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Lawmaker upset over marijuana subway ads
The Washington Times ^ | December 03, 2003 | UPI

Posted on 12/03/2003 3:05:13 PM PST by yonif

Edited on 07/12/2004 3:40:53 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

WASHINGTON, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- An Oklahoma congressman is so upset over a subway ad for legalized marijuana he wants to cut the federal government's annual payment to the Metro system.

Change the Climate Inc. has been using public service advertising space on the Metro since 2001, the Washington Post reported Wednesday, but it was the latest round of advertising, this fall that drew the ire of Rep. Ernest J. Istook Jr., R-Okla.


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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; US: District of Columbia; US: Oklahoma
KEYWORDS: addiction; ads; dcmetro; istook; marijuana; metro; nokingbutleroy; wod; wodlist

1 posted on 12/03/2003 3:05:14 PM PST by yonif
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To: yonif
Marijuana Subway ads? It does look like Jared's gaining weight ... must be the munchies.
2 posted on 12/03/2003 3:08:34 PM PST by lelio
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To: yonif
This week, Istook inserted into a bill language that would cut Metro's funds by $92,500 and prohibit any transit system that receives federal funds from advocating decriminalization of marijuana.

Legal extortion, OK's public servant at work.

4 posted on 12/03/2003 3:14:38 PM PST by Pern ("It's good to know who hates you, and it's good to be hated by the right people." - Johnny Cash, RIP)
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To: yonif; gcruse
Enjoy better sex! Legalize and Tax Marijuana."

Is he against better sex? Or enjoying it?

I don't get it. What's his problem?

5 posted on 12/03/2003 3:15:14 PM PST by RJCogburn ("Is that what they call grit in Fort Smith? We call it something else in Yell County." Mattie Ross)
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To: yonif
The ad showed a man carrying a tanned blonde in a short white dress

What no pics?

6 posted on 12/03/2003 3:17:21 PM PST by freedomlover
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To: RJCogburn
If you like sexual stuff on the Metro, are you Metrosexual?
And what about Naomi?
7 posted on 12/03/2003 3:19:49 PM PST by gcruse (http://gcruse.typepad.com/)
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To: Wolfie; vin-one; WindMinstrel; philman_36; Beach_Babe; jenny65; AUgrad; Xenalyte; Bill D. Berger; ..
WOD Ping
9 posted on 12/03/2003 3:26:33 PM PST by jmc813 (Help save a life - www.marrow.org)
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To: yonif
My family and I will be using the metro this weekend. Personally I would prefer it if my kids didn’t have to walk through hallways with “Better Sex” signs plastered on the walls. It’s distasteful and classless. (It’s like klintoon all over again.)

This extortion thing is a bit over the top. The Repubs have bigger axes to grind and spines to find.

10 posted on 12/03/2003 3:29:38 PM PST by lizma
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To: yonif
I'm all for taxing and regulating marijuana, but these ads were just stupid and irresponsible. What were those idiots thinking? Why would they want to put up ads glamorizing marijuana? Why would they want to encourage people to smoke it? Ads like that will only be used against people trying to legalize marijuana. We certainly don't need to be encouraging people to smoke the stuff. That's like those milk commercials put out to help the dairy industry. The marijuana industry doesn't need that kind of help. Marijuana tends to sell itself.
11 posted on 12/03/2003 7:39:21 PM PST by TKDietz
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To: No King but Jesus
So, you're in favor of promoting drugs? I wasn't aware that you advocated the taking of recreational drugs.

Huh, now I see the true agenda.

12 posted on 12/04/2003 6:58:59 AM PST by robertpaulsen
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To: robertpaulsen
Huh, now I see the true agenda.

You need some mood music for your B-movie dialogue.

13 posted on 12/04/2003 7:09:29 AM PST by headsonpikes (Spirit of '76 bttt!)
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To: headsonpikes; TKDietz
Really now. Wouldn't you expect pro-legalization people to take more the attitude of TKDietz in his post #11?

