Wednesday, February 1, 2012

'Veterans For Weed' agrees to name change after complaints

I’m not sure if this is even a real case of veterans posting this logo. Because they call themselves “Veterans For Weed” doesn’t mean they really are veterans.

The Wisconsin-based group does not show names of its leadership or members on its website which seems suspicious to me.

I like the idea of veterans calling for legalization of pot (they have as much at stake as anyone), but question the approach this group has taken.

A group of veterans calling for the legalization of marijuana plans to change its acronym after the Veterans of Foreign Wars sent a cease-and-desist order to the pot group’s organizers. But a controversial logo will remain, the pot advocates say.

The “Veterans For Weed,” a Milwaukee-based group that says “the real reefer madness” is when veterans get arrested for pot possession, has been using the acronym VFW on its website and promotional materials.

The Veterans of Foreign War called the pot group use of the acronym “misleading and illegal,” Stars and Stripes reported.

But the self-described group of stoners refused to take down their "POT POW" logo, which has drawn fire from veterans and military families. The logo is a variation of the iconic Vietnam-era POW/MIA poster showing the silhouetted profile of a prisoner behind barbed wire. The original logo was created for the National League of POW/MIA Families, according to Stars and Stripes, and is not copyrighted.

Still, it is cherished symbol, and the National League of POW/MIA Families has asked that it be taken down from the website.”

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