Marijuana-legalization critics' assumptions about pot users are offensive, advocate says

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Earlier this week, we rounded up the cool reaction by some national pundits, including the New York Times' David Brooks and the Daily Beast's Tina Brown, to the start of legal recreational marijuana sales in Colorado.

Among those with negative responses to the pieces we mentioned was Betty Aldworth, deputy director of the National Cannabis Industry Association. Aldworth found many of the takes to be narrow and ignorant, as well as perpetuating stereotypes of marijuana users she finds reprehensible.

"These paternalistic, ridiculous assumptions about who marijuana users are and what their experiences should be like are downright offensive," Aldworth says.

As we've reported, the Times' Brooks created the blueprint for high-brow naysayers of cannabis legalization with a column headlined "Weed. Been There. Done That."

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David Brooks.
At the outset of the piece, Brooks writes, "For a little while in my teenage years, my friends and I smoked marijuana. It was fun. I have some fond memories of us all being silly together. I think those moments of uninhibited frolic deepened our friendships."

However, Brooks goes on to note that he and his pals eventually stopped smoking pot. His personal reasons weren't what he sees as the substance's many bad qualities: He argues that "it is addictive in about one in six teenagers," "smoking and driving is a good way to get yourself killed," and "young people who smoke go on to suffer I.Q. loss and perform worse on other cognitive tests." Rather, he simply concluded that "stoned people do stupid things." After one such incident, he admits that he felt like a "total loser."

He adds: "In healthy societies...government subtly encourages the highest pleasures, like enjoying the arts or being in nature, and discourages lesser pleasures, like being stoned." And while "citizens of Colorado are, indeed, enhancing individual freedom," they are also "nurturing a moral ecology in which it is a bit harder to be the sort of person most of us want to be."

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Tina Brown's Twitter profile pic.
The Washington Post's Ruth Marcus echoed many of Brooks's concerns in a piece of her own, labeled "The Perils of Legalized Pot." And via Twitter, Brown suggested that "legal weed contributes to us being a fatter, dumber, sleepier nation even less able to compete with the Chinese."

Cumulatively, these assertions leave Aldworth slack-jawed as much for what was left out of them as for the material included.

"None of these columns addressed to any significant degree the incredible burden that marijuana prohibition has put on communities of color and poor communities in general," she says. "And that's demonstrative of how blinded these people are to any experience other than their own."

"In a year or two, or maybe a decade," she believes, "the vast majority of Americans are going to look at marijuana prohibition and see it as a failure even more significant than the failure of alcohol prohibition."

How so?

Continue for more of our interview with Betty Aldworth about marijuana-legalization critics.


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DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

How can this be?? ... Bullshit Betty Aldworth said A64 "LEGALIZED" marijuana !!

Lyin' Brian Vicente claimed A64 would REDUCE arrests for marijuana by 14,000 per year!!

Mendacious Mason Tvert claimed that Dispensaries wouldn't attract crime!!


*** Denver police citing one person per day for public marijuana use ***


Since the start of legal recreational marijuana sales, Denver police have cited about one person per day for public pot smoking, the city's police chief said Monday.


Chief Robert White told members of a Denver City Council committee that officers issued nine citations for public marijuana consumption between Jan. 1 and Saturday. 


White said there have also been seven burglaries of marijuana businesses in that time, but only one of those occurred at a recreational marijuana store. The burglary numbers, White said, are in line with what the city has previously seen in the medical-marijuana industry.


"Looking at the number of burglaries that we have in general and the number of burglaries we have of dispensaries, that number is probably relatively consistent," White said.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

        *** Stoned Driver Crashed into 2 Patrol Vehicles ***


An allegedly stoned driver drove into two Colorado State Patrol vehicles as troopers were investigating a crash on the ramp to Interstate 76 from I-25 on Saturday evening.


No one was hurt in the accident, according to the Patrol.


The accident happened just before 9 p.m. as the troopers' vehicles, with emergency lights flashing, blocked the left lane of the exit ramp.


Keith Kilbey, 23, of Arvada, drove his truck into a CSP Ford Crown Victoria and pushed it into a CSP Dodge Charger.


