Marijuana: Project SAM touts public-health approach to pot in fighting legalization
Here's the aforementioned Marijuana Policy Project release:
Nation's Largest Marijuana Policy Organization Slams Former Congressman's Plan to Force Marijuana Consumers Into Treatment and Marijuana 'Education' ClassesAnd here's the MPP petition, which has already exceeded 5,000 signatures.
Group calls on Patrick Kennedy -- whose family made a fortune selling alcohol -- to explain why he wants to keep an objectively less harmful alternative to alcohol illegal
DENVER -- The nation's largest marijuana policy organization, the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), slammed former Congressman Patrick Kennedy's plan to force marijuana consumers into treatment and marijuana "education" classes, which his new national organization, Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), is scheduled to unveil in Denver on Thursday. A state-based group will also be announced.
"The proposal is on par with forcing every alcohol user into treatment at their own cost or at a cost to the state," said MPP communications director Mason Tvert. "In fact, it would be less logical because the science is clear that marijuana is far less toxic, less addictive, and less likely to be associated with acts of violence."
MPP is calling on Kennedy, whose family made a fortune selling alcohol, to explain why he wants to keep an objectively less harmful alternative to alcohol illegal. Specifically, MPP is asking Kennedy to address the question on SAM's website and provide facts regarding the relative harms of marijuana and alcohol. MPP also launched an online petition this morning asking Kennedy to provide an explanation or resign as chairman of SAM, which received more than 1,500 signatures within the first hour of being posted -- http://chn.ge/13e9Qjl
"Former Congressman Kennedy's proposal is the definition of hypocrisy," Tvert said. "He is living in part off of the fortune his family made by selling alcohol while leading a campaign that makes it seem like marijuana -- an objectively less harmful product -- is the greatest threat to public health.
"If this group truly cares about public health, it should be providing the public with facts regarding the relative harms of marijuana and discouraging the use of the more harmful product," Tvert said. "Why on earth would they want keep a less harmful alternative to alcohol illegal? Former Congressman Kennedy and his organization should answer this question before calling on our government to start forcing people into treatment programs and throwing them into marijuana 'education' camps."
Patrick Kennedy: Marijuana consumers should not be forced into treatment -- Drop out of SAM!
Former Congressman Patrick Kennedy is the chairman of Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), a new national organization that wants to force marijuana consumers into treatment and subject them to mandatory health screenings and "marijuana education" camps.
Yet he comes from a family that made a fortune selling alcohol -- a product that is objectively far more harmful than marijuana!
Sign our petition today calling on Patrick Kennedy to drop out of SAM or explain why he is working to keep a less harmful alternative to alcohol illegal.
To: Patrick Kennedy
Marijuana consumers should not be forced into treatment or subjected to mandatory health screenings and "marijuana education" camps.
You come from a family that made a fortune selling alcohol -- a product that is objectively far more harmful than marijuana.
Please drop out of Smart Approaches to Marijuana or explain why you are working to keep a less harmful alternative to alcohol illegal.
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