Marijuana: Amendment 64 opponents lying, intimidating supporters, says Mason Tvert
The assertion about a commercial that began airing earlier this month involves language in the amendment that earmarks tax revenues for school construction. Smart Colorado reps maintain that the ad is incorrect because lawmakers can't be directed to pass specific legislation for such a purpose; a separate vote would have to take place. The No on 64 group demanded that the spot be withdrawn -- something their rivals, who stand by the commercial, firmly rejected.
Here's that ad:
"There was a truth test done on that ad, by CBS4" -- see it below -- "and it found it will generate money for school construction," Tvert says. "So our opponents are grasping at straws."
Not so, Chapin contends. Her statement ends like so: "When the facts aren't on your side, you try and deceive people, which is why the pro-recreational legalization advocates have been doing for months. But we think voters are smarter than that and will defeat Amendment 64 because of what it really does -- put out kids and our state at risk."
Of course, Tvert believes Amendment 64 will actually do a better job of keeping marijuana away from children than does the current underground/black-market system. And he also contradicts No on 64 spin that the measure is slipping in terms of popularity.
"The latest polls" -- by Public Policy Polling -- "show 53 percent support, compared to 43 percent who oppose it," notes Tvert. (He feels these numbers are more accurate than softer ones in a recent Denver Post poll, because the PPP survey "is based on the actual language of the amendment, which the Post's was not.") As such, he goes on, "they're now doing everything they can, including flat-out lying about this initiative and this campaign, in order to win."
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