What's wrong with Pete's couch?
This is beyond pathetic. The only thing that allows an anti-pot message to be effective is ignorance. The only thing that allows any argument made by anti-pot nutbars to be effective is ignorance. Anybody, and I mean anybody who has ever used the drug will tell you that it's effects are overblown.
Apparently, the American government has (finally) realized this. So now they're trying a different approach - cede all of the points to the opposing side. While it's good to see the US government admitting that pot doesn't cause death and chaos, it does sort of undermine their argument when they acknowledge that their primary argument for keeping it illegal is a blatant falsehood. (And in fact, they say right in the ad, and quite explicitly, that you have a higher chance of dying if you don't smoke weed! I'm not even being facetious, that's what it says.)
So basically, all they're left with is the argument from personal preference - which basically goes like this: I don't like marijuana, therefore it should be illegal. I don't like pot, therefore people should go to jail for being caught with it. I don't like weed, therefore people should have their lives ruined if the crown decides to press charges.
It's absolutely outrageous, and it really reveals the craven depths of the administration's arrogance. They're willing to flat-out admit that they're wrong, but are going to stay the course. It's Orwellian in the worst possible sense of the term.