Weed­ing it out

Au­thor of Cannabis in Canada sends mar­i­juana with book to P.E.I. MPs

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE PROVINCE - BY ERIC MCCARTHY

Is­land MPs didn’t even re­view the lit­er­a­ture that a Bri­tish Columbia pot ac­tivist mailed to their con­stituency of­fices.

Dana Larsen claims to have sent a copy of his book, Cannabis in Canada: The Il­lus­trated His­tory, plus a one-gram mar­i­juana sam­pling to all 184 MPs in the new Lib­eral govern­ment. Be­sides pro­mot­ing his book, it was to serve as a re­minder of the Lib­eral govern­ment’s prom­ise to de­crim­i­nal­ize mar­i­juana.

Eg­mont MP Bobby Mor­ris­sey said the RCMP had al­ready picked up the pack­age, in­clud­ing the book and the mar­i­juana, be­fore he was even aware it had ar­rived at his Sum­mer­side of­fice.

“A staff mem­ber ad­vised me that there was a pack­age at the of­fice that was sus­pi­cious and that she dealt with it ac­cord­ing to pro­to­col,” Mor­ris­sey said.

The pro­to­col in­volves po­lice “who re­move it and de­ter­mine if it is a pack­age that should not ar­rive at an MP’s of­fice,” Mor­ris­sey ex­plained.

There was no no­tice­able smell when the pack­age first ar­rived, and it was only deemed sus­pi­cious af­ter a staff mem­ber opened it and saw the con­tents.

Staff had al­ready con­tacted the RCMP prior to re­ceiv­ing a com­mu­niqué from the Lib­eral Whip’s of­fice ad­vis­ing them to use that ap­proach.

At Wayne Easter’s Malpeque of­fice in Hunter River, a staff mem­ber opened the pack­age, saw the book and set it in­side Easter’s “green book” for him to re­view upon his re­turn to the coun­try. Once the of­fice re­ceived the com­mu­niqué, the staff mem­ber re­trieved the con­tents from Easter’s of­fice. The RCMP picked up the pack­age, book and mar­i­juana. A staff mem­ber at the Hunter River of­fice said it was the first time she can re­call a pack­age of that na­ture ar­riv­ing there.

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