The Pro-Cannabis Super Bowl Ad CBS Doesn't Want You to See

New York-based dispensary company Acreage Holdings submitted a medical marijuana commercial to be aired during Super Bowl LIII, but CBS nixed it.

"We're disappointed by the news but somewhat unsurprised," Acreage CEO George Allen stated. "We developed the ad in the spirit of a public service announcement. We feel it's our responsibility to advocate on behalf of our patients."

The minute-long black-and-white ad features three patients and a brooding soundtrack. "Cannabis has given me my life," says Greg Kazmierczak, who became addicted to opioids after several back surgeries. 

CBS refused to comment about its decision. It would've cost Acreage $5 million had CBS accepted the pro-pot spot.

Acreage operates dispensies and cultivation and processing facilities in 15 states where either recreational or medical cannabis are legal. 

In 2018, former Speaker of the House John Boehner joined the Acreage board. Former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney is also on the board.

Super Bowl LIII takes place on Feb. 3 in Atlanta. The New Patriots and Los Angeles Rams will face off.

Steve Bloom

Steve Bloom

Publisher of, former editor of High Times and Freedom Leaf and co-author of Pot Culture and Reefer Movie Madness.