NORML's Weekly News Bulletin -- January 29, 2004

NORML's Weekly News Bulletin -- January 29, 2004
Posted by CN Staff on January 29, 2004 at 16:18:40 PT
Weekly Press Release
Source: NORML
Marijuana Shows No Adverse Impact On Driving Performance, Study Says January 29, 2004 - London, United KingdomLondon, United Kingdom: Volunteers who had previously consumed cannabis performed better than non-users on a driving simulator test, according to findings of a study published this week by Britain's Evening News.
A group of 20 volunteers participated in the study, which tested respondents' performances on a video game that simulated driving. Half of the drivers played the game after smoking the equivalent of half a marijuana cigarette."The results showed that for those who had smoked ... cannabis: 80 percent demonstrated superior reaction times; 60 percent finished a lap faster; 70 percent experienced a lower number of collisions; 60 percent reached a higher level in the game," the Evening News reported.In head to head match-ups versus non-users, cannabis users performed better in eight out of ten match-ups. However, when the dosage was increased to the equivalent of two marijuana cigarettes, non-users won the majority of one-on-one contests.Previous driving simulator studies have yielded similar results, demonstrating that marijuana intoxication mildly impairs psychomotor skills, but that drivers are generally aware of their intoxication and compensate for it accordingly. Most recently, a Canadian Senate report concluded, "Cannabis alone, particularly in low doses, has little effect on the skills involved in automobile driving."For more information on marijuana's impact upon driving, please contact Allen St. Pierre or Paul Armentano of the NORML Foundation at (202) 483-5500 or visit NORML's online library at: Cannabis Make You An Even Better Driver? Responds To NORML E-Mail Campaign Demanding Network Pull White House Anti-Pot Ads From Super Bowl BroadcastJanuary 29, 2004 - Washington, DC, USAWashington, DC: The CBS Television Network released a prepared statement yesterday in response to charges by NORML that the network's decision to air public service announcements by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) violates their policy against airing advertisements "on controversial issues of public importance."NORML launched an e-mail campaign last week demanding CBS pull the taxpayer-sponsored anti-pot ads from Sunday's Super Bowl broadcast, stating: "Marijuana decriminalization currently enjoys 72% support among the American public, according to the latest CNN/Time polling data. Clearly this is a 'controversial issue of public importance' that divides American public opinion, and any public service announcement on the subject that promotes only one side of this issue must be considered an issue ad." To date, more than 4,500 e-mails have been sent to CBS through NORML's website urging the network to drop the federal anti-drug ads.In response to NORML's campaign and increasing public criticism, CBS issued a press release yesterday stating: "Suggestions have also been made that we are violating our own policy by allowing the airing of messages that aim to curb drug abuse and smoking by minors. CBS is unaware of responsible groups that advocate drug abuse and smoking by minors, so it is hard to understand how these laudable efforts would constitute 'controversial issues.'"Responding to CBS's statement, NORML Foundation Executive Director Allen St. Pierre reiterated, "The ONDCP's ads are inherently controversial and political. CBS should either pull these ads or change their policy."St. Pierre also noted that that CBS accepts tens of millions of advertising dollars from the alcohol industry. "Beer remains one of the most widely abused drugs in the United States, yet CBS thinks nothing of airing advertisements encouraging audiences to consume alcohol."Lastly, St. Pierre said that NORML does not advocate the use of marijuana or any other drug. "NORML and other drug law reform organizations discourage drug abuse while at the same time educating the public and lobbying elected officials about the failure of marijuana prohibition as a public policy. If CBS