Marijuana: Smart Colorado takes anti-pot campaign to Idaho as activists' kids are seized
We've been hearing a lot about Smart Colorado's call for higher cannabis taxes in Colorado, as well as its connection to a possible attempt to repeal Amendment 64, which allows adults 21 and over in Colorado to use and possess small amounts of marijuana. But the group is also spreading its anti-pot message beyond state lines, to places like Idaho, where a TV station juxtaposes these remarks with the tale of marijuana activists whose children were seized.
The video accompanying "Idaho's pot push meets Colorado criticism," from KTVB-TV, features an interview with former Rhode Island representative Patrick Kennedy, among the principals of Project SAM, a national organization that launched in Denver this past January.
But rather than being linked with Project SAM, Kennedy is identified throughout the piece as speaking for Smart Colorado, an affiliate of Project SAM that also advocates taking a public-health approach to marijuana. In Kennedy's remarks to KTVB, that translates to his assertion that legalization has hurt Colorado and the region thanks to "increased access to kids, impact on their brain development and education levels, and not the revenue windfall that was promised."
Kennedy adds that there's been "a doubling of traffic fatalities since the dispensaries opened" -- a dubious claim, to put it mildly.
These remarks are framed by information about Sarah Caldwell, from an organization called Compassionate Idaho, which advocates for Idaho to pass medical marijuana legalization. But she believes she's paid the price for standing up for this cause. Her three children were temporarily taken away by authorities as part of an investigation into children reportedly swallowing marijuana -- an alleged incident that is related to the seizure of other cannabis activists' kids.
As KTVB notes, Lindsey and Josh Rinehart also support medical marijuana legalization via Compassionate Idaho, with Lindsey using pot to treat her multiple sclerosis. Police got involved after officers received a report from a school involving an eleven-year-old who is said to have eaten some marijuana and felt ill afterward.
Lindsey Rinehart speaking at a recent rally, courtesy of KVTB.
The eleven-year-old wasn't one of the Rineharts' kids, but cops say they subsequently traced the weed to the family's home, where they "reportedly found illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia in areas commonly used by children between five and eleven years old," the station maintains. Hence, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare took custody of the kids.
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