Pubdate: Wed, 11 Feb 2009
Source: New York Times (NY)
Page: B16
Copyright: 2009 The Associated Press
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MARIJUANA ADVOCATE CALLS FOR BOYCOTT OF KELLOGG

A marijuana advocacy group is urging a boycott of the Kellogg Company
for deciding to cut ties with the Olympic hero Michael Phelps after he
was photographed with a marijuana pipe. The leader of one of the
biggest legalize-pot organizations, the Marijuana Policy Project,
called Kellogg's action "hypocritical and disgusting," and said he had
never seen his membership so angry, with more than 2,300 of them
signing an online petition.

"Kellogg's had no problem signing up Phelps when he had a conviction
for drunk driving, an illegal act that could actually have killed
someone," said Rob Kampia, the group's executive director. A Kellogg
spokeswoman, Kris Charles, said in an e-mail message, "Our contract
with Michael Phelps was set to expire at the end of February, and we
made a business decision not to extend that contract." Last week, the
company announced his contract would end and described Phelps's
conduct as "not consistent with the image of Kellogg."
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