believes otherwise, then they are confused."For more information, please contact either Allen St. Pierre or Paul Armentano of the NORML Foundation at (202) 483-5500. Information on NORML's e-mail campaign to CBS is available online at: Wars' Super Sunday Links Drugs, Drinking in New Ads Faults White House Anti-Drug Ads Britain: Pot Reclassification Takes Effect Today January 29, 2004 - London, United KingdomMore Than Half Of Britons Back New Decrim Law, One In Four Favor LegalizationLondon, United Kingdom: British legal reforms downgrading marijuana from a Class B to a Class C scheduled drug took effect today, marking the first substantial change to the nation's 1971 Misuse of Drugs Act in more than 30 years.Under reclassification, individuals found in possession of "personal use" amounts of marijuana will be cautioned by police, but no longer arrested. (Police will retain the discretion to make an arrest under special "aggravated" circumstances, such as if marijuana is smoked on school grounds.) Under the previous classification, about 80,000 Britons were arrested annually for possessing cannabis.NORML Executive Director Keith Stroup praised the policy change. "This reclassification acknowledges that neither the marijuana user nor marijuana itself presents a legitimate danger to public safety, and frees up police resources to focus on more serious crimes," he said. Stroup added that Britain's new policy is similar to the laws of 12 US states where the possession and use of small amounts of marijuana is no longer punishable by criminal arrests and/or jail time.According to a poll of 2,500 Britons conducted for the Daily Telegraph, 52 percent of respondents say they support reclassification. Of those, just under half say they also back legalizing cannabis.Additionally, among those respondents under age 35, nearly three-quarters say "a distinction should be made between 'hard' drugs such as heroin and crack cocaine and 'soft' drugs such as cannabis." Younger respondents also respond that marijuana is less addictive than tobacco, alcohol and coffee, the Daily Telegraph reported."It is apparent that the public, especially younger voters, are ahead of the politicians on the issue of liberalizing cannabis laws," Stroup said.For more information, please contact Keith Stroup or Paul Armentano of NORML at (202) 483-5500.DL: Case for Small Home Growers Want Even Softer Line on Cannabis Blunkett's Softer Line on Cannabis Not Enough NORML Foundation (DC)Published: January 29, 2004Copyright: 2004 NORML Contact: norml Website:'s Weekly News Bulletin -- Jan. 22, 2004's Weekly News Bulletin -- Jan. 15, 2004's Weekly News Bulletin -- Jan. 03, 2004
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Comment #22 posted by ekim on February 01, 2004 at 16:18:49 PT
Jose has LTE at bottom of this page
Nuevo thanks for your posts. Seems that this info would be getten more attention. Virg your doing a great job of splaing the issue.
and thank you, to all here that pen your thoughts/NYTs-- Montels book is number six on its best seller list
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Comment #21 posted by FoM on January 31, 2004 at 09:48:19 PT
Nuevo Mexican 
I love your get up and go. I am happy you stand with Dennis. He seems like a very honorable man. Let us know how it goes. As Neil Young Says: Someday you'll find everything you're looking for.
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Comment #20 posted by ekim on January 31, 2004 at 07:25:42 PT
sorry i did get the story Nuevo
i was off the net. 
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Comment #19 posted by ekim on January 31, 2004 at 07:22:25 PT
Nuevo the link does not have story
the link does not have the story do you have other info on the Ritter story.Yesterday Scott Ritter was on C-Span. He was asked about the smear that he took 400,000 from someone in Iraq. he said that a American helped him make a film about the war in Iraq and it was not showen here in the USA and that is the money and he never made anything. 
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Comment #18 posted by Nuevo Mexican on January 31, 2004 at 01:04:49 PT
Here it is! Local media reports on Ritter and DJK!
