Due to pressure from an anti-drug group, the MPP's 30-second spot that was supposed to air on a Jumbotron outside the Brickyard 400 NASCAR race in Indianapolis this past weekend was yanked by Grazie Media, the company that owns the screen and books the ad space. The ad promotes the idea that marijuana is safer than alcohol.
The Drug Free America Foundation, headed by Calvina Fay, complained to Grazie about the ad, who issued a statement that the company "does not, in any way, shape or form, support the use of marijuana nor the promotion of illegal drugs at a family event." The Jumbotron is located at the entrance to the Speredway. The ad was scheduled to be repeated numerous times from July 26-28.
"We are sorry to see Grazie Media abandon its agreement with a client when confronted by such Reefer Madness," laments Mason Tvett, the MPP's communications director.
He expects to receive the $2,200 the MPP paid for the ad space returned by Grazie.