Anti-Marijuana Ads May Lead to Marijuana Use

  Anti-Marijuana Ads May Lead to Marijuana Use

Posted by CN Staff on May 31, 2006 at 08:22:02 PT
By Joseph W. Bateman 
Source: SLC Globe 

Utah -- Birds chirp as a fully dressed toddler wanders toward her backyard pool. With no one else around, she drags her pool toy behind her and places it inside of the pool. Leaning over the edge of the pool, the little girl tries to get her toy back. A narrator starts to speak: "Just tell her parents you weren't watching her because you were getting stoned. They'll understand." The screen fades to black.
This ad is similar to the prior spots which compare marijuana smokers to terrorists. Others claim smoking marijuana will lead to rape or make people go crazy. These commercials have the clear aim of preventing marijuana use. The purpose might be clear, but the results measuring the effectiveness of these ads are shrouded in controversy. Numerous government evaluations of the anti-marijuana media campaign have shown the advertisements as ineffective at reducing drug use among teens. Two of the five studies concluded that the ads might lead to an increase in teen use of marijuana. These conclusions including a more recent study published in the May edition of "Addictive Behaviors" magazine are leading drug war critics and taxpayer groups to call on Congress to slash funding for the ads."I don't know what's more outrageous; that our government wastes hundreds of millions of dollars on ineffective ads calling marijuana smokers terrorists, or the fact that the White House ignores study after study that shows that their drug control strategy is misguided and unsuccessful, yet it continues to fund this unproductive ad strategy," said Bill Piper, director of national affairs for the Drug Policy Alliance.The most recent study in "Addictive Behaviors" entitled "Explicit and Implicit Effects of Anti-marijuana and Anti-tobacco TV Advertisements" concluded that the exaggerated fear-based and inaccurate advertisement creates a "boomerang" effect. Instead of getting teen viewers to take the position offered in the ads, this "boomerang effect" causes teens to rebel against the stated message since it is counter to the knowledge teens already possess regarding marijuana."Exposure to anti-marijuana advertising might not only change young viewers' attitudes [positively] toward the substance, but also might directly increase risk of using marijuana," warns the study surveying the reactions of 18 to 19-year-old college students after viewing the Whitehouse's anti-marijuana commercials.Created by President Reagan nearly eight years ago, the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) was established to define national priorities and objectives regarding drug control programs. The goals of the programs are to reduce drug use, manufacturing, and drug related crime. The anti-marijuana commercials are part of ONDCP's National Youth Anti-Drug Media campaign at a cost of $119 million dollars for the fiscal year 2005. Together, the ONDCP partners with organizations such as Partnership for a Drug Free America to create the ads. The Partnership for a Drug-Free America did not return requests for comments regarding the most recent and prior studies evaluation the effectiveness of the anti-marijuana ads.The ONDCP does confirm the independent evaluations within the "National Drug Control Strategy: FY 2006 Budget Summary" report calling them "reliable data sources.""The results of the independent evaluation (managed by National Institute on Drug Abuse) detected no connection between the program advertisements and youth attitudes and behavior toward drug use," the report reads.Drug war critic groups such as the Drug Policy Alliance are using this information as a rallying call for Congress to eliminate funding of these anti-marijuana ads. Using their website,, the group is urging supporters to contact congressional representatives to transfer the funds to drug treatment instead of advertisements."From the start, the Bush Administration's ad campaign has been about taxpayer-funded propaganda, not prevention," said Piper. "Congress needs to eliminate this ineffective program and shift the funding to drug treatment which has been proven to work."The Drug Policy Alliance is one of the leading organizations working on alternatives to the war on drugs. The mission statement states "a drug policy based not upon fear, prejudice and punitive prohibitions but rather science, compassion, public health and human rights." Note: Ads might appeal to rebellious teenagers by giving them something to rebel against.Complete Title: Boomerang Effect: Anti-Marijuana Ads May Lead to Marijuana UseSource: SLC Globe (UT)Author: Joseph W. BatemanPublished: May 31, 2006 Copyright 2006 Globe Link Contact: globe Website: Policy Alliance -- Cannabis Archives

