Advertising Medical Marijuana?

One of a thousand discussions needed before any state begins a mmj program is the question of whether to allow the advertising of that prescription medical marijuana. Let’s remember that ads for erection (i.e. boner) pills run all the time. This issue is being discussed in Denver, and the cannabis community is split on what to do.  Attend:
“The advertising ban [on mmj in Denver] would apply to billboard, bus-bench and sidewalk sign-twirler advertising. The ordinance doesn’t affect print advertising or radio or television ads, but the ads would have to include the disclaimer that pot is “for registered Colorado medical marijuana patients only.”

The marijuana industry in Denver was itself deeply divided on the advertising ban, which requires one more vote next week but appears certain to pass. One Denver group, the Medical Marijuana Industry Group, actively pushed for the advertising ban, saying that unseemly ads give people a bad impression of the industry. Other industry groups, including the influential Cannabis Business Alliance, argued unsuccessfully that the advertising ban goes too far.

“We don’t necessarily need sign spinners on the side of the road. But we do need to opportunity to educate,” said dispensary owner Cheri Hackett.

Marijuana advertising is a murky area for regulators dealing with an industry whose very existence violates federal drug law. Medical marijuana is illegal to grow and sell, and also illegal to advertise, but regulations vary widely in the 17 states that flout federal drug law and consider pot legal for people with certain medical conditions.

Delaware, Montana and Vermont ban marijuana advertising, though Montana’s ban is under legal challenge. Washington state bans physicians from advertising that they recommend the drug. Doctors that violate that state’s advertising ban can face sanctions from the state Department of Health.
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This article includes a survey / review of this issue around the mmj nation. Find it HERE.

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Author: DavidB

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