Pro-Marijuana Ads on Portland Buses Draw Fire
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Pro-Marijuana Ads on Portland Buses Draw Fire
Posted by CN Staff on October 03, 2013 at 05:43:16 PT
By The Associated Press
Source: Associated Press
Portland, Maine -- Groups that fight substance abuse want to snuff out ads on Portland area buses and bus shelters that promote a ballot question seeking to legalize recreational marijuana use. The Marijuana Policy Project unveiled ads Wednesday that appear on four public transit buses and in two bus shelters. The campaign features six ads, each with a photo of an adult explaining why he or she prefers marijuana over alcohol and asking why they should be punished for making the choice. Portland residents will vote in November on whether to make it legal for adults 21 and older to possess up to 2 1/2 ounces of pot. The law would prohibit using marijuana in public, and would not legalize its sale.
A community group called 21 Reasons said it has asked the Greater Portland Transit District to pull the ads, said Kate Perkins, a co-founder of the group, which is committed to keeping youth alcohol- and drug-free.She said the ads endorse marijuana and are a bad idea because a large proportion of bus riders are children."There are plenty of places where the pro-marijuana people can advertise where they aren't putting their message in front of our young people," Perkins said. David Boyer, political director for Marijuana Policy Project Maine, said adults and children are bombarded by alcohol advertising and that the new ads merely compare alcohol and marijuana. The ads claim that marijuana is less harmful than alcohol and doesn't make people "rowdy and reckless." "We want voters to question whether we should punish people for using a substance that's safer than alcohol," he said.Greg Jordan, general manager of the transit district, said it allows political adveristing, and that the ads are political because they support a ballot question."It's really a First Amendment issue," he said. Source: Associated Press (Wire) Published:  October 2, 2013Copyright: 2013 The Associated PressCannabisNews  -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #7 posted by mexweed on October 04, 2013 at 12:02:36 PT:
What cannabis aficionados can do about alcohol
Look for positive points to make...the danger in alcohol, as in most things, is the dosage-- watch someone drink and see if they just chug a lot down quickly. That means they're missing a chance to swish it around, savor/savour the taste, breathe some of the fumes up into the nasal passages, etc., above all mix with saliva so that the thousands of God-given Reception Chemicals in the saliva make contact with EVERY MOLECULE of the drink before ingesting.
Unsalivated alcohol dumbs down your intestinal probiota so that they send toxins into your metabolism instead of good nutrition. Gulping it down hurriedly is a dead giveaway that a drinker is looking for medicine instead of nutrition. Medicine for what? Probably anxiety. At first the drunk experiences euphoria and belligerent "I-win-you-lose" self-confidence ("mania") which slides through "panic" into "depression" (which feels safer to them than anxiety).What can cannabis users do about this problem-- personal to drinkers and at the same time socioeconomic? Maybe "set an example" by avoiding the H-ot B-urning O-verdose M-onoxide "joint" and using a gorgeously designed handmade 25-mg-per-serving utensil (long-stemmed one-hitter) or vape device ( article, "Make Smoke Pipes from Everyday Objects"). If we miniaturize our use, maybe they'll get wise and miniaturize theirs?
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Comment #6 posted by JohnOBonno on October 04, 2013 at 08:54:29 PT:
There are plenty of places...
where pro marijuana people can advertise where they aren't putting their message in front of our young people, but all of those places are already serving alcohol.
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Comment #5 posted by Hope on October 03, 2013 at 15:56:33 PT
"In front of our young people"?
"There are plenty of places where the pro-marijuana people can advertise where they aren't putting their message in front of our young people".The young people Perkins speak of our young people, too. What happened to the prohibitionist love for things that spark the conversation? THE conversation that they used to encourage. The conversation where we talk about "it". Not sex. The other "It". Do you want to talk to the young people about "Drugs"? Cannabis? Marijuana? Honestly? Clear up questions, myths, and outright lies? Here's your opportunity.Perkins should be delighted. This ad will give all the prohibitionists a chance to talk to the young people. A chance to show what they, the prohibitionists are really made of. The prohibitionists are the experts about all this. They say. It will give them the opportunity to speak to "The Children". The "Young people". Again. Some more. Except they are talking to my children and your children, too. Still. Not just their own. They are working very hard at saving people by hurting them. As much as possible Robbing them. Imprisoning them. Maybe even killing them. Don't forget that.One prohibitionist, the Founder of DARE, Darryl Gates, I believe his name was, expressed his desire publicly, and in print, to line up every drug user and cannabis user and shoot them. He honestly believed that's what should be done. Thankfully, he's passed on to his reward, if any. But he left a legacy and it still stalks everyone it can suspect.I, personally, prefer to tell the young people, anyone, the truth, whenever possible. About anything. About cannabis, I usually tell them, if it comes up, that the prohibitionist,law enforcement, narcs, busy bodies, and tattle tales are after their asses, big time, and that it is no joke.I tell them the prohibitionist feels they must teach them, and everyone else, a lesson about disobeying them in this matter. They wish to punish and humiliate people over using, possessing, or growing this plant. It's illegal. They said so. Somebody made a law. Right or wrong. It's the law. And yes. Many people are trying to change that. But right now. They could kill you or ruin your life. It's still the law in most places, right or wrong, and the prohibitionists will hurt you and think they are doing everyone a favor doing it. It's best you leave it alone if you don't need it. They will be looking for you and they will try to hurt you over it. They make it dangerous. Very dangerous, indeed.That's the truth.Prohibitionists hate cannabis use. The prohibitionists are dangerous in their zeal to stop the use of the plant. They are willing to die... to give their very life, so that that "One child" won't try it... but if he does... and they find out... or catch him... he's screwed. Big time.And Perkins said "Plenty" of places to advertise where young people won't see it? I wonder where he had in mind? 
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Comment #4 posted by museman on October 03, 2013 at 11:34:50 PT
"safer than alcohol"
Now that's a 'slogan' I can live with!"21 excuses for fascism" is more like it. Take away their money and they are literally nothing.LEGALIZE FREEDOM
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Comment #3 posted by The GCW on October 03, 2013 at 09:56:45 PT
No reasonable reason to cage humans using cannabis
It sounds like the "ad" is posing the argument to citizens, to consider an alternative. It's suggesting that citizens, government, etc. stop punishing / harming responsible adults for choosing to use a green plant. The "ad" seeks to change public opinion. Booze is legal and since cannabis is safer, shouldn't cannabis be legal?It's not a company / brand attempting to sell it's product.It sounds like "21 Reasons" doesn't want citizens or government to even hear that argument. Further, there isn't 21 reasons to continue caging responsible adults for using what God indicates He created and says is good on the 1st page of the Bible.
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Comment #2 posted by ekim on October 03, 2013 at 09:23:42 PT
maybe 21 can learn from this 2min video
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Comment #1 posted by Sam Adams on October 03, 2013 at 08:46:29 PT
21 reasons
undoubtedly these guys are directly funded by the federal govt.Isn't it great to be forced to pay taxes for propaganda? I'm understanding more and more what the drug war is all about. Deflecting attention from real problems - carbon and methane pollution, nuclear waste, replacing American workers with Chinese wage slaves and an immigration policy that is legalized slavery.No, it's better to argue about gay marriage, cannabis, and giving health care to the poor.
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