EDITOR’S NOTE: Alison Holcolmb, author of Washington’s I-502 initiative, passes this along note to MJ Headline News: “You may have already seen the below press release that apparently has been sent to several, if not all, Washington state legislators, and which a few of them, at least, are forwarding on to city council members (and likely county council members and others). This is coming from Kevin Sabet, whose most recent prohibitionist strategy is Project SAM.
I think it’s a good example of how Sabet is focusing on commercialization as the strongest argument against legalization and regulation. His goal is not only to stop progress toward sane cannabis policies, but also to roll it back in Colorado and Washington. My take, as you all know, is that the nascent cannabis industry needs a robust and sincere strategy for building social responsibility in at the ground level.
PRESS RELEASE Contact: Kevin A. Sabet
September 18, 2014
Colorado Voters Turning Against Marijuana Legalization
Suffolk University/USA Today poll finds support for legalization plummets 17% among Colorado voters
DENVER- In the first indication of a backlash brewing in Colorado against legal pot, a Suffolk University/USA Today poll finds that now only 46% of likely voters support Amendment 64, the constitutional amendment legalizing and commercializing marijuana. 50% of likely voters oppose the measure entirely. That is a marked difference from election night 2012, when 55% of voters supported the measure. Even fewer people – 42% of likely voters – approve with the way the state is handling the legal change.
“We have always believed that when voters were given the facts about marijuana, the marijuana industry, and the failings of commercialization, they would oppose legalization. It is unfortunate Colorado has been the lab rat of the marijuana industry, but we’re confident legalization will only be temporary as opposition to legalization grows and our education of people across the state increases,” said Bob Doyle, Chair, Colorado SAM Coalition.
Colorado has grown into a massive opportunity for marijuana businesses, who sell candy, chocolate, and other kid-friendly marijuana items. This has led to a rise in poison center calls and emergency room admissions.
“The theory of legalization looks a lot prettier than the policy in practice,” remarked Kevin A. Sabet, President of Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM). “Revenue numbers are low, the underground market is thriving, and health issues are mounting. And, it appears, the public is paying attention.”
Project SAM, has four main goals:
* To inform public policy with the science of today’s potent marijuana.
* To prevent the establishment of “Big Marijuana” – and a 21st-Century tobacco industry that would market marijuana to children.
* To promote research of marijuana’s medical properties and produce, non-smoked, non-psychoactive pharmacy-attainable medications.
* To have an adult conversation about reducing the unintended consequences of current marijuana policies, such as lifelong stigma due to arrest.