Just two days into the Sensible B.C. campaign and Carl Anderson and his volunteers have already collected about 400 signatures in support of decriminalizing marijuana.
Local organizer Anderson told The Daily News on Tuesday he hopes to keep that momentum going for the next 90 days.
To do that, he will have booths set up daily at the Desert Hemp Hut in downtown Kamloops and The Lemonade Stand on Tranquille Road. Sensible B.C. will also be at the Farmers Market on Wednesdays and Saturdays for the rest of the season.
"Every major event obviously. We want to get a presence wherever we can," said Anderson.
He and volunteer Vanessa Shellard took signatures outside The Lemonade Stand on Tuesday. Some people signed because they use marijuana for medical purposes, while others don't agree with marijuana possession being a crime.
Anderson believes this is the opinion of a great many people in B.C.
"I think, in general, the polls back it up. A large percentage of the population is in favour of at least decriminalization," he said. "It's just a matter of getting their name down on the petition."
Shellard agrees, which is why she volunteered with Sensible B.C.
"I just don't think it's right to be criminally charged for having it on you," she said. "It's more of a medicine. Right now, there's people being deprived of their medicine and I am going to fight for that."
Some people aren't willing to sign the petition even if they are in favour of decriminalization. Anderson said that's likely because marijuana is illegal.
Sensible B.C. is a provincial group out to decriminalize marijuana possession. The organization wants to collect 400,000 signatures by November to launch a referendum in 2014.
By the end of the 90 days, Anderson wants to secure signatures from 10 per cent of voting population in Kamloops.
If the referendum is successful in this province, Sensible B.C. hopes pressure will be put on the federal government to change cannabis laws.
To learn more about the campaign, check out Sensible B.C. Kamloops on Facebook or email Anderson at email@example.com.