by the Prohibition law. For nothing is more destructive of respect for the
government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be
enforced." — Albert Einstein
The organization behind the Super Bowl-themed pro-marijuana billboards that went up earlier this week posted two more billboards near the stadium on Thursday, in response to a competing anti-marijuana billboard that was posted Wednesday by Project SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana).
Pictured is Project SAM’s ad, which they released in response to Marijuana Policy Project’s first five billboards, which promote weed as safer than alcohol. The bottom two are MPP’s response to this message; the first is a spoof of Project SAM’s ad, and the second features a statement made by the group’s leader, Patrick Kennedy, during a recent TV appearance: “I agree with the president. Alcohol is more dangerous [than marijuana].”
Five billboards around New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium will show ads promoting marijuana as safer than either football or alcohol, in time for the Super Bowl on Sunday. The Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks will face off in the first “Marijuana Bowl” or “Super Oobie Doobie Bowl" representing the only two states in the nation to have legalized recreational marijuana.
The group behind the billboards, Marijuana Policy Project, was deeply involved in getting pot legalized in Colorado. They also launched a petition calling for the NFL to reduce penalties for players caught using the drug.
Looking for the billboards? Find their locations here.
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New Jersey multiple sclerosis patient and convicted cannabis grower John Ray Wilson is now free on bail after being convicted last year of growing 17 marijuana plants; plants he says he used to relieve the symptoms of his MS.
After losing an appeal earlier this year, John now awaits word on his final appeal at the state Supreme Court from home after the New Jersey Appellate Division granted him a bail of $15,000, of which his family put up 10% to secure his release.
Unfortunately the terms of John’s release prohibit him from using medical marijuana, even though it is now legal in New Jersey. +
Alternate headline: Non-violent man locked up for relieving MS symptoms using a plant that is safer than alcohol to owe $15,000 to the state for his freedom
A New Jersey man convicted of marijuana manufacture after he grew 17 plants in his backyard to use to treat his multiple sclerosis was ordered to prison to begin serving a five-year sentence Wednesday even as he appeals his conviction to the state Supreme Court. +
Since Wilson’s conviction, New Jersey has passed a law to allow medical marijuana. The program is still being set up and marijuana is not yet being distributed legally to patients. (www.nj.com)
With Governor Chris Christie’s blessing, New Jersey will now begin implementing a medical-marijuana law signed by former governor Jon Corzine in 2010, and some New Yorkers are starting to feel that the grass, if you will, is greener on the other side of the river.
[…] According to recent polls, anywhere from 50 percent to 71 percent of New Yorkers favor legalizing medical marijuana. If that’s not enough of an incentive for Cuomo, maybe the prospect of being less progressive on the issue than Chris Christie will be.