Hi! I'm Dana Larsen, welcome to my website!
My main project right now is the Sensible BC campaign to decriminalize cannabis.
My life's work
For all of my adult life I have worked for marijuana and drug policy reform. On this website you can find out more about me and my work.
I was born in Vancouver, and as a student at Simon Fraser University I co-founded a club called "The League for Ethical Action on Drugs" which continued on for many years after I graduated in 1993.
From 1994 to 2004 I was the editor of Cannabis Culture Magazine, working with publisher Marc Emery to build it into one of Canada's most successful magazines, with a print run approaching 100,000 copies.
In 2000 and 2001 I was a founding member of both the Canadian Marijuana Party and the BC Marijuana Party, running as a candidate for each.
In 2003 I became a New Democrat, and soon after I founded a group called End Prohibition, which works within the NDP to promote alternatives to the war on drugs.
In 2004 I opened the Vancouver Seed Bank, a retail storefront which sells seeds from dozens of rare and medicinal plant species, including hundreds of kinds of marijuana seeds.
In 2007 I published a humorous book called Hairy Pothead and the Marijuana Stone. The sequel, Hairy Pothead and the 420 Code, is a work in progress.
In 2008 I sold the Seed Bank to my co-founder Rebecca Ambrose, and opened the Vancouver Medicinal Cannabis Dispensary, located almost next door. The Dispensary now has two locations and provides medical-grade marijuana products to over 3500 patients with a doctor's recommendation.
In 2008 I also ran as the federal NDP candidate for my riding of "West Vancouver - Sunshine Coast - Sea-to-Sky Country."
In 2011 I ran for the leadership of the BC NDP.
I continue to work on many projects, including End Prohibition, the Vancouver Medical Cannabis Dispensary and writing the next book in the Hairy Pothead series.
My main project right now is to change the cannabis laws in British Columbia through the Sensible BC campaign!