Marijuana Prohibitionist Spends 4/20 Criticizing Legalization

Marijuana Prohibitionist Spends 4/20 Criticizing Legalization

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Coinciding with the national marijuana holiday of 4/20, a notorious marijuana prohibitionist blasted efforts to legalize marijuana nationwide while speaking at a drug abuse summit in Atlanta, Georgia.

According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Kevin Sabet, co-founder of the anti-marijuana group Smart Approaches to Marijuana, told an audience at the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit not to believe claims made about marijuana’s safety.

“You know what, poison ivy is a natural plant, but I wouldn’t suggest anybody mess with it,” Sabet said. “These arguments are ridiculous if you think about them for more than one or two seconds.”

Sabet’s comments came on the heels of a recent decision by the Atlanta City Council to table an ordinance that would have decriminalized marijuana possession in the city, “citing fear of moving forward without a strong implementation process between law enforcement personnel and the local administration.”

Despite the efforts of Sabet and his organization, support for legalization has never been higher. According to a recent poll conducted by Quinnipiac University, 60% of American voters support legalizing recreational marijuana, with approximately 94% expressing support for medical marijuana in particular.

William Sumner is a freelance writer and marijuana journalist located in Panama City, FL. Passionate about writing, William is dedicated to journalistic integrity and providing quality insight on current events. You can follow him on Twitter @W_Sumner.

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