Well known Vancouver pot activist Dana Larsen has been taken into police custody in Calgary.
“Overgrow Canada” was supposed to see Dana Larsen cross the country handing one million pot seeds to be planted in public places.
Instead, it landed him in a Calgary police car.
Acting detective Jody Cross with the Calgary Police says an arrest happened at a pot rally.
“Police attended a rally taking place at a hotel in which a man was distributing marijuana seeds. The man was arrested and taken into custody without incident, charges are pending.”
Police aren’t identifying Larsen, however supporters have posted video in which they describe him being arrested.
Cross says protest or not, pot laws are still on the books.
“Under the Canadian controlled drugs and substances act, it is illegal to distribute marijuana in any form, regardless of whether payment is provided.”
Larsen, who led B.C.’s unsuccessful bid at a marijuana referendum, is on a cross country tour to distribute pot seeds.
An attendee at the rally says police first arrested a volunteer at the event for being close to the marijuana seeds.
Daniel Dabrig who was at the event says Larsen then confronted police about the arrest
“He asked why this first gentleman was arrested, and the police said because of cannabis seeds, he said give me some seeds and someone put seeds in his hand and said look, I have seeds so put me in cuffs too.”
He says people were quick to support him.
“There was about 60 people and everybody had seeds in their hand, showing the police officers if you are going to arrest one person, you know, that’s not ok.”
Dabrig says police confiscated one of the vehicles at the rally.