Big Marijuana. Big Mistake. Vote No on 2 Campaign Presents Smart Arguments in Anchorage Debate
July 21, 2014 (Anchorage, Alaska): The Big Marijuana. Big Mistake. Vote No on 2 campaign enjoyed the opportunity to talk to the Anchorage business community about the impacts legalized marijuana would have on their companies and community. This much is clear, Big Marijuana. Big Mistake. Vote No on 2 has the facts on their side. The debate was sponsored by the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce at the Egan Center and centered on ballot measure 2, which would legalize the use, commercialization and industrialization of marijuana, edibles and concentrates in Alaska.
Throughout the debate, campaign spokesperson Kristina Woolston reiterated the reasons why so many Alaskans are alarmed and upset about the language found in ballot initiative 2. “Many Alaskans now realize what this will mean to our state: tremendous increases in social and health services costs, increases in public safety training, loss of local control for our villages and communities, advertising and public promotion and extreme dangers from child-friendly edibles and potent concentrates that have led to explosions,” said Woolston. “This initiative is not of Alaska design, and it is being forced on us by outside financial interests that, according to their spokesperson, will do whatever it takes to win.”
The opposition kept trying to deflect the arguments against legalized marijuana by bringing up the topic of alcohol as a comparison. “It is only a distraction. This tactic might have worked for them in Colorado and Washington, but that is not going to work here in Alaska,” added Woolston after the debate.
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Big Marijuana. Big Mistake. Vote No on 2 is a grassroots effort to protect Alaska from commercialized and industrialized marijuana. Led by community members from around the state, the group works to defeat ballot measure 2 and educate the public about the social and economic costs of marijuana in Alaska.
Paid for by Big Marijuana. Big Mistake. Vote No on 2, Anchorage, AK. Chaired by Mike Williams, who approves this message. Top contributors are Chenega Corporation, Anchorage, AK; Alaska Regional Hospital, Anchorage, AK and Thomas Tougas, Seward, AK