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Medical Marijuana Ads Under Attack in Denver
Free joints! Cheap weed! Come on down! Marijuana advertising in Denver can be shockingly aggressive, with psychedelic billboards and sign wavers promoting potent weed and an affordable high. But in-your-face advertising messages in Colorado's largest city look like they're on their way out after the city council voted 13-0 to ban outdoor advertising for medical marijuana. continued
Proposed Denver MMJ Ad Ban Set for Public Hearing
A proposal to ban billboard, bus-bench and sidewalk sign-twirler advertising by Denver medical-marijuana dispensaries has pitted the state's two most prominent cannabis trade groups against each other. On one side is the Cannabis Business Alliance, which denounces the proposal by saying it creates too many uncertainties for the industry. On the other is the Medical Marijuana Industry Group, which supports the proposed ban by arguing that it is a show of neighborliness for an industry that is not always embraced. continued
Marijuana Reform Facebook Ads Restored
Facebook turned over a new leaf Monday, unblocking advertisements promoting a marijuana legalization campaign involving a set of November ballot initiatives across the country. The social media giant conceded to Internet freedom advocates over the past week that it had erred in yanking a pro-legalization group's ads from its network because of pot leaf images. Parties involved in the controversy confirmed the Facebook decision to The Huffington Post on Monday. continued
Pat Robertson's Pot Billboard
The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol has launched a new billboard promoting Colorado's marijuana legalization initiative, Amendment 64 -- this time featuring conservative evangelist icon Pat Robertson. The digital billboard, located on the I-70 Business Loop just west of Main Street in Grand Junction, Colo., features an image of Robertson and reads: "Pat Robertson would vote YES on 64. Will you?" continued
Not the first time...
Boston Trial Fireworks 2/06/02
On Friday, February 1 our trial in Federal District Court against the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) began in Boston. Our case is simple: the MBTA refuses to place our marijuana reform ads because they don't like our point of view.
First Amendment Trial Starts in Boston
Trial is scheduled to begin on Friday morning, February 1, 2002 in Change the Climate v. MBTA. Change the Climate is a nonprofit group that promotes public discussion about marijuana policies and laws. CTC sued the Mass. Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) after the transit authority refused to display the groups ads.
The three ads rejected by the MBTA seek to stimulate debate about
1) whether arresting people for marijuana makes sense from a public safety point of view;
2) whether sending kids to jail is more dangerous than smoking pot; and
3) whether the typical anti-drug message that marijuana is as dangerous as cocaine or heroin is counterproductive with young people. The lawsuit charges the MBTA rejected the ads because of their point of view, a direct violation of the First Amendment.
Bong Hits 4 Jesus August 30, 2006
When it comes to Bong Hits 4 Jesus, here's some Advice 4 Dummies: If the phrase poses such a threat to the health and future of any teenager exposed to it, then stop making a federal case out of it. If the Juneau School Board, in its infinite stubbornness, is so worried that the message waved on a banner four years ago at a nonschool event will lead high school kids down the path to illegal drug use, why does it insist on giving the message such tremendous exposure?
Former Whitewater special counsel Kenneth Starr petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to take up Alaska’s “Bong Hits 4 Jesus” case, a dispute involving a high school student, a banner and a tough school policy.
"They that start by burning books will end by burning men."
(German) "Dort, wo man BŸcher verbrennt,
verbrennt man am Ende auch Menschen."
--Heinrich Heine (1797-1856),
from his play Almansor (1821)