Rawlins Radio Stations Pull Medical Marijuana PSA 

Rawlins Radio Stations Pull Medical Marijuana PSA 
Posted by CN Staff on February 23, 2006 at 14:52:14 PT
By The Associated Press
Source: Associated Press 
Rawlins -- A pair of local radio stations has pulled a set of public service announcements advocating medical marijuana use after receiving complaints from the police chief and others.Scott Freeman, a salesman for Mount Rushmore Broadcasting in Casper, which owns KIQZ-FM and KRAL-AM in Rawlins, said he pulled the PSAs as soon as he learned about them.
A disc jockey at the stations, Jack Morgan, had run the 30-second PSAs."I told him it was not the practice of this station to promote that type of thing because it was illegal," Freeman said. Freeman said Morgan had run the PSAs without checking with station managers."As soon as we were made aware that it was being done, we made the change to have it canceled," Freeman said.The station received three PSAs from the Marijuana Policy Project.Rawlins Police Chief Mike Reed was among those who called Freeman to complain about the spots."For me, it was disturbing that the local radio station was running advertising that is counter to what the public and our community stand for ...," Reed said.Complete Title: Rawlins Radio Stations Pull Medical Marijuana PSA After ComplaintsNewshawk: MayanSource: Associated Press (Wire)Published:  Thursday, February 23, 2006Copyright: 2006 The Associated Press Marijuana Policy Project Medical Marijuana Archives
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Comment #14 posted by jared3602 on February 24, 2006 at 10:04:49 PT
"For me, it was disturbing that the local radio station was running advertising that is counter to what the public and our community stand for ...," Reed said"Someone should send him the poll numbers that state the 80% of americans support medical cannabis. This is just a cop worried about getting his drug money.Knowing MPP they will fight this just like they did in DC when the subway pulled their ad. They are usally very good in making up their ads to tell people to ask questions about cannabis prohibition and Not telling them to just go out and smoke some of the good herb.
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Comment #13 posted by JoeCitizen on February 24, 2006 at 08:53:56 PT
Big fuss, Small town
First of all, don't get me wrong. Rawlins is still part of the US, and we need to address fascist behavior there just like in all the big cities of America.  As Martin Luther King said, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."And I mean no slight to small town folks, either. A lot of what is best in America came from the small towns, and lives there still.But the fact is, Rawlins is a little spot o' nothin' off the interstate. The only reason I know about it is because it's one of the only places you can get gas and food once you're West of Laramie and Cheyenne.My first reaction upon seeing this article was, "I can't believe they even have a radio station in Rawlins."I guess I'm just amused by the democratizing effects of the internet. This story looked just as important as if it had happened in New York, Chicago, or Los Angeles.I guess, in a way at least, it is as important. If a radio station got shut down in LA, say, there would be many more to choose from. I'm guessing that's not the case in Rawlins.JC
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Comment #12 posted by OverwhelmSam on February 24, 2006 at 03:04:55 PT
Can MPP Sue This Radio Station? I think they can. It would be worth it to file a suit, just to see them squirm and maybe they'll think twice about their marijuana hatred.
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Comment #9 posted by Had Enough on February 23, 2006 at 18:19:31 PT
Sold Out
Scott Freeman, a salesman for Mount Rushmore BroadcastingMount Rushmore Broadcasting sent in a SALESMAN to do their dirty work.And they have the audacity to use Mount Rushmore in the name of their company.
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Comment #8 posted by Had Enough on February 23, 2006 at 18:10:00 PT
Mount Rushmore
"Scott Freeman, a salesman for Mount Rushmore Broadcasting in Casper, which owns KIQZ-FM and KRAL-AM in Rawlins, said he pulled the PSAs as soon as he learned about them."Well we can all just imagine where his interest lies.
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Comment #7 posted by siege on February 23, 2006 at 18:08:18 PT
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Comment #6 posted by FoM on February 23, 2006 at 18:04:29 PT
I do believe he endorses the DPA. 
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Comment #5 posted by Had Enough on February 23, 2006 at 18:02:10 PT
Lots of People Talking
""For me, it was disturbing that the local radio station was running advertising that is counter to what the public and our community stand for..." Reed said."Spokesman for the community??? Does his community know what this guy is saying???
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Comment #4 posted by siege on February 23, 2006 at 17:39:36 PT
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Comment #3 posted by siege on February 23, 2006 at 17:15:26 PT
  Family save radio and Tv.
they have 1200 radio stations across the U S A... They said it was with in there rights not too run public service announcements about MMJ. Chattanooga Tn. 
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Comment #2 posted by museman on February 23, 2006 at 15:16:20 PT
Is pretty much whatever the elite power monger say it is. Wasn't that always a core issue of the constitutionality of prohibition is that there was no defence at all until enough documented proof of marijuana's medicinal qualities had accumulated?This a perfect example of how power corrupts. Advocating any kind of political initiative is still the people's right though this mokey-based regime has done all it could to wipe out 'right, and turn it into 'priviledge.' Priviledge, in case anyone is confused (unlikely but possible) is something that has a price, no liberty or freedom, just wealth and status, propriety and power.Hey America! Quit letting those moron loud mouths keep pushing us around! Stop war, stop prejudice, stop incriminating human behavior, and start behaving like some kind of humanity.Let my friends out of your medieval injustice system. Park your Cadillacs, get out and breathe the foul air that you deny is poisoning us. Look up at the wonder that you cannot see for the lights of your Babylon. Walk off the road and take off your shoes, touch the Earth, remember who and what you are, if you do not know now's a good time to find out.
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Comment #1 posted by whig on February 23, 2006 at 15:00:51 PT
Advocacy ads
It's incredibly common for advocacy groups to advertise for or against legislation -- a change of law. There's nothing whatsoever illegal about the advocacy.If the ads in question were encouraging people to break the law, that's one thing. But if they were encouraging people to "contact their representatives" and change the law, it's straight up constitutionally protected first amendment speech.
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