 2015-06-18 21:21:04 -0700
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    Well John, the problem with your viewpoint is that if SB was to take the broad-based positions you favor then SB would:

    a) no longer be just an advocate for marijuana reform and thus would lose its effectiveness,

    b) lose the potential for cross-party support for marijuana reform as the broad-based positions you favor would alienate some marijuana reform supporters.

    There are other groups to lend your support to as it relates to the broad-based positions you favor, thus my recommendation is to support SB in their singular cause, as well as lending your support to groups that favor your broad-based positions.

    In sum, it’s unreasonable to expect SB to support all the broad-based positions you favor.
    commented 2015-06-18 21:20:58 -0700
  • I get what you are trying to do, but there are issues more important to the Canadian electorate than whether or not cannabis is legalized. From what I read here, the critical factor for a candidate’s endorsement is their public statements about marijuana, and not where they stand on the environment, youth unemployment, taxation fairness or trade deals with Asia. This focus on a single issues may leave SBC without the support they need to change the law.
    commented 2015-04-09 05:14:41 -0700