Medical Marijuana Ads Appear in USA Today

A lot of really interesting developments are happening in the US, almost too many to keep up with. We found this from the High Times. We have a feeling that it’ll be several years before we see the same thing appearing in The Sun or Telegraph in the UK, we can hope though eh?

 

Source: HighTimes
(http://www.hightimes.com/read/medical-marijuana-ads-appear-usa-today)
BY MIKE ADAMS · THU AUG 14, 2014
In light of the controversy and success of an advertisement for
medical marijuana appearing in a recent edition of The New York Times,
medicinal cannabis advocacy group, Americans for Safe Access recently
partnered with Leafly, the masterminds behind this highly publicized
campaign, and emerged with an ad that will run in the USA Today’s NFL
Special Edition.
The ads, which are scheduled to appear in several markets for the next
30 days, is an attempt to send a message to the NFL that despite their
outdated drug polices, medical marijuana is a safer alternative to
dangerous prescription narcotics. “100 million Americans suffer from
chronic pain,” followed by “9 in 10 retired players suffer from pain
on a daily basis,” reads the ad, which brandishes an unaffiliated
football player marked by the number 31… we’re guessing 420 was too
much stoner for the cause.
The USA Today advertisement will appear in markets affiliated with the
Atlanta Falcons, Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, Green
Bay Packers, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, New York Giants,
and Philadelphia Eagles, with hopes of getting NFL Commissioner Roger
Goodell to make good on recent statements, in which he said he would
consider allowing players to treat concussions with medical marijuana.
“Those teams represent a variety of states that have either legalized
cannabis recreationally, have established or are planning to launch
some sort of medical cannabis program, or have no sort of legalization
whatsoever,” according to a statement by Leafly. “Consequently, we
feel that these ads will reach not only a wide audience of football
fans who may not be familiar with cannabis’ therapeutic properties,
but call attention to the pivotal crossroads the organization is
currently facing and urge the league to support medical cannabis and
allow its players the choice of legal, safe, and reasonable use of
cannabis for valid medical reasons without repercussion.”
Despite talks of allowing medical marijuana in the NFL, there has not
been any move by league officials to indicate they are serious about
making the change. However, in a bizarre twist to the sports medicine
conundrum, it was announced earlier last week that KannaLife Sciences
is working to provide FDA-approved cannabis medicine to NFL players
who have sustained head trauma.
Unfortunately, this appears to be the path the federal government is
taking to make medical marijuana and cannabis seeds available on a national level: pot in
pill form that the FDA can regulate with a foot, or in this case, a
cleat on its neck.

You can read the full article at HighTimes.com here (http://www.hightimes.com/read/medical-marijuana-ads-appear-usa-today)

Mike Adams writes for stoners and smut enthusiasts in High Times,
Playboy’s The Smoking Jacket and Hustler Magazine. You can follow him
on Twitter @adamssoup and on Facebook/mikeadams73.

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