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Arizona Marijuana Campaign Calls On Opposition Group To Return $10K Donation From Alcohol Industry


regulate marijuana like alcohol arizona 2016Yesterday, the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol (CRMLA), the committee backing an initiative to end marijuana prohibition in Arizona that is expected to appear on the November ballot, called on leaders of the committee opposing the measure to return a contribution from the alcohol industry.

According to a report published earlier this week by the Phoenix New Times, Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy (ARDP) received a donation of $10,000 last month from the Arizona Wine and Spirits Association, a trade group representing various alcohol wholesalers.

The leaders of ARDP, Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk, and radio host Seth Leibsohn have repeatedly argued that marijuana needs to remain illegal because it is too dangerous to regulate for adult use. Yet, by every objective measure, marijuana is far less dangerous than alcohol. See http://marijuana-vs-alcohol.org for details.

“Using alcohol money to fund their campaign to maintain marijuana prohibition is grossly hypocritical,” said CRMLA Chairman J.P. Holyoak. “They want to continue punishing adults for using marijuana, but they have no problem accepting five-figure donations from purveyors of a far more harmful substance.

“Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy should return this contribution immediately,” he said. “If they don’t, they should just acknowledge that their campaign has nothing to do with promoting public health and is merely based on anti-marijuana prejudice.”

CRMLA is nearing completion of the signature drive to qualify its measure for the November ballot. The campaign needs approximately 150,000 valid signatures and has more than 215,000 gross signatures on hand.

“As we finish the signature drive and launch the final stage of the campaign, we anticipate that our opponents will be ramping up their efforts,” Holyoak added. “As they do, we will be watching closely to see whether they continue to receive support from the alcohol industry or from companies that promote the use of alcohol.

“Our campaign is not opposed to alcohol, but we are opposed to hypocrisy,” he said. “It is simply inappropriate and objectionable for those who profit from the sale of alcohol to use those profits to prohibit adults from using a less harmful substance.”

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Source: The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol is supporting a 2016 statewide ballot initiative to end marijuana prohibition in Arizona and replace it with a system in which marijuana is regulated and taxed similarly to alcohol. For more information, visit http://www.RegulateMarijuanaAZ.org.


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  1. Follow the money and find who’s against marijuana legalization, you may be surprised. More than the alcohol industry, when you see cops and cartels on the same side of anything, you need to ask why.

  2. “It is simply inappropriate and objectionable for those who profit from
    the sale of alcohol to use those profits to prohibit adults from using a
    less harmful substance.” Here! Here! This is an incredible story. CRMLA are American heroes for doing this! What outrageous hypocrisy on ARDP’s part.

  3. malcolmkyle on

    Problem drinking affects 33 million – or 14 pct. of US adults

    Alcohol problems affect almost 33 million [American] adults and most have never sought treatment, according to a new government survey that suggests rates have increased in recent years.

    Researchers from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism asked 36,000 adults during 2012 or 2013 about lifetime drinking habits, including current or within the past year. About 14 percent of adults were current or recent problem drinkers, or nearly 33 million nationally, and 30 percent — almost 69 million — had been at some point in their lives. Mild drinking problems were the most common, while 14 percent had ever experienced severe drinking problems.

    Nearly 40 percent of adults surveyed said they had engaged in binge drinking — downing at least five drinks in a day at least once in the past year, up from 31 percent in the earlier survey. Even heavier drinking also increased but was less common.

  4. saynotohypocrisy on

    ARDP dummies. Don’t they know that in this day and age, financing like this has to be laundered?

    As for the fascist hypocrite scum drug dealers making the contribution, who the fuck do they think they are trying to kid?
    They must really think Arizonians are dummies who can’t put 2 + 2 together.

    Way to go, CRMLA. Cream these bastards.

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