Should I ask Dennis to post a comment to C-News? If it could be done, you know i'll try my best! Imagine, a Presidential Candidate endorsed by a Cannabis Website, the media is sitting on this story, so I guess I'll do a Bill Murray and push it along.Here's Dennis and Scotts Schedule in NM:Also going to Española is Kucinich. He'll be there at
3 p.m Sunday at The Salazar Theater Arts Building at Northern New Mexico Community College.The Kucinich campaign has brought Ritter to Santa Fe to announce his support for the Ohio congressman in the rotunda of the Capitol at 10 a.m. today. He also will speak in Santa Fe 11 a.m. Sunday at St. Francis Auditorium.Ritter, a former Marine intelligence officer, was a member of the United Nations weapons-inspection team in Iraq in the 1990s. He has been vocal in his criticism of the Iraq war.So remember folks, DJK wants to treat Cannabis the same as Alcohol, and will go further than any candidate to make it so, a dream come true! How can we not support this candidate all the way, as he is not dropping out, and will be a force in the election, and should be. If we get all the way behind him now, it will make all the difference later. Try it, your like it! Expect a miracle, GWB did, and got one big time! LOL! Here's the local coverage of Scott Ritters endorsement of Dennis 'who eats his spinach' Kucinich. The Popeye of the 2004 Election!Candidates Plan Presence in N.M.
Clark to speak in Santa Fe; Kerry, Kucinich....
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Comment #17 posted by Nuevo Mexican on January 31, 2004 at 00:04:36 PT
Just met Scott Ritter!!! Kaptinemos kind a guy!
CIA agent, U.N. Weapons Inspector under Clinton, former Marine, Patriot-extra-ordinare! And i'm a pacifist FOM!The best news is he ENDORSED Dennis Kucinich yesterday in Santa Fe at the Capitol Roundhouse!And with Dennis coming here Sunday, (Norte New Mexico),
Scott came to rally the troops, nail bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld for their crimes against humanity, and detailed how bush knew from day one that Saddams weapons had been destroyed before 1995! You've got to read his book or attend his lectures while he's on the road. He was on C-span this morning as well.Frontier Justice
Weapons of Mass Destruction and the Bushwacking of America
Scott Ritter – Former U.N. Weapons Inspector
Context Books, 2003In Frontier Justice, Ritter reiterates his case for rigorous inspections and ridicules both the Clinton Administration and the current Bush Administration for the Iraqi problem. What is surprising is that Ritter, a staunch Republican, comes out lashing at the popular Bush administration, even going to the point of comparing it with the fascism of Hitler and Mussolini.  To read the words of a die-hard Republican speak so forcefully about an incumbent Republican President is quite something. endorsement won't be mentioned voluntarily in the media, but you heard it first at C-News, your source of breaking news!Back to the lecture:He spoke for an hour and a half, then took questions for another hour. Until all had asked their last question. No George Bush this man, and he had no notes and knew everything he was talking about like a book, articulate, interesting, passionate, and informative like you have never seen. (Gregory Palast is in this league, without the military/spy background).One line that got a great response was his statement, 'Americans are the most ignorant people in the world!' In which he meant that most Americans have never traveled abroad, and have no clue as to what the outside world is actually like, and don't have the desire to find out. And the rest of the world suffers for it. And could come to a disasterous ending if we don't wake up.We are steps away from being a fascist police state, and this from a Republican ex-CIA agent. Ex-CIA Ray McGovern is in Scotts league as well, as is courageously outspoken.Funny how a statement like that about our 'ignorance' would generate such a response, but we all knew what he meant. 
