Some Medical Marijuana Advocates Are Opposing Legalization Measures


Some of the most intense opposition to the marijuana legalization proposals on the ballot in three states this fall is coming from the earlier pioneers of legalization — the medical marijuana industry, NPR reports. In Colorado, the amendment is ahead in the polls, but that lead is eroding as it gets more pushback from business groups. “We don’t want to become the pot capital of the United States,” says Roger Sherman, who runs the “Vote No” campaign. “That’s not the image our economic development leaders want to use to attract businesses and conventions and tourists.”

In Washington state, “we’re horrified,” says Steve Sarich, who runs the “No On I-502” campaign. He is also a longtime producer of medical marijuana. At his Seattle “access point” — that’s what dispensaries call themselves in Washington at the moment — he shows off a display case full of pot-infused products. Sarich says this new world of legal medical marijuana will be in jeopardy if I-502 passes. He thinks the initiative is really a Trojan horse. One of its provisions sets a maximum THC level in the bloodstream of drivers — essentially, a blood alcohol limit for the active ingredient in marijuana. The problem is that THC lingers in the blood, and Sarich says regular users of medical marijuana would never be legal to drive, even when feeling sober.

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