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#1 key2thecup


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Posted 09 February 2013 - 10:40 PM

B.C. man puts lottery win towards fight to legalize cannabis

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Pot activist Robert Erb, 60, says he will use his lottery winnings to help support the legalization of marijuana in B.C

A British Columbia pot activist is putting his money where his mouth is -- literally -- by putting up his lottery winnings in the fight to legalize marijuana in the province.

Bob Erb won a $25-million jackpot in November and, at the time, pledged to use some of his new-found wealth to support cannabis decriminalization efforts.

Now, the 60-year-old has followed through on his promise, pledging up to $500,000 to match donations made to Sensible B.C. over the coming months.

“The biggest social injustice I’ve seen in all my entire lifetime is the criminalization and prohibition of marijuana,” Erb told CTV British Columbia on Friday.

Sensible B.C. has launched a campaign to collect enough signatures from registered voters to hold a referendum on the issue in 2014.

The group is also calling on the provincial government to pass the Sensible Policing Act, which will stop police in the province from using time and resources related to the prosecution of simple possession of marijuana.

“Although we can’t fully legalize and regulate as a province, we can tell the police to stop spending their time and resources to searching, detaining and arresting people for simple possession of cannabis,” Sensible B.C. founder Dana Larsen said.

The act doesn’t impact any of the laws regarding trafficking, possession for the purposes of trafficking or cultivation of marijuana.

A growing number of prominent B.C. municipal leaders, health and legal officials have joined the efforts to decriminalize cannabis in the province.

South of the border, Washington state and Colorado voted to legalize the possession of marijuana and Erb is hoping B.C. will follow suit.

The 60-year-old has also shared his lottery winnings residents in his hometown of Terrace, B.C., donating a large amount to the local homeless shelter.


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Posted 09 February 2013 - 11:00 PM

A fool and his money are soon parted....
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Posted 09 February 2013 - 11:12 PM

Fool? Very generous if you ask me
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Posted 09 February 2013 - 11:30 PM

Could have found more a deserving cause and people in need than them
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Posted 09 February 2013 - 11:33 PM

Well, it also says that he donated a large sum to local charities. However, as much as I support the cause, and I do, it's a dumb thing to pledge on. There's enough awareness on marijuana that a reasonable decision is imminent. His 500,000 isn't going to legalize pot. The fact that it's bordering on being legal already will be what legalizes pot. This is just making a statement using found money, and a lot of people could have benefited from it.
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Posted 09 February 2013 - 11:59 PM

"Bob Erb won a $25-million jackpot in November..."

"Now, the 60-year-old has followed through on his promise, pledging up to $500,000..."

“The biggest social injustice I’ve seen in all my entire lifetime is the criminalization and prohibition of marijuana,”

2013-60 = 1953

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 12:19 AM

I wonder what he was smoking
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Posted 10 February 2013 - 01:45 AM

at least 20 million of that will go to funding his local mini stock race track

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 11:16 AM

As much as it pains me, and as much as NORML really would be able to use a half a million dollars...coleman is absolutely right. Money isn't what's needed to legalize cannabis...time is. We've already done incredible amounts of research on the scientific side, done our homework on the economic side. The decision is likely not far away, and while I commend this guy's generosity as it pertains to the cause of cannabis legalization, $500,000 could clothe, feed and shelter a lot of people who are in dire straits.

Edited by Scott Hartnell's Mane, 10 February 2013 - 11:34 AM.

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 04:54 PM

He should have given $1 to 500,000 strangers instead.
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Posted 11 February 2013 - 04:01 AM

Nothing wrong with putting your money to a cause you believe in. He may have family or friends imprisoned due to laws he (and I) consider completely ludicrous. I don't know him personally so I'm not sure exactly what motivates him, but I'm also in no position to criticise him for donating to a cause he believes in.
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Posted 11 February 2013 - 04:13 AM

Good luck with Harper in government. More jets please.
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