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As Phoenix Open Begins, Backers of Arizona Marijuana Initiative Launch Tournament-Inspired Billboard


regulate marijuana like alcohol arizona 2016Backers of a proposed ballot initiative to end marijuana prohibition in Arizona are launching a Phoenix Open-inspired billboard Monday to coincide with the kickoff of tournament events. It will be up through the end of the tournament on Sunday.

An image of the billboard is attached and a high-resolution version can be downloaded online at http://bit.ly/1QxKULV.

The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol (CRMLA) will hold a news conference at 11 a.m. MST in front of the billboard on the southwest corner of 7th Street and Lincoln.

The Waste Management Phoenix Open is the world’s best-attended golf tournament, according to the Scottsdale Convention and Visitors Bureau, which refers to the Coors-sponsored event as the “greatest party on grass.”

The billboard features two adult marijuana consumers relaxing in a field and reads, “If beer and golf make for the ‘greatest party on grass’… Why can’t adults enjoy a safer party on grass?”

“We’re glad that Arizona residents have the opportunity to attend the Open, consume alcoholic beverages, and enjoy the ‘greatest party on grass,'” said CRMLA chairman J.P. Holyoak. “We also think it’s important to acknowledge that alcohol is a much more harmful substance than marijuana.

“Alcohol is more toxic, more addictive, and more likely to contribute to rowdy or violent behavior,” Holyoak said. “If spectators can enjoy a beer or cocktail at the TPC, adults should not be arrested for enjoying a little marijuana at a backyard picnic. It is, quite literally, a safer party on grass.”

The billboard directs viewers to Marijuana-vs-Alcohol.org, which details several ways in which marijuana is significantly less harmful than alcohol to the consumer and to society.

The CRMLA is in the process of collecting signatures in support of a November ballot initiative that would make marijuana legal for adults 21 years of age and older in Arizona and establish a system in which it is regulated and taxed similarly to alcohol.

“Our state took a shot at marijuana prohibition and landed in a hazard,” Holyoak said. “We are giving Arizona a mulligan on its marijuana policy and letting voters take another swing at it this fall. For our part, we will continue to educate Arizonans about the relative harms of marijuana and alcohol as we tee up this initiative for November.”

WHAT: Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol news conference to launch Phoenix Open-themed billboard coinciding with the kickoff of the world’s best-attended golf tournament

WHEN: TODAY, Monday, February 1, 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. One person is killed every half-hour in the US due to drunk driving. Each year over 16,000 are killed in alcohol related crashes. Alcohol is a factor in about half of all traffic fatalities. Every 2-3 minutes someone is seriously injured in an alcohol related crash. Beer drinkers are the largest, most lethal, terror group in America. They destroy over 10,000 innocent lives each year and over 88,000 will perish of alcohol related problems. An estimated 20 million cases of beer are sold to Americans for consumption on a typical Super Bowl game day. Some of these people will end up driving drink. There will be accidents. There will be deaths. There will be fights and domestic violence. There will be people puking, people passed out, and many folks will end up doing things they will really regret the next morning. Some people will die from an alcohol overdose. The narcotic, carcinogenic DRUG, ethanol found in beer, wine and liquor is the leading cause of fatalities for ages 16-20 according to National Institute of Health statistics and the leading cause of date rapes on college campuses across America. Cannabis… none of the above. Recent research regarding the endocannabinoid system suggests that the “marijuana high” is similar to that experienced by many as a “runner’s high” and not like intoxication with alcohol, oxycontin, or heroin that produce intoxication, stupor, and death.

    The National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration of the US Department of Transportation recently completed one of the most comprehensive studies ever made of marijuana and driving to date. They found that cannabis consumption was not associated with an increase in traffic accidents! Cannabis is far safer than alcohol (no one in history has died of an overdose of cannabis) and provides a variety of medical benefits, including killing cancer.

    Legalize marijuana and regulate it like alcohol in 2016. This is the right thing to do for other Arizonans and especially for our children who are sold black tar heroin and crystal meth by cartel dealers.

  2. Wait, the company that picks up the trash is sponsoring a golf tournament?! Better take an umbrella if you don’t want to end up covered in seagull shit …

  3. saynotohypocrisy on

    Marijuana-vs-Alcohol.org, That’s the idea. Shove it in their shameless faces how much more dangerous their drug is than ours. This ain’t liberty and justice for all, not by a long shot.

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