Boycott Kellogg’s! Fight Corporate Demonization of Marijuana

The Kellogg Corporation's decision to drop Michael Phelps in the aftermath of the infamous bong hit photo is blossoming into a full blown and richly deserved public relations disaster.  Claiming Phelps's deed is "not consistent with the image of Kellogg," the company has alienated his fans and united the marijuana reform community behind an unlikely champion.

Phelps's tremendous popularity, along with evolving public attitudes about marijuana use in general have created a climate that is strikingly hostile towards Kellogg's moral posturing. Phelps, through his remarkable achievements, inherently undermines the very foundations of our culture's lingering animosity towards marijuana, thus his vilification is rendered self-evidently incoherent and indefensible. Moreover, Phelps’s behavior is no different than that of millions of hardworking and responsible Americans and any attack on his character is an attack on us all.

The drug policy reform community is issuing a unified call to our supporters to help show Kellogg's that demonizing marijuana users is bad for business. Please join us in not purchasing their products, which include:

Apple Jacks(R)
Kellogg's Corn Flakes(R)
Cracklin' Oat Bran(R)
Crispix(R)
Froot Loops(R)
Frosted Flakes(R)
Frosted Mini-Wheats(R)
Honey Smacks(R)
Pops(R)
Kellogg's Raisin Bran(R)
Rice Krispies(R)
Special K(R)
Pop-Tarts(R)
Rice Krispies Treats(R)
Nutri-Grain(R) Cereal Bars
Keebler(R) Cookies
Famous Amos(R) Cookies
Cheez-It(R) Crackers
Morningstar Farms(R) Organic
You can call Kellogg's hotline at 800-962-1413 to share your concerns and let them know why you won't be purchasing their products. They're getting so many calls about this that you actually get a message saying "If you would like to share comments regarding our relationship with Michael Phelps, please press 1...If you are calling about the recent peanut butter recall, please press 2." Amazingly, Kellogg's customers are more concerned about their treatment of Michael Phelps than about the salmonella outbreak.

Believe me, I never thought the fight for drug policy reform would find me telling everyone to stop eating rice krispie treats, but you gotta play the hand you’re dealt. This is one of those rare moments where the conversation about marijuana use in America spontaneously invades pop culture and takes over. We have everything to gain by riding this wave, even to the absurd extent of switching breakfast cereals.

For too long, zero-tolerance anti-drug posturing has ruled corporate America. The mentality that led Kellogg's to condemn Phelps is the same one which has inspired countless companies not only to collect urine from their employees, but to place signs in their storefronts boasting about it to their customers. Corporate reefer madness is the lifeblood that feeds Partnership for a Drug Free America with tax-free contributions, all based on the faulty assumption that nothing wins over the heart and minds of the public more reliably than drug war propaganda.

Thus, today brings an interesting challenge. I've heard the word boycott thrown around by reformers many times in many contexts, but I’ve never seen the level of intensity that has emerged from this week's events. Can we deal a blow to the presumptions and prejudices that drive corporate America to continue paying tribute to this vicious war on their own customers? Join us, and together we’ll find out.
Permission to Reprint: This article is licensed under a modified Creative Commons Attribution license.
Looking for the easiest way to join the anti-drug war movement? You've found it!

YES WE CAN

If Millions of people vote for American Idol, then it should not be a problem for the Cannabis Community to be Heard Loud and Clear by calling Kellogs. What they are essintially saying is "Let's give the Hippies a chance to voice their concernes, but they are probably to stoned to pick up the phone".
If we, the Cannabis Community, hard working, tax paying, law abidding citizens do not comment and sit on our asses, we ONCE AGAIN will be the SILENT majority. Let us be heard, call the number and express your concern. Remember to be respectful and courteous.

What Michael Phelps Should Have Said

http://www.reason.com/news/show/131438.html

What Michael Phelps Should Have Said
Smoking pot shouldn't be a crime. Or the public's business.
Radley Balko | February 2, 2009

Dear America,

I take it back. I don’t apologize.

