Pro-marijuana group ties legalization to Portland beer fest

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Pro-marijuana group ties legalization to Portland beer fest

An organization is distributing literature which argues the drug is safer than the alcoholic drinks being touted at the festival.

By Randy Billings rbillings@mainetoday.com
Staff Writer

PORTLAND – A national group that wants to legalize marijuana is taking advantage of this weekend’s high-profile beer festival in Portland by handing out fliers saying marijuana is safer than alcohol.

In this August 2012 file photo, many varieties of marijuana seedlings are on display. A national group that wants to legalize marijuana is taking advantage of this weekend’s high-profile beer festival in Portland by handing out fliers saying marijuana is safer than alcohol.

John Patriquin / Staff Photographer

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“The goal is to get people thinking about the fact that marijuana is an objectively less harmful substance than the one that is being celebrated throughout the city this weekend,” said David Boyer, the Maine political director of the Washington, D.C.-based Marijuana Policy Project.

A dozen volunteers began distributing literature throughout the Old Port on Friday, and will continue Saturday, he said. The public relations effort on behalf of pot is a taste of what’s to come in Portland as the city prepares for a referendum on legalizing it, perhaps this fall.

It’s also an example of what worries some public health advocates and substance-abuse experts.

They say the legalization arguments send mixed messages to

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