Ads Quote a Mayor Who Inhaled and Liked It

Ads Quote a Mayor Who Inhaled and Liked It
Posted by FoM on April 08, 2002 at 23:01:09 PT
By Jennifer Steinhauer
Source: New York Times
The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws Foundation said yesterday that it was beginning a $500,000 advertising campaign featuring Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg paired with a remark he made praising marijuana to a magazine reporter last year before he announced he was running for mayor.The group, which is based in Washington, put out a news release saying that its campaign, which would include bus shelter signs, transit signs and radio advertisements, would be aimed at the city government, which it would like to stop arresting and jailing people for smoking marijuana. 
The group also placed a full-page advertisement today in The New York Times.The ads will feature the mayor responding to the question of whether he had ever tried marijuana by saying: "You bet I did. And I enjoyed it." The quotation comes from an interview the mayor gave to New York magazine last year.Mr. Bloomberg, who learned of the planned advertisement when reporters told him about it at his daily news conference yesterday at City Hall, grinned and said, "Oh great, I'm thrilled." He added: "I'm not thrilled they're using my name. I suppose that the First Amendment gets in the way of me stopping it. I think we should enforce the laws as they are, and the Police Department will do so vigorously."Former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani had a less gentle approach to those advertisers who used his name in what he considered to be an unflattering manner. In 1997, New York magazine ran bus ads that referred to itself as "possibly the only good thing in New York Rudy hasn't taken credit for."Through the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Mr. Giuliani fought to remove the advertisements through the courts and lost. The United States Supreme Court refused to hear the agency's final appeal, letting stand a federal appellate court decision that the authority violated New York magazine's free-speech rights last year by forcing the magazine to kill the ads.Source: New York Times (NY)Author: Jennifer SteinhauerPublished: April 9, 2002Copyright: 2002 The New York Times CompanyContact: letters nytimes.comWebsite: Articles & Web Site:NORML Campaign to Feature NY Mayor Of N.Y. Coming Into Focus Giuliani Criticises London's Stance on Cannabis Articles -- NORML 
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Comment #10 posted by Jose Melendez on April 09, 2002 at 18:39:24 PT:
no cnn link
There's a link to this story from the front page of wow.It must not have lasted long. I emailed cnn/am earlier and asked why a search for "norml" on yields only outdated info...
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Comment #9 posted by Dark Star on April 09, 2002 at 10:05:02 PT
What Has Been Achieved?
From the article:"The crackdown on city pot smokers has been dramatic. In 1992, 720 people were busted for toking in city streets or parks. By 1999, that number had soared to 33,471 as Giuliani pushed his zero-tolerance policy, which has remained largely in effect.:That's a 4649% increase in arrests in 7 years. How has society gained as a result?
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Comment #8 posted by FoM on April 09, 2002 at 09:52:57 PT
New York Daily News Article and Picture
I put the New York Daily News article with one picture on this page. This is another snipped article that I can't post directly to Cannabis News. Here it is!A Potshot at Mayor
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Comment #7 posted by TroutMask on April 09, 2002 at 09:27:42 PT
wow, front page of
There's a link to this story from the front page of wow.-TM
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Comment #6 posted by TroutMask on April 09, 2002 at 08:00:12 PT
If you visit, there is a pop-up window with an image of the ad. or at least part of the art for the upcoming campaign.-TM
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Comment #5 posted by Dark Star on April 09, 2002 at 07:54:21 PT
Scan Please
Could some nice person scan the ad and post it somewhere?
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Comment #4 posted by PonziScheme on April 09, 2002 at 06:54:42 PT
Ad date
NORML ad is in today (Tuesday's) NYT.
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Comment #3 posted by goneposthole on April 09, 2002 at 06:07:19 PT
Hey Mikey, you like it.
What if he wanted to join the armed services, would he be able to serve if he answered them honestly when asked if he had ever used marijuana? Or an application for a college loan?You don't have to stop, it's ok to smoke marijuana. If you have tumors, pot will shrink them. It's good for you. Just because something is illegal, doesn't mean it is wrong.More crocodile tears, this time from Mikey. 
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Comment #2 posted by JR Bob Dobbs on April 09, 2002 at 05:12:40 PT
Ad date?
  Anyone know what date the ad will appear in the NYT? I never read the physical Times, but I'd make an effort to track one down. And is this ad posted online somewhere for our downloading pleasure?
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Comment #1 posted by MassCrusader on April 09, 2002 at 05:09:23 PT
This guy is playing politics so well.. not too amazing coming from a guy who bought the election. With a five to one ratio of dems to repubs, Bloomberg won .. he knows who voted for him. Plus I don't think his wallet really needs to be any bigger. This IS Bloomberg. He will do what is right when the time is right.
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