Because you know what? It’s none of your goddamned business. I work my ass off 10 months a year. It’s that hard work that gave you all those gooey feelings of patriotism last summer. If during my brief window of down time I want to relax, enjoy myself, and partake of a substance that’s a hell of a lot less bad for me than alcohol, tobacco, or, frankly, most of the prescription drugs most of you are taking, well, you can spare me the lecture.

I put myself through hell. I make my body do things nature never really intended us to endure. All world-class athletes do. We do it because you love to watch us push ourselves as far as we can possibly go. Some of us get hurt. Sometimes permanently. You’re watching the Super Bowl tonight. You’re watching 300 pound men smash each while running at full speed, in full pads. You know what the average life expectancy of an NFL player is? Fifty-five. That’s about 20 years shorter than your average non-NFL player. Yet you watch. And cheer. And you jump up spill your beer when a linebacker lays out a wide receiver on a crossing route across the middle. The harder he gets hit, the louder and more enthusiastically you scream.

Yet you all get bent out of shape when Ricky Williams, or I, or Josh Howard smoke a little dope to relax. Why? Because the idiots you’ve elected to make your laws have, without a shred of evidence, beat it into your head that smoking marijuana is something akin to drinking antifreeze, and done only by dirty hippies and sex offenders.

You’ll have to pardon my cynicism. But I call bullshit. You don’t give a damn about my health. You just get a voyeuristic thrill from watching an elite athlete fall from grace–all the better if you get to exercise a little moral righteousness in the process. And it’s hypocritical righteousness at that, given that 40 percent of you have tried pot at least once in your lives.

Here’s a crazy thought: If I can smoke a little dope and go on to win 14 Olympic gold medals, maybe pot smokers aren’t doomed to lives of couch surfing and video games, as our moronic government would have us believe. In fact, the list of successful pot smokers includes not just world class athletes like me, Howard, Williams, and others, it includes Nobel Prize winners, Pulitzer Prize winners, the last three U.S. presidents, several Supreme Court justices, and luminaries and success stories from all sectors of business and the arts, sciences, and humanities.

So go ahead. Ban me from the next Olympics. Yank my endorsement deals. Stick your collective noses in the air and get all indignant on me. While you’re at it, keep arresting cancer and AIDS patients who dare to smoke the stuff because it deadens their pain, or enables them to eat. Keep sending in goon squads to kick down doors and shoot little old ladies, maim innocent toddlers, handcuff elderly post-polio patients to their beds at gunpoint, and slaughter the family pet.

Tell you what. I’ll make you a deal. I’ll apologize for smoking pot when every politician who ever did drugs and then voted to uphold or strengthen the drug laws marches his ass off to the nearest federal prison to serve out the sentence he wants to impose on everyone else for committing the same crimes he committed. I’ll apologize when the sons, daughters, and nephews of powerful politicians who get caught possessing or dealing drugs in the frat house or prep school get the same treatment as the no-name, probably black kid caught on the corner or the front stoop doing the same thing.

Until then, I for one will have none of it. I smoked pot. I liked it. I’ll probably do it again. I refuse to apologize for it, because by apologizing I help perpetuate this stupid lie, this idea that what someone puts into his own body on his own time is any of the government’s damned business. Or any of yours. I’m not going to bend over and allow myself to be propaganda for this wasteful, ridiculous, immoral war.

Go ahead and tear me down if you like. But let’s see you rationalize in your next lame ONDCP commercial how the greatest motherfucking swimmer the world has ever seen...is also a proud pot smoker.

Yours,

Michael Phelps

Hey Phelps,

Don't condemn, "... maybe pot smokers aren’t doomed to lives of couch surfing and video games..." I'm sure the best video gamers are pot smokers. The expierenced who focus on the computer are not any lessor... O Great Olympic.

Don't you think "Mario Brother's" is not stoned? Honestly?

Perfect...

