Anti-marijuana groups like to claim that they're in the moral right because they want to prevent children from becoming drug addicts or whatever their argument is. But then why would they need to lie to convince people to support them?
The Utah Medical Association is currently trying to get a medical marijuana initiative off of this November's ballot. However, many reports have come out that the organization is informing its canvassers to lie to people so they'll remove their names from the medical marijuana initiative.
In the video above, the canvasser makes several lies to convince the person to remove their name from the medical marijuana petition. First she claims that the initiative would make smoking marijuana a felony. Then she says it would mean patients would need a recommendation from the Utah State Health Department to get cannabis, not their physician. Eventually the canvasser leaves after trying to explain that there's a difference between cannabis and marijuana.
The Utah Medical Association is defending itself, claiming that the person in the video is not a member of their organization.
“We doubt seriously that the video is one of our people,” said Mark Fotheringham, a spokesperson for the Utah Medical Association. “She’s not using any of our arguments and is totally distorting what the Drug Safe Utah campaign is trying to do.”
And to be fair, none of those arguments are what the UMA or Drug Safe Utah campaign are telling their canvassers to do. Instead, leaked memos show they're telling canvassers to lie to old people and tell them that the initiative will allow people to smoke cannabis wherever they want, while telling young people that the initiative would only allow them to smoke marijuana, not use edibles or vapes.
It's bewildering that groups that claim to be in the moral right need to use lies and distortions to convince people to join their cause.
(h/t High Times)