Michigan has pulled its controversial anti-cannabis ad campaign following a public outcry from body image and cannabis activists alike, although one brief clip is still hanging on.
Most of the public service announcements backed by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) have disappeared from the department’s official YouTube channel.
The remaining ad features a teenager playing video games alongside a pizza in what appears to be his parents’ basement. In a puff of smoke, his future self — overweight, and in the same, rumpled clothing — appears to berate him for enjoying what appears to be an otherwise chill afternoon.
“High again?” the apparent Ghost of Cannabis Yet to Come rebukes the stunned teen. “I’m you in 10 years.”
The apparition continues to scold the teen. “Even if we could see this is a problem, we wouldn’t be able to focus long enough to get out of the problem,” he laments.