Friday, November 04, 2005

More dueling headlines

The Rocky Mountain News is highlighting the attention Denver has garnered for approving Initiative 100, which legalizes possession of up to an ounce of marijuana: "Pot vote prompts worldwide attention." The story notes that Jay Leno mentioned the vote the other night in his monologue: "'Fifty-three percent of the people approve of having marijuana in Denver, how about that?' Leno said. 'How does that make Bush feel? He's 14 percent behind pot now.'"

The Rocky calls this a "zinger."

Oddly, the Post seems to have--nothing. Well, they do have a headline with the word "pot" in it: "Lawmakers caution that Ref. C not pot of gold."

Screw the headlines; Post wins. They didn't quote Leno.

Update: The same Rocky article provides support for the Drunkablog's prediction that state marijuana laws will be a low enforcement priority in Denver, pointing out that pot arrests have been dropping for years, from 3,701 in 1996 to 2,072 in 2004. Surely we'll see a further drop.

Update II: The News has a cute story up now about the Denverite who was the "first person in the United States to be arrested on a marijuana charge": "Pot considered 'murder weed' in 1937"; the Post, as of 1:00 a.m. on the 5th, hasn't run a story on I-100 since it passed. Can that possibly be right?

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