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article imagePro-marijuana video ad to greet fans at NASCAR this weekend

By Marcus Hondro     Jul 26, 2013 in Lifestyle
Race goers at the Brickyard in Indianapolis will see a pro-marijuana video ad outside the stadium on their way into the NASCAR Brickyard 400 this weekend. The video was produced and paid for by the Marijuana Policy Project.
The Project is one of largest pro-marijuana advocacy groups in America, and the world, and their ad does not just boost pot but also takes a shot at alcohol. To be replayed throughout the weekend, the ad says that marijuana isn't linked to "violence or reckless behavior" like beer. A narrator notes that there are no calories or hangovers with marijuana and it is less harmful than alcohol. "It is time to treat it that way," the ad ends.
Dangers of marijuana not in ad
It is the first such ad to be played at the entrance to a major sporting event in the country. USA Today reports that NASCAR executives declined to comment on the video. It will not appear anywhere in the famous track itself, the track where the Indianapolis 500 is run, but only outside of the gates.
The ad suggests there are no harmful effects to smoking marijuana but there are groups that maintain the drug is addictive, others saying it is a gateway drug. Studies have shown harmful effects to teenagers who use it frequently and a study in New Zealand found a correlation between smoking marijuana and a doubling of the risk for stroke.
At least two studies in Canada found marijuana slows reactions and, as with alcohol, your chances of a car accident increase with the use of marijuana. One study from Dalhousie University in Halifax found that smoking marijuana in a two-hour period before driving doubles risk of a serious car accident.
Marijuana is now legal in two U.S. states, Colorado and Washington, and medical marijuana is legal in 19 states and the District of Columbia, with many extolling its virtues in providing quality of life as they struggle with an illness. Administered in a glycerin tincture, some have even found it helpful to pets who are ill.
Marijuana remains illegal federally in the U.S..
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