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Canadian lottery winner donates $1 million for marijuana legalization

After the Big WinAfter the Big Win: Canadian lottery winner donates $1 million for marijuana legalization
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TERRACE, BRITISH COLUMBIA — On Saturday April 20, activists and cannabis enthusiasts will gather in cities across Canada, including Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Halifax and Yellowknife. It is hoped the events will be a watershed moment for cannabis law reform as Canadians seek to follow their American counterparts and end the social injustice of cannabis prohibition.

This year, the annual nationwide 420 celebrations are entirely sponsored by lottery winner Bob Erb.

When Bob Erb started buying lottery tickets in the early 1970s, ending the war against cannabis may have seemed more likely than hitting the jackpot.

On November 2, 2012, four decades of playing the lottery paid off: Bob Erb won a $25,000,000 jackpot. Two days later, Canadian laws regarding cannabis changed too as mandatory minimum sentencing for cannabis offences came into effect.

To some, winning the lottery would mean retiring from a life-long career of cannabis activism. But to a man who describes the criminalization of cannabis as the "biggest social injustice" of his lifetime, the money meant a chance to do more.

Bob Erb has championed social justice issues, including cannabis law reform, for decades. He has seen firsthand the harm and waste caused by cannabis prohibition, and has set about making change. Particularly, he has tried to create change from within: in 2001 he ran as a Marijuana Party candidate in the BC provincial election and the following year he ran for mayor. Both times his message was clear: its time for a change on cannabis.

Looking to the future, Bob has pledged one million dollars to fund national campaigns to end the criminal prohibition of cannabis and enact positive regulations regarding use, production and consumer safety. His goal is to see a pro-reform party elected in the next Canadian federal election.

So far, Bob Erb's contributions to the cannabis reform movement can be felt nationwide. In February he had a conference in his hometown of Terrace, BC. The conference brought together activists and policy experts from across Canada to discuss strategy for the future.

As a result of the conference, Bob committed one million dollars to legalize cannabis in Canada and pledged support to various reform organizations including Sensible BC, the NORML Women's Alliance of Canada, NORML Canada, Stop the Violence BC and the 420 rallies.

This Saturday, tens of thousands of Canadians will gather from coast to coast advocating cannabis law reform. Hopefully, individuals will feel part of something bigger than themselves or the local rally they attended.

Bob Erb's generosity has jump-started a national campaign to elect a new government ready to undertake modern approach to cannabis regulation. Advocates are confident cannabis law reform will be an issue in the next federal election. This year's 420 rallies will be a call to voters and the beginning of a movement in the name of Bob Erb.

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Posted: April 20, 2013, 10:01 pm - IP Logged

Duuude.

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    Posted: April 21, 2013, 2:12 am - IP Logged

    Money well spent. Hat

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      Posted: April 21, 2013, 8:54 am - IP Logged

      How fitting would it be: Bob Erb for Herb...LOL...No, but seriously. I think this is something very honorary...He is truly a man of the people. Because cannabis prohibition is a social injustice along with many others, and he is one of a few with the stones (get it?) to put his money where his mouth is on the issue. Hats of to the man!

        maringoman's avatar - kobold
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        Posted: April 21, 2013, 9:33 am - IP Logged

        With many governments softening the law enforcement on marijuana I think Bob should have donated to other more desperate causes. But maybe in Canada things are in better shape than over here so I guess its okay.

        It's a futile effort.

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          Posted: April 21, 2013, 9:34 am - IP Logged

          awesome!..you're right reggie,it is a social injustice.

          The laws do more harm than the actual product sad to say.

          "...Life is not a matter of holding good cards,but sometimes playing a poor hand well...
          'Fortune Cookie wisdom'

           


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            Posted: April 21, 2013, 12:05 pm - IP Logged

            This dude is cuckoo for weed.

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              This dude is cuckoo for weed.

              u mad bro? Wink

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                Posted: April 21, 2013, 1:11 pm - IP Logged

                Next up, let's do away with speed limits, stop signs, traffice lights, and anything else with which I disagree.


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                  Posted: April 21, 2013, 6:27 pm - IP Logged

                  Next up, let's do away with speed limits, stop signs, traffice lights, and anything else with which I disagree.

                  Great Idea!!

                  We should have an autobahn in the united states!

                  But traffic lights, I love them. Everyday there is a new one.  They are on almost every corner.  I feel safer.

                  I cant wait until they just put up fences and use cattle prods.

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                    Posted: April 21, 2013, 7:38 pm - IP Logged

                    Next up, let's do away with speed limits, stop signs, traffice lights, and anything else with which I disagree.

                    No speed Limit in Germany! Smiley

                                     

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                      Posted: April 21, 2013, 7:40 pm - IP Logged

                      Money well spent. Hat

                      I Agree!

                                       

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                        Posted: April 22, 2013, 5:12 am - IP Logged

                        Crétin!


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                          Posted: April 22, 2013, 10:51 am - IP Logged

                          How fitting would it be: Bob Erb for Herb...LOL...No, but seriously. I think this is something very honorary...He is truly a man of the people. Because cannabis prohibition is a social injustice along with many others, and he is one of a few with the stones (get it?) to put his money where his mouth is on the issue. Hats of to the man!

                                                                Hat


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                            Posted: April 22, 2013, 10:57 am - IP Logged

                            Great Idea!!

                            We should have an autobahn in the united states!

                            But traffic lights, I love them. Everyday there is a new one.  They are on almost every corner.  I feel safer.

                            I cant wait until they just put up fences and use cattle prods.

                            I Agree!Just take down the speed signs. Perhaps those using cell phones would stay to the right BETTER.