Mar 072013
 

oregon hb 3371 alcohol safer marijuanaBy Roy Kaufmann, Marijuana Policy Project

Last week, a bill to regulate marijuana like alcohol was introduced in the Oregon Legislature! This new bill – HB 3371 – presents an incredible opportunity to educate our legislators about a simple, scientifically proven fact: marijuana is safer – in every sense of the word – than alcohol. Therefore, it makes no sense to punish adults for using marijuana instead of the more harmful substance, alcohol.

Contact your representative now to ask him or her to support HB 3371.

Even as we live in a state with vibrant beer, wine, and liquor industries, the reality is that alcohol can be very dangerous – dangerous to a person’s health, dangerous to a community’s public health, and dangerous to public safety.

Depending on who’s drinking it and how much, booze frequently leads to fistfights inside and outside bars, hangovers, serious addiction, domestic disturbances and violence, trouble with the cops, and, in cases of extreme consumption, trips to the emergency room.

By contrast, responsible adult use of marijuana poses little to no danger to individual or societal health and safety. (Ask any cop when the last time was that he or she responded to a violent scene where marijuana was the substance of choice, versus the last time he or she responded to an alcohol-fueled scene.)

But right now, too many Oregonians still believe that marijuana is at least as dangerous as alcohol. Only through peer-to-peer conversations will we be able to undo decades of misinformation and provide the facts to Oregonians.

If you’re as serious about ending marijuana prohibition as we know you are, take these three simple steps now:

1)   Forward this email to your parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles. Share it with your friends, classmates, and colleagues.

2)   Contact your representative to ask him or her to support HB 3371.

3)   Join us on Facebook and Twitter, and help us spread the word.

More and more Oregonians are waking up to the fact that marijuana is objectively safer than alcohol. With your help, we can grow those numbers and lay the groundwork for the legalization of marijuana for adults in Oregon.

I look forward to working alongside you in this important fight to repeal marijuana prohibition and bring rational, sensible marijuana policy to Oregon.

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Johnny Green is a marijuana activist from Oregon. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Public Policy. Follow Johnny Green on Facebook and Twitter. Also, feel free to email any concerns.
  • http://www.facebook.com/KOOL2HANDLE Steven Allen Gibson

    Please stop destroying homes over a plant that is meds food fibor fuel plastic ect. the list goes on. and its better for you that booze.

    • http://powerandcontrol.blogspot.com/ M. Simon

      Medical Marijuana prohibition is a crime against humanity and a violation of the religious precept – heal the sick.

      Pass it on.

  • Johnny oneye

    Us congress is strung out on alcohol.

    Alcohol – 1 of the oldest known drugs to mankind ‘

    Alcohol is a drug period

    alcohol prohibition was a failure
    cannabis prohibition is a living failure.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Malcolm-Kyle/100001700224506 Malcolm Kyle

    Ryan Donaghy, Chairman of the Board Donaghy Sales, LLC Alcoholic beverage distributer, steadily funds anti-marijuana efforts

    Ron Fowler, Immediate Past Chairman Liquid Investments, LLC Alcoholic beverage distributer, steadily funds anti-marijuana efforts

    Tom Reyes, Vice Chairman Crest Beverage, LLC; Gate City Beverage Distributors-San Bernardino; Harbor Distributing, LLC-Anaheim, Gardena, Santa Ana Alcoholic beverage distributer, steadily funds anti-marijuana efforts

    David “Duke” Reyes, Chief Financial Officer Crest Beverage, LLC; Gate City Beverage Distributors-San Bernardino; Harbor Distributing, LLC-Anaheim, Gardena, Santa Ana Alcoholic beverage distributer, steadily funds anti-marijuana efforts

    Peter Heimark, Secretary Heimark Distributing Co. Triangle Distributing Co. Alcoholic beverage distributer, steadily funds anti-marijuana efforts

    Terence Fox, NBWA CA Director M.E. Fox and Co. Alcoholic beverage distributer, steadily funds anti-marijuana efforts

    Travis Markstein, NBWA CA Director Markstein Beverage Co. Sacramento; Markstein Beverage Co. San Marcos Alcoholic beverage distributer, steadily funds anti-marijuana efforts

    Cherisse Alford, CBBD PAC Chair Alford Distributing, Alcoholic beverage distributer, steadily funds anti-marijuana efforts

    Jeff Jordano, Management Committee Member Pacific Beverage Co. Alcoholic beverage distributer, steadily funds anti-marijuana efforts

    T.J. Louderback, Management Committee Member Anheuser-Busch In Bev Sales Inc. of Pomona and Antelope Valley, Alcoholic beverage distributer, steadily funds anti-marijuana efforts

    etc. etc. etc.

    http://1anonymouslegion.com/whoiskeepingcannabisillegal/

  • http://www.facebook.com/johan.mathiesen Johan Mathiesen

    A concomitant of that is that marijuana smokers are safer drivers than straight drivers, yet the laws make it illegal to dive while under the influence. It seems that, if the evidence points towards the safety of marijuana, the laws should reflect that. There’s no reason to presume that marijuana users are dangerous on the road. Whatever the case, the current blood limits are mindlessly low.