ABC, CBS, Fox Reject Medical Marijuana Ads-Right or Wrong?

By Terrapinzflyer · Sep 16, 2009 · ·
  1. Terrapinzflyer
    ABC, CBS, Fox Reject Medical Marijuana Ads-Right or Wrong?

    ALBANY, NY -- Two new TV ads featuring patients who have benefited from medical marijuana began airing today in media markets covering key New York Senate districts. Rejected by ABC, CBS and Fox, the spots will nevertheless air on WNBC in New York City and on cable outlets around the state, including the New York City, Buffalo and Rochester metropolitan areas, Westchester and Rockland counties and the rest of the Lower Hudson Valley, Watertown, Oswego, and Ogdensburg.

    Local polls in these districts show overwhelming, bipartisan support for medical marijuana legislation. For example, Mason-Dixon polls conducted Sept. 1-3 in Senate Districts 12 (Queens), 48 (Watertown, Oswego), and 58 (Buffalo and nearby areas) showed support for the legislation running at 72 percent, 69 percent, and 74 percent, respectively. Full results of these and earlier district polls on the medical marijuana bill are at A separate set of polls from 2007 is at

    One of the spots features Conservative Party member Joel Peacock of Buffalo, who suffers from chronic pain as the result of a serious accident. In the ad, he describes running out of his prescription medication while on a work assignment in the south after Hurricane Katrina and being given marijuana by a client. "It took away the pain," Peacock says in the ad. "It took away the nausea. I didn't have stomach cramps. I slept. It just did everything my medicine doesn't do. Please, ask your senator to have compassion."

    Both spots, sponsored by the Marijuana Policy Project and New Yorkers for Compassionate Care, can be viewed at

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  1. xSarahJ
    Personally I don't like any advertisements about any medications and I do not feel that medical marijuana should be advertised.
    People should be going to their doctors and asking them what medications they should be taking for the illnesses they have. I don't think people should be watching television ads or reading newspaper ads about medicines that can "lower blood pressure", "marijuana that takes away pain", or anything else along those lines and trying to diagnose themselves/ pick out a medicine they feel they should be taking.
    Many of the people reading ad's like these aren't doctors, and don't know anything about the medications- so what's the point of influencing them with these ads?

    I think medical marijuana is great and that it can, surely, help take away the pain that many people with serious injuries have, but does it really need to be advertised? I don't think so. Just my opinion, honestly not trying to offend anyone :)
  2. Terrapinzflyer
    first- turtle should say these are political ads- trying to gain support for medical marijuana legislation- not commercial ads for a drug.

    On the other subject turtle would agree tv advertising is not the place for drugs, of any kind. But in the US, turtle thinks, tobacco is the only drug explicitly banned from tv advertising. (though they do spent fortunes advertising via "placements" in tv and movies)
  3. RaverHippie
    I think it's kind of outrageous over the censorship for these political advertisements.
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