Dear Bill Colley - Stop Lying Or We'll Expose You

There has been a pretty viral piece going around written by Bill Colley that argues for a number of baseless facts. As a native Idahoan who has to deal with the ignorance created by people like Bill who get to spew whatever false information they want, I wanted to use this as a chance to publicly ask Bill to stop lying. 

Your article Bill, did not include a shred of facts or evidence. These are the four main problems I had with your information.

1. You only call Cannabis by its "propaganda" name. 

It's not marijuana, dope, ganja, weed, or any other derogatory name you can come up with. The very fact that in your entire article you did not refer to it as Cannabis, shows that your intention was only to write a propaganda piece designed to misinform Idahoans. 

We are not buying your lies. 

2. Cannabis is NOT a gateway drug. The POLICY of prohibition causes drug abuse.

Cannabis is not a gateway drug. Here, i'll say it again. Cannabis is not a gateway drug.

Stop trying to convince Idahoans that it is. Because the only thing you are doing by lying about Cannabis being a gateway drug, is causing more drug abuse in Idaho. 

Show me a scientific peer reviewed study that shows Cannabis as the statistically significant causation factor for drug abuse in Idaho, and I'll write you a check for $10,000. It's free money man, nut up or shut up. 

3. Stop trying to associate Cannabis with liberals, libertarians, Mexicans, and whatever other "derogatory" category you can come up with.

I am not a liberal or libertarian. In fact when it comes to my political views I am extremely republican about the vast majority of issues. Can you paint me as a liberal? Sure. But like my republican friends, I am only one of many that believes that Medical Cannabis should be legalized in Idaho. 

There is a great quote your article reminded me of. 

"We knew that we couldn't make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know that we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did." - John Ehrlichman White House Domestic Affairs Advisor 1969-1973

When you do nothing but try to associate Cannabis with Mexicans by calling it marijuana or ganja, when you try to associate Cannabis with liberals & hard drug addicts, then as a Idahoan, I know you are lying. 

You are trying to take advantage of my conservative values so your police friends can make more money. 

4. You use personal stories, not overall statistics. 

As compelling as it is to hear about your one friend's daughter who is a mess, or how your police buddies think that Cannabis should stay illegal (because it's not like their salaries come from enforcing Cannabis laws), these are not actual facts. I'll give you an example.

I am one of those "pressed shirts, ties, & wing tips" smokers that you referred to. In fact, at the age of 23 I am a serial entrepreneur who has started 3 six figure local companies. I have created over 15 Idaho jobs and over the course of my life I hope to create hundreds if not thousands more jobs for Idahoans. To date I have been featured in Forbes, Business Insider, Yahoo Finance, and hundreds of other publications for my contributions to society. 

But using myself as an example would be poor facts. Because like your friends daughter, I am only a single statistic out of hundreds of thousands of Idaho smokers. 

Cannabis is smoked by a huge number of people in the advertising, programming, and creative industries. If you started regularly drug testing everyone who worked at big companies like Drake Cooper, Hewlett Packard, or Micron, you'd have to fire a huge amount of their work force. 

So please, stop trying to shove propaganda down Idaho's throat. Next time you write an article, show me facts. Otherwise, you'll see another blast from Green Majority pointing out the logical flaws in your baseless arguments. 

Idaho needs a factual conversation about Cannabis. Not more of the same BS propaganda lines from the 1970's. 

Please share this information if you think more people need to read it. Bill if you read this, we simply published this article. The engagement you see is the result of the people of Idaho.