That was a great post, and truly is what Mr Phelps should have responded with. If even after an apology he is losing sponsors, what would he have to lose by making this statement?

no more Pop-Tarts for me

they're not that good that I have to put up with this demonizing garbage. Go have another drink of your drug, Kellogg execs. I agree with previous comment that if you call Kellogg's it's best to be polite, but the "no more polite than they deserve" message deserves to be heard too.
Regarding the argument that he broke the law, there's a limit to how offensive the law can be, and alcohol supremacism over cannabis is on the nasty side of that limit. Users of the killer drug are totally lording it over users of the far, far less dangerous drug, and totally refusing to defend their alleged superiority. They'll get exactly as much respect as they deserve.

The marijuana law reform

The marijuana law reform movement has NOTHING to gain by hypocritically demonizing alcohol, regardless of whether alcohol is more dangerous than marijuana. I'm sick of seeing these kinds of comments here. This is a stupid impulse that can only undermine our cause by making enemies of people. Lots of people like to drink; it does no good for our cause to alienate those people. The same thing goes for tobacco.

Over and over again I see these comments on here. You really think attacking alcohol and tobacco makes for a good argument in favor of legalizing marijuana? It absolutely does not. There's no way in hell marijuana is going to trade legal places with alcohol and tobacco. All you're doing, essentially, is making an argument for increased prohibition. This is really, really stupid.

anti-alcohol

I have an uncle, the same age as me, whose liver is gone. He has ten years until retirement! I get real tired of the alcohol supremacists who say pot is bad and at the same time, as part of chat name, sound like some drink, i.e. "BellofBacardi".

And the only argument they have is that it is just "bad to smoke anything" or "Pot is just bad for you". Those type of people drive me crazy. I might make a statement about prohibiting alcohol, but it is sort of tongue in cheek. It is intended to "get to" the alcohol supremacists. Alcohol prohibition did not work before and the present prohibition works no better. It would be plain stupid to try to prohibit cigarettes, too. But there are those out there, who would like to do so.

When the conversation starts getting a little more like real constructive conversation, instead of the other side referring to us all, as stoners, then maybe I will be able to be calm when discussing this crazy war on the people of our country.

What I wrote

I sent this post recently to the management at Kellogs. I urge you all to boycott their products, write your elected officials, and do whatever it takes to rid our country of the inhumane and disastrous war on drugs.

Gentlemen:
You should be ashamed of your summary treatment of one of our hardest working and greatest young athletes, Mr. Phelps. Three of our presidents admitted to smoking pot in their youth. In fact the majority of Americans experiment with illegal drugs at some time in their life, and as is the case with alcohol, the vast majority do not become hopeless addicts, but do go on to become good and productive citizens. For too long we have allowed experimentation with drugs ( a natural human behavior in all societies and eras) to stigmatize our youth. Thousands of our young people are denied the chance to get college loans or the jobs they want based on some previous indiscretion. Hundreds of thousands are incarcerated for actions which caused no harm to others, while the resources of law enforcement are wasted on the idiotic and inhumane war on drugs - truly a war on the American citizen. Now with the pervasive presence of the internet, the record of a drug conviction is forever in the public record. Young people are saddled with this for the rest of their lives, no matter how they grow, change, and mature.

I am telling you in no uncertain terms we, the majority of Americans will not stand for this sort of treatment much longer. You and others of your ilk will soon see a ground swell of public outrage that will compare to the outrage over the Viet Nam debacle. I am 57 years old, the father of two, and I am ashamed to see how little progress we have made as a society on this issue in spite of scientific evidence and the experience of prohibition. In your position of power you have an obligation to lend your support to a more enlightened view of drug use, education, and the treatment of our children. How many of the top management in your corporation have experimented with drugs in their past? How has that fact affected their performance as contributing members of society?

My family will boycott your companies products unless and until you apologize to Mr. Phelps, and lend your support to the sane reevaluation of the draconian drug laws in this country.
Sincerely,
Mike Rostron, Bellingham

Excellent

Nananwv
From a 59 year old law abiding retired, paid taxes, raised my children,
adore my grandchildren, over 40 year resondsibe smoker.
Who agrees with every thing you said.
We are tired of it!!!

error

error

Just Say No to Kellogg's

BTW, how much does Kellogg's contribute to obesity in America with their sugar-laced breakfast cereal? Before shouting down Phelps, people need to take a strong look at themselves in the mirror.

