Portland anti-marijuana billboards taken down

Portland anti-marijuana billboards taken down

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by Mike Benner

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Posted on October 12, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Updated Saturday, Oct 13 at 10:03 AM

PORTLAND -- Anti-marijuana billboards have been removed after complaints from medical pot patients in Portland.

A car accident 14 years ago left Cyn Sativa in a lot of pain.  She now self medicates with medical marijuana regularly.

"It helps it so I can tolerate it," said Sativa.  "It helps so I can do things that normal people do."

Sativa's appreciation for medical marijuana explains why she is so angered by seven billboards around the Portland metro area.  They read: Marijuana - What is good about it - Nothing.

"The message is completely misleading," said Sativa.

"We've seen people whose lives are here because of cannabis," added Bettie Retro.  "To say there's nothing good about that says there's nothing good to say about what saved these people's lives and that's just unacceptable."

Retro and Sativa spearheaded a group that lobbied Clear Channel Outdoor to remove the ads.  The company obliged and released a statement.

"The ads protesting marijuana are being removed because our policy is transparency of advertising campaigns and the advertisers who are sponsoring them."

Retro is also upset with the image of the girl on the advertisement.

"She looked more like a zombie than a person with any medical condition, addiction or otherwise."

A spokesperson for Clear Channel tells NewsChannel 8 the billboards should be down by the end of the day Friday.

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