Reader: Should a Wine Company Say "We're Weeding Out the Alcoholics"?

Olivia Mannix and Jennifer DeFalco in a photo they provided to Westword.
Olivia Mannix and Jennifer DeFalco in a photo they provided to Westword.

Our post about Cannabrand founders Oliva Mannix and Jennifer DeFalco, a PR firm that found its way into a PR mess after Mannix was quoted as saying "We're weeding out the stoners" in the New York Times, spurred a strong reaction from many readers. Here's the take of a person who draws a comparison between marketing marijuana and alcohol.

See also: Cannabrand's Founders Deal With Fallout from NY Times "Weeding Out the Stoners" Comment

Mike Leviten writes:

Stoner is a derogatory term for someone who smokes weed. If you work with people who smoke weed, don't discriminate them unless you want to send a hypocritical message. It would be like trying to do PR for wine companies and saying "We're weeding out the alcoholics."

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