The local police chief has been challenged to a duel at high noon today in Portland, Maine. This duel is not a quick draw pistol showdown. Yet, still in the spirit of the wild west, instead, this is a battle of truth and safety. One opponent will be armed with marijuana flowers ready to be smoked, while the other will be armed with a bottle of booze and a shot glass.

David Boyer (pictured left), Political Director, Marijuana Policy Project Maine, has challenged local Chief of Police, Edward Googins (pictured right), South Portland Police Department, to go hit for shot to determine which is safer, cannabis or alcohol.

marijuana is safer than alcohol

This challenge was proposed by marijuana advocate, Boyer, because of some ludicrous statements Chief Googins has made to the press. One such statement made by Googins, has been recorded at least twice,

“Claims that marijuana is safer than alcohol are so bogus it’s not even funny.”

To which Boyer responded,

“It is one thing for Chief Googins to speak out against the initiative, but it’s another for him to speak out against science. It’s on par with a government official announcing broccoli is not healthier than cheeseburgers.”

Boyer chose today for the duel because he and Googins are already scheduled to have a debate this evening at South Portland High School. Chief Googins has not yet agreed to the hit for shot duel, but Boyer will be waiting at the gazebo in Mill Creek Park at noon today, hoping that the chief will rise to the occasion to prove it.

photo credit: LegaljuiceAfter5DetroitFacebook/DavidBoyer, Facebook/FBCDN,

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