Kilbey was charged with driving under the influence of drugs. "We believe marijuana," CSP spokeswoman Cpl. Heather Cobler said Sunday.



                        SSAASSD!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... Betty Aldworth's habitual LIES are offensive.

Brian S Young
Brian S Young

Nathaniel C Marshall the only thing you could "beatdown" is your dick! That is if you have one thats not already in your ass

Nathaniel C Marshall
Nathaniel C Marshall

marijuana makes you dumb, makes you lose brain cells, slows you down and makes you into an asclown in need of a beatdown!

Nathaniel C Marshall
Nathaniel C Marshall

marijuana dealrs are nothing more than narco terrorists who are funded by the carteks. users are scumbags in need of a beatdown!

Yeroc Roc
Yeroc Roc

Yea, an so is Nancy Disgrace.....lol

Jared Forqueran
Jared Forqueran

If someone is gonna smoke weed, they're gonna get their hands on some and smoke it, legal or not, these small minded asshole's opinions on the long term affects of legal weed are irrelevant.

William Covington
William Covington

what people don't seem to understand is the majority of smokers, were smokers before it was legal, and are no only doing it openly (much like alcohol prohibition)...the other benefit is this state desperately needs tax revenue and this brings us closer to it.

Shawn Zerokewl Dixon
Shawn Zerokewl Dixon

"Less able to compete with the Chinese."? Mrs. Brown, why don't you ask Michael Phelps about smoking weed and competing? Not only are the assumptions offensive, they are antiquated and based on inaccurate propaganda.

Rusty Komar
Rusty Komar

thats why your brain ghas lost so many cells,

hornsheldhigh
hornsheldhigh

Those of us that smoke "pot", "weed", "marijuana" or whatever you prefer to call it are well aware of what it does for us, we use it, you don't.


Myself and most of my friends are successful (even to society standards) adults and have been smoking for 30 years, first when I was 14, not advocating youth smoking but it didn't slow me down. 


I myself own a small successful business that deals with about four million dollars in business and I am one of the best at what I do. I enjoy life!


Weed hasn't hurt my self esteem, or my drive to be a better person. We are doing things right here in Colorado and soon most will follow. Welcome to the new, better US of A.

Noah Yetter
Noah Yetter

Of course they are, because they're elitist jackasses.

sweetcookies3333
sweetcookies3333

the greatest plant in the universe is almost free, LET FREEDOM RING!!!13


from 0 states to half the country, from low 20% approval to almost 70%...it all started with cali, and the west coast outlaw states...

AMERICA'S WAR ON DRUGS IS A WAR ON AMERICANS!!!33

Priya Butani Nye
Priya Butani Nye

How did I know one of this morning's WW FB posts would be about pot? Just waiting for one on yet another Mexican restaurant.

Dawn Lopez
Dawn Lopez

People who know NOTHING about a topic should not attempt to write about it. Morons!

Maurice Hatcher
Maurice Hatcher

Its called Cannabis we need to start calling it by its correct name.

Bradley Branaman
Bradley Branaman

That's just it... Us 'users' do not care what others think of us! :-)

Elaine Hall
Elaine Hall

hmm, who determines higher vs lesser pleasures? interesting statement--stupid but interesting..

redsoxfan
redsoxfan

I have slowed myself down. Why don't you come give me a beat down!

herpderp
herpderp

With your lack and ability to spell and use the English language with above a 1st grade reading level, it appears you must have smoked quite a bit of marijuana. 

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Interesting post, Jared. We're going to make it an upcoming Comment of the Day. Thanks.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Memorable post, Shawn. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

I'm not sure what you think you're talking about, but your post was not an example of mental acuity.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Thanks for weighing in, Dawn.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... which is why the Puerile Pot Punks and the "industry" itself refer to it as "weed" ...



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident... because you're an obtuse ignoramus.


The Volstead Act which codified the 18th Amendment -- so called "Prohibition" -- reads almost like A64 itself, but clueless fucktard stoners are too brain-dead to comprehend that Alcohol Prohibition did NOT prohibit private consumption of alcohol.


