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New design: ‘Our original billboard was vandalized, but… The truth cannot be destroyed.’

Responding to the vandalization of its billboard highlighting the relative safety of marijuana compared to alcohol, the Marijuana Policy Project has posted a new billboard in the same location that taunts the individual(s) who damaged the original. The organization will hold a news conference Thursday in front of the billboard located at the intersection of SW 13th Avenue  and SW Alder Street in Portland.

The original billboard was illegally torn down overnight within 48 hours of being posted. It noted that April is Alcohol Awareness Month and featured a glass of beer, a glass of wine, and a marijuana leaf below the words “Beer,” “Wine,” and “Safer,” respectively. It also encouraged Oregonians attending upcoming beer and wine festivals to think about the fact that marijuana is objectively less harmful than alcohol to consumers and the community.

The new design appears like the original, but with a very large red rip through the middle. It reads: “Our original billboard was vandalized, but… The truth cannot be destroyed.”

“Their entire lives, people have been led to believe marijuana is more dangerous than it truly is,” said Roy Kaufmann, Oregon representative for the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP). “It is understandable if someone became upset upon being confronted with the fact that marijuana is actually safer than alcohol. We want people who enjoy having beer or a glass of wine to ask themselves why they think it is a problem for adults to use a less harmful substance.”

WHAT: News conference to address the recent vandalism of the Marijuana Policy Project’s billboard

WHEN: Thursday, April 11, 10:30 a.m. PST

WHERE: Intersection of SW 13th Ave. and SW Alder St., Portland, Oregon

WHO: Roy Kaufmann, Marijuana Policy Project Oregon representative

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