Will the legalization of cannabis in Colorado become a point of contention in tonight's Republican presidential debate? It's already become an issue on the road to Boulder, where Smart Colorado has placed one of two billboards with the message that "marijuana potency has more than tripled since the mid-1990s"; the second is by Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium. "Launching these billboards prior to the GOP presidential candidate debate in Boulder is our way to help educate the public and prompt a national conversation about the rush to commercialize marijuana," Smart Colorado co-founder Gina Carbone said in a release announcing the installation of the billboards earlier this eek. “Our hope is that parents and children will see these billboards in Colorado — and on social media across the country — so we can have this overdue conversation about marijuana potency.”
But according to one reader, Colorado's already had that conversation. Says Ryan:
This squabble genuinely makes little to no difference in the eyes of most Coloradans. Support for it is continuing to increase, we're raking in tons of money from it, and underage use of it is at an all-time low. There is no arguing that this pot is getting more and more potent. I have no idea why that's such a big deal to come to grips with and why it's such a point of contention; harmful effects from 'more potent' cannabis are still trivial and death is still virtually impossible.
The long overdue conversation about potency? Are these clowns serious? They can't make a legitimate argument so it's fear fear children fear fear...This is the "let's ban steak because babies can't chew it" argument....Increased potency means less consumption....
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For the record, here's the complete Smart Colorado billboard.
And here's one from Mason Tvert of the Marijuana Policy Project, who'd wanted to put his own billboard up outside the stadium, but says the company that controls the site refused.