The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol in Arizona, a group attempting to legalize marijuana for adult recreational use via a 2016 ballot initiative, created a Halloween-themed billboard which highlights the relative safety of marijuana in comparison to alcohol.
“Marijuana is illegal thanks to decades of anti-marijuana propaganda and fear mongering,” said J.P. Holyoak, the campaign’s chairman. “Once people find out it is actually safer than alcohol, they tend to agree it should not be a crime for adults to use it responsibly.
According to researchers at the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine and the National Institute on Drug Abuse, marijuana is significantly less likely to be addictive and is much less harmful than alcohol. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention attribute more than 2,000 U.S. deaths per year to alcohol poisoning, whereas there are zero confirmed marijuana poisoning deaths throughout history.
“Over the next 12 months, our opponents are going to do everything they can to scare Arizonans into keeping marijuana illegal,” stated Holyoak. “We just want voters to remember that we’re talking about a substance that is proven to be less harmful than alcohol.”
“Nobody is saying marijuana is harmless, but the scientific and medical communities are saying it is less harmful than alcohol,” mentioned Holyoak. “It’s time to put the ‘Reefer Madness’ in the past. Our marijuana laws should be based on facts instead of fear.”