Five Questionable Pot Ads
August 7th, 2013
1. Marijuana Policy Product’s NASCAR ad
Doing the dishes under the influence of weed is less harmful than doing the dishes drunk, argues this stock-footage pro-pot ad that was slated to run during a NASCAR event in Indianapolis in July. The ad was pulled after anti-drug groups pointed out that marijuana was illegal in Indiana, and repeatedly advertising an illegal drug at a family event was maybe not a great idea. We’ll also point out that while smoked marijuana contains no calories, studies of healthy people who inhaled Cannabis showed that they consumed more calories, especially high-fat and sweet snacks. So that no-calorie claim comes with a munchie caveat. Also inhaling smoke of any kind is probably not great for your health.
3. Global Organic Medicine’s Storefront Mural
This one is just breathtaking in its ill-conception and stupidity. We don’t think (hope?) this is the intention, but a pot shop that uses the Muppet Babies and Alice in Wonderland in its ad sure seems like it’s targeting children.
4. Prohibition Brands TV spot
A couple of issues in this TV ad that ran in Washington State.
- While Washington State and Colorado legalized marijuana, it’s still an illegal drug in the eyes of the U.S. federal government. It’s a tricky issue. Claiming that the two states created the first “legal marijuana markets in the entire world” could be misleading because it’s not quite true.
- We don’t think he’s a real sheriff.
- There’s a lot of fine print on this ad that contains essential information. But a tip of the cap for at least making it legible.
While NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg really did say that, he has repeatedly spoken on the record against marijuana legalization. It may be a little misleading to use the image of Mayor Bloomberg in a pro-pot ad, when Bloomberg is an anti-pot politician.
Some of the advertising industry’s most prolific product endorsers. The estates of such celebrities as Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Albert Einstein, Fred Astaire, and countless others generated well over $2.0 billion in endorsement revenue as recently as 2009, according to Bloomberg Businessweek. Nice work if you can get it