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Denver Bans Outdoor Marijuana Ads

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

billboard beside highwayThe city of Denver, Colo., has banned outdoor marijuana advertising. The law bars medical marijuana dispensaries from advertising on billboards, benches, handbills and in other outdoor places. The dispensaries must now confine themselves to print and online advertising and include the disclaimer that the marijuana is only for medical use. Councilwoman and ordinance co-sponsor Deborah Ortega said of the ad ban, “The intent was to protect kids.” She originally planned to ban outdoor advertising within 1,000 feet of schools, parks and daycare centers, but decided to pursue the more far-reaching legislation instead. The law comes two months before Colorado voters will decide whether to legalize up to one ounce of the drug for recreational use, enabling the state to collect taxes on marijuana sales. The federal government still bans any use of marijuana, leading to legal confusion in states where state laws conflict with federal.

Source: Reuters Denver Bans Outdoor Advertising for Medical Pot Shops

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