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NDP candidate hopes success of Mary Jane fantasy will see him rolling in it

Doug Ward, Vancouver Sun
Published: Friday, September 21, 2007

A federal NDP candidate has written a book that reads like something J.K. Rowling might have conjured up, if she smoked B.C. bud. It's called Hairy Pothead and the Marijuana Stone and features a character with the same name who lives an ordinary life until he's rescued by a biker, gets a glass bong and is taken to Cannabis Castle where he attends Hempwards School of Herbcraft and Weedery and smokes a tonne of marijuana. Sound vaguely familiar?

Dana Larsen has written his own version of the Harry Potter series. The potted parody of Rowling's hit Harry Potter series is written by Dana Larsen, the NDP candidate in the riding of West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast. Larsen has read all seven of the Potter fantasy novels and is a big Rowling fan. He acknowledges that others have called forth Harry or Hairy Pothead parodies, but said he's the first to roll the concept into a book.

Larsen's Hairy Pothead learns to play Qannabbi instead of Quidditch, meets Delirious Bake instead of Sirius Black -- and on it goes with other Rowlingesque characters such as Master Head Alwaze Duinthadope, Professor Moruvva McGanjagal and other stoner members of the Hempwards staff.

Larsen said he's not concerned Hairy Pothead might put off some voters who don't share his enthusiasm for weed and hemp. The New Democrat said he's always been upfront about his marijuana activism -- even during his nomination, which he won earlier this year by acclamation.

Larsen, 36, manages the Vancouver Seed Bank, which sells marijuana seeds by mail order. He is the former editor of Cannabis Culture Magazine. He is also a good friend and colleague of Marc Emery, the B.C.-based "Prince of Pot" who is being targeted by the U.S. federal government for selling marijuana seeds through the mail to U.S. customers. Emery edited and published Hairy Pothead.

Larsen's book is being sold in a magazine format, at $8.95, with an initial run of 30,000 copies. He said it will be available at both head shops and chain book stores. He said he hopes to follow Rowling's example and write sequels if his initial offering is popular. "If I attract only a tiny fraction of the audience Harry Potter got, then my book will be a bestseller."


http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/westcoastnews/story.html?id=140d0d0a-1932-4c70-acad-335dc34d03c7
http://www.hairypothead.net/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUy6f6LVlBA
 

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see, it's people like this who give the world the impression that potheads will laugh at anything.

sorry, great cause, looks like a crappy book.
 

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That's why I don't vote NDP. What a moron. Makes me kind of embarrassed to be a BC resident...
 

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He'd get my vote. But that has to do more with the fact that there has been no Rhinoceros Party for several years.
 

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Hahahahah! About bloody time these politico's lighten up and get a sense of humor. He's got my vote! :smilie_flagge17:
(and I don't even touch pot myself)
 

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I'm actually surprised a French Canadian didn't come up with a similar spoof a long time ago. 'Potter' to French speakers looks like a phonetic corruption of the French word for 'pothead'. My friends and I would actually joke about it whenever the book came up.
 
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A WOMBAT is a "Waste Of Money Brains And Time"....

How could it ever be a good thing?
 

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A WOMBAT is a "Waste Of Money Brains And Time"....
How could it ever be a good thing?
...to those who dare to have an opinion contrary to yours, and with the courage to look beyond the obvious, quite easily:

"A federal NDP candidate has written a book that reads like something J.K. Rowling might have conjured up, if she smoked B.C. bud. It's called Hairy Pothead and the Marijuana Stone and features a character with the same name who lives an ordinary life until he's rescued by a biker, gets a glass bong and is taken to Cannabis Castle where he attends Hempwards School of Herbcraft and Weedery and smokes a tonne of marijuana. Sound vaguely familiar?"

...story of my life!

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so harper today announced his new drug policy. boy oh boy steve, way to distance yourself from the americans :rolleyes:

the american "war on drugs" has been lost. resoundingly. so let's hitch our wagon to it, eh stephen? i knew the americans would be lobbying hard to change the government's stance on drugs. and i knew harper would be just the toady they're looking for...
 

