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Marijuana Legalization Initiative Backers To Issue Challenge To Bill Montgomery


regulate marijuana like alcohol arizona 2016Backers of a proposed ballot initiative to end marijuana prohibition in Arizona will issue a challenge Wednesday to Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery. The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol is calling on Montgomery — who says marijuana is too dangerous to regulate for adult use — to either prove marijuana is more harmful than alcohol or return campaign contributions he received from members of the alcohol industry last year.

The CRMLA will hold a news conference TODAY at 12 p.m. MST in front of the Maricopa County Administration Building (301 W. Jefferson St.), where the county attorney’s office is located. They will provide him with a jumbo-sized refund check for $8,050 from his campaign committee, Montgomery 2016, to his “alcohol industry contributors.” Montgomery 2016 received at least $8,050 in contributions from members of the alcohol industry in 2015, according to campaign finance reports.

“Mr. Montgomery’s public statements about our initiative indicate that he feels like marijuana should remain illegal because of its potential harms,” said CRMLA chairman J.P. Holyoak. “Yet marijuana is far less harmful than alcohol by every objective measure, and he accepts campaign contributions from people who distribute alcohol.”

Specifically, the CRMLA is challenging Montgomery to disprove the following three statements by the end of April, which is nationally recognized as Alcohol Awareness Month:

  1. Alcohol is significantly more toxic than marijuana, making death by overdose far more likely with alcohol.
  2. The health effects from alcohol consumption cause tens of thousands of more deaths in the U.S. annually than the health effects from the consumption of marijuana.
  3. The use of alcohol is more likely to be a contributing factor in acts of violence than the use of marijuana.

More information regarding the relative harms of marijuana and alcohol is available at http://www.Marijuana-vs-Alcohol.org.

“We are tired of seeing Mr. Montgomery demonize marijuana, so we are simply challenging him to prove that it is more harmful than alcohol,” Holyoak said. “If he is unable to do so, we are calling on him to return the campaign contributions he has received from members of the alcohol industry.

“We are not attacking alcohol, alcohol consumers, or even alcohol distributors,” Holyoak said. “We are attacking Mr. Montgomery’s hypocrisy for accepting alcohol-related campaign contributions while advocating for the continued punishment of adults who prefer to use a less harmful substance.”

WHAT: News conference to issue Alcohol Awareness Month challenge to Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery

WHEN: Wednesday, April 6, 12 p.m. MST

WHERE: In front of the Maricopa County Administration Building, 301 W. Jefferson St., Phoenix

WHO: J.P. Holyoak, campaign chairman

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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. @Johnny G; Please run a followup on this article! I own a couple acres in Az. (doesn’t have an address)

  2. Alcohol and prescription drugs are just fine for most prohibitionists. I bet he doesn’t rail against cigarettes either, even though many people die from them every day. When a veteran last year said he used medical marijuana at a debate this guy calls him an enemy. “I have no respect for you, for someone that tried to claim you served this country and took an oath to uphold the constitution and defend against all enemies foreign and domestic because you’re an enemy,” he said.
    These kind of prohibitionists are the enemy of truth and science, not to mention common sense. They preach to the ignorance and prejudice of their constituents and they somehow seem to stay in office in AZ.
    What they do not seem to understand is if we take this away from the street dealers and put it into legal stores (who provide jobs) they wont be selling heroin or other drugs along side their bud. It will be harder for juveniles to get it just like alcohol is. How hard is that to understand?

  3. Marijuana is too dangerous to regulate, but pharmaceuticals (including opioids) are not?!

    Sigh. No point in arguing with crazy.

  4. Simple truth is….he hasn’t read anything published in the last 3-4 decades.

    The absolutely ignorant statement of “marijuana is too dangerous to regulate for adult use” is so out of touch with reality that it is hard to imagine ANYONE saying something so backwards and uneducated.

    He is just proving to the county that he is no attorney, he is simply a hater collecting funds from other haters on a mission to keep “the safest thing on the planet” illegal for the money.

    If half of all police time is spend enforcing drug laws, what percentage of lawyer billing hours are for pot charges? When you have half of the police force looking at losing their jobs and about the same amount of billing hours removed from lawyers you can see why there is soooo much resistance.

    This will show the rest of the people in that county just how horrible this lawyer is at “seeking the truth”!

  5. Fungi Sclerotia 1427 on

    News conference in less than four and a half hours from now…
    (it’s 7:35 a.m, AZ time, as this comment is posted).

    Will there be web-streaming of the conference?

  6. saynotohypocrisy on

    Now Montgomery gets to play chicken hawk and run away from a perfectly reasonable request. Put up or shut up, you goddamn prohib bigot.

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