As advocates of legalizing marijuana in Colorado kick off a campaign to begin gathering signatures today with a press conference in front of the City and County Building, the UK’s Daily Mail publishes a major photo essay on medical marijuana in Denver.
Noting that there are now more marijuana dispensaries than Starbucks in the Mile High City, the Mail’s breathless coverage includes interviews with Westword’s Patricia Calhoun and William Breathes, who insists that being a pot critic is a real job with deadlines and editors and such.
Today’s marijuana press conference is sure to be one of many over the next several months as competing groups launch competing marijuana initiatives.
Today’s event at 2 pm launches the SAFER initiative Campaign to Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol.
Critics of this initiative say it would do no such thing as it would limit Coloradans to possessing only small amounts of marijuana whereas people are free to walk into a liquor store and buy everything on the shelf if they want to.
Proponents of this initiative say Coloradans would be unlikely to approve a measure that would allow people to possess unlimited amounts of pot and that it is better to propose a plan that has a chance of passing.