The ads, produced by the Marijuana Anti-Prohibition Project, a local medical marijuana advocacy group, had been scheduled to run every other week for three months on Comedy Central, MSNBC, the Travel Channel and Home and Garden Television, said Lanny Swerdlow, the group's president.
"They are censoring speech that they don't approve of.They should not be doing that," said Swerdlow
, who found out about the cancellation only after being called by a reporter Wednesday."They should be in the business of fostering new ideas, not trying to squelch them," he said.Swerdlow said he had signed a contract with Time Warner on Aug. 7 and paid the company for the first month.
The contract allows the company to cancel the ads, but only with 14 days' prior notice, he
said.Swerdlow also expects a full refund of the money.Cable Access Show Still On Kathi Jacobs, public affairs director for Time Warner
, did not give a reason for the cancellation."The ads have been turned down," Jacobs said."They will not be aired."But, she
said, Time Warner
will continue to run "Marijuana: Compassion and Common Sense," the half-hour show MAPP airs in the Coachella Valley at 11 p.m. Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays on cable access Channel 18.
...Lanny Swerdlow, president of MAPP, had signed a contract with the company to run the ads every other week for three months.
But the company unexpectedly said Wednesday it was pulling the ads before they aired.Swerdlow
had spoken with company representatives today who said the ads had just been put on hold temporarily to allow the company to review them."We were obviously treated differently from most advertizers," Swerdlow