Daily Mail brags on Denver pot stores as campaign for legalization launches

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.

Scot Kersgaard has been managing editor of a political newspaper, editor and co-owner of a ski town newspaper, executive editor of eight high-tech magazines (where he worked with current Apple CEO Tim Cook), deputy press secretary to a U.S. Senator, and an outdoors columnist at the Rocky Mountain News. He has an English degree from the University of Washington. He was awarded a fellowship to study internet journalism at the University of Maryland's Knight Center for Specialized Journalism. He was student body president in college. He spends his free time hiking and skiing.

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