NBC, ABC California TV Stations Refuse Legalizing Marijuana Ad

July 8, 2009

(ChattahBox)—In a decision hearkening back to the 1950s era of “reefer madness” propaganda-like hysteria, three California television stations in San Francisco and Los Angeles have refused to air a seemingly innocuous ad advocating the legalization and taxation of marijuana.

The Marijuana Policy Project funded the ad, which is a national organization devoted to a common sense approach to legally regulating marijuana in the same way as alcohol. The ad promotes the legalization, regulation and taxation of marijuana, as a way to help California emerge from its budget crisis.

A woman in the ad says, “The governor and the legislature are ignoring millions of Californians who want to pay taxes. We’re marijuana consumers. Instead of being treated like criminals for using a substance safer than alcohol, we want to pay our fair share.”

Despite California’s Governor Schwarzenegger supporting a debate on legalizing marijuana and the U.S. Justice Department’s new policy under the Obama administration of not raiding medical marijuana dispensaries in compliance with state laws, two ABC affiliates and one NBC TV station refused to air the ad.

The content of the ad is anything but controversial and certainly does not deviate from the ongoing debate on decriminalizing marijuana, voiced by policy makers and law enforcement officials nationwide. So, why would a TV station refuse to air the ad?

Michael Friedman of KNTV, the NBC affiliate in San Francisco said in a letter to Bruce Mirken, a spokesman for the Marijuana Policy Project that, “Standards rejected the spot. Unfortunately we will not be able to run the creative.”

The ABC affiliate station KABC in L.A., refused to air the ad, because the station asserted it encouraged marijuana smoking. KABC station manager Arnie Kleiner, reportedly told Mirken that “I’m not going to advocate the smoking of marijuana. Marijuana is illegal.”

Meanwhile, the ad will run starting on Wednesday on various cable stations and other network stations throughout the state, including San Diego, Fresno, Santa Barbara and Sacramento.

The fact that three network stations refused to run the ad, won’t deter the Marijuana Policy Project, “…one way or another we’re going ahead,” said Mirken.



5 Responses to “NBC, ABC California TV Stations Refuse Legalizing Marijuana Ad”

  1. Cindy, parent of 2 on July 8th, 2009 12:33 pm

    Well those stations obviously have an agenda, and since this is marijuana were talking about, I wouldn’t be surprised if the stations ownership was “connected” to certain lobbyist that would be threatened by legalizing marijuana, its common knowledge these days that there is a very large community of people who profit of the illegalization of marijuana, big pharma for one, the prison industry, the special law enforcement divisions dedicated to marijuana, tons of politicians have taken campaign contributions from these lobbyist which is an attempt to have leverage on the law makers to keep it illegal so they can continue to profit. Its practically woven into our politics as if its a normal function. Its way past time to stop the innocent people from rotting in metal cages so someone else can profit. There are even foreign companies that finance and run American prisons as a profitable business, when we have an industry who is politically connected and profits of of people going to jail, your going to get nothing but problems, and those innocent people rotting in jail know better than most.


  2. David Scott on July 8th, 2009 10:11 pm

    Marijuana prohibition has been a total failure and is perhaps this country’s greatest mistake. Not only has it created criminals out of nearly a third of the country’s populace, it costs our society billions of dollars every year, creates a strain on our prison system, and has little or no effect on marijuana use in the US. In some cases, prosecuting marijuana use has turned non-violent, middle class kids into violent and unpredictable, career criminals. Once a person has a criminal conviction on their record, they are far less likely to find a good job and become a useful member of society. Other countries with more liberal drug laws have much lower rates of drug addiction among their people. I invite you to my web-page devoted to raising awareness on the assault on our civil liberties: http://freethegods.blogspot.com/

  3. Scott on July 10th, 2009 1:14 am

    When you look at the Marijuana Laws today, you need to take a look at the history of Stevia in this country and big business being worried about profits. (You May have to Google STEVIA) Since December of last year, Stevia was pretty much illegal to sell. Stevia is a natural plant who’s extracted is three hundred time sweeter than sugar and with multiples other benefits, too numerous to mention, all because of Bad science and with some corrupt hands in it. That is they keeped the artificial sweetener company making money.

    Today with over 70 plus years of our treasury wasted and with drug wars on are border and million in prison or in the system. And Police department with their own eyes on the bounty from forfeitures. Makes one think of the old adage if it aint broke don’t fix it well it is broken and the way we look at it need to change and Government needs to stop violating our CONSTUTIONAL RIGHTS not to mention our BILL OF RIGHTS to these misguided laws and bad science. Just imagine if we had over the past 50 plus years built Hospital and trained Doctors and heath care people. Would we be in the health care dilemma today?


  4. Roy C Gilbert on August 11th, 2009 7:55 pm

    Hillary Clinton took The Secretary of Defense as a payoff so Obama could become President.

  5. Glenn on January 13th, 2010 8:50 am

    Marijuana is illegal because of pollitics, plain and simple!

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