Pubdate: Thu, 12 Feb 2009
Source: Chronicle, The (OH)
Copyright: 2009 Chronicle-Telegram
Note: Associated Press
Bookmark: (Cannabis - Medicinal)
Bookmark: (Cannabis)
Bookmark: (Decrim/Legalization)


NEW YORK -- Snap, crackle ... pot?

Bursting with indignation, legions of legalize-marijuana advocates are
urging a boycott of Kellogg Co., including all of its popular munchies,
for deciding to cut ties with Olympic hero Michael Phelps after he was
photographed with a pot pipe.

The leader of one of the biggest groups, the Marijuana Policy Project,
called Kellogg's action "hypocritical and disgusting," and said he'd 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. "To drop him for choosing to relax
with a substance that's safer than beer is an outrage, and it sends a
dangerous message to young people."

Also urging a boycott were the National Organization for the Reform of
Marijuana Laws, Students for Sensible Drug Policy and the Drug Policy
Alliance. They encouraged their members to contact Kellogg to vent their

From Kellogg's media office, there was no immediate reply to a request for
an assessment of the boycott campaign.
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