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Comment #54 posted by FoM on June 03, 2006 at 12:23:58 PT
charmed quark 
I agree with that.
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Comment #53 posted by charmed quark on June 03, 2006 at 12:22:08 PT
Against drug war doesn't mean legalize drugs
The people I knew were against hard drug use but were also against the escalating tactics being used such as massive jail sentences. Most thought hard drug use should be treated like a social problem and not a criminal problem. That meant keeping the selling of large amounts of the drugs illegal (but not with the ridiculous sentences we have now) and making possession or selling small quanitites a minor offense or even legal (decriminalization, in other words. Then spend the money being used for a criminal justice approach for education, treatment, amd social worker intervention.That's the approach the Dutch took and they are slowly eliminating hard drug use in their society. Heroin is now an "old folks" drug becuase so few young people have taken it up.
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Comment #52 posted by FoM on June 03, 2006 at 07:27:05 PT
charmed quark 
I never knew anyone that ever felt that hard drugs like coke, meth or heroin should be legal. People wanted to avoid synthetic drugs but believed that cannabis was a natural plant that was put on the earth by God and not made by man. If a person started doing hard drugs people didn't want to stay close to them because they lost their nice personality, became nasty sometimes and were often the ones that snitched when they got in trouble. People who used marijuana didn't snitch that I ever heard. Hippies for lack of a better name to call the group of people wanted to be natural. The natural medicine industry came from those people.
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Comment #51 posted by charmed quark on June 03, 2006 at 06:24:49 PT
Carter and Drug War
Thinging about it, one of the problems is that most people who were for cannabis legalization were also anti-drug war.So a lot of effort was bled from cannabis to arguing against the generalized military/police/incarceration approach to drugs. And to pointing out the absurdities of the drug war in general and for fighting for a more humane approach against drugs via education, support, treatment.Perhaps that was a big mistake and we should have focused only on cannabis and ignored the generalized drug war.
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Comment #50 posted by FoM on June 02, 2006 at 22:00:15 PT
charmed quark 
I thought of the time frame and we were on our way in the mid 70s. We had a good opportunity when Jimmy Carter was running for President in 76. He said he was for decriminalization of marijuana. He was sworn in in January of 77 and then something went wrong. Cocaine entererd the picture and that ended reform of marijuana. Then when the Iran Hostage issue happened there was no time or hope of changing the laws because he wasn't re-elected because of the Iran Hostage situation. That's why I say that cocaine stopped marijuana reform. My state's laws were changed for the better during that time and a few other states changed their laws too.
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Comment #49 posted by afterburner on June 02, 2006 at 21:02:07 PT
charmed quark 
"it would have been hard with the gateway and later, the stepping stone, nonsense." Actually, the "stepping stone" metaphor came first. Later, the "gateway." The reemergence of the "stepping stone" is just more recycled propaganda."How would you have dealt with that period if you were, say, the head of NORML?"I'm too tired to address that question fully just now. I'll have to think more about it. First impressions: more honesty and information about the effects of cannabis and of cocaine and the reasons people use them. Talks by doctors, not police officers. Obviously, slogans like "just say no," fear-mongering, caging, urine testing, SWAT teams, home invasions, and mandatory minimums were not the right way to go.
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Comment #48 posted by Hope on June 02, 2006 at 20:17:31 PT
Comment 42
Good news! Very good news! 
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Comment #47 posted by FoM on June 02, 2006 at 16:58:46 PT
 charmed quark 
Wow what a question. I don't know how I would have dealth with it because I only saw cocaine one time and tried it one time in 72. My personal opinion was cocaine was something that might not be real good for a person but I never felt marijuana was really harmful. People were aware not to mess with certain drugs. If a friend was maybe getting a little too wasted they would tell them. Drug awareness was much more in the open back then. 
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Comment #46 posted by charmed quark on June 02, 2006 at 16:40:58 PT
FOM - pot entangled with coke
You raised a very good point - Reagan was at the point where people were becoming aware that heavy cocaine useage maybe wasn't a good thing. Then the government started a war on cocaine which got tangled up with their war on pot.Many of us at the time, while agreeing that heavy cocaine use wasn't a good thing, opposed the ramp-up on cocaine because we knew where it would lead - more violence, more death, more disease. And indeed - it was the crackdown on cocaine that lead to the even more demonized crack "epidemic", along with the formation of violent crack gangs, the destabalization of South American countries, and so on.But maybe we all should have focused on ignoring the cocaine war and simply focused on denying all connections between pot and other drugs. Don't know - it would have been hard with the gateway and later, the stepping stone, nonsense. And once the public is brainwashed into believing nonsense about one drug, it's easy to push this into a generalized anti-drug fervor.How would you have dealt with that period if you were, say, the head of NORML?
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Comment #45 posted by FoM on June 02, 2006 at 10:59:13 PT
You make very good points. Protecting the children is such an easy scapegoat for those who are against us. We protect children from everything and then when they turn 18 we attack and try to lock them up. It swings from one extreme to the other.
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Comment #44 posted by rchandar on June 02, 2006 at 10:42:04 PT:
my thoughts
