Activist Arrested For Giving Away Free Marijuana Seeds

A Canadian marijuana activist aiming to help people "overgrow the government" by giving away cannabis seeds from coast to coast was arrested by Calgary police last night, according to CBC reports.

Dana Larsen, founder of Sensible BC, was arrested on the second stop of his Canada-wide seed giveaway tour. He is urging Canadians to plant cannabis "Victory Gardens" this summer in honour of the role civil disobedience played in pushing the government toward legalization.

"Cannabis liberation is about peaceful defiance, and st‎anding up against unjust laws, not only with words, but with concrete action," according to Larsen's website. "If you love cannabis, if you love freedom, or if you just love your country, then plant some cannabis seeds this spring, and we will all reap a wonderful harvest together."

'I myself pledge to grow a dozen big and beautiful cannabis plants in my yard this year,' wrote Larsen. 'Grow them on your balcony or your windowsill, grow them in your front yard or the back, but let us finally bring our plants out of the closet and into the fresh air where they belong.'

Police will enforce existing laws

Calgary police had a different idea when they arrested Larsen and another man at the event in Calgary. Larsen spoke about the history of marijuana for an hour before being apprehended by police when he left the venue.

According to a police statement, charges are pending. "Under the Canadian Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, it is illegal to distribute marijuana in any form regardless of whether payment is provided," the release said.

This isn't the first time Larsen's Johnny Appleseed-like generosity has made headlines: last December when he mailed 6.5 ounces of cannabis with review copies of his book, Cannabis in Canada: The Illustrated History (co-authored by illustrator Patrick Dowers), many of them to Liberal members of parliament and media.

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