The medical marijuana movement is “absolutely” a backdoor attempt to
legalize marijuana, according Michael Lerner, the organizer of the
Colorado Cannabis Convention that’s going on in Denver this weekend.
Lerner believes the current medical marijuana movement is nearly identical to
the second phase of prohibition in which some people feigned ailments
to get a doctor’s recommendation to drink booze. In 1929, there were
60,000 reported cases of snakebites Ń one of the ailments that doctors
could recommend alcohol for. After alcohol became legal again in 1933,
the number of reported snakebites declined dramatically, which Lerner
doesn’t see as a coincidence.
“Remember the guy who claimed they had a
snake bite in 1929 to be able to drink alcohol, a few years later was
able to walk down the street and purchase (alcohol)?” he said. “That’s
where we’re at.”
Lerner,who also runs KUSH Magazine and DailyBuds.com, has sunk $400,000 of his
own money into the Colorado Cannabis Convention. The event is being
touted as the largest cannabis convention in the history of the United
States, and will boast more than 300 booths featuring everything from
holistic healing to glass blowing. The two-day event will also feature
a town hall meeting with elected officials from the city, state, and
sees the Colorado Cannabis Convention as a step towards the widespread
acceptance of marijuana. He pointed out that such a large marijuana
event would have been unheard of only three years ago and is
positioning the convention as a family friendly affair that will
hopefully win over skeptics. No actual marijuana is allowed at the
am thrilled to be able to bring the largest cannabis convention in
history to Denver Ń a convention that shows the incredible
professionalism that this industry is experiencing in a city that is
showing how cannabis can help both people and business,” he said in a
expects California voters to legalize marijuana this November. He
expects Colorado voters to follow California’s lead shortly thereafter.
Mason Tvert, leader of the group Safer Alternative For Enjoyable Recreation
(SAFER), has introduced a ballot initiative that would legalize
marijuana in Colorado. He joined college activists at the Auraria
Campus yesterday to promote the “Emerald Initiative,” a measure calling
on college presidents and chancellors to support “informed and
dispassionate public debate” on whether allowing students to use
marijuana more freely could reduce dangerous drinking on and around
The Emerald Initiative is SAFER’s response to the Amethyst Initiative, a
statement endorsed by more than 130 college presidents and chancellors
calling for discussion on whether lowering the legal drinking age to 18
would reduce levels of student drinking and the serious problems it can
nationwide are trying everything from encouraging students to drink
responsibly, promoting ‘social norms drinking,’ and even, in some
cases, proposing a lowering of the drinking age in order to curb
dangerous student alcohol use,” said Tvert. “Some may scoff at the
Emerald Initiative, but it’s no less viable a plan and this is literally a matter of life and death.”Auraria
student Travis Fortson didn’t support Tvert’s premise that marijuana
and alcohol are mutually exclusive. He doesn’t believe that
decriminalizing marijuana would lead to a decline in alcohol
consumption, and couldn’t imagine a big college party where people were
only smoking marijuana and not drinking alcohol.
something you just do hanging out and playing video games, you know.
Can that really constitute as a party?” he said.
fellow Auraria student Tom Green said he thinks the negative effects of
alcohol would decrease were marijuana to be legalized.
people smoked on campus rather than drank on campus, there would be a
lot less violence going on,” he said. “Alcohol, from personal
experiences and what I’ve seen, has just brought violence into peoples’
rally on the Auraria campus was one of 80 similar events held on
colleges and universities throughout the country aimed at urging
universities to reduce penalties for marijuana use. April 1 marks the
first day of National Alcohol Awareness Month.