by David Downs
Internet search kingpin Google has granted $250,000 per year in AdWords credits to a Michigan marijuana group, MMJ Business Daily reports.
Michigan Compassion - a non-profit cannabis education group - received the in-kind donation from Google's donation program Google Grants. Google says it is the first donation of its kind to a marijuana group.
"For one, it signals the entrance of a major company into the medical marijuana debate, giving cannabis some additional legitimacy and clout. It also moves marijuana into the mainstream business world, opening the door for other major companies to dabble in cannabis — from a philanthropic, investment or product sense," MMJ Business Daily notes.
In the past AdWords has blocked advertising from cannabis-related businesses.
Sixty-three percent of Michigan voters approved medical cannabis possession and growing in 2008 for the terminally and seriously ill.