The New York Times featured a full-page ad in support of marijuana in its Sunday edition; the ad follows a series of editorials in the paper issuing calls to repeal the federal ban on medical and recreational use of marijuana — arguing it inflicted “great harm on society just to prohibit a substance far less dangerous than alcohol.”
Sunday’s ad promoting the website Leafly.com, which helps users locate medical marijuana dispensaries and choose strains, shows a woman jogging past a brownstone near a professionally dressed man with a paper under his arm.
“Ian chose an indica cannabis strain to relieve his MS symptoms,” the ad said. “While fighting cancer, Molly preferred a sativa cannabis.”
Chief executive of Seattle-based Privateer Holdings, Brendan Kennedy, which placed the ad, said the decision to depict working people was intentional, “This product and this industry are still depicted as sub-culture or counter culture. That’s just not the reality.”
An April poll by Pew Research showed that the majority of Americans, at 54 percent, support marijuana legalization — marking a significant change in public opinion since 1969 when Pew first asked the question and only 12 percent favored legalization.
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