Some bus ads in Maine stating that marijuana is safer than alcohol are riling up local drug warriors, reports indicate. Jo Morrissey, project manager for substance abuse group 21 Reasons, asked the transit district to drop the ads.
“I don’t know how you can slice it any other way, when you say that marijuana is safer than alcohol,” Morrissey said. “I don’t know what they’re trying to say other than their product is better.” ...
Legalization opponents say marijuana is addictive and should remain classified as a controlled substance. “We’re witnessing the birth of Big Marijuana,” said Kevin Sabet, the director of the University of Florida Drug Policy Institute and a former adviser on drug issues to President Barack Obama and Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. “And I really worry about the messages this advertising is going to be sending to kids, giving them the impression that marijuana is safe.”
The city of Portland Maine will vote on the decriminalization of personal marijuana possession for adults on Nov. 5.