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Cable Company Pulls Medical Marijuana Ads
Posted by CN Staff on August 17, 2006 at 06:05:04 PT
By K Kaufmann, The Desert Sun
Source: Desert Sun
California -- Time Warner Cable Desert Cities has pulled the plug on three ads promoting medical marijuana that were scheduled to debut Friday on four popular cable channels in the Coachella Valley.The ads, produced by the Marijuana Anti-Prohibition Project, a local medical marijuana advocacy group, had been scheduled to run every other week for three months on Comedy Central, MSNBC, the Travel Channel and Home and Garden Television, said Lanny Swerdlow, the group's president.
"They are censoring speech that they don't approve of. They should not be doing that," said Swerdlow, who found out about the cancellation only after being called by a reporter Wednesday. "They should be in the business of fostering new ideas, not trying to squelch them," he said.Swerdlow said he had signed a contract with Time Warner on Aug. 7 and paid the company for the first month. The contract allows the company to cancel the ads, but only with 14 days' prior notice, he said.Swerdlow also expects a full refund of the money. Cable Access Show Still On Kathi Jacobs, public affairs director for Time Warner, did not give a reason for the cancellation. "The ads have been turned down," Jacobs said. "They will not be aired."But, she said, Time Warner will continue to run "Marijuana: Compassion and Common Sense," the half-hour show MAPP airs in the Coachella Valley at 11 p.m. Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays on cable access Channel 18.The company has no control over content on the cable access channel, Jacobs said, beyond scheduling the show outside of prime-time hours. Snipped:Complete Article: http://tinyurl.com/zcmwfSource: Desert Sun, The (Palm Springs, CA)Author: K Kaufmann, The Desert SunPublished: August 17, 2006 Copyright: 2006 The Desert SunContact: http://tinyurl.com/fd78oWebsite: http://www.thedesertsun.com/CannabisNews Medical Marijuana Archiveshttp://cannabisnews.com/news/list/medical.shtml
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Comment #19 posted by Truth on August 19, 2006 at 08:12:51 PT
BGreen
How about when they name the stadiums after drug dealers.i.e. Coors FieldTalk about glamourizing dangerous drugs, sheesh.
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Comment #18 posted by Max Flowers on August 17, 2006 at 18:17:55 PT
#10
I agree 100% BGreen, I had the same thought as soon as I read about this earlier today on Google News.I thought, if a federal judge has ruled that the president has done something illegal of this type, is that not de facto/prima facie proof of his guilt in violating his oath, and wouldn't that make him liable for immediate investigation and prosecution?You'd think so, but why do I get the feeling that he won't be?
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Comment #17 posted by Hope on August 17, 2006 at 16:01:36 PT
"The Presence of Suffering...
Does Not Exclude the Presence of Joy."
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Comment #16 posted by Hope on August 17, 2006 at 15:57:17 PT
Comment 14
Wow!I hear (spiritually speaking) the drums of freedom beating steadily.This is "something good".Keep looking for more! Something good...(my latest meditation unto you know who)...Not asking....just looking for it...well maybe "asking" a little.:0)
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Comment #15 posted by Hope on August 17, 2006 at 15:53:05 PT
Waving hand...I know! I know!
"What kind of message are we sending the kids?"Lie!
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Comment #14 posted by FoM on August 17, 2006 at 15:49:07 PT
Update: Time Warner To Run Medical Marijuana Ads
By K Kaufmann, The Desert SunThe Desert SunAugust 17, 2006 In another abrupt change, Time Warner Cable Desert Cities has decided to run three ads promoting the benefits of medical marijuana that it had said Wednesday it was going to cancel.The three ads, produced by the Marijuana Anti-Prohibition Project, a local medical marijuana advocacy group, had been scheduled to debut on Friday on MSNBC, Comedy Central, the Travel Channel and Home and Garden Television. Lanny Swerdlow, president of MAPP, had signed a contract with the company to run the ads every other week for three months. But the company unexpectedly said Wednesday it was pulling the ads before they aired. Swerdlow said he had spoken with company representatives today who said the ads had just been put on hold temporarily to allow the company to review them. "We were obviously treated differently from most advertizers," Swerdlow said. "But our message is going to get out to the general public. Thatís the important thing."Read more in Friday's Desert Sun.http://www.thedesertsun.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060817/UPDATE/60817022
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Comment #13 posted by BGreen on August 17, 2006 at 14:50:11 PT
What kind of message are we sending the kids?
