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B.C. pot advocates selling ‘Cannabus’ 0

Nick Eagland, 24 hours

Sensible BC “Cannabus” in Vancouver, B.C. on Wednesday December 4, 2013. Sensible BC has put its notorious “Cannabus,” a converted 35 ft. Greyhound bus, for sale on eBay with a starting bid of $25,000. The organization is woefully short of the 400,000 votes it needs to pass a referendum to decriminalize marijuana before its Dec. 9 deadline. (CARMINE MARINELLI/ 24 HOURS)

Sensible BC “Cannabus” in Vancouver, B.C. on Wednesday December 4, 2013. Sensible BC has put its notorious “Cannabus,” a converted 35 ft. Greyhound bus, for sale on eBay with a starting bid of $25,000. The organization is woefully short of the 400,000 votes it needs to pass a referendum to decriminalize marijuana before its Dec. 9 deadline. (CARMINE MARINELLI/ 24 HOURS)

Sensible BC is selling its “Cannabus” for what the pro-pot group hopes is a smoking-good deal.

The 35-foot motorhome was used by the group during its campaign to force a referendum on decriminalizing marijuana. The vehicle was listed on eBay Wednesday for $25,000.

Merv Ritchie bought the bus just before the campaign began in September and said he’s hoping to sell it to someone who appreciates its symbolic importance.

“I can’t bear to take these decals and signatures off this bus,” said Ritchie. “It’s a representation of this initiative and I don’t think it’s fair to all the people that signed this bus for me to just go ahead and paint over them or wash it all off.”

Ritchie noted in his listing for the 51-year-old coach, which was once used by Greyhound, that its engine leaks fuel and burns oil, though he said it’s a “beautiful home and quite comfortable.

“It goes fast — you can pretty much go 100 miles per hour in it,” said Ritchie. “It gets about 10 miles per gallon no matter what you do.”

The sale comes during the final week of Sensible BC’s campaign. The organization must deliver over 400,000 signatures to Elections BC by next Monday.

Sensible BC organizer Dana Larsen said he doesn’t have a tally of signatures acquired so far, but campaigners told 24 hours over 200,000 people had signed the petition by Wednesday. Larsen said they will canvass in Vancouver right up to the last minute.

“We’re definitely as a movement stronger now than we were when we started,” said Larsen.

 

 

 

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