there are a couple of things that repeatedly give us trouble in fighting for change:one is the "high-potency" myth which researchers are finding has little effect. But the commericals state, "it's not your father's marijuana", that all kinds of dangerous behaviors originate from something determined to be benign forty years ago. a lot of people are scared by this "increased potency" argument.second, the notion of "protecting our children". Those oh-so-important "natural resources". Whenever a politician is asked about reforming drug policy, "the children" come into the picture. Never mind that a lot of these kids are drinking and having sex from the age of 9, 10. They have to be "protected," and marijuana is "dangerous."finally, there are the absurd notions that pot is handled "by terrorists," a concept that Bush invented out of his challenged head. There's no truth to it, of course: marijuana production is handled by small-scale growers and young adults in big mafias across the US, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. It's an American thing, and mafia is an "old" power, not a "new" one. There's just no evidence that hundreds of tons of pot come from Afghanistan or even Morocco. But, I'm willing to bet money, the "gentle herd" of Americans are believers; it makes them feel special to be endangered by such a savvy nemesis as a terrorist.Sometimes when I see politicians get indignant or talk passionatly against drugs, I fail to see them doing anything other than cutting and pasting big words in place of legitimate, humanly concerned thought. they are a race of bastards and it's obvious why none of us trust them.--rchandar
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Comment #43 posted by FoM on June 02, 2006 at 09:55:59 PT
I think Toker00 makes a really good point and yet I understand how hard it must be trying to just make a life for yourself. It boggles my mind just thinking about it. If a draft comes back many of us remember how hard it was and I dread that happening again.
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Comment #42 posted by ekim on June 02, 2006 at 09:23:16 PT
great news Gregs case was just dropped
will post more as news comes in. Dean Kuipers will be doing a MI tour for his new Book Burning Rainbow Farm -- Greg's trial is coming up on the 14 of June. a school counselor and been active with Mi Norml gets his truck sniffed. This great country can not keep this war on its people up.
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Comment #41 posted by Toker00 on June 02, 2006 at 09:07:08 PT
But freshy
Legalizing cannabis will help with ALL of those "problems".Tax money to help pay off the dept, medical cannabis instead of the expensive pharmas that cost old people their food and heat money, and hemp oil to decrease the need to fight for oil.Toke. 
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Comment #40 posted by freshy on June 01, 2006 at 18:33:27 PT
the younger generation
i think we'll be too busy paying off the national debt, surviving old age without social security, and ending the war in Iraq to fight for legalization.dang, this administration has really screwed up. maybe the next one will pull a Bill Clinton and get us a trade surplus and fix the debt.we need some war bonds. borrow from US citizens not the Japanese government...
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Comment #39 posted by CorvallisEric on June 01, 2006 at 10:02:56 PT
Finally, he can stand up proudly and proclaim "Mission Accomplished!" (I wonder if that's where his photo came from).
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Comment #38 posted by FoM on June 01, 2006 at 09:31:18 PT
That would be great. 
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Comment #37 posted by FoM on June 01, 2006 at 09:30:10 PT
Press Release from The Drug Policy Alliance
Supporters of Drug Policy Reform are Making an Impact***Thursday, June 1, 2006In the last few weeks, drug policy reformers across the country have contacted Congress on several different issues. They have not let up, and the efforts are yielding positive results!A study last month showed that anti-marijuana commercials may cause young people to develop more positive attitudes toward marijuana. Thousands of people have faxed their members of Congress to urge them to stop wasting tax dollars on those ads. Congress is now deciding how much money to allocate in the budget for the ads, and the strong opposition is bolstering Drug Policy Alliance Network's lobbying efforts to advocate for cuts.Reformers also spoke out by the thousands against a provision in the House ONDCP Reauthorization bill that would make it easier for the federal government to unleash dangerous and uncontrollable mycoherbicides in Latin America. When Senators introduced their own version of the bill, it did not contain the risky mycoherbicide scheme. This is a huge step forward. At some point the House and Senate will have to reconcile their different bills, and when they do there will be another opportunity to take action on this issue.Thousands of people faxed Congress in support of medical marijuana as well. DPAN has received a lot of positive feedback from Congressional staffers on this campaign, which is building support for the Hinchey-Rohrabacher medical marijuana amendment that Congress will most likely vote on in late June or July. Look for updates in the coming weeks on this important campaign to keep cancer and AIDS patients who use medical marijuana out of federal prison.Change would not be possible without these consistent efforts to let members of Congress know that drug policy issues are important! If you are not yet a member of the DPA Action Network, you can join to make yourself heard on federal, state and local drug policy issues.
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Comment #36 posted by Truth on June 01, 2006 at 09:27:28 PT
This is the type government we need.
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Comment #35 posted by FoM on June 01, 2006 at 07:52:40 PT
I understand what you are saying. I never thought I would see the day when our government would become so very corrupt like it is now and mostly under this administration. 
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Comment #34 posted by FoM on June 01, 2006 at 07:47:56 PT
charmed quark 
Don't lose hope. It is very easy to lose hope when we look at how long this war has been going. The younger generation will need to start fighting for change but we have the experience so they can learn from us and hopefully not get sucked into the spin they always do when they are losing the publics support on an issue. 
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Comment #33 posted by FoM on June 01, 2006 at 07:43:28 PT
I remember Carter's stand on marijuana and it was good. I remember they were trying to help the Veterans that were addicted to Heroin. That was good. It seemed like change on marijuana laws might happen ( some states decriminalized ) and then cocaine entered the picture. I thought oh no now marijuana will be punished because of cocaine. Now it's the same thing. They keep trying to tangle up Cannabis and Meth or other drugs. We will lose just like we did under Carter and maybe it is only people who remember that time that will understand what I mean.