I get so sick of that statement being used against cannabis when there are so many messages that are much more confusing.Almost every single grocery store in my surrounding area has both a pharmacy and liquor department ... in the same store! Parents walk past the pharmacy with their kids, past all of the toxic and potentially fatal pills and potions, then they have to walk right by the liquor department, past all of the toxic and potentially fatal bottles and cans of "refreshing beverages for adults," because it's directly opposite the yogurt and juice displays at my local WalMart.All of these liqour/pharmacy stores are located by churches and schools without restrictions or discussion.Cannabis clubs have to be in the middle of nowhere with no chance of anybody being able to access them or else they won't be allowed.What a double standard!I went to a baseball game at the home of the Springfield, MO Cardinals (a minor league farm club of the St. Louis pro team,) and, just like at the pro stadium, Anheuser Busch products are sold and advertised everywhere in the park.In between two of the innings the cheerleaders got up on the dugouts and were encouraging the crowd to dance to the Budweiser theme that was blasting through the loudspeakers. Of course, the only people dancing were the drunk adults and the kids. I couldn't believe it! Here were all of these kids being subconsciously programmed to be the future alcoholics of the world and yet all we EVER hear from the pro-jail crowd is "what kind of a message does medical marijuana give the kids?"AAaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrgggggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!The Reverend Bud Green
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Comment #12 posted by Sinsemilla Jones on August 17, 2006 at 14:23:54 PT
How about a "Man Law" marijuana ruling?
I bet the problem was a lack of bikinis, party dogs, and magic fridges in those ads.Characters like Cheech & Chong and Towelie are welcome in programming and apparantly beer ads, but we can't have real doctors and nurses in commercials talking real facts about marijuana.I mean, can you imagine health professionals talking real facts about alcohol in a beer commercial?And how can the lies of the PDFA and DARE be effective, if we let kids be exposed to the truth?
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Comment #11 posted by FoM on August 17, 2006 at 14:13:00 PT
OverwhelmSam
Take out the trash and start over sounds so good to me. Thanks.
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Comment #10 posted by BGreen on August 17, 2006 at 14:05:05 PT
Two thoughts
First, Time Warner has guaranteed a nationwide audience to MAPP while trying to limit their local freedom of speech.As Carlos Mencia would say, "what a bunch of dee dee dee's."Second, regarding the court decision posted by Hope, this is from the article: "Her ruling went on to say that "the president of the United States ... has undisputedly violated the Fourth in failing to procure judicial orders.""Does that mean this criminal president can finally be prosecuted? He is SWORN to uphold the Constitution of the United States and this judge (soon to be found as a victim of "suicide" considering the history of this administration) has decided that the president has violated his legal oath of office.The Reverend Bud Green
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Comment #9 posted by OverwhelmSam on August 17, 2006 at 13:56:43 PT
Have Hope FoM
Soon, even the Supreme Court will not be able to keep up with the shit storm that's blowing their way. The American people are disassembling the American government as fast as they can. Time to take out the trash and start over.
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Comment #8 posted by FoM on August 17, 2006 at 13:04:44 PT
Hope
That is good news. I wonder if the powers that be will try to file something else to keep it going. I'm almost at a point where the Supreme Court appears to be the last stop for those in power now.
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Comment #7 posted by whig on August 17, 2006 at 11:53:53 PT
Hope
Wow. That's huge!I totally wasn't expecting something like that to come down so soon.
cannablog - Peace and love, y'all
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Comment #6 posted by Hope on August 17, 2006 at 10:56:35 PT
Freedom and the Constitution
This is good news as far a recovering some of what this country is supposed to be.  NSA eavesdropping program ruled unconstitutionalhttp://www.cnn.com/2006/POLITICS/08/17/domesticspying.lawsuit/index.html
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Comment #5 posted by OverwhelmSam on August 17, 2006 at 08:25:07 PT
Legalization Movement Gaining Momentum
What's ONDCP going to do. They can't kill us all. Well, maybe they can but that would certainly sicken enough Americans off to hasten legalization. Just ask the pro-life people, "What's the use of carrying a child to term if the ONDCP is just going to kill them as soon as they try marijuana?"
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Comment #4 posted by Truth on August 17, 2006 at 08:20:54 PT
freedom?
The fight for freedom continues....
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Comment #3 posted by zandor on August 17, 2006 at 08:16:54 PT
Hi-ho, hi-ho its back to court we go. 
Anybody remember the Tom Metzger case in San Diego? I think that was his name, he was the leader of the KKK and they wanted to run adís on cable TV and they were pulled. He won his case too and that was a long time ago. Sometime you can get more bang for your buck in advertising when they donít run the ad and you fight them in court then if they would just run the ad and take the money in the first place. 
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Comment #2 posted by mayan on August 17, 2006 at 07:05:50 PT
Boycott Time-Warner...
Except for "Marijuana: Compassion and Common Sense" if you get that channel. I boycott almost all cable television, except C-SPAN, of course!Sorry if these have already been posted...Brainís cannabinoid system Ďmellowsí seizures:
http://tinyurl.com/pcgszPersecution of Registered Medical Marijuana Provider Continues:
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2006/08/16/18297986.phpTHE WAY OUT...Barrie Zwicker - The Media Cover-up of 9/11 - Promoting his new book "Deception Towers" - a critique of the media analysis of 9/11 - Sunday,August 20,University of Winnipeg:
http://www.stoplying.ca/towers/
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on August 17, 2006 at 06:11:29 PT
Just a Note
If you click on the link to the complete article you can view the ads. They are on the upper right side of the article.
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