Or do you encourage people to do recreational drugs and see nothing wrong with advertisements that do the same?

14 posted on 12/04/2003 7:34:29 AM PST by robertpaulsen
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To: robertpaulsen
I just don't see it as melodrama!

I encourage any speech that serves to expose the folly of man replacing God with Utopia.

Weed is less harmful to the soul than believing your teachers or your politicians.
15 posted on 12/04/2003 8:30:42 AM PST by headsonpikes (Spirit of '76 bttt!)
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To: headsonpikes; TKDietz
"I just don't see it as melodrama!"

Neither do I. I see it as lying.

There are those on this board who say they don't do recreational drugs, but would like to see those drugs legalized. Furthermore, these same people profess not to be promoting the use of drugs, just their legalization (like there's a big difference).

Now, here's an advertisement not just for legalizing drugs but actually encouraging their use and, with the exception of TKDietz, the sound of crickets (at best) and outright support of the ad.

16 posted on 12/04/2003 8:51:28 AM PST by robertpaulsen
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To: No King but Jesus
"advocating decriminalization of marijuana."

And the ad (which you so quickly posted) fits that criteria? Or does the ad go beyond that?

18 posted on 12/04/2003 9:11:04 AM PST by robertpaulsen
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To: robertpaulsen
AFAIAC, and I have made this point repeatedly, the use of marijuana should fall beneath the government's radar - infra dignitatum, as it were.

I do not need pinch-faced, finger-wagging whited sepulchers advising me how to live my life.

I encourage all young people I know to see through the smarmy rationales of the various breeds of utopian world-improvers, including so-called Conservatives - they are all implicitly Socialists.

I think the ad is funny - of course, I was an early fan of MAD magazine, and continue to favor anti-Establishment humor, such as South Park, The Simpsons', and Dennis Miller.

Disrespect Wrongful Authority - good advice for all!
19 posted on 12/04/2003 9:16:41 AM PST by headsonpikes (Spirit of '76 bttt!)
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To: robertpaulsen
Furthermore, these same people profess not to be promoting the use of drugs, just their legalization (like there's a big difference).

I believe in allowing a person to purchase 30,000 calories worth of groceries in a single day. Does that mean there's no difference between that and promoting obesity? Where the weed cops start, the fat cops will follow.

20 posted on 12/04/2003 9:19:41 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Groceries are legal.

Try promoting the legalization of child porn the way MrLeRoy (in his various disguises) promotes the legalization of drugs.

Day after day post articles that favor the legality of child porn. Post articles on NAMBLA. Argue again and again that the feds have no business interfering. Proclaim repeatedly that viewing child porn harms no one.

Sooner or later, people are going to think you're actually promoting it.

21 posted on 12/04/2003 9:28:45 AM PST by robertpaulsen
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To: headsonpikes
I understand you think it's funny. But this ad is, among other things, promoting the use of marijuana.

So I'll ask again, do you encourage people to do recreational drugs and do you see nothing wrong with advertisements that do the same?

22 posted on 12/04/2003 9:33:51 AM PST by robertpaulsen
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To: robertpaulsen
I do not encourage people to do recreational drugs.

The ads are a way to get folks to think about the issue of drug controls - I can not possibly have an objection to that.
24 posted on 12/04/2003 10:17:50 AM PST by headsonpikes (Spirit of '76 bttt!)
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To: headsonpikes; No King but Jesus
I am hereby announcing a tie for Hypocrite of the Month (leaves me room for 11 more) for not denouncing an ad which clearly promotes marijuana use. To the two who say they do not promote or encourage drug use, yet stay mute when others do:

headsonpikes and MrLeRoy.

25 posted on 12/04/2003 10:34:56 AM PST by robertpaulsen (I am Jack's complete lack of surprise.)
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To: robertpaulsen
Hypocrite, my *ss!

I have mever taken the position that points of view I disagree with should not be able to advertise!

How can I possibly have an objection?
26 posted on 12/04/2003 11:03:15 AM PST by headsonpikes (Spirit of '76 bttt!)
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