An organization of marijuana legalization opponents in Arizona has commissioned anti-marijuana billboards in the Phoenix area. Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy is responding to pro-marijuana billboards put up this past October by Weedmaps, a marijuana locating app, as reported by the Phoenix New Times
Weedmaps’ billboards consisted of messages regarding the effects of marijuana legalization in states like Colorado and Washington, with one particular billboard highlighting that there hasn’t been an increase in adolescent marijuana use in those states.
ARDP’s ad is similar to that of Weedmaps, but looks at marijuana from a negative viewpoint. The group used information found in the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area report from October 2017.
The billboard states, “Every 3 days someone dies in a marijuana-related traffic death in Colorado.”
ARDP only cited information from the HIDTA report, which critics say isn’t a credible source. Critics reason that the HIDTA report, along with not being peer-reviewed, was the result of a body organized by the federal government, which still considers marijuana to be a Schedule I drug, and the HIDTA reports are more likely to focus on the negative aspects of legalization.
Merilee Fowler, ARDP’s secretary and treasurer, stated in an email to the Phoenix New Times that the information in the HIDTA report used “data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Fatality Analysis Reporting System and Colorado Department of Transportation.”