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Comment #32 posted by goneposthole on June 01, 2006 at 07:10:23 PT
when the ONDCP speaks...
nobody listens. They all light up a joint and say 'whatever.'When Osama speaks, everybody listens. That's something.George Bush is actually a slave to Osama, if you think about it.Writing your congressman only gets your name added to the list of potential terrorists. Forget about Congress and the US government, they aren't there for the average citizen. When you speak to them, they won't listen. If you have billions of dollars, then they'll listen. The Saudis have billions, they helped finance the Clinton Presidential Library. Politicians listen to the Saudis. George Bush does.You are left to fend for yourself. All you have anymore is cannabis to help you feel better. It works, so don't be afraid to use it. Fear the US government. It is the most corrupt government... ever. 
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Comment #31 posted by unkat27 on June 01, 2006 at 04:15:27 PT
Comment #17 posted by charmed quark
"President Carter came along and actively promoted decriminilization. I figured that would be the final straw. Nope. Then Regan sorta ramped up the war again. And so on."Two things, imo, gave Reagan the presidency and the power to increase the "war on drugs" and suspend any chance of cannabis reforms favored by Carter.One, the Iran Hostage Crisis, which was used by the war-party repugs to make Carter look too soft and unable to make good foreign policy. The dumbed-down public, historically under-informed about US foreign policy by a corporate-controlled news-room, didn't know enough to see through the political BS. The majority bought the idea that Carter was "too soft".Two, Carter was also made to look "soft" on illegal drugs as well, simply because he favored decriminalization for cannabis. But, this BS may not have been accepted if it were not for the BS theory that repugs proposed that claimed cannabis was the "Gateway Drug" to harder drugs like cocaine and heroin. Too many people bought this BS and failed to see through it. Just goes to show that the very status of anything being "illegal" upon BS grounds instills fear and stupidity into a majority of low-IQ people. When the humanitarians have the edge in politics, the corporate pigs resort to fear-mongering tactics everytime.
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Comment #30 posted by Toker00 on June 01, 2006 at 03:23:49 PT
Remember, Max
You can't send any correspondence with your donation. No letter, in other words. Letters have to be sent to:Jerry Sisson #6642-065FMC devens Federal Medical CenterP.O.Box 879Devens Ma. 01434To Help Linda:Linda SissonP.O.Box 775Cave Junction, Oregan 97533Anyone is welcome to correct me if these addies are wrong.Why hasn't Jerry been released early like Steve was? Not enough publicity?I'll see what I can do for Jerry and Linda.Wage peace on war. END CANNABIS PROHIBITION NOW!
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Comment #29 posted by afterburner on May 31, 2006 at 22:13:54 PT
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Comment #28 posted by FoM on May 31, 2006 at 22:03:35 PT
Max Flowers 
Yes that is where we sent money.
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Comment #27 posted by Max Flowers on May 31, 2006 at 21:56:54 PT
Dollars for Jerry
I assume donations can be sent directly to this address?:Att'n: Commissary     Federal Bureau of Prisons     Jerrry Sisson reg # 66424-065     p.o. #474701 Desmoine Iowa 50947-0001(they accept money orders and cashiers checks)
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Comment #26 posted by FoM on May 31, 2006 at 21:38:13 PT
We'll get money off to Linda for Jerry as soon as possible. 
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Comment #25 posted by museman on May 31, 2006 at 21:33:03 PT
War on Jerry
He has asked me to post a message asking for any commissary donations. Apparently his account has emptied. Linda is struggling. It is an example of the active terror that is foisted on the American people. My friend Jerry is forced to beg for simple human conforts, and I am obliged to pass it on to you. And we/you are then forced to choose how to respond. Now that Jerry has been knocked out of action, time distances us. Jerry and I thank you.
the info
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Comment #24 posted by FoM on May 31, 2006 at 20:20:04 PT
Thank you. It was a very nice day. I'm very tired but it's a good tired. I haven't talked as much as I did about many different topics in years. Mr. and Mrs. Whig are truly fine, good people.
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Comment #23 posted by ekim on May 31, 2006 at 20:14:32 PT
thanks FoM
 maybe a few more years and i will get the hang of this thing.
Greg's trial is coming up on the 14 of June. a school counselor and been active with Mi Norml gets his truck sniffed. This great country can not keep this war on its people up. to hear you guys day was special. All the people here help make this struggle bearable. Thanks to everyone here.Jun 2 06 KSCO 1080 AM Radio Good Morning Monterey Bay Show 07:10 AM James Anthony Santa Cruz California USA 
 Speaker James Anthony, former Oakland Community Prosecutor, is a phone in guest to the Good Morning Monterey Bay Show on KSCO 1080 AM Radio, Santa Cruz, CA. James and show host, Rosemary Chalmers, will be discussing issues related to the failures of drug prohibition. James will be discussing why he and members of LEAP believe that legalization and regulation of all illicit drugs is a better public policy than prohibition. Jun 7 06 Monterey California Tour 08:00 AM James Anthony Monterey California USA 
 One of LEAP's newest speakers, former Oakland, CA, City Attorney James Anthony, makes a tour thru Monterey, CA to speak with civic clubs, college students, policymakers and the media. To add your organziation to this limited speaking tour, contact Mike Smithson at 315-243-5844 or speakers
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Comment #22 posted by FoM on May 31, 2006 at 18:44:53 PT
That is interesting. I wonder what could come from it.
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Comment #21 posted by FoM on May 31, 2006 at 18:43:02 PT
Thank you. We are watching the interview. It's very good.PS: I went ahead and removed the extra post. 
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Comment #20 posted by mayan on May 31, 2006 at 18:29:01 PT


