Measure three billboard taken down after four days

A Measure 3 supporter for recreational marijuana said more good might come out of his billboard being taken down than if it stayed up.

Chente Ornelas of Richardton, ND paid a bargain price of $50 to have a Measure 3 ad posted on a billboard near the entrance into town near the ND-8 highway North.

Ornelas believes the benefits of recreational marijuana far out weigh the negative ones its perceived to have, which is why he is advocating for the legalization of it. 

The ad was suppose to run from October 12 until election day (November 6), and Ornelas even posted the launching of the billboard ad on Facebook.

After four days, it was taken down by the Lions Club of Richardton who owns and manages the billboard.

Ornelas said he was notified through a friend on October 17 that the ad was no longer playing in its regular rotation on the digital billboard, and Ornelas was surprised that the Lions Club didn’t tell him that they pulled the ad.

Ornelas attended a Lions Club meeting later that day and was given a reason for why the ad was taken down. 

Club president Duane Zent said the Lions Club is a non-political organization, and it was a mistake on their part for okaying it in the first place.

The billboard also sits on the school grounds of Richardton-Taylor High School, and Ornelas thinks that might of had something to do with it too. 

Ornelas was refunded his money, but said having the billboard taken down has only motivated him more.

“Im buying more signs. I’m giving more interviews. . . telling the story. I’m pushing Measure 3. . . pushing go vote. If you are for it awesome. . . if you are against it read up. It’s not the bogey man . . .not what everyone says, ” said Ornelas.

Zent said the Measure 3 ad near the entrance into Richardton was the first and last political ad that will ever be on it’s billboard.

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