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so harper today announced his new drug policy. boy oh boy steve, way to distance yourself from the americans :rolleyes:

the american "war on drugs" has been lost. resoundingly. so let's hitch our wagon to it, eh stephen? i knew the americans would be lobbying hard to change the government's stance on drugs. and i knew harper would be just the toady they're looking for...
Why does it have anything to do with the Americans? The power boys in Harper's party tend to be western conservatives. They're more likely socially to be Ned Flanders from the Simpsons types than partakers of BC bud. Wouldn't it make more sense that they would do this on their own? I think you're twisting a coincidence to fit your argument.

Besides, on this issue I'm a conspiracy nut!:smile: It's historical record that Al Capone and other bootleggers paid politicians to continue to support Prohibition. The last thing they wanted was to have booze become legal and wipe out their money tree!

I'm convinced the same thing is happening today, We're talking BILLIONS of dollars here! BC bud is the largest cash crop on the west coast. Cocaine is an industry in Florida perhaps 3 times bigger than anything legal!

Cops catch only a ridiculously small amount of drugs. They bust a grow op or two a year while there are literally hundreds more around any given city. Downtown Hamilton has crackheads all over the place, every single day of the week.

There's no way on earth that organized crime wants legalization. They have all the money they could ever need to place enough bribes to the right politicians to maintain the status quo.

Anybody with more than 3 functioning brain cells can see that prohibition tactics against lifestyle issues like drugs and prostitution can never work. So why do we still have them? Because stopping lifestyle "crimes" is not the real goal!

The real goal is simple politics. Most sensible folks know it's all a scam but it won't change their vote. Meanwhile, there is always a fair number of votes to tap from the Ned Flanders contingent who are naive enough to think that passing a law is the same as solving a problem. They will vote for parties like Harper's Tories when he enacts such anti-libertarian legislation. They have no idea of how the real world works. They just know that some politician appears to think the same way as themselves!

You can't take such tactics too far. If you start to get into religious matters you usually trigger a backlash from the real "silent majority". Most Canadians (and Americans too! Coincidence or conspiracy?) want governments to stay absolutely secular. They realise that if any one religion gained control over the legal system the first thing that would happen is laws favouring one religion over another and ALL religion over atheists and agnostics!

Stockwell Day found this out when he became head of the Alliance Party. John Tory just got a reality check here in Ontario over the faith-based schools issue during the provincial campaign.

My guess is that nothing much will really change. Tougher laws against dealers will be on the books but judges won't bother using them. We have tough laws against using handguns on the street but nobody actually applies them against criminals.

It's all just for show...


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so harper today announced his new drug policy. boy oh boy steve, way to distance yourself from the americans :rolleyes:

the american "war on drugs" has been lost. resoundingly. so let's hitch our wagon to it, eh stephen? i knew the americans would be lobbying hard to change the government's stance on drugs. and i knew harper would be just the toady they're looking for...
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C'mon. You can't be that naive. There has never been a "war on drugs".
 
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"There has never been a "war on drugs"."
You can't really be that naive.... Tell the billions of taxpayer $s spent on it that there's never been a war on drugs...

That's it has always been a total failure is impossible to dispute.

It matters not how many grow-ops are busted, or how many tons of coke are seized or how many addicted people are sent to already over-crowded prisons.... There has never been a single person with money in their hand* who wanted drugs who couldn't get drugs.

*And well if they didn't have money, there's plenty of other things they can do 'in exchange'....
 

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"There has never been a "war on drugs"."
You can't really be that naive.... Tell the billions of taxpayer $s spent on it that there's never been a war on drugs...

That's it has always been a total failure is impossible to dispute.

It matters not how many grow-ops are busted, or how many tons of coke are seized or how many addicted people are sent to already over-crowded prisons.... There has never been a single person with money in their hand* who wanted drugs who couldn't get drugs.

*And well if they didn't have money, there's plenty of other things they can do 'in exchange'....
Apparently you are that naive. Again...There has never been a war on drugs. There has been an entertaining dog and pony show but never a war on drugs.

No matter how eloquently you state your position, it will have no effect on mine. Drugs are a multi-billion dollar business and there are as many "legitimate" people making money off of drugs as there are "criminals". Everyone wants a piece of the action. Peace
 
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