For Immediate Release
ARDP Slams Billboard Using Mother's Day to Mock Serious Conversations About Drug Abuse, Calls for Removal
Chair: 'There is nothing "playful" about the serious conversations parents have with their children about the dangers of substance abuse'
New studies on the health and social effects of marijuana:
PHOENIX (May 3) – Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy today denounced a new billboard campaign from the Campaign to Legalize Marijuana Like Alcohol that mocks serious conversations about drugs between parents and kids.
The pro-legalization side calls it “A playful angle on the conversations parents were urged for decades to have with their children about the dangers of marijuana and other drugs.”
“There is nothing ‘playful’ about the serious conversations parents have with their children about the dangers of substance abuse,” said Seth Leibsohn, chair of Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy. “It is wholly irresponsible to mock substance abuse -- and the hard work done by community preventionists and parents to keep their children safe -- as a joke. These billboards should be taken down immediately.”
There’s nothing funny about Colorado’s experiment with marijuana legalization:
“It’s appalling that the pro-legalization side would use Mother’s Day as a hook to promote drug use,” Leibsohn said. “A new effort in Pueblo, Colorado is seeking to opt out of marijuana commercialization because of what a local medical director called ‘a dramatic increase in newborns who test positive for marijuana along with an increase in teenage suicide attempts.’
“Is that really what we want for Arizona?”
About Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy
The Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy PAC was formed to actively oppose any initiative that would legalize the recreational use of the drug marijuana in the state of Arizona. Visit www.ardp.org for more information. Paid for by Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy. Major funding by Empire Southwest LLC, Arizona Chamber of Commerce Industry, Jim Click Automotive Team, and CopperPoint Insurance Companies.