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Backers Of Arizona Marijuana Legalization Initiative Launch Halloween-Themed Billboard


regulate marijuana like alcohol arizona 2016Backers of a proposed 2016 ballot initiative to end marijuana prohibition in Arizona launched a Halloween-themed billboard Monday morning that highlights the relative safety of marijuana compared to alcohol. The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol will hold a news conference at 11 a.m. MST in front of the billboard located on the southwest corner of 7th Street and Lincoln.

A a high-resolution version of the image is available at https://www.regulatemarijuanainarizona.org/halloween.

The orange and black ad, which satirizes “Reefer Madness”-style anti-marijuana propaganda, comes as opponents of the proposed initiative are ramping up efforts to scare voters into keeping marijuana illegal for adults. It features a screaming face and reads, “MARIJUANA: LESS toxic! LESS addictive! LESS scary than ALCOHOL!”

“Marijuana is illegal thanks to decades of anti-marijuana propaganda and fear mongering,” said campaign chairman J.P. Holyoak. “Once people find out it is actually safer than alcohol, they tend to agree it should not be a crime for adults to use it responsibly.

“Over the next 12 months, our opponents are going to do everything they can to scare Arizonans into keeping marijuana illegal,” Holyoak said. “We just want voters to remember that we’re talking about a substance that is proven to be less harmful than alcohol.”

Marijuana dependence is significantly less likely and less severe than than alcohol dependence, according to researchers at the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine and the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention attribute more than 2,000 U.S. deaths per year to alcohol poisoning, whereas there has never been a confirmed marijuana poisoning death in history. More information about the relative potential harms of marijuana and alcohol is available at https://www.regulatemarijuanainarizona.org/.

“Nobody is saying marijuana is harmless, but the scientific and medical communities are saying it is less harmful than alcohol,” Holyoak said. “It’s time to put the ‘Reefer Madness’ in the past. Our marijuana laws should be based on facts instead of fear.”

WHAT: News conference to launch Halloween-themed billboard that highlights the relative safety of marijuana compared to alcohol

WHEN: TODAY, Monday, October 21,11 a.m. MST

WHERE: In front of the billboard on the southwest corner of 7th Street and Lincoln, Phoenix

WHO: J.P. Holyoak, campaign chairman

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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. READ!!!!!! There ARE billS HCR 2043 HCR 2023 HCR 2024 HCR 2047 it is bad news allows the state to back out of any bill that we as voters have put into place like the recent medical marijuana bill or the future recreational marijuana bill will hopefully be on our ballot this year. But if these bills pass it would allow state legs to retract the bills even if marijuana received bill received was 80 % so write your state legislatures in your district and tell everyone to do the same

  2. saynotohypocrisy on

    Maybe they could find a place in their ads for vintage 1930’s reefer madness posters side by side with redone ones like this. It would have both entertainment and historical education value.

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