It’s a dicey time for the National Rifle Association. On the one hand, they are suffering backlash over the fact that the product they lobby, market, and represent was involved in yet another highly-publicized mass murder, this time in Parkland, Florida. The shooting has sparked protests over the NRA’s political influence on gun control and a boycott in which many major brands have publicly cut ties with the company, including sporting good stores, airlines, car rental services, and hotel chains. On the other hand, gun sales often spike after mass shootings, so maybe the NRA can take the good with the bad.

The story here is not the morally confusing and financially tumultuous life and times of the NRA, but the question of why the organization would take time and money in this confusing and tumultuous era to produce anti-cannabis propaganda, particularly bizarre, sexually-charged, borderline misogynistic anti-cannabis propaganda.

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver dedicated one segment of its show Sunday to the fascinating world of NRATV, a streaming channel produced by the NRA and featuring news programs, infomercials, gun antique documentaries, documentaries about playing with guns, and, bizarrely, anti-weed segments.

A libertarian-leaning organization that cherishes states rights and individual freedoms condemning a nearly side-effect free medicine legalized to some degree in more than half the country’s states is weird enough. But what’s even weirder is the tone in which it does so.

“Hidden beneath a dense canopy of deciduous trees is a prostitute of sorts,” the NRA PSA says. “And those who profit by selling her will stop at nothing to exploit her. Sold and promoted for her non-addictive, even medicinal advantages, what lies behind the veil of this seductress is far different than what she first appears to be. She is a harlot and her name is Mary Jane.”

To that, John Oliver responded, “I didn’t think this was possible, but I think that guy just slut-shamed marijuana.”

The NRA has an odd history when it comes to cannabis. High Times pointed out in an article last year that though the group has lobbied to allow blind people to own guns, and the rights to carry guns in schools, churches, bars, and literally everywhere else, they have remained silent when it comes to states’ denial of gun permits to medical marijuana patients.

Dabs Mag Staff
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