The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol, or more easily, the pro-pot people, are up on the airwaves with some pretty good ads. This commercial features former Deputy Commissioner of Corrections Bill Parker, who has long advocated for legalizing pot:
This one features a Valdez police officer:
The group also has a radio spot featuring another cop and a school teacher.
All told, the pro-pot people are spending $500,000 on the ads. So far, the campaign has received $860,759 in contributions to convince Alaskans to vote on Ballot Measure 2. Most of that money has come from the D.C.-based Marijuana Policy Project.
The other side, Big Marijuana. Big Mistake. Vote No on 2. Or, more easily, the anti-pot people, have raised about $91,000. Most of that has come from Alaskans and Alaska-based businesses.
Local pollster Ivan Moore, who polled for the campaign, recently released numbers that show that pot was up 18 percentage points. Many, even the pro-pot people, said that was likely optimistic.
Another local polling firm, Dittman Research, who is working with the anti-pot people, released a poll the same day showing that pot is losing by 10 points.
Dazed and confused? Join the club. But what is clear is that those who are against legalization don’t have nearly the resources as those who are for it. Also, they don’t have a sympathetic media on their side. But they do have fear–justified or not–and some stories and some polls out of Colorado, that has indicated that people there are less than happy about what happened in that state after legalization.
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