Elizabeth Osbourne was interviewed and given time to explain what UtahCARE's mission and how they plan to go about collecting signatures at LDS General Conference and during the Undie Run. The purpose of course is to place an initiative on the ballot to legalize pot in Utah. In the last 30 seconds of the interview, she blasts my response to an email they sent. WATCH THE VIDEO HERE.
The House and Senate received a curious email at 1:43AM yesterday morning. Here is what I received:
Hello Utah lawmakers and representatives! In honor of the 2013 LDS Church General Fall Conference, our group, UtahCARE, will be in the area to answer questions about the benefits of medical marijuana as well as to gather signatures necessary to place the issue up for a vote in 2014. Please see the attached Press Release and consider attending or sending any questions in a response to this e-mail or the contact information located below. Thank you for your time and consideration. UtahCARE Press Release 09302013
Gradi Jordan, Director UtahCARE
Utah Cannabis Awareness, Respect and Education
This email seemed a little odd. The group was gathering in "honor" of LDS General Conference? Ironic. So, to point out the irony, I responded accordingly:
"Uh…so remind me again how your presence and movement honors LDS General Conference? It's like the Quorum of the Seventy showing up in Nevada to honor Burning Man. Makes no sense. For congruity's sake, I suggest meeting in Pioneer Park on April 20th instead."Of course, April 20th is the "420" holiday widely celebrated in marijuana aficionado circles as a day to light up. And, Pioneer Park seems to be a popular hang out for those who support the holiday. So, it only seemed appropriate to direct the petition gatherers to the place and time to achieve the greatest likely success for their efforts.
Now, for the record, I will never vote to legalize marijuana. It is a gateway drug and I believe the risks associated with its legalization far out weigh its benefits. For those Utahn's who want to consume marijuana anyway, I suggest planning a trip to Colorado.