BC MARIJUANA PARTY OPENS HEADQUARTERS, BOOKSHOP AND POT-TV MEDIA CENTRE Full-page ads in both Vancouver Sun and Province to promote the opening of new location By Dana Larsen On Thursday, March 22, full-page ads in the Vancouver Sun and Province newspapers will announce the Saturday, March 24 grand opening of the BC Marijuana Party Bookshop, Headquarters and POT-TV Media Centre, at 307 West Hastings. This is the same location as the once great Hemp BC Superstore. All of the BC Marijuana Party candidates will be in attendance for this party convention and media conference, including Party Leader Brian Taylor, past Mayor of Grand Forks. With over 55 candidates already confirmed, the BC Marijuana Party is on track to run a complete slate in the upcoming provincial election. The party convention begins at 10am until 1pm.There will be a press conference at 1pm for media to meet the candidates and witness the historic grand opening of the BC Marijuana Party Headquarters, Bookshop and POT-TV Media Centre. The new party headquarters will sell marijuana related books, bongs, rolling papers, vaporizers, Personal Grow Units, hemp clothing, plus BC Marijuana Party t-shirts, stickers, buttons, ashtrays, roach clips, Cannabis Culture magazine, and much more. The location will also become home to the POT-TV studios, with the public able to watch the daily 4:20 Marijuana News and other features being filmed and produced in the back of the facility. Store patrons are invited to share their views at the VOX POT corner, and see themselves speaking to the world on POT-TV. BC Marijuana Party Bookshop: 682-1172 BC Marijuana Party Headquarters: 684-7076 - firstname.lastname@example.org - http://www.bcmarijuanaparty.ca POT-TV Internetwork: 682-0039 - email@example.com - http://www.pot-tv.net - - - - - * This is part of what will appear in the full-page ad in the March 22 Sun and Province: MARIJUANA AS A SYMBOL We are called the BC Marijuana Party because we see marijuana as a symbol for the many ways in which our governments fail to serve us, and for some of the new solutions to the problems which we currently face. Marijuana prohibition is a symbol for government excess. The Canadian and BC governments spend hundreds of millions of tax-payer dollars each year in their unpopular and futile quest against cannabis. In a real democracy the war on pot would have ended long ago. Marijuana legalization is a symbol for the environmental solutions made possible by cannabis hemp, and for other renewable sources of fuel and fibre which need to be explored and developed for our future. Marijuana prohibition is a symbol for all medicinal herbs and alternative therapies which are being banned and restricted by the government. If we allow marijuana to be prohibited, then how can we expect easy access to other medicinal herbs? Marijuana legalization is a symbol for better policing. BC cops should direct their precious resources against real crime, not targeting pot use and other private behaviours. Marijuana prohibition is a symbol for the entire war on drugs. It is the drug war itself which creates crime, prostitution, violence and police corruption. Legalizing marijuana is the first step to a sane drug policy and a safer, more peaceful society. Marijuana legalization is a symbol of prosperity for all British Columbians. Marijuana is one of BC's strongest economic engines. Legalized marijuana would create many jobs, generate billions in tax revenues, and allow BC to cash in on the expanding global market for medicinal and industrial cannabis products. Marijuana prohibition is a symbol for the undue influence that the US has over Canadian laws and policies. BC does not want the US drug war, nor do we want their nuclear weapons in our waters. Unless we are willing to speak out now, we will be forced to accept both, and more. This election, vote for better laws, better police, more democracy and new solutions. Vote BC MARIJUANA PARTY!