We didn't take it personally, but its shocking to hear someone actually say it. It doesn't apply generally to readers here at C-News, thats for sure!He basically called for the American people to rise up and take their country back! It was amazing to see this Republican turned Kucitizen (you've all heard my theory that we should concentrate on Republicans, as mainstream Dems will only vote for who the media tells them can win, and 50% of Repubs hate bush).A Texan Repub who worked for Bob Dole told me how much she hated bush, and took all my Dennis Kucinich literature, and loved what he was about. She was a 'Christian' and wouldn't discuss the stars, as it is the devils work you know, (shes a Cancer like myself, bush, Rumsfeld and Bob Dole, yikes!) and even with that view on Astrology, she was with me 100% on Dennis' anti-war platform, and Dept. of Peace proposal, as she said Jesus wouldn't have anything to do with bush and his plans for the world. Made my day!And confirmed my theory. So i'm considering giving up on Dems who can't vote their conscious, and focus instead on Christian Republicans who don't believe in killing based on lies. They do exist, and in large numbers. And they get a thrill out of voting their conscious! Even if it means voting for a Dem! We've got our work to do! Any Republicans reading this check in!Mr Ritter promoted Dennis to a Dennis friendly crowd of 300, with 50-100 dedicated Kucitizens in attendance to begin with, and 300 fired up, new kucitizen recruits upon leaving the auditorium. Incredible! As folks departed, I asked all if they were coming Sunday, and almost all said yes! Thanks Scott, you did the close for the sale tonight!So if 500 people show up to meet Dennis Sunday, While the Super Bowl is on, (we're have a different kind of 'super bowl' here, as I will encourage Dennis to bring his Stand on Cannabis up in the next debate), I'll be happy! Will kerry and dean supporters convince their candidate to do it first? Tune in to the next debate!He said even if Dennis has no chance whatsoever he has no choice but to embrace the ONLY anti-war candidate, who is offering true leadership, with a vision of the future, and a Department of Peace! (Dean wants the troops to stay there, Clark thinks we can win in Iraq? Kerry, he thinks, is the ultimate war-hypocrite, and Edwards had been a war-supporter for the most part. And he gave many convincing details I hope all here will consider.The Democratic party must be pulled to Dennis Kucinich' view of the war, period, Nothing less, though Al Sharpton had it right last night in the debate, GO Al!!!
Lieberman will drop out soon and Dennis' numbers will go up.And remember, everything changes Astrologically on Election Day this year, (which should guarantee bushes ouster). As the USA becomes a Piscean Country for the next 30 years, meaning we'll become compassionate and christ-like, or a police state, so let's pray okay! hmmmm...)Scott Ritter convinced me that my vote for Dennis Kucinich is the ONLY way to go, bush will lose to any Dem, don't let anybody tell you different.As time goes on, and bush looks certain to be impeached, as he looks doomed today, Scott listed off the FELONIES he is guilty of, (Cheney, Rumsfeld, Ashcroft too). These men will not stand, the law will come down on them soon, making Dennis look Heroic in his stance, smart, unfazed by lobbyists and their moneyed puppet masters, 
and true to his heart. A gift to America, the world, and all of our childrens childrens children! How can we not support our highest vision of the world, and expect the world to support our highest vision.We must vote our hopes and not our fears!This is speaking to the choir I know, but were on a roll, and if the media were to report that, you would know it was a lie. 
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Comment #16 posted by FoM on January 30, 2004 at 11:26:59 PT
Nuevo Mexican 
I understand your dedication to Dennis and admire it. I'm just being realistic and I can't handle Bush much longer so I would even vote for Dean if he got the nomination. It's all just politics. That's why I don't get involved. Politics aren't honest and I like honesty.
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Comment #15 posted by Nuevo Mexican on January 30, 2004 at 11:17:30 PT
I don't settle for less, Kucinich is the only one!
Drug Czar as Dennis is cool, though the office should be dismantled. A Dem president is subject to Wellstoning, and V.P. is fine if he doesn't get the 'miracle treatment' bush got. I believe in miracles, and kerrys surge wasn't a miracle, it was freeped by kerrys robo-phoning/polling, and is just more evidence that leading Dems are as corrupt as bush. Almost, nothing could compare to bush, but Kerry is 'their boy', believe me.Bush/Cheney: 1984! Says it all, but i'll take another stolen election over a lame Dem, as bush will be impeached after the election, even if he steals it. And nothing would give me more satisfaction. A Kerry win is a win for bush, Dean will have to steal more lines from Dennis to get my vote, and Clark seems to be educatable from what I see in his chart, so Micheal Moore my be right on this guy, but a Kucinich/Clark ticket would win huge, whether its Clark as Pres, or Dennis as Pres. After election day, everything will be different, lets, make it different in a great way, as it could go bad just as easily. It is up to our 'intention'. 
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Comment #14 posted by FoM on January 30, 2004 at 10:43:31 PT
Nuevo Mexican
I don't have anyway of making or putting a poll up on CNews. If I could I would. I think Dennis would make a better Drug Czar then VP. He could do more for us in that capacity. What do you think?
