Advertisements Spark Controversy

Oct 07, 2013 , , , , , ,

Marijuana prohibitionists have been stirring up controversy since a line of bus advertisements supporting Question 1 in Portland, Maine were revealed on Tuesday.Portland ad 2  The advertisements serve to spark interest among voters and pose the question, “Why should adults be punished for making the safer choice to use marijuana over alcohol?“

Opponents, particularly from a group called 21 Reasons, argue that the ads are irresponsible and should be taken down. Here is what the Portland Press Herald had to say:

Ultimately, though, the issues raised by 21 Reasons are beside the point. The Marijuana Policy Project isn’t selling a drug or promoting its use; it’s asking voters to change a law. Political speech is among the most protected speech there is, and barring these or any other political messages from Metro buses would erode these crucial protections.  [MPP emphasis added]

Unfortunately for misguided prohibitionists, the ads aren’t going anywhere.  Portland voters will have the chance to decide Question 1, which would remove penalties for adult marijuana possession of up to 2.5 ounces, on November 5, 2013.

2 responses to “Advertisements Spark Controversy”

  1. I like the fact that the advertisements are posed in the classic “Have you stopped beating your wife?” format. Magnifique!

    Arch-Prohibitionist and warmonger David Frum does this when he is lying about marijuana. (You can spot his lies if you see his lips–or his pen–moving.)

    Politics ain’t beanbag.

  2. Ty
    ty ty! For ur price charting. I understand that our new quality medication is more expensive but middle class ppl can’t afford to medicate as much as they need b/c its so much. (I think everyone should try to grow for themselves if possible) but again it’s expensive. What can we do about this in mid-michigan? Anyone

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