IMO:CBS Dropped The Ball By Choosing Intoxication Over Medication
We see them every year on Super Bowl Sunday. Countless amounts of beer commercials. Don't get me wrong, my favorite Super Bowl commercial of all time is the "One Second Miller High Life" commercial. I just find it strange that here we are in 2019, and still we are battling with the issue of medical marijuana becoming legal. On top of that, CBS released a statement noting that they did not and would not accept the application for a public service announcement about medical marijuana. It wasn't an advertisement, saying: “CBS will not be accepting any ads for medical marijuana at this time.” I guess there just isn't enough money in it for you, huh?
USA Today reports that Acreage Holdings – a firm involved in the cultivation, processing, and sale of cannabis – produced a 60-second ad showing three people suffering from a variety of ailments who attest to the healing power of medical marijuana. Harris Damashek, chief marketing officer for Acreage explained: “It’s a public service announcement really more than it is an advertisement,”. “We’re not marketing any of our products or retail in this spot.”
George Allen, who is the President of Acreage Holdings, was not too shocked they were denied a 60- second spot: “We’re not particularly surprised that CBS and/or the NFL rejected the content … that is actually less a statement about them and more we think a statement about where we stand right now in this country.”
NHTSA.com states that in 2010, alcohol related deaths and damages contributed to a cost of $44 billion. In 2017, 10,874 people died from alcohol related auto accidents. 10,874. Take that in for a minute.
There are many people I know who NEED cannabis products to get through their day. These are not particularly products that get them "stoned" either. Cannabis products help so many people suffering from so many different diseases. These are people who refuse to let doctor prescribed medication control and ruin their life, as it does so many others, and choose a more natural way to diagnose and treat their ailments. This is why they don't want it legalized. Big Pharm brings in billions of dollars, prescribing medication that won't cure a person's ailment, and will get them hooked on more pills. I've seen it so many times in my life with people I know. Not that medication is all bad. But there are just some things pills can't and won't fix. In fact, they can often make things worse.
The biggest problem I guess I have with this is how far we like to say we have come, yet, they still want to keep everyone drunk and uneducated. Most people want marijuana to become legalized. A person sitting at home indulging in a plant that grows naturally on this planet is way less likely to cause harm to anyone than someone getting tanked at the bar. It's time we as a country recognize this, and those with a platform need to stand up for truth. #LegalizeIt.