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Saturday, September 20, 2008

Dana Larsen: no deal made between the Marijuana Party and the NDP, but forced resignation of NDP candidate Kirk Tousaw is “odd”

While the NDP and the Liberals argue about which party is more deeply connected to those nefarious elements with "ties with extreme wings of the drug legalization movement," the rabble-rousers over at rabble.ca are gaining some insight into these marijuana wars directly from former NDP candidate Dana Larsen.

Larsen is refuting the claim of his former boss at Cannabis Culture, Marc Emery, that a “secret deal” was made to bring Marijuana Party candidates over to the NDP.

Here’s what Larson had to say today in a thread titled “Did Layton make deal with Marijuana Party?”:

The "deal" was the same kind of deal any party has with the movements that support them. The same kind of "deal" the NDP has with the environmental movement, the women's rights movement, the gay rights movement, etc. Simply that the NDP continue to stand up for their beliefs which coincide with those of our movement.

Getting to what I consider to be the heart of the matter, Larsen also said…

However, if Jack Layton appears on Pot-TV and even does some station ID spots, then it seems odd for a candidate who appears on Pot-TV smoking from a bong should have to resign.

It is “odd” that NDP candidates Larsen and Kirk Tousaw, who both appeared on Pot-TV “smoking from a bong,” have been forced to resign. So how then can it be argued that the NDP is not backing away from the drug policy reform constituency?

Update: Marc Emery clarifies that he was not suggesting that there was any formal or "secret" deal between the NDP and the Marijuana Party:

The deal was the straightforward one I explained on CTV NewsNet. Its not some "secret" deal. Its like, "I want you to lead us, I'll help you."

Jack [Layton] articulated that no one should go to jail for growing, selling, or possessing pot. That's on video. Then he invited us on video to join the party and get involved. So I promised in return  to get thousands of new members (3,500 by our count), get involved, join executives, and run as candidates.

So Jack has seen his popularity increase & the NDP vote totals increased, and we've had our members join the federal NDP and ultimately win nomination meetings.

Posted by Matthew Johnston and Kalim Kassam

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Several pieces about Marijuana. What's up with that? Are you guy pot heads?

Posted by: John V | 2008-09-21 1:51:53 PM

Jack Layton and the NDP are a danger to mankind. He is hiding behind a decision he has made and is only out to gain power. If he and his party should ever gain power, we will be in big trouble. True, honest, God-fearing people will be criminlized while wicked God-hating people will be promoted and their wicked ideas promoted. Pot smoking is just one eg of the evil that will be promoted under an NDP govt. Hopefull there are enough people with some sense who will reject this horrible choice and will choose that which is good and right.

Isaiah 5:20 "Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!"


Pastor Walt Bartel

Posted by: Walter Bartel | 2008-09-21 1:52:09 PM

This issue is making headlines this weekend, John, and we're just trying to follow the story for our readers. Sorry if it seems like overkill.

Think about it this way: the Liberals and the NDP and now in an absurd battle with themselves over which party has deeper connections with drug policy reformers. This is good for the Conservatives.

Posted by: Matthew Johnston | 2008-09-21 2:01:11 PM

Larsen says there was no deal made between..........
Posted by Matthew Johnston and Kalim Kassam
Posted by Western Standard on September 20, 2008

One drug story after the other. Is this just about all you guys can post?

Posted by: The Stig | 2008-09-21 2:09:20 PM

And another one gone. Another one gone. Another one bites the dust! Hey, they're gonna get you too! Another one bites the dust:

"The Tories have lost a candidate in downtown Toronto who was running against Liberal incumbent Bob Rae. The Conservatives say Toronto Centre Tory candidate Chris Reid resigned this weekend after telling them that he couldn't commit to serving four years in government. The Liberals, however, are alleging it was controversial comments posted online by Mr. Reid that led to his departure.

"Recommendations posted on this blog under the title 'Political Thoughts by a Gay Conservative' include: closing the CBC; ending Human Rights Commissions and hate speech laws; ending abortion; allowing 'qualified and trained' citizens to carry concealed handguns; and ending the Indian Act and the reservation system. 'These policies just keep Indians and their corrupt leaders dependent on the state and unable to ever have the freedom to succeed,' the blogger wrote under the name Chris Reid."


Posted by: Fact Check | 2008-09-21 2:29:02 PM


So, what's the tally of candidate pullouts now?

Liberals - 3

Conservative - 2

NDP - 2, with more to come once the CIC executlve member in Montreal is flushed out.

Have I missed anybody?

Posted by: set you free | 2008-09-21 2:42:48 PM


Thank god for Stephen Harper.

He lowered the price of gas to $1.19.9 a litre, down 20 cents from the Hurricane Ike scare.

Hang on, now. Stephen Harper doesn't control the price of gas.

It's actually a function of supply and demand.

Who'da thunk?

Posted by: set you free | 2008-09-21 2:44:59 PM

What's wrong with him blogging? Who cares what his opinions are, he's running in Toronto as a conservative! He won't get elected.

Toronto only elects liberals that promise them the world only to turn around and give them the finger once elected. Stupid Toronto people.

Posted by: Hoser | 2008-09-21 4:48:49 PM

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