Moms and Dads for Marijuana Regulation post YES on 64 billboard

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Moms and Dads for Marijuana Regulation post YES on 64 billboard

A group of concerned Colorado parents has formed a committee, Moms and Dads for Marijuana Regulation, which will work to support Amendment 64. At a news conference to announce the launch, the committee unveiled a billboard that highlights the need to regulate marijuana in order to keep it away from teens.

The billboard, located just across from the Denver Broncos' stadium at1600 Federal Blvd., features a man embracing his teen son and stating: "Please, card my son. Regulate the sale of marijuana and help me keep it out of his hands." It directs people to RegulationWorks.org, a page on the campaign site that explains the many benefits of regulating marijuana (and the problems associatied with prohibition).

The campaign has also set up a page that allows you to easily share an image of the billboard with family and friends via email, Facebook, and Twitter.

Co-chairs of the new committee include a licensed clinical social worker, a school psychologist, and a former police officer, who have released the following statements:

Georgia Edson, a Denver-based mother and Licensed Clinical Social Worker:

"Far too often,  we hear opponents of reform using teens as a reason to maintain marijuana prohibition. They are simply playing on the fears of parents. The true dangers related to marijuana come from its illegal status.

"Like the father portrayed in the billboard, I would feel much more comfortable knowing that marijuana was being sold in regulated stores where sellers would be checking IDs.

Dr. Erika Joye, a Denver-based mother and nationally certified school psychologist:

"Marijuana prohibition is the worst possible policy when it comes to keeping marijuana out of the hands of teens. If we do not regulate marijuana across the board, we are guaranteeing that sales will be entirely uncontrolled and that those selling it will not ask for ID. We are also forcing consumers into an underground market where they are likely to be exposed to other, more harmful products.

"Under Amendment 64, all marijuana sales will be conducted in a regulated market in which checks for proof of age are mandatory and strictly enforced, and consumers will not be exposed to more dangerous products. As a child and school psychologist – and as a mom – I feel that regulating marijuana like alcohol is critical to protecting the health and safety of Colorado teens."

Jason Thomas, an Aurora-based father and former Colorado police officer:

"Marijuana prohibition relegates the growing and selling of marijuana to criminal enterprises, oftentimes including gangs and cartels. Amendment 64 will take the production and distribution of marijuana out of our neighborhoods and put it behind the counter of licensed businesses. There is a reason why we do not see alcohol being widely produced and sold out of homes in the suburbs – because it is regulated.

"Because marijuana is illegal, suppliers are unable to rely on law enforcement officials to step in when business-related disputes and incidents occur. All too often, this results in violence that affects not just marijuana dealers and consumers, but the broader communities surrounding them. By regulating marijuana like alcohol we can eliminate the violence and turf battles associated with the underground market."