It provided for Government REGULATION of the manufacture, sale, or transport of intoxicating liquor and further sought to  ensure an ample supply of alcohol and promote its use in scientific research and in the development of fuel, dye and other lawful industries and practices, such as religious rituals.


Remember Fucktard -- REGULATION WORKS !!


Sound familiar?



Don't forget, Betty Aldworth helped orchestrate the MANY LIES behind that festering turd A64, the BIG LIE that it would "prevent 14,000 arrests every year", the BIG LIE that it 'Legalized Marijuana, the BIG LIE that it would Regulate Marijuana LIKE Alcohol, the BIG LIE that Pat Robertson endorsed it, the BIG LIE that a handful of rec. dispensaries brought in $5 MILLION in the first week, the BIG LIE that A64 would generate anywhere near $40 MILLION per year in EXCISE TAX revenue.


If you want to suck on and swallow those putrid lies, be my guest.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident ... you can myopically ignore her blatant LIES, but the evidence of them exists for all who care to see.



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident ... that YOU "didn't read" -- deliberately ignored -- the MANY LIES spewed by Bullshit Betty Aldworth is utterly IRRELEVANT to the FACT that she is a PROVEN LIAR and PAID WHORE for A64 and the Greedy Big $$ Dispensary Cartels.


Now go fuck yourself.



Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @Cognitive_Dissident 

You can say that, but when you provided evidence, she was not the source.

Just to be clear, your Aspergers rant when I correctly said I didn't read any lies from her was unfounded and offensive.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident  = reading comprehension FAIL!


Don't forget, Betty Aldworth helped orchestrate the MANY LIES behind that festering turd A64:


the BIG LIE that it would "prevent 14,000 arrests every year", 


the BIG LIE that it 'Legalized Marijuana", 


the BIG LIE that it would Regulate Marijuana LIKE Alcohol, 


the BIG LIE that Pat Robertson endorsed it, 


the BIG LIE that a handful of rec. dispensaries brought in $5 MILLION in the first week, 


the BIG LIE that A64 would generate anywhere near $40 MILLION per year in EXCISE TAX revenue.


Bullshit Betty Aldworth, Lyin' Brian Vicente, Mendacious Mason Tvert = the LYIN' Kingdom



Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @Cognitive_Dissident 

"For one thing, Aldworth points out that marijuana prohibition has lasted much longer than did the ban on alcohol in this country"

So, you're in the habit of calling people liars for what OTHERS (Michael Roberts) say.

It doesn't help that you also use incendiary diction when you do so.

Perhaps you're an Asperger syndrome patient, and thus, have an excuse for that.

"With effective treatment, children with Asperger’s disorder can learn to cope with their disabilities, but they may still find social situations and personal relationships challenging. Many adults with AS are able to work successfully in mainstream jobs, although they may continue to need encouragement and moral support to maintain an independent life."--hth

redsoxfan
redsoxfan

@DonkeyHotay@redsoxfan you lost me at fuckchop...anytime you want to have an adult conversation about this subject do two things: 1) grow-up 2) get a clue. 

      You lose ALL credibility(if you ever had any) when you start calling names like a little boy. Just because you can't win an argument with facts you resort to name calling. 


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@redsoxfan Hey fuckchop, private alcohol consumption wasn't prohibited by the 18th Amendment -- its manufacture, transport and sales became REGULATED and controlled by the government -- which continued to allow "medicinal", scientific and industrial uses.


Sound familiar ?  ... try reading A64.



Remember Betty Aldworth's scampaign slogan for A64?


      *** REGULATION Works! ***



redsoxfan
redsoxfan

@DonkeyHotay@Cognitive_Dissidentbut isn't it true? Alcohol prohibition only lasted 13 years and marijuana has been a class 1 narcotic for over 40 years and prohibition for over 75 years. See the "Marihuana Tax Act of 1937". How is what she said a lie?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident 


"For one thing, Aldworth points out that marijuana prohibition has lasted much longer than did the ban on alcohol in this country"


Stay STUPID, fucktard, it's what you do best.



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