The First Major Marijuana Commercial Is Clever And Kind Of Funny

Remember that ridiculously uncomfortable and depression-inducing Nationwide ad that played during the Super Bowl? How fitting would it have been for a commercial about weed to follow it up? That can totally happen now, as recent weeks have seen the first pro-marijuana commercial making waves across major U.S. networks for the very first time, and it’s pretty damned funny. (And assumedly funnier after partaking.) Check it out below.

As is almost always the best case scenario for a product that people might be uncomfortable thinking about, the company uses an admittedly silly analogy to get their point across. Sure, you can get weed from a mustachioed guy in a back alley if that’s your thing, but know that there’s also a legitimate place to find it where the consumer/patient has a say in the matter. I also like the fact that they used sushi as the comparable product, because nothing goes better with weed than sushi. But it just pisses me off that my neighborhood doesn’t have a sushi dealer, sketchy or otherwise.

According to the website, this commercial has been airing (presumably in markets where medical marijuana is an industry) on networks such as ABC, CNBC, CBS, CNN, and Bloomberg. They also boast that the ad has been shown during airings of Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Good Morning America. (Too bad it didn’t air during the Nancy Grace/2 Chainz interview.) Maybe they’ll start up a sponsorship with head shops across the country and release a set of signature bongs. Once you start advertising one of the only goods that needs absolutely no advertising to thrive, the sky is the limit.

The public acceptance of herbage has been growing in the past few years, arguably exemplified best by that Alaskan news anchor who quit on air and announced she was the owner of a cannabis club that she would be devoting her time to. (Incidentally, Alaskan police raided that club the other day.) And it’s definitely not just here in the U.S. Check out this promo for a Canadian company.

And if that comparison between marijuana and alcohol wasn’t blatant enough for you, how about this ad that reportedly played on the big screen during the 2013 Brickyard 400 races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

So there you have it. You don’t even have to leave your house anymore to get solid info on where to find a dependable hook up. I assume that there’s an automated system set up for the Marijuana Doctors phone number with a message from The Dude that starts off, “Heyyy, maaan.” But I could be wrong.

Nick Venable
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