Kellogs is Feeling it.............

When I called Kellogs this morning I was told that they were not allowed to answer any questions concerning Micheal Phelps. But when I ask if they were getting a high volume of calls about it her response was "You have no idea."

KEEP UP THE BOYCOTT, IT'S WORKING

Robert Hutton
Virginia

Phelps? Was he smoking Marijuana ?

It will have to be proven through a solid witness that there was actually marijuana in the water-pipe. If I heard Phelps correctly. He was apologizing for the picture of him and the water-pipe. Not Marijauna. I have no problem with Phelps if he was smoking a bowl of some good medicinal marijauna? If anyone deserves a good hit, its Michael Phelps. He is a champion and nobody can take that away from him. I am proud to be an American, just like Phelps. We as a people, throughout history have decided what is best for us. Unfortunately today we have forgotten what makes America great. The freedom of choice. We do not need "Masters of the People", in our government. We need a government of the people, by the people. Kellogs corporation epitomizes the nature of the mentality in place. Today is the day to let corporate America realize the power of the people. Boycott every product that these Hippocrates create and sell to America, under the guise of knowing what is best for us. The people of America.

Nail Kellogg’s for their Crappola…

Kellogg’s has gotten away with too much for way too long.  The company should have been boycotted and put out of business a hundred years ago.

A century ago Kellogg’s ran a successful marketing campaign for their corn flake cereal by promoting the idiocy of a few puritanical prohibitionists who claimed that a strong sex drive was unhealthy.  So in their ads Kellogg’s bragged that Kellogg’s Corn Flakes ™ was healthy because it reduced people’s sex drive.

Now, I don’t believe Kellogg’s Corn Flakes really achieved a lowered libido for its consumers, which would mean that Kellogg’s pioneered its breakfast cash cow through false advertising.  But if there’s a chance, no matter how small, that Kellogg’s Corn Flakes really does limit healthy human sexuality, then the public needs to be made immediately aware of a major health-related problem confronting all consumers of Kellogg’s cereal product.  Impotence and frigidity are serious medical and social problems that cost society billions of dollars every year.  I think the FDA needs to require a label on the cereal box that warns consumers of a potential sexual dysfunction if they use the product.

Click forward a century and now the clowns at Kellogg’s have some new and even more radical ideas about health and motivation concerning the recreational use of cannabis by Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps.

Between sex and drugs, I really don’t think Kellogg’s gets it.  Are these people health experts?  Are they in denial about what’s really in their products?  Except for the added vitamins, which are easily obtained elsewhere, and until consumers pour milk on the stuff, the cardboard making up Kellogg’s packaging has more nutrient value than the food product itself.  I know I’ll never touch a corn flake again.  Despite lacking any replicated research that shows corn flakes alters a person’s libido, shouldn’t the government error on the side of caution and prohibit the corn flake?

Giordano

Here is my protest of KELLOGG'S

I made the mistake of eating Famous Amos cookies today. But thanks to this website, I know what Kellogg's products NOT to buy. And I am real sorry 'cause I wanted to eat Rice Krispty Treats at some point, and I'm sorry to be disappointed. And I love the cookies.

But I support the healthiest man alive testimonial for bong marijuana use by Michael Phelps, a.k.a the PICS. Please Kellogg's why not go the other way and support the end of marijuana prohibition? You might get even get more munchies, who knows? Be a snack food and a Hero!

Oooh how I miss the single serving blue "Treat" available at my lunch break. Thank's Kellogg's now I hafta find some other food. And f*ck you, I had all the free "Amos" and "Treats" I wanted because of my job! And this would have been real good; kinda like legal pot.

Ladies, gentlemen, boys, girls this was to be expected.

It may not come as quite a shock, but people of all shapes, sizes, colors, culture, sub-culture, religion, sect, division, smoke marijuana. People will continue to discover marijuana at some point in their life, and either turn away from it because of something they don't enjoy about it, whether or not it is because of their experience with the drug, or because of its legal status. The social stigma on drugs, and government led war is a fallacy and nothing more than a war on freedom of choice.

Now, a cooperation is taking a figure off the boxes of their product because he does something taboo and isn't accepted by a large division of people? Its not so much a surprise, and I'm not so sure its Kellog's fault, they're just trying to sell a product. Granted, perhaps they should defend their spokesman-like figure and defend his choice to use marijuana, that's their business, what is our concern, is the demonetization of marijuana smokers nationwide.

Stoner Treats ... Just a Idea

haven't tried this yet but it cant be bad we all know Cap'n Crunch rocks.

* 3 tablespoons butter or margarine
* 1 package (10 oz., about 40) regular marshmallows * - OR - * 4 cups miniature marshmallows
* 6 cups Cap'n Crunch ®

1. In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.

2. Add Cap'n Crunch® cereal. Stir until well coated.

3. Using buttered spatula or wax paper evenly press mixture into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Cool. Cut into 2-inch squares. Best if served the same day.

MICROWAVE DIRECTIONS:
In microwave-safe bowl heat butter and marshmallows on HIGH for 3 minutes, stirring after 2 minutes. Stir until smooth. Follow steps 2 and 3 above. Microwave cooking times may vary.

Note

For best results, use fresh marshmallows.

1 jar (7 oz.) marshmallow crème can be substituted for marshmallows.

Diet, reduced calorie or tub margarine is not recommended.

Store no more than two days at room temperature in airtight container. To freeze, place in layers separated by wax paper in airtight container. Freeze for up to 6 weeks. Let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes before serving.

Who needs Kelloggs.

stoner treats

love it lol

That recipe works with

Cheerios, Lucky Charms, and many other cereals, too.

I'm pro-choice on EVERYTHING!

Big investors do not like controversy

And always bail out of stocks that have public image problems that the investors feel can hurt sales. Kellog has two such problems right now. Peanut butter and Michael Phelps.

Even though Kellogg reported higher than expected earnings last week its stock price has been going down since mid week. Kellogg's price has been floundering on double its normal volume since the Feb. 4. Lots of big share holders seem to be bailing out on the company.

Can't boycott what I don't use.

There's nothing on that list that I buy. It's really all junk.

Go Michael!

Same here...

Kelloggs sells nothing but a bunch of overly processed GMO crap. I haven't bought any of their garbage in years. As far as Michael Phelps is concerned...well, is anyone surprised? Kelloggs obviously wants to maintain their "family friendly" image while they knowingly feed our kids junk. I fully believe the government has absolutely no business poking their noses in to anyone's bodily fluids, and the people who choose to watch people pee for a living are probably twisted individuals on some level. Sadly, this is the culture that has been shoved down our throats for the last say, 70 to 80 years since prohibition. How alcohol made it's comeback pervasively, and not something as innocuous as pot will always be beyond me. No one has ever died from smoking pot, ever. My personal experience has always been that alcohol ruins lives and relationships, and well pot doesn't, plain and simple. Until enough lives have been needlessly, negatively affected by the hypocritical and nonsensical pot laws in particular, but also the dangerous drug laws overall, then I'm afraid there will be many more Michael Phelps to come to be "made an example of".

Boycott Kelloggs

Imagine the great tongue-in-cheek commercials Kellogg could have ran,They wouldn't even have to mention Marijuana or show it being used.
I mean,a stoners favorite food is cereal.
They could have boosted sales instead of earning themselves a boycott for pandering to the old idiotic prejudices against Marijuana.
hope there stock plummets,As they have lost this customer and millions of others.
Fred Laz

We support you Michael

We support you Michael. I don't use Kelloggs products, but my wife and kids eat enough of the stuff I should own stock. No more. We discussed it, and we all agreed. Your accomplishments far outweigh the act of smoking a little pot. We all agreed that as long as Kelloggs maintains their attitude toward this harmless act, then we will all boycott Kelloggs. Thank you Michael for being the champion you are.

I don't think he apologized for smoking pot.

From what I've seen, he made a general apology that might as well be for being stupid and smoking a bong in front of strangers who might sell his photo.

