ABC, CBS, Fox Reject Medical Marijuana Ads

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 mpp.org/nypolls2009. A separate set of polls from 2007 is at http://www.mpp.org/nypoll2007.

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 http://mpp.org/NYTVads, or below:

In nearly all areas, the ads are customized to name the specific state senator who voters should contact (in New York City and Orange County, the configuration of Senate districts and TV markets made this impractical).

Kevin Smith, M.D., of Saugerties, who appears in the second spot and who suffers severe pain from a genetic disorder known as ankylosing spondilitis, was angered by the stations’ rejection of the ads. “As a patient whose well-being would be dramatically improved by the medical marijuana bill, I am appalled that these TV stations won’t even let us tell our stories to their viewers,” Smith said. “These stations are out of touch with the public, 76 percent of whom support protecting patients.”

With more than 27,000 members and 100,000 e-mail subscribers nationwide, the Marijuana Policy Project is the largest marijuana policy reform organization in the United States. MPP believes that the best way to minimize the harm associated with marijuana is to regulate marijuana in a manner similar to alcohol. For more information, please visit http://MarijuanaPolicy.org.

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Comments

9 Comments

  1. james on

    this is a blatant lie.
    because if you back out to the video section there is a cbs video posted
    The Marijuana Wars: Pro vs. Con
    this is an interview and discussion with Paul Chabot in the interest of anti marijuana regulation
    although this may not be viewed as an advertisement it is easy to see what the media supports and how they are paid to support anti marijuana regulation. and in my opinion they really made Richard Lee look like a lazy unprofessional character. while Paul was in a business suit albeit he made his own argument very weak.

  2. Anonymous on

    Well heres what I got back via email response from one station thus far..

    WABC refuses all issue oriented advertising.
    It doesn’t matter whether the ads are from the pro-side or the anti-side
    of an issue.
    WABC refuses issue oriented ads supporting OR opposing medical
    marijuana.
    WABC refuses issue oriented ads supporting OR opposing same sex
    marriage.
    WABC refuses issue oriented ads supporting OR opposing abortion.
    And so on.

    The reason has nothing to do with support or opposition of a particular
    issue.

    The reason is that issue oriented ads are not required to be honest or
    truthful. While the hope is that such advertising be honest and above
    board, the fact is that there is no law that requires issue oriented ads
    to tell the truth. A cereal company or juice company cannot lie about
    their product. The law forbids that. But the law does not prohibit issue
    organizations from twisting truths. You have probably seen enough
    evidence of this on certain cable channels.

    As a broadcaster licensed by the government, if we accept advertising
    from one side of an issue, we are required to accept advertising from
    the opposing side, EVEN IF THAT ADVERTISING IS FALSE, HATE FILLED OR
    KNOWINGLY DISHONEST. We cannot refuse the ad because the law does not
    require it to be truthful.

    The ONLY way ABC can prevent putting misleading issue oriented
    advertising on the air is to refuse to air any of it. Please note: In
    doing so, WABC loses the potential revenue from both sides of these
    issues, so in refusing the ads, WABC loses money. But the only option
    ABC has is to air all ads including the misleading and deceitful ones,
    or air none of them.

    You might not like that. However, if your side of the issue has $10,000
    to spend and the other side has $10,000,000 to spend, and their ads were
    full of lies, deceit and hate, you would be screaming at us to yank them
    off the air. We would not be able to. Once ads from one side are taken,
    all ads must be taken.

    Yours is not the first e-mail we have received on this subject. It is
    regrettable that whatever blog, newsletter or website you and others
    have been reading, urging you to write your e-mails, did not bother to
    fully research the reason behind the station’s decision before making an
    uninformed recommendation.

  3. trinity on

    Im all for medical pot, but why do we have to be almost dead to use it?? it should be free for all people to use for whatever reason. theres a million smokers in america, stand up for yourself and dont ask, go demand, refuse to work or buy anything.. thats what will make them listen.

  4. sam on

    i agree, IT IS THE FREAKIN GOVT!they control everything “even what we do with our bodies or a medicinal plant thats been around for thousands of years!”

  5. Catharine on

    if you don’t have a knack for writing, but still want to express your disdain for these Stations that refuse to air these ads – copy & paste folks:

    I am appalled to hear that you refuse to air ads sponsored by MPP.org that show patients telling their stories of how Medical Marijuana has helped them.
    Why would you deny an ad that is simply asking for viewers to contact their senators in support of legislation for Medicinal Marijuana?

    Local polls show overwhelming, bipartisan support for Medicinal 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.

    The nation’s citizens overwhelmingly support protecting patients whom choose to relieve their chronic illnesses and diseases, or the side effects of medications for their illnesses & diseases, with Medicinal Marijuana.

    With more than 27,000 members and 100,000 e-mail subscribers nationwide, the Marijuana Policy Project is the largest marijuana policy reform organization in the United States. MPP believes that the best way to minimize the harm associated with marijuana is to regulate marijuana in a manner similar to alcohol.

    There is NO JUSTIFIABLE reason to reject these ads from airing.

  6. Anonymous on

    Their just doing what the asshole contolling government is telling what to do!

  7. Anonymous on

    the lobbyist pump too much money into the pockets of the legislators in each state , only until all the “OLD” senators are dead , then some thinking outside the bun can occur, till then, each senator, governor, mayor, president, and congressman, will have their head way to far up lobbyist ass to even hear a good , bonifide argument for cannabis.

  8. Harry Pothead on

    Any reason given for the rejection by ABC, CBS and Fox. Just wondering ??

    The only thing I can think of is there prohibitionist puppets.

  9. Buffalocannabis on

    Yup. That is right. Most people IN the city of Buffalo are very supportive of medical cannabis and don’t care too much about recreational cannabis.