If you thought anti-marijuana protesters were crazy for trying to keep a drug that doesn't harm people illegal, wait until you hear about their most recent efforts protesting a billboard.
Anti-marijuana advocates in Connecticut held a rally over the weekend to protest a billboard advertising legal marijuana in Massachusetts. The billboard, which was put up by marijuana dispensary locator app Weedmaps, simply states, "Weed is legal in 60 miles." That's it. No controversial claims about marijuana curing cancer or a picture of a child enjoying a joint. Just a the words, "Weed is legal in 60 miles."
The rally is meant to voice displeasure that the billboard is advertising that Connecticut residents can drive 60 miles and purchase legal recreational marijuana. They say that it's dangerous and could lead to people driving under the influence of marijuana or lead to people in Connecticut becoming devious cannabis addicts. In fact, an addiction treatment center recently put up a billboard near the Weedmaps one advertising its own services, and noting that it's closer than Massachusetts.
Of course, even if the billboard were taken down, it wouldn't change the fact that it's advertising. Marijuana is legal in Massachusetts, which is only a short drive for many Connecticut residents. If they really want to get legal cannabis, it won't be hard.
And this issue may go away soon anyways. Recently elected Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont has stated his support for recreational marijuana legalization, and it appears the state is considering the proposal.
So soon Weedmaps could change the sign to, "Weed is legal in 0 miles."