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Comment #13 posted by Nuevo Mexican on January 30, 2004 at 10:28:30 PT
4 candidates have their Moon in Gemini!
Dean, Kerry, Edwards and Lie-berman, all have their moon signs in Gemini, the flip-flop moon that I warned everyone here Dean would get nailed for. Next will be Kerry, as he is a full-mooner, generally a good thing, except when in Saggitarius, it makes one a bigger liar.No offense to those here with Gemini moons, but when it come to the Presidency, we need a totally honest President, not one that is going to dissapoint us within hours of being elected. This is why you don't like Dean FOM, as even though he is a Scorpio, he is a 'Scorpio-lite' and doesn't stand up to Astrological scrutiny.Kerry is doing well as he is a Full mooner, which gets famous easily, and is a progressed Aquarian full-mooner, which has boosted his numbers, but it is a waning full moon, so expect Kerrys numbers to go down as well.If you watched the debate, you all say 4 lame Dems not going for it in regards to bush, when he has given them all the ammunition they need to disable him on Iraq, and only Dennis and Al still get it, Dean was good, but wimpy compared to Dennis and Al. They taken away Deans weapon, his passion, and he better get it back, or he will trade places with Dennis soon in the psuedo polls. When they ask thousands of people in the polls, Dennis wins, when it only a few hundred, its the pundits call. Make you own poll, in fact, lets put a C-News poll up FOM! Can we do that, it would be great!Clark has an Aries moon and will fight bush, and is a Capricorn, so he is my choice for V.P. to Dennis.Al is a Libra like Dennis, with a Sag moon, a great combo, so he would also make a great V.p. for Dennis or Clark.Imagine The Peace Candidate, with the General as V.P.!!!!Or the other way around, Clark pounds bush with his intelligence and clarity. Now we need to educate him on Cannabis, and Diebold voting machines, free health care, and free education for all. That's the America I envision!
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Comment #12 posted by FoM on January 30, 2004 at 09:30:50 PT
You know why Dean was getting all the tv news time? My opinion is because the republicans want Dean to get the nomination because Bush can beat him but he might not be able to beat Kerry. The news channels really lean to the right I believe. 
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Comment #11 posted by yippierevolutionary on January 30, 2004 at 07:48:01 PT
The Cards have entered a trial phase
Jose has produced these and put them on his websitehttp:// haven't got the quotes up yet.Jose wants everyone here to know hes ok even though he hasnt been posting.You can e-mail him at airjos or you can e-mail the Cannabis Cards project at endCP if you have any ideas or anything.
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Comment #10 posted by The GCW on January 30, 2004 at 07:35:05 PT
Dean, media coverage?
US CO: Aspen recalls Dean's stint as '70s ski bum     Aspen recalls Dean's stint as '70s ski bum 
Flashbacks range from dishwasher to 'loser' Viewed at:,1413,36%257E29805%257E1921441,00.html?search=filter
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Comment #9 posted by SystemGoneDown on January 30, 2004 at 06:22:35 PT
The thing that I don't like about Dean is the media bias for him. It seems like he gets more coverage than the other candidates. It's absurd
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Comment #8 posted by FoM on January 29, 2004 at 22:34:04 PT
I agree. I am not comfortable with Dean. It's not just his scream speech but more then that but I can't put my finger on it.
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Comment #7 posted by BGreen on January 29, 2004 at 22:29:21 PT
I Don't Trust Dean
There's just something about him that I don't like.The Reverend Bud Green
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Comment #6 posted by FoM on January 29, 2004 at 22:16:58 PT
Just a Comment on Debate
I am listening to the debate and I just want to say that I don't think I can recall such a good group of people running for President of the U.S. That's all. They really are all good to me. Dean still scares me though.
