NASCAR fans who attended the 2013 Brickyard 400 races were going to be treated to a pro-marijuana ad on a jumbotron at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in a move that would have been a first for stoners in the state. The spoof beer ad produced by the Marijuana Policy Project — http://www.mpp.org — showed the relative safety of marijuana when compared to its counterpart alcohol. Unfortunately, under a bit of pressure from anti-drug groups the ad was pulled from the lineup.
Mason Tvert, director of communications for the Marijuana Policy Project had this to say ahead of the weekend races:
“Our goal is to make this weekend’s event as educational as it will be enjoyable,” “We simply want those adults who will be enjoying a beer or two at the race this weekend to think about the fact that marijuana is an objectively less harmful product.”
After the Drug Free America Foundation, Inc. found out that the ad was going to be screened, they complained to Grazie Media, the company that owns screen at the raceway entrance, who announced that they were pulling the ad from the lineup.
“Grazie Media does not, in any way, shape or form, support the use of marijuana nor the promotion of illegal drugs at a family event,”
Vanessa Wojtala, CEO and director of programming at Grazie Media, said in a statement.
Come on… can’t we all get along? Here’s the absolutely ridiculous ad that looks like it was made after far too many bongs: