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Pro-Marijuana Ad Pulled from Brickyard 400

<span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; line-height: 12px;">After complaints from the Drug Free America Foundation, the ad was removed.&nbsp;</span>
Maybe NASCAR and marijuana don't mix, after all.

Under pressure from anti-drug groups, the company that owns the Jumbotron at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has pulled a pro-marijuana ad from this weekend's Brickyard 400 NASCAR race.

The ad, which claims marijuana is "less harmful than alcohol," was produced by the Marijuana Policy Project and was scheduled to air 72 times from Friday through Sunday on the Jumbotron.

"Our goal is to make this weekend's event as educational as it will be enjoyable," Mason Tvert, director of communications for the Marijuana Policy Project, said in a statement. "We simply want those adults who will be enjoying a beer or two at the race this weekend to think about the fact that marijuana is an objectively less harmful product."

After the Drug Free America Foundation, Inc. found out about the ad, they complained to Grazie Media, the company that owns the large screen located at the entrance to the raceway, who announced on Friday that they were pulling the spot.

"Grazie Media does not, in any way, shape or form, support the use of marijuana nor the promotion of illegal drugs at a family event," Vanessa Wojtala, CEO and director of programming at Grazie Media, said in a statement.

While medical marijuana is legal in 18 states, and another two have legalized recreational use of the drug, the Hoosier state is not one of them.

"This campaign falsely claims marijuana is safer than alcohol and promotes illicit drug use in a state where marijuana is illegal," Calvina Fay, executive director of Drug Free America Foundation and Save Our Society From Drugs, said in a statement. "It is irresponsible marketing and I commend Grazie Media for their swift action towards the removal of this ad," concluded Fay.

Tvert says Fay's claim that marijuana is more harmful than alcohol is "absolutely absurd."

"Marijuana is less toxic and less addictive than alcohol, and it is far less likely to contribute to violent and reckless behavior," Tvert said. "We hope racing fans who still think marijuana should be illegal will question the logic of punishing adults for using a safer substance than those produced by sponsors of NASCAR events and racing teams."

Stock car racing in the United States traces its roots back to the Prohibition era, when bootleggers in Appalachia would attempt to elude police on mountain roads in souped-up versions of everyday cars.


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