Colorado marijuana legalization effort gets a billboard
Thursday, April 05, 2012 at 6:37 pm
The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol today unveiled its first billboard, located at 1660 Federal Blvd., just up the hill from Sports Authority Field at Mile High and towering over a liquor store.
“Every day, hundreds of thousands of Colorado adults make decisions about whether to use marijuana or alcohol,” said Betty Aldworth, advocacy director for the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol. “We are not suggesting that one is better than the other, but we are asserting that marijuana is objectively less harmful than alcohol.
“We want people to consider why they are opposed to allowing adults to legally use the less harmful of the two substances,” Aldworth said. “We are not telling people what to think. We are simply asking them to think.”
The group also handed out flyers promoting Amendment 64 that they will distribute to voters over the next seven months. Among the claims made by the flyers:
“It’s less harmful. Alcohol is highly toxic, which is why it produces hangovers and long-term damage to users. Marijuana, on the other hand, is non-toxic and even has therapeutic benefits.”
Another claim on the flyer, this one attributed to the U.S. Department of Justice:
“Alcohol use is linked to about 5,000,000 violent crimes in the U.S. each year. Studies find no link between marijuana use and violent behavior.”