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Controversial pro-marijuana billboard over Portland, Oregon

12:36 PM, Mar 28, 2013   |    comments
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PORTLAND, Oregon (KGW) -- A new billboard in downtown Portland, Oregon is raising some eyebrows.

The billboard features a photo of a glass of beer, a glass of wine, and a marijuana leaf. And below each photo, the words will read: "Beer," "Wine," and "Safer," respectively.

A group called The Marijuana Policy Project paid for the advertisement. They said they want to encourage people "to think about how marijuana is objectively less harmful than alcohol to consumers and the community," according to spokesman Roy Kaufmann.

He added that the timing of the billboard was intentionally chosen to coincide with Alcohol Awareness Month, in April, and the many upcoming beer and wine festivals.

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