Pro-Pot Milestone: Ad Appears at Big Sports Event
Video at NASCAR race says marijuana way better than beer
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 26, 2013 5:31 PM CDT
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(Newser) USA Today takes note of a first for the pro-marijuana movement: A video extolling the benefits of pot will appear near the gate of a major sports event, in this case NASCAR's Brickyard 400. The ad, by the Marijuana Policy Project, will play on a video screen dozens of times outside the Indianapolis track over the weekend. NASCAR itself has nothing to do with the ad, and NASCAR sponsors Miller Lite and Royal Whisky probably won't be thrilled, notes the newspaper.

That's because the short video makes the case that marijuana is better than beer and other types of alcohol in all kinds of ways—no hangovers, no calories, and "it's not linked to violence or reckless behavior." The tagline is "Less harmful than alcohol, and time to treat it that way." NASCAR can't do much about it, because the company selling the ad space is set up on property not owned the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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heyzeus
Jul 29, 2013 3:53 PM CDT
There was a Time Magazine article about a study in which it was found that states that legalized marijuana (either for medical or recreational purposes) had far lower traffic fatalites and suicides than those states that did not. http://healthland.time.com/2011/12/02/why-medical-marijuana-laws-reduce-traffic-deaths/
Alan
Jul 28, 2013 4:25 PM CDT
You smoke grass? You don't smoke grass? It doesn't make any difference. We have had strong anti-grass policies for decades. Long before any of us were born. What have these anti-grass policies done to eliminate the demand for weed in this country? What has it done to eliminate the involvement of international crime cartels activities in the world in general and this country in particular? How have our anti-marijuana laws over the past decades impacted upon crime associated with drug importation and sales over the the last decades? How have anti-drug laws impacted upon the level of violence associated with drug cartel activity over the decades? One definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. How is following the laws and policies we have had in place for decades going to bring us different outcomes to any or all of the above? Just asking
julianpenrod
Jul 27, 2013 5:51 PM CDT
P { margin-bottom: 0.08in; } A common tactic, that shills don't recognize and quislings refuse to admit. Don't mention the areas where what you promote is actually worse than the alternative and use patent misrepresentation to praise it. “No Calories”. Is that a real consolation after the drug has ruined your ability to think clearly? But, then, if you can't think clearly, you don't care that it's not a consolation. If you can't think clearly, you also don't see this as not a major advantage, for that reason. “No hangover”. That can be expected of a drug that stays in your system, warping it, and can't be removed except by dialysis, for a month or more! “Not linked to violence or reckless behavior”, in the words of those who also approved fen phen and refused to point out that the evidence said there were no banned weapons systems in Iraq! But, consider, too, a dose of knockout drops also has no connection with “violence” or “reckless behavior”, because it puts the person to sleep. Turning them into a witless vegetable is just as reasonably unlikely to cause “violence”, “reckless behavior”, but it also keeps them from doing anything constructive or truly valuable. A point to bear in mind, people who smoke tobacco or drink alcohol do so to relieve stress from actually doing things! Those who smoke marijuana aren't working to fight stress, they do it “to feel good”, but that includes slackers and ne'er do wells who don't have any stress from accomplishing to work against, but who do have a relentless obsession with mindlessness. The pro marijuana movement is built on lies and cravenness for a criminal agenda.