Protest Meets Kennedy's Launch of SAM Project
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Protest Meets Kennedy's Launch of SAM Project
Posted by CN Staff on January 10, 2013 at 20:06:10 PT
By Megan Mitchell, Denver Post 
Source: Denver Post
Colorado -- Before former Rhode Island congressman Patrick Kennedy Jr. could introduce his new national initiative to educate the public and policymakers about the health risks of pot use, he was asked to step down as head of Smart Approaches to Marijuana. "If Patrick Kennedy and his new organization want people to be educated about marijuana, he should start with himself," said Mason Tvert, spokesman for the Marijuana Policy Project and a leader in the successful campaign to legalize recreational pot use in Colorado . "The evidence is clear  marijuana is far less addictive and less harmful to the body than alcohol."
Tvert held an inpromptu press conference outside the Denver Press Club Thursday morning about an hour before Kennedy and other members of the SAM coalition made their pitch.Tvert said that anyone attempting to be a public educator about the health risks associated with marijuana must openly and honestly address how much more dangerous legal controlled substances like alcohol and tobacco are to public safety. Inside the club, and backed by a panel of doctors and politicians, Kennedy disagreed. Dr. Christian Thurstone, a Denver psychiatrist who conducts federally funded research on marijuana addiction, rattled off statistics about teenage marijuana use and addiction that contradicted claims of the drug's supposed harmlessness."Fifty-eight percent of all new users are under 18," he said. "And one in six who try it become addicted."Thurstone said two thirds of adolescents referred to his substance abuse clinic at Denver Health are there because of marijuana. High school expulsion rates for use or possession of weed is up 40 percent, he said. As described by former drug policy adviser to the White House Kevin Sabet, SAM aims to spur a discussion of topics around marijuana use and misuse that he said were largely ignored during legalization debates last year. SnippedComplete Article: Denver Post (CO)Author: Megan Mitchell, Denver Post Published: January 10, 2013Copyright: 2013 The Denver Post Website: openforum denverpost.comCannabisNews  -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #2 posted by Ryannn29 on January 13, 2013 at 09:09:43 PT:
Project SAM is joke
Project SAM? Are you serious? Is Kennedy insinuating that the government is dumb? For the past 100 years the government has failed with whatever their aims were with marijuana prohibition. Project SAM is nothing, it's some piece of propaganda crap coming from either very stupid or very bad people.The truth's out, marijuana will be legalized. And I agree with Paul. I wanna see Kennedy in a debate, he'll be destroyed. I'd actually love to see it, it'd be so entertaining.
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Comment #1 posted by Paul Pot on January 11, 2013 at 20:53:04 PT:
Mass debate!
Dear Mason, challenge SAM Kennedy to a debate.
You will rip them to pieces.
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