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Comment #19 posted by ekim on May 31, 2006 at 18:26:55 PT

Dixie Chicks
Larry King now
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Comment #17 posted by charmed quark on May 31, 2006 at 15:12:43 PT

I was thinking about some comments I made earlier. In 1968, I was first getting interested in the cannabis laws. Cannabis at that point had been illegal for 30 years, since the 1938 Stamp Act. As a youth, that seemed like forever to me, some law made up in the dark ages during Prohibition. There were a lot of trends happening that led me to believe these archaic laws would soon be reversed. There was the new science indicating it was less harmful than tobacco and alcohol. And there was its spread to the middle class. I figured politicians wouldn't want to be supporting laws that led to the arrest of the children of their core constituents. And there was a loud call, for the first time, by politicians and scientists, for reform of these laws.I figured the laws would soon be changed. Then Nixon started the "drug war". I figured it was just a speed bump in the reform process. Especially when the study he commissioned for the drug war recommended decriminalization. President Carter came along and actively promoted decriminilization. I figured that would be the final straw.
Nope. Then Regan sorta ramped up the war again. And so on.It's now been 38 years since 1968. A longer period than cannabis was illegal before 1968. It's hard to believe. It had been illegal for 30 years in 1968. Now it's been illegal for 68 years. When I realize this, I feel there is no hope, at least before I die and most of the people I know die. Who would hard thought, back in 1968, that cannabis would still be illegal in 2006.I guess it's time for a younger generation to worry about prohibition and the disaster it's been for our society, a generation who hasn't lost hope due to a lifetime of blocked reforms.
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Comment #16 posted by Truth on May 31, 2006 at 14:39:35 PT

