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California: Pro-marijuana TV Ads Air Aimed At Easing Parents' Fears

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By Derrick Stanley
Hemp News

California's pro-Proposition 64 campaign launched an ad campaign Tuesday featuring the state's first-ever pro-marijuana TV commercial to air statewide.

Two 30-second spots emphasize how the measure would ban advertising aimed at children, clearly label edible products so as not to confuse children, and only allow marijuana sales in licensed outlets. The marijuana plant itself is never shown in the ads.

California has seen a pro-marijuana TV ad before, but aired it only in select markets and not across the entire state. During the failed campaign to legalize weed in 2010 former San Jose Police Chief Joseph McNamara starred in a 30-second ad for Proposition 19 that used a different approach — emphasizing support among law enforcement for legalization.

Andrew Acosta, a spokesman for the No on 64 campaign, dismissed the ads as representative of a ballot measure “written by and for the marijuana industry. ... They got it wrong for Californians, but right for the folks looking to turn this into the next Gold Rush.”

California: Pro-marijuana TV Ads Air Aimed At Easing Parents' Fears

prop 64.jpg

By Derrick Stanley
Hemp News

California's pro-Proposition 64 campaign launched an ad campaign Tuesday featuring the state's first-ever pro-marijuana TV commercial to air statewide.

Two 30-second spots emphasize how the measure would ban advertising aimed at children, clearly label edible products so as not to confuse children, and only allow marijuana sales in licensed outlets. The marijuana plant itself is never shown in the ads.

California has seen a pro-marijuana TV ad before, but aired it only in select markets and not across the entire state. During the failed campaign to legalize weed in 2010 former San Jose Police Chief Joseph McNamara starred in a 30-second ad for Proposition 19 that used a different approach — emphasizing support among law enforcement for legalization.

Andrew Acosta, a spokesman for the No on 64 campaign, dismissed the ads as representative of a ballot measure “written by and for the marijuana industry. ... They got it wrong for Californians, but right for the folks looking to turn this into the next Gold Rush.”

California: Retired Police Chief Who Fought To End The Drug War Dies At 79

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San Jose's Joseph McNamara Leaves Behind a Remarkable Legacy of Public Service and Activism

Retired police chief Joseph McNamara, who fought to end the War On Drugs, died on Friday, September 19 at the age of 79. His 35-year law enforcement career began in 1956 as a beat cop for the New York City Police Department.

He would later become a criminal justice fellow at Harvard, where he focused on criminal justice research and methodology. During this time McNamara took leave from police work to obtain a doctorate in Public Administration, and was appointed deputy inspector of crime analysis in New York City upon his return.

McNamara spoke out publicly against the Drug War long before the issue had come to the political forefront. He was a speaker and advisory board member for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), a group of law enforcement officials opposed to the War On Drugs.

“When you’re telling cops that they’re soldiers in a Drug War, you’re destroying the whole concept of the citizen peace officer, a peace officer whose fundamental duty is to protect life and be a community servant,” McNamara said at a presentation for the International Conference on Drug Policy Reform in 1995.

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