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Monday, August 11, 2008

Bus Driver Objects to Bus Ad

posted by on August 11 at 12:43 PM

You can slap a controversial ad on the side of a public bus, even if the person driving that ad all over Olympia resents it.

An advertisement featuring a marijuana leaf that’s on the sides of some Intercity Transit buses has drawn complaints from two residents and one of IT’s own bus operators.

The complaints concern the content of the Olympia Hempfest ad, which includes the image of a marijuana leaf and the phrase “Equal Rights are for Everybody,” said Meg Kester, an agency spokeswoman….

In this case, the agency could forbid the advertisement if it were “an encouragement for people to get high,” said Tom Bjorgen, an attorney representing Intercity Transit. But Bjorgen said he assumes a reasonable reader would see it as a political statement advocating for the legalization of marijuana. “I don’t think this is an encouragement to engage in any illegal action,” he said. “I think it’s more of the nature of a political statement: ‘We think it should be legalized.’”

For the record, television shows hosted by mild-mannered travel writers and academics talking about drug policy: that’s encouraging drug use. But buses emblazoned with pot leaves, inviting people to smoke pot in a public park: that’s a political statement.

Jeremy Miller, director of the Olympia Hempfest, says the 12 ads are still tootling about the state capital. Is he upset that the driver and others have complained? Nope. “The controversy does seem to help get some more news coverage for the event,” he says. Very well, Jeremy, here’s the ad again:


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I'm more offended by Rush Limbaugh's fat face on the side of numerous Metro buses.

Posted by DOUG. | August 11, 2008 12:52 PM

Uh, it's legal to own a handgun. That doesn't mean everyone who supports that law is "encouraging" people to shoot other people.

Posted by ReverendZ | August 11, 2008 12:57 PM

"tootling"? really?

Posted by jameyb | August 11, 2008 1:07 PM

"Equal rights" for people that want to smoke weed is kinda a lame angle to argue. Actually, really lame. There's a hundred good argument to be made for legalizing marijuana, they might want to list one of those instead.

Posted by Dougsf | August 11, 2008 1:10 PM

@ 4) Agreed.

Posted by Dominic Holden | August 11, 2008 1:12 PM

God bless Tom Bjorgen and Intercity Transit

Posted by mnm | August 11, 2008 1:18 PM

I am offended by NASCAR ads on the side of a bus, but you don't see me protesting ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | August 11, 2008 1:19 PM


Yeah I agree, but I support allowing people to put cannibus leaves in public places no matter what their argument is. It makes pot seem less like a dangerous drug.

Posted by mnm | August 11, 2008 1:21 PM

Except for the effects on speling.

Posted by Will in Seattle | August 11, 2008 2:26 PM

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