You Be The Judge! NORML’s SuperBOWL Marijuana Law Reform Ad Contest

  • by Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director January 31, 2009

    Sure, tens of millions of Americans will be hunkering down in front of their television sets with friends and family tomorrow to ostensibly watch the Super Bowl between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals, but as we all know the day of the Super Bowl is America’s showcase for the most expensive and often creative commercial television advertisements of the year.

    That’s all fine and dandy, but how much cooler is NORML’s first ever SuperBOWL Pro-Marijuana Law Reform Ad Contest? Heh?! Forget the painfully boring and tedious eight hours of Pre-SuperBowl television programming…watch and share all of these great pro-marijuana law reform ads.

    $10,000 in cash prizes and NORML swag is up for grabs for the most creative pro-marijuana law reform ad—and YOU and your friends are the judges to determine this year’s winners.

    Starting in September, NORML launched our third annual ‘NORML Ad Contest’, and after culling through hundreds of submissions, NORML’s staff and members of the board of directors recently narrowed the field to the top #25 videos for consideration in our first-ever online poll that will determine the contest’s winners.obama_graphic_200.gif

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    Please, tell all your like-minded friends, family and co-workers about NORML’s Ad Contest and encourage them to 1) vote once for their top three choices and 2) join NORML!

    Voting online for the winners will last one week and end at midnight (PST), Sunday, February 7, 2009.

    There is a terrific variety of videos, artistic creativity and passion for marijuana law reform represented in these top #25 contest submissions, and I want to personally thank the hundreds of NORML supporters who submitted videos and flash animations into NORML’s ad contest for consideration.

    Advice for watching and judging NORML Ad Contest Videos: Mindful that you can vote one time and only choose your top three picks for winners, my recommendations are to watch the videos a number of times this week—possibly in different states of consciousness—and then hone in on your top three video choices for NORML’s best pro-marijuana reform ads. Also, for maximum viewing pleasure, when watching YouTube-based videos, it is best that the video first load entirely before viewing is initiated.

    Like last year’s winning ad, and because of the generous financial support of NORML’s members, this year’s winning ad(s) will air in selected, local television markets in the United States, including President Obama’s new neighborhood here at the end of 16th Street, in the northwest section of Washington, D.C.*

    Thanks again to this year’s contestants for standing up for what is right and for the many online voters who’ll pick this year’s winning pro-marijuana ad contest video or flash animation.

    *Subject to local cable providers accepting NORML’s advocacy ads

    21 Responses to “You Be The Judge! NORML’s SuperBOWL Marijuana Law Reform Ad Contest”

    1. #14 JP Says:
      February 5th, 2009 at 9:45 pm

      Ok, i just watched all of them.
      First this could have easily been a top 8 or so.

      RE: JP,
      I completely agree.
      I narrowed it down to just those PSA’s which
      addressed Pres. Obama directly, though,
      which was only 8 videos.
      (However, there were a few videos, though not speaking to Mr. Obama directly,
      DID succeed presenting the needed facts concisely, professionally).

      JP: Some of these were just outright terrible.
      I liked the idea of the free credit report spoofs but they just didn’t pull it off.

      The gong-banging at the end of Crazy Cash might frighten some people away. And is Dr. Dankford a real, bona-fide physician, anyway?
      I also thought Judgement Day was more stoner-humor than a convincing presentation of facts. And it didn’t speak to Pres. Obama directly, either.

      JP: Cannabis Quandary had alot of great facts in it, and was well made.

      RE: Agreed. This is one got my vote!
      My favorite quote from CQ:
      “How could the President of the United States have EVER done such a thing?
      Maybe because he knew it was less addictive than both alcohol and nicotine,
      and knew it could be consumed responsibly…”

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