Dana Larsen

Vancouver Magazine - - Cover Story -

PRE­VI­OUSLY #44, 2013) FOUND­ING DI­REC­TOR, THE MEDIC­I­NAL CANNABIS DIS­PEN­SARY & FOUND­ING DI­REC­TOR, SEN­SI­BLE BC

Up in Smoke A pro-le­gal­iza­tion ad­vo­cate for years, Dana Larsen has be­come the me­dia’s go-to spokesper­son for the cause, a role he par­tic­u­larly rel­ished this year af­ter brazenly tak­ing on the Van­cou­ver Park Board when he de­cided to go against their will and hold his an­nual 420 cel­e­bra­tions at Sun­set Beach. Larsen’s war with the Park Board—whom he al­leges to be dom­i­nated by the “cannabis-hat­ing NPA”—is on­go­ing, though, in Larsen’s own words, his “cam­paign of dis­obe­di­ence has paid oŸ tremen­dously.” With the fed­eral gov­ern­ment aim­ing to have fully le­gal­ized weed by sum­mer 2018, Larsen’s knowl­edge of set­ting up dis­pen­saries might ren­der him more of a start-up wiz­ard than a civil dis-ser­vant.

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