He may not know it yet, but Adrian Dix will be the premier who presides over the decriminalization and then legalization of marijuana in B.C. The reason I know this is because of the 420 code.
As someone who has been involved in the cannabis culture movement for all of my adult life, I have seen the growth and expansion of the term "420″ used as a code and symbol.
Ads on Craigslist will say "420 friendly" as a common code to indicate that someone enjoys using marijuana. Members of the cannabis culture now often say "happy four twenty" when the magic time of day rolls around.
Plus of course the annual 4/20 celebration in Vancouver has grown from a tiny gathering in 1995 to a monumental downtown cannabis festival and marijuana farmers market.
Whenever I see the number 420 during my day, say on the license plate on the car in front of me, or as the total on a receipt, I take it as a silent affirmation that the universe is winking at me and encouraging me in my cannabis-related work.
How does this car always end up in front of me?
So when I found out that Adrian Dix, the man who will be B.C.'s next premier, was born on April 20, I knew then that legalization was near for our province. That's when I knew for sure that he would be the premier who presides over the end of marijuana prohibition in B.C.
Adrian Dix isn't particularly pro-pot. Although he does say he supports decriminalization, it's not an issue he feels comfortable talking about. Usually he takes the easy route and passes the buck to the federal government.
However, there's many voices in his caucus who do advocate more openly for marijuana reform. Plus there's over 70 per cent support for marijuana law reform in B.C., with a majority for decriminalization in every demographic group, including Conservative voters.
Even more importantly, the Sensible BC campaign is working towards a marijuana referendum in our province. If we can collect the needed signatures this fall, then there will be a referendum to decriminalize marijuana in September 2014, through passage of the Sensible Policing Act.
When the marijuana reform movement wins a referendum victory in September 2014, Premier Dix will have little choice but to follow through and decriminalize marijuana at the provincial level.
And so he will. For it is his destiny!