Man Behind Spoof Medical Marijuana Site in MA Steps Forward
The man behind the spoof website that is linked in a Massachusetts voter’s guide as a site that is supposed to be against medical marijuana – and which is actually an “Onion-like” satire of the myths used against marijuana – has stepped forward to take the credit for his stroke of genius.
Scott Gacek realized on Tuesday that while VoteNoOnQuestion3.org is listed in the voter guide, the group opposing Question 3 – the measure to legalize medical cannabis in Massachusetts – had not registered to address. In less than 4 hours his spoof site was up, boasting such hard-hitting stories as “Marijuana is the Gateway to Twinkies.”
“I did it for fun,” Gacek said. “It was kind of a ‘set it and forget it’ kind of thing.”
The local freelance web designer buys domain names and creates pro-marijuana websites. He also writes for a pro-marijuana reform blog.
“I’m a very vocal proponent of medical marijuana,” he said. “I can’t wait for it to pass in November.”
When Gacek first went on the hunt for anti-marijuana sites, he said his search came up empty.
“I thought, there’s no real opposition, so let’s have some fun with it and make some fake opposition,” he said. “I wanted to poke some fun at some of the reasons why people will say that medical marijuana is bad.”
The post Gacek is most proud of so far is one about a Massachusetts drug dealers union urging voters to vote against marijuana regulation. “I try to be informative with it at the same time,” he said.
The real vote-no campaign sent out a press release saying that medical marijuana supporters were tampering with the democratic process through “underhanded efforts.” But a campaign spokesman did admit that the committee made a mistake. The group has now created an official site at MAVoteNoOnQuestion3.com.
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