Believe it or not, some Colorado locals were less than thrilled about the annual 4/20 event in Denver this year. But few observers were as negative as Smart Colorado, an organization devoted to “protecting youth from marijuana.” In the wake of the rally, the group put out a statement under the heading “Smart Colorado Speaks About Shocking 4/20 Activities” that decried the gathering in terms that a pot advocate heavily involved in the Civic Center spectacle describes as “hysterical.”
In the Smart Colorado release (on view below in its entirety), spokeswoman Rachel O’Bryan maintains that members of the marijuana industry “willfully betrayed many of their key Amendment 64 supporters who passed the amendment with important conditions to legalization — including that open and public consumption would not be permitted, and marijuana would be tightly regulated and kept out of the hands of those under the age of 21.
“The messages we are sending our youth are deeply concerning,” O’Bryan continues. “Getting high is being encouraged, celebrated and glorified.”
In addition, O’Bryan takes direct aim at marijuana edibles, stating that the products have been “directly connected” to two recent deaths: Richard Kirk’s alleged murder of his wife after reportedly consuming a piece of Karma Kandy Orange Ginger and the death of Levy Thamba, also known as Levi Thamba Pongi, who died in a fall from a hotel balcony after eating six times the recommended amount of a marijuana cookie.
No telling where O’Bryan is to complain about the daily deaths that are DIRECTLY caused by alcohol.
Read more on O’Bryan’s asinine assumptions and SMART Colorado’s bullshit response over at the Denver Westword.