The LA Times reports a commercial produced by a pro-marijuana advocacy group will appear about 200 times across California in the next week, but not on KTLA-TV 5 or KABC-TV 7 in LA. Advocates for legalizing marijuana have released a new television ad calling for the drug to be decriminalized and taxed to help solve California’s budget crunch.
But the controversial topic has proven too hot for several broadcast affiliates to handle, according to the Marijuana Policy Project, the national pro-pot group that is sponsoring the ad campaign.
The advertisement features what the group calls “an actual California marijuana consumer,” Nadene Herndon of Fair Oaks in suburban Sacramento County. Herndon is shown alone on camera talking about proposed budget cuts to schools, police and state parks, then suggests that Sacramento politicians “are ignoring millions of Californians who want to pay taxes. We’re marijuana consumers.”
Despite the rejections by some stations, Mirken estimates that the ad will run about 200 times in the next week or so.
Attitudes toward recreational marijuana use have been softening in the decade since California voters approved pot for medical use, according to the advocacy group.
Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) this year introduced a bill that would essentially put marijuana in the same regulatory framework as alcohol. It has yet to be reviewed by the Legislature, said the story.