This is the kind of ad I want to see....
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Comment #15 posted by OverwhelmSam on May 31, 2006 at 13:41:17 PT

Escape To Canada
Interesting Clips
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Comment #14 posted by Hope on May 31, 2006 at 12:57:49 PT

I've had mockingbirds that whistled Neil Diamond tunes.Crows are mimicers, too, as I understand.
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Comment #13 posted by FoM on May 31, 2006 at 12:53:03 PT

EJ That is So Cool
I believe it too. My dogs sing along to Neil.
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Comment #12 posted by Hope on May 31, 2006 at 11:20:46 PT

Wow. EJ...that's so neat.
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Comment #11 posted by E_Johnson on May 31, 2006 at 10:45:59 PT

FoM sning along with Neil
I'm sitting on my patio with my laptop playing Living With War and I swear there's a crow sitting in a tree over me singing along with Neil.Cackling and cawing to the music, I swear.
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Comment #10 posted by Sam Adams on May 31, 2006 at 10:44:35 PT

true anti-drug ads?
How about "I got high and my government turned fascist". "I got high and didn't pay attention, and the government raised my taxes and gave it to the police to stand around on overtime details""I got high and the government took away my civil rights"Iraq: "I got high and we attacked another country" Katrina: "I got high and the government let me drown" 
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Comment #9 posted by FoM on May 31, 2006 at 10:27:37 PT

Thank Neil! LOL!
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Comment #8 posted by Hope on May 31, 2006 at 10:19:15 PT

Comment 6're a regular slogan machine lately. That's good.
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Comment #7 posted by CorvallisEric on May 31, 2006 at 10:05:18 PT

Anti-marijuana ads DO work ...
... in the realm of political reality. They are really directed toward opinion leaders - both adults and teenagers - and voters. They probably succeed in influencing non-users without strong opinions. They affect the social climate by promoting a wedge between users and non-users and by conflating use with abuse. They certainly "preach to the choir" to keep prohibition supporters energized. If they also succeed in getting more children to use drugs (of all kinds), so much the better.The successful outcome is more money and power for the bureaucracy that runs the show, limited only by ever-increasing budget deficit and public disgust with things that don't work in the real world.
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Comment #6 posted by FoM on May 31, 2006 at 10:01:16 PT

Don't Need No More ONDCP
Don't need no more lies.
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Comment #5 posted by afterburner on May 31, 2006 at 09:59:15 PT

Time to Pull the Plug
"Created by President Reagan nearly eight years ago, the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP)" has through its blantant propaganda and misinformation been nothing more than a tool to ramp up the War on (Some) Drugs. Proponents of smaller, more responsive government call your Congressmembers and Senators and demand an end to this bloated and unwelcome federal agency. Time to clean house.
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Comment #4 posted by Hope on May 31, 2006 at 09:54:04 PT

I totally expect that prohibitions will end...
I just don't know when. That's where my "faith" is.But I can dream. And hope. And certainly...I am a patience adept.
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Comment #3 posted by Hope on May 31, 2006 at 09:52:32 PT

I hope
God knows I hope.
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Comment #2 posted by Hope on May 31, 2006 at 09:50:57 PT

Dream on, Mai Bong City.
No reason not to.It can give you a good feeling...which makes your body produce positive body say the least. Dream on, sweet friend.We can still dream without really counting on things. We in the Drug Policy Reform activist movement are good at not counting on things, very much. We learned the hard way, too many times.Counting on something often can leave you devastatingly disappointed...there for I expect nothing so I will not be disappointed...but I can dream.
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Comment #1 posted by mai_bong_city on May 31, 2006 at 09:19:54 PT

right on
i'm going to contact my reps and ask that the funds be diverted to treatment, and heck - how about cannabis consortiums and co-ops in the states they represent - a darn good idea....
we've known this all along, the lies, 'propoganda', in essence, isn't it? they thought all the little children were dumb and blind, i suppose. any fool knows that once you lie to somebody, they will suspect everything hence. i am waiting for the day they come out with the truth all around.....admit mistakes, misleadings and downright falsity......bush and the whole nine yards.
the lucky thing now is the internet for research, resource, and fact. it is up to every individual to form their own conclusions, i believe, by thoroughly reading everything they can get their hands on - facts mind you, science - not some gubmint squire or oxy-addict radio host.....
ah, if only. sorry, i was dreaming again.

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