Lets keep going

If this boycott works with Kellogg's then we should keep this going. Every corporation that has ever fired some one because they smoke pot (persecution). Every corporation that has not hired some one because they smoke pot (discrimination). I bet that would be just about every corporation And not end a boycott until they publicly announce that they have stopped all discrimination and persecution of pot smokers and call for the entire country to do so. It is time we spoke to these corporations in the only language they understand $$$$$$. The 80.000.000 pot smokers in this country need there voice to be as deafening as our silence has been for far too long. We should also reward every corporation when they publicly announce by only buying there products for one month. I bet that after a while just the knowledge that they would be next should be enough. What do we have to lose? (nothing) What do we have to gain? (our freedom)

re: two posts calling Kellogg's junk food

You are right about that. I sure wasn't trying to suggest otherwise in my comment that I used to eat Pop Tarts before they messed with weed. Better off without them.

Toaster Strudels

are so much better than PopTarts.

I'm pro-choice on EVERYTHING!

Funny Alcohol Doesn't get the Same Attention

Something to Ponder.....

Post new comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Allowed HTML tags: <a> <em> <strong> <cite> <code> <ul> <ol> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd> <i> <blockquote> <p> <address> <pre> <h1> <h2> <h3> <h4> <h5> <h6> <br> <b>

More information about formatting options

CAPTCHA
This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.

Drug War Issues

Criminal JusticeAsset Forfeiture, Collateral Sanctions (College Aid, Drug Taxes, Housing, Welfare), Court Rulings, Drug Courts, Due Process, Felony Disenfranchisement, Incarceration, Policing (2011 Drug War Killings, 2012 Drug War Killings, 2013 Drug War Killings, 2014 Drug War Killings, 2015 Drug War Killings, 2016 Drug War Killings, 2017 Drug War Killings, Arrests, Eradication, Informants, Interdiction, Lowest Priority Policies, Police Corruption, Police Raids, Profiling, Search and Seizure, SWAT/Paramilitarization, Task Forces, Undercover Work), Probation or Parole, Prosecution, Reentry/Rehabilitation, Sentencing (Alternatives to Incarceration, Clemency and Pardon, Crack/Powder Cocaine Disparity, Death Penalty, Decriminalization, Defelonization, Drug Free Zones, Mandatory Minimums, Rockefeller Drug Laws, Sentencing Guidelines)CultureArt, Celebrities, Counter-Culture, Music, Poetry/Literature, Television, TheaterDrug UseParaphernalia, ViolenceIntersecting IssuesCollateral Sanctions (College Aid, Drug Taxes, Housing, Welfare), Violence, Border, Budgets/Taxes/Economics, Business, Civil Rights, Driving, Economics, Education (College Aid), Employment, Environment, Families, Free Speech, Gun Policy, Human Rights, Immigration, Militarization, Money Laundering, Pregnancy, Privacy (Search and Seizure, Drug Testing), Race, Religion, Science, Sports, Women's IssuesMarijuana PolicyGateway Theory, Hemp, Marijuana -- Personal Use, Marijuana Industry, Medical MarijuanaMedicineMedical Marijuana, Science of Drugs, Under-treatment of PainPublic HealthAddiction, Addiction Treatment (Science of Drugs), Drug Education, Drug Prevention, Drug-Related AIDS/HIV or Hepatitis C, Harm Reduction (Methadone & Other Opiate Maintenance, Needle Exchange, Overdose Prevention, Pill Testing, Safer Injection Sites)Source and Transit CountriesAndean Drug War, Coca, Hashish, Mexican Drug War, Opium ProductionSpecific DrugsAlcohol, Ayahuasca, Cocaine (Crack Cocaine), Ecstasy, Heroin, Ibogaine, ketamine, Khat, Kratom, Marijuana (Gateway Theory, Marijuana -- Personal Use, Medical Marijuana, Hashish), Methamphetamine, New Synthetic Drugs (Synthetic Cannabinoids, Synthetic Stimulants), Nicotine, Prescription Opiates (Fentanyl, Oxycontin), Psilocybin / Magic Mushrooms, Psychedelics (LSD, Mescaline, Peyote, Salvia Divinorum)YouthGrade School, Post-Secondary School, Raves, Secondary School