September 3, 2014

Oregon Anti-Marijuana Propaganda Tour Could Be In Trouble

September 3, 2014
Reefer Madness

Reefer MadnessAnti-marijuana organizers were planning a 13 stop ‘education tour’ in Oregon leading up to the 2014 Election. That was, until it became known that tax payer dollars were helping fund the events. Since then, numerous stops along the tour, which is obviously politically motivated, have either cancelled their events are ‘in flux’ as Noelle Crombie has stated in a recent article. Organizers were pretending like this was just a harmless education tour. However, this was a propaganda traveling circus by all accounts. Fortunately, it appears that the organizers are starting to feel the heat. Per Oregon Live:

A Tigard drug abuse prevention official who was helping coordinate a marijuana education series said Tuesday that some locations may not host the event and that she is no longer organizing the series.

The series has been controversial from the start, with marijuana legalization proponents questioning the use of federal dollars to help pay for the kick-off session in Madras. The original sponsor backed out, prompting the Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association to step forward last week with a $10,000 donation to keep the Madras event afloat. The association opposes legalization.

The Madras event will continue as planned, but Connie Ramaeker said each of the 12 other locations has decided to get its own speakers. The political backlash prompted some local organizers to reconsider whether to even host the event, she said.

When Oregon legalizes marijuana, it will be hard to decide what I’m more happy about – the fact that I don’t have to worry about getting in trouble for being a marijuana consumer, or knowing that Kevin Sabet will likely never visit my home state again. If this was 1970, 1980, 1990, or even 2000, these events would have happened with little opposition, or at least little publicized opposition. But this is 2014, and Oregon is more than ready for a new approach to marijuana laws. The days of ramming propaganda down citizen’s throats is long gone. Every time this crap happens, activists will be there to challenge it.


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