Mason Tvert is the director of communications for Marijuana Policy Project and has taken up the role of the United States’ top lobbyist for legalizing marijuana. The Boston Globe chronicles his tactics and lobbying schemes in an interesting article.
It explains that Tvert did not come up with the “marijuana-is-safer-than-alcohol” narrative — a colleague at the national Marijuana Policy Project did.
But no one has done as much to hone it and spread it as the jovial, attention-grabbing preacher of the “safer” message for legalization.
John Suthers, the former attorney general of Colorado, and a strong opponent of marijuana legalization efforts, said he enjoys Tvert personally and his “in-your-face” unconventional style.
‘My major problem with Mason is, he really pushed this safety thing which, in my opinion, was not a good message in terms of youth perception of the risks of marijuana,’ Suthers said.
‘The facts are: Alcohol is dangerous. Marijuana is dangerous, particularly for young people.’