This is Dana Larsen, a Vancouver-based cannabis activist who has spent more than a decade fighting for full legalization.
This spring, Larsen launched a cross-country tour with an ambitious goal to give away a million marijuana seeds for free to anyone who wanted some. The Overgrow Canada campaign proved so popular, though, that Larsen ended up more than doubling that total.
The goal of Overgrow Canada was to plant as many seeds as possible, both on private and public property, as an act of civil disobedience.
Larsen told BuzzFeed Canada he had a team of about 40 volunteers who helped sort and package the seeds. He gave many of them away at his rallies, but he also shipped them across the country by mail.
"I sent seeds up to Nunanvut, I sent seeds to Halifax, literally on the other side of the country," Larsen said. "Lots of small towns and people in more rural areas were getting them as well. It was the whole country."
The results are starting to come in. Although many people planted their seeds out of sight, others have put them in very public places.
Here's a photo of a pot plant growing in downtown Calgary.
Many people have also put plants in public parks.
And in boulevards, and roundabouts, and traffic islands like this one in Waterloo, Ontario.
The mysterious pot plants have periodically made the news.
"Next year, I'm going to have more seeds. I'm going to give away 5 million seeds," Larsen said. "We'll keep doing this every year, keep doubling it and reach even more people."
Ishmael N. Daro is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Toronto. PGP fingerprint: 5A1D 9099 3497 DA4B
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