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Google: Stop Rejecting Medical Marijuana Ads

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The struggle for sensible cannabis policy ought not be limited to the halls of Congress or state legislatures, but must also extend into corporate board rooms. Corporations must be held accountable for their cannabis policies.

Google, the most used search engine in the U.S., makes over 95% of its profits from advertising services. While they allow advertisements for alcohol, weapons, and even sites promoting infidelity, they have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to medical marijuana. That such a large corporation chooses to reject medical cannabis ads only furthers its stigmatization and serves to prevent access to a product that has proven so helpful to so many people in need.

We urge Google to accept advertisements using the words ‘medical cannabis’ and ‘medical marijuana,' and stop rejecting ads designed to communicate important health information to patients with life-threatening and debilitating conditions like cancer, ALS and HIV/AIDS.

Google's policy is baffling. Google willingly accepts ads that promote highly addictive painkillers, like OxyContin, that are responsible for thousands of deaths each year, but rejects medical cannabis ads that could, in many cases, be a significantly safer therapeutic option for patients.

Rejecting medical cannabis ads is not only out of sync with American public opinion, but also with the laws of 24 states and the District of Columbia. Today, more than half of Americans live in states with medical cannabis laws.

It is time for Google to adhere to its own ‘do the right thing’ corporate value and lift those restrictions preventing medical cannabis companies from freely communicating with patients.


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