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Marijuana Activists Force Removal Of “Meth Girl” Billboards

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Anti-Marijuana Shadow Group Confuses Meth With Marijuana In New Ads

Marijuana activists force misleading ads to be removed

Oregonians for Law Reform to hold press conference at 11am at Burnside Brewing Co. parking lot (7th & Burnside)

(PORTLAND, Oct. 12)—- Oregonians for Law Reform (OLR), a local political action committee, will be holding a press conference today at 11am in the parking lot of Burnside Brewing Co., located at SE 7th and Burnside. The planned list of speakers will include; talk radio host and former Outreach Coordinator for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) Russ Belville; Communications Director for Measure 80 Roy Kaufmann, and Co-Director of Oregonians for Law Reform Sam Chapman.

Billboard seen in seven Portland, Oregon, locations featuring stock photo of a methamphetamine addict.

The press conference is being called to expose Protect our Society, an anti-marijuana shadow group tied to drug rehabilitation “torture” centers. Protect our Society was challenged by Oregon marijuana activists this week, resulting in the removal of seven recently purchased billboards.

The ads depict a young girl, who appears sullen and festered with sores. When asked, Co-Director of Oregonians for Law Reform Sam Chapman said the image seems more reminiscent of anti-meth ad campaigns like “Faces of Meth” and not an accurate depiction of marijuana users.

“It blows my mind that the prohibitionists over at Protect Our Society think Oregonians would buy into this ‘Reefer Madness’ propaganda.” said Chapman.

The website listed on the billboards is registered to Calvina Fay, who currently serves as the Executive Director of Save our Society From Drugs, and the Drug Free America Foundation. Both of these organizations were founded by Mel and Betty Sembler after their first non-profit, Straight Inc., was accused running what amounted to “torture” centers in the early 1990’s.

“From sexual abuse to false imprisonment, Mel Sembler and his organizations have profited off the struggles that youth encounter when entering drug rehabilitation; he also happens to be one of Mitt Romney’s main fundraisers”, Chapman said.

Oregonians for Law Reform is in the process of buying billboards that will take the place of the ads that are scheduled to be removed by the end of the day. Oregonians for Law Reform has been working to raise money in support of Measure 80 and plans to put up billboards reminding voters about Measure 80, the initiative on the November 6th ballot that would end marijuana prohibition for Oregonians over the age 21.

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****Side Note: The press conference will be held beneath one of the billboards, which is above the parking lot of Burnside Brewing Company. Burnside Brewing is allowing OLR the use of their parking lot for the press conference, but are in no way affiliated with the press conference, and do not want to be on record regarding the billboard. We thank you for respecting their wishes.

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Executive Director: Russ Belville has been active in Oregon marijuana reform since 2005, when he was elected second-in-command of the state affiliate, Oregon NORML. After four years with Oregon NORML, Russ was hired by National NORML in 2009, working as Outreach Coordinator and hosting the NORML Daily Audio Stash podcast until 2012. Since then, Russ launched the 420RADIO marijuana legalization network and is the host of The Russ Belville Show, a live daily marijuana news talk radio program. Russ is also a prolific writer, with over 300 articles posted online and in print in HIGH TIMES, Huffington Post, Alternet, The Weed Blog, Marijuana Politics, and more.

  • nygratefulfred

    well,if there is no real argument that the anti progressives can make against Marijuana they will always stoop to misinformation as a way to try to fool the people into voting against their best interests.

  • prince

    This is just pathetic. I say let them waste their money. This billboard will have as much effect as all those anti drug commercials.

  • Jamie Guest

    As an old “Methgirl” myself off that shit 7 great years no turnin back, i say the two lifestyles are nothing alike and should never be confused. Most “Dopers” (as it were…) don’t like to smoke and chill because it kills the “buzz”. My old crowd thought i was dumb for wanting to come down and be Normal. I LOVE NORML :) fight all Bullshit Propaganda that makes regular medicine users and noncriminal peace-lovin types look ugly because the truth is that this wonderful plant creates the beautiful people that hope to someday change the world into a better place.