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Salt Lake City Radio Station Pulls Anti-Marijuana Ads After Complaints

At least one Salt Lake City-area radio station has stopped airing an advertisement opposing Utah’s Proposition 2 after complaints that the spot included false and misleading statements about medical marijuana.

Kayvon Motiee, president of Broadway Media, said the ad by the Drug Safe Utah coalition is no longer airing on 101.5 The Eagle (KEGA), the only Broadway station that had been running the opposition message.

“We want to pull the ad until we can substantiate the truthfulness,” Motiee said. “All in all, we had 53 complaints over the weekend about it.”

Broadway Media also owns X96, U92, Mix 105.1, ESPN700 and Rewind 100.7, but Motiee said the spot had not yet run on those stations.

Federal Communications Commission records show that Drug Safe Utah also purchased $3,000 of radio airtime on KSL, scheduled to run between Sept. 5 and Sept. 11. And the coalition purchased roughly $2,500 of airtime on Talk Radio 105.9 KNRS, which hosts the popular “Rod Arquette Show,” according to FCC records.

Tanya Vea, general manager of KSL, confirmed that the advertisement began airing on Wednesday. KSL is owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which has come out in opposition to the ballot measure. [Read more at The Salt Lake Tribune]

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