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Pro-marijuana ads pulled from NASCAR's Brickyard 400

Category: News | Posted on Sat, July, 27th 2013 by THCFinder
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Maybe NASCAR and marijuana don’t mix, after all.
 
Under pressure from anti-drug groups, the company that owns the Jumbotron at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has pulled a pro-marijuana ad from this weekend’s Brickyard 400 NASCAR race.
 
The ad, which extols marijuana as being "less harmful than alcohol," was produced by the Marijuana Policy Project and had been scheduled to air dozens of times from Friday through Sunday on the Jumbotron
 
The ad targeted beer drinkers, claiming that marijuana is not as fattening or dangerous as alcohol. 
 
"Our goal is to make this weekend's event as educational as it will be enjoyable," Mason Tvert, director of communications for the Marijuana Policy Project, said in a statement. "We simply want those adults who will be enjoying a beer or two at the race this weekend to think about the fact that marijuana is an objectively less harmful product.”
 
After the Drug Free America Foundation, Inc. found out about the ad, they complained to Grazie Media, the company that owns the large screen located at the entrance to the raceway, who announced on Friday that they were pulling the spot.
 
"Grazie Media does not, in any way, shape or form, support the use of marijuana nor the promotion of illegal drugs at a family event," Vanessa Wojtala, CEO and director of programming at Grazie Media, said in a statement.
 

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Pro-marijuana ad to appear outside big NASCAR race

Category: News | Posted on Fri, July, 26th 2013 by THCFinder
nascar-marijuana-advertisingFans attending a major NASCAR race this weekend will see a most unlikely video posted on a giant video screen shortly before entering the track: a pro-marijuana legalization ad.
 
Outside the NASCAR Brickyard 400 in Indianapolis, the same track that hosts the famed Indianapolis 500, Marijuana Policy Project, the nation's largest pro-marijuana legalization advocacy group, has purchased space to air – dozens of times over the weekend – a video that pushes the theme that marijuana is less harmful than alcohol.
 
It marks the first time a pro-marijuana legalization ad will appear so close to an entrance gate of a major sporting event. The Brickyard 400, in its 20th year, is regarded as one of NASCAR's biggest races.
 
But the video ad isn't just pro-marijuana. While it's made to look like a beer ad, its tone sounds anti-alcohol. Unlike beer, a narrator in the video says, marijuana has "no calories," "no hangovers" and, the ad says, "it's not linked to violence or reckless behavior."
 
The video ends with this tagline: "Less harmful than alcohol, and time to treat it that way."
 
NASCAR has no affiliation with the advertiser or the company selling the inventory, and the ad will not appear anywhere on track property. NASCAR executives declined to comment.
 

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Weed World vans give out marijuana-flavored candies

Category: News | Posted on Thu, July, 25th 2013 by THCFinder
weedworld-vanThe Dro-man -- the only name he would give Fox 5 -- distributes an assortment of different marijuana-flavored candies from the back of a van.
 
And he seemed unaware of why that job-description might not scream "legitimacy" to passers-by.
 
Dro-man avoided telling us if his lollipops contained enough THC to actually get suckers high.
 
"It's barely legal," he said.
 
In other words, if this vehicle passes you on the street no need to call the cops.
 
"Nah, you wouldn't get in trouble for messing around with a pop," Dro said.
 
The Dro-man said his nationwide fleet of vehicles -- a dozen in New York -- serves the joint purpose of blazing around the country to campaign for the legalization of cannabis.
 
"Bring about marijuana awareness," he said.
 
And so, while the weed-wagons may not keep a low-profile, not even ice-cream trucks stay as chill.
 

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Cannabis plants spring up all over German town after campaigners plant thousands of seeds

Category: News | Posted on Tue, July, 23rd 2013 by THCFinder
germany-cannabis-plants-sproutingCannabis plants are sprouting up all over a German town after pro-marijuana supporters planted tens of thousands of seeds last month.
 
Supporters of the group A Few Autonomous Flower Children spread several kilograms of seeds around the university town of Gottingen last month.
 
They say they are protesting its 'demonisation' in Germany's 'restrictive drug laws'
 
Scores of the plants have sprouted all over the town this week to the fury of the local police and council.
 
A website shows dozens of photos of the cannabis plants blooming in public parks, allotments, gardens and window boxes all over town - with some even growing outside the local police station.
 
Police have been ripping out the illegal plants on sight but the sheer number of blossoming plants became noticeable in the past week.
A police spokesman said 70 plants had been removed so far - including the ones outside the police station - adding: 'Everything that looks like cannabis is torn out.'
 
She confirmed that officers were expecting to see a huge rise in the number of cannabis plants in public areas, adding: 'Officers have been told to be vigilant and destroy any plants they see.'
 
A spokesman for A Few Autonomous Flower Children said: 'We can't set eyes on this useful and beautiful plant because it's absolutely forbidden in Germany to grow it.'
 
She added: 'This action is a big deal - people (from A Few Autonomous Flower Children) really put effort into it.'
 

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Recreational Marijuana Sales Banned In More Than Two Dozen Colorado Cities

Category: News | Posted on Tue, July, 23rd 2013 by THCFinder
mj-banned-incoAlthough Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed several historic measures to implement marijuana legalization in the state, establishing Colorado as the world's first legal, regulated and taxed marijuana market for adults back in May, many of the Centennial State's cities are banning retail legal weed.
 
On Tuesday, Colorado Springs, the state's second largest city, is expected to vote to ban retail recreational marijuana stores, The Associated Press reports. Four of nine Colorado Springs City Council members have already said they will vote against retail weed stores. But even if legal marijuana sales are approved, Mayor Steve Bach has vowed to veto recreational pot shops in the city limits.
 
The City Council could just ban recreational marijuana sales altogether or allow marijuana sales but also pass a moratorium on opening pot shops until after Colorado voters weigh in on approving tax rates for recreational marijuana in the state this November. But according to the Gazette, Bach has said he'd even veto the moratorium option.
 
"This is so important to our community and in our best interest that I will respectfully need to veto anything short of opting out," Bach said in a Gazette report.
 
Recreational pot sales in Colorado cities that opt-in can begin on Jan. 1, 2014.
 

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California Dems Say "No!" to Medical Marijuana Crackdown, Federal Interference in CO, WA

Category: News | Posted on Tue, July, 23rd 2013 by THCFinder
no-crackdown-from-fedsSoCal activist Lanny Swerdlow recently notified us that the California Democratic Party passed two historic resolutions on the issue of marijuana at its Executive Board meeting in Costa Mesa on Sunday, July 21.
 
“The first resolution called on President Obama to (1) respect the voters of Colorado and Washington and to not allow any federal interference in the enactment of their marijuana legalization initiatives, (2) end the federal raids on patients and providers in medical marijuana states and (3) appoint a commission to look into the reform of our nation’s marijuana laws.
 
“The 2nd resolution calls on our state legislature to enact statewide guidelines for medical marijuana distribution that respects the rights of local municipalities to regulate and license but will also provide marijuana 'to all patients in all areas of California, rural as well as urban.'
 
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“These are now official positions of the party and add another level of mainstream approval for medical marijuana and marijuana law reform - approval that will hold us in especially good stead when speaking with Democratic elected officials and candidates,” Swerdlow wrote.
US Attorney General Eric Holder has never said how the feds will respond to Colorado and Washington ending pot prohibition.
 

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