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August 31st, 2010
08:47 AM ET

Medical Marijuana Ad on Television

Sacaramento’s Fox Affiliate KTXL broadcast what is believed to be the first paid advertisement for a medical marijuana dispensary. The 30-second ad, paid for by Sacramento-based "CannaCare" and produced by KTXL, shows various people delivering testimonials on the benefits of marijuana when used for medicinal purposes. Text at the bottom of the advertisement indicates that marijuana can be used in the relief of many diseases and illnesses, including diabetes, HIV, Hepatitis C and hypertension among others.

Marijuana is not shown in the advertisement, and the word "marijuana" is never used. Instead, patients and the ad itself refer to pot as "cannabis."

Of course, right now, this is as controversial as when cigarette, condom and Viagra commericials first hit television.

So, What do you think? Does medical marijuana have a place on television in California?
It’s legal, after all. Or are some things best left off the airwaves? Post your comments here and Kyra will read them in the 10am hour of CNN Newsroom.

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