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Comment #5 posted by The GCW on January 29, 2004 at 20:13:37 PT
Today Jan. 29, 2004 will go in history books,
 that Bush should take with Him to Mars.Either way, congress should reschedule cannabis, to stop the cagings.Cannabis prohibition is a plague.Earth must (and earth can!) quarantine cannabis prohibitionists from the general population until the Mars program is in place and is successful, or even reasonably successful. Hell come to a slow roll and dump that chump.Rev. 12:16, & notice who helped the woman; it was the earth. & at any given moment the earth can help Us too. Even the earth does not care for the dragon / devil; EVEN CANNABIS DOES NOT LIKE THE DEVIL.
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Comment #4 posted by Virgil on January 29, 2004 at 18:59:56 PT
Are views news?
I hate to say it, but NORML really needs to lower its rating on John Kerry. I am an A+ and Kucinich is short of my utopia. Kucinich does not deserve an A. I will give hime a solid B though. It also does not help Kucinich too inflate the grade. He is working hard and a swift learner, with a gentle spirit. He may be the first president to vaporize after dinner, instead of killing the old liver. He will make it. But it misleads people to think that in addition to his liberal ways of tree-hugging, whale-watching, latte-drinking, vegan-sushi, fur-hating librul ways, he has arrived by over-indudgence of Miracle Plant, to the place where the real community resides. He is not where our A students are. Steve Tuck and Paul Peterson might be A students. Some A students have much more extra-curricular activities than myself, but no one speaks more of the Schedule One Lie or in more places than me. Richard Cowan does not type the word "prohibition" near as much as me. I must seek balance with my extra-curricular enhancements. And because I am so damned wonderful and brilliant, I know that DK is only a B.Now in the debate tonight, DK tore into PNAC. He went right to the heart of the matter, with a cut the bullshit approach that woke people up. That is why he is running for president and I am sitting here typing. But tonight, for the first time this year, I am enhanced.Will Pitt used to write some at TruthOut. He is now DK's press secretary. He knows the stuff at the heart of the matter and DK will be cleaning house. I told Will in a thread how DK should call for the intellectual classification of cannabis. I told him that people that know do not regard it as a mistake in classification and that they do regard it as a lie. I quoted Dr. Russo and gave link on his "I have been explicit" lie calling.My main purpose was to tell him that it would make people go nuts if he would include "Minimum donation is $4.20"
on his donation webpage. He kicked it which makes it go back to the top of the forum, so that is good. If you are enhanced and would like to join the wind, then's, when are we going to see a card. I would like one for Cnews printable in 8.5 X 11 for an iron on. I would also like one for DK as his position is historical. This is killing my buzz. Let me turn to pleasant thoughts. Bye-bye.
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Comment #3 posted by E_Johnson on January 29, 2004 at 18:52:22 PT
Men should accuse them of sexism
Those beer ads make it like you're not a man unless you have a beer in your hand. Why do men accept being treated in such a demeaning manner? Oh well I guess because the ads are done with humor. I admit I do like watching those Superbowl beer ads. (guilty grin) They're way more creative than that turgid anti-pot agit-prop.
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Comment #2 posted by mayan on January 29, 2004 at 18:04:08 PT
Tokers Kicked Butt!
"The results showed that for those who had smoked ... cannabis: 80 percent demonstrated superior reaction times; 60 percent finished a lap faster; 70 percent experienced a lower number of collisions; 60 percent reached a higher level in the game," the Evening News reported.Now, are the police going to ticket people for "failing to smoke half a joint before operating a motor vehicle"???The way out is the way in...A 9/11 COVER UP? - 9/11 Investigation: line of dodgers irks fed: Over 9/11 Panel's Deadline Intensifies: the job done(scroll halfway down)
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Comment #1 posted by OverwhelmSam on January 29, 2004 at 17:33:28 PT:
St. Pierre also noted that that CBS accepts tens of millions of advertising dollars from the alcohol industry. "Beer remains one of the most widely abused drugs in the United States, yet CBS thinks nothing of airing advertisements encouraging audiences to consume alcohol."
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