With the passage of Amendment 64, Coloradans will need to brace themselves for the punch lines and cheesy stereotypes that come with the territory for states that decide to leave it up to adults to make their own choices about recreational marijuana use.
Our capitol is in the mile “high” city. Get it?! “High.”
As Governor John Hickenlooper’s task force begins its work to determine how the aforementioned Amendment to the Colorado Constitution actually gets enforced and regulated, we will no doubt be inundated by high (cheesy pun intended) profile surrogates on both sides of this national debate in the weeks and months ahead.
This donned on us earlier this week when we received a press release from a new anti-legalization outfit called Project SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana) about a press conference they are holding on Thursday in downtown Denver.
Admittedly, we did a double take when we learned that none other than former Congressman Patrick Kennedy, Jr. (D-RI) has become a national spokesman for the anti-marijuana group. Yes, that Congressman Patrick Kennedy.
True enough, marijuana is different than prescription medication or even scotch, for example. However, choosing the young former Congressman with an admittedly checkered past to lecture others about substance abuse seems a bit like his late father doing public service announcements on the dangers of reckless driving.
While we don’t intend to besmirch the intentions of the young Kennedy, we do hope that other groups set on using a measure approved by a majority of Colorado voters to advance their own misguided political causes think long and hard about who they choose to carry their banner on our streets.
We’d also appreciate a courtesy heads up if any of them get behind the wheel while they’re in town.