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Calgary judge stays charges against Vancouver pot activist Dana Larsen

Marijuana activist Dana Larsen speaks to the media outside of a courthouse in Calgary on Wednesday, May 18, 2016. Global News / David Boushy

A Calgary judge has stayed charges against a Vancouver marijuana activist following a rally in the city in April 2016.

Alberta Justice has confirmed charges against Dana Larsen were stayed in court Wednesday.

Larsen was initially charged with trafficking marijuana and possession for the purpose of trafficking.

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Charges were laid after officers found a rally organizer handing out marijuana seeds to audience members at the rally on Macleod Trail near 38 Avenue.

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Officers searched the van and found more of the drug and seeds, as well as resin and oil.

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Larsen, 46, said in a Facebook post the judge ended the trial because police and the Crown were “very slow in bringing forward the documents, sprouting the seeds and scheduling a trial.”

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“I would have preferred to defeat the prohibition on seeds and set a legal precedent,” he said, adding that the outcome was “anticlimactic.”

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