With the passage of Proposition 64, in California, came with it a plethora of new advertising for another addictive product. That is the high potency drug sold in many forms by the cannabis industry. Although local jurisdictions can prohibit commercialization, the City of San Diego went ahead and supported retail sales. As a result, the local dispensaries here in San Diego are pushing revenue into their advertising channels which include print media, billboards and radio ads.
According to the pro-marijuana lobby the U.S. is on the fast track to legalization nationwide. A new study refutes this claim outright, citing evidence from African-American and Latino New York registered voters. Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) and their New York Affiliate, SAM-NY, today released the results of a Emerson College poll conducted to gauge the public opinion of marijuana policy. The results are telling and marijuana legalization is hitting a roadblock:
- 76 percent of respondents did not support marijuana advertising
- 73 percent did not support public use of marijuana
- 58 percent did not support marijuana stores in their neighborhoods
- Half of New Yorkers are against marijuana candies, gummies, cookies and other edibles
- Minority communities overwhelmingly opposed the full-scale legalization. Only 22 percent of Latinos and 24 percent of African Americans support legalization
“New Yorkers do not support pot legalization. This poll shows us that elected officials need to slow down,” said Dr. Kevin Sabet, founder and president of SAM Action. “This poll shows similar results to our poll of New York voters in December — legalization is far from a slam dunk. One of the crucial takeaways from this is that minority communities are firmly opposed to legalization. And they should be — pot arrests for African American and Latino youth have gone up since legalization in Colorado. Pot shops are always predominately in lower income neighborhoods.”
Health and safety violations abound in medical marijuana dispensaries. We recently reported about the tainted products sold in California. Colorado marijuana is often recalled because of the use banned pesticides, but now Massachusetts pot also has a big problem.
A news story about medical marijuana in Massachusetts reported of moldy cannabis sold at one medical marijuana dispensary. The report also alleged that employees in this dispensary dipped the product hydrogen peroxide to clean affected cannabis. Continue reading Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Full of Safety Violations
SAM Defends Neighborhoods
Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), the leading U.S. non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to advancing evidence-based marijuana policy, criticized the California Cannabis Business Conference for fueling the rise of special interest groups that undermine public health and safety regulations in California.
Even though several under-served California neighborhoods have called for a ban on commercial pot shops in recent months, the California Cannabis Business Conference will host pot lobbyists and executives for a two-day industry event focused on for-profit marketing opportunities. The conference takes place September 21-22 in Anaheim. Continue reading SAM Criticizes California Cannabis Business Conference