Weed on high? GOP lawmaker seeks to ban medical marijuana ads on billboards; Laura A. Bianchi, partner and director, Rose Law Group Cannabis Department, comments

A billboard in Lansing, Mi. paid for by the California-based company Weedmaps, which maps medical marijuana dispensary locations throughout the United States. /Lauren Gibbons | MLive.com

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times

The way Sen. David Farnsworth sees it, the decision by voters to legalize the sale of marijuana for medical uses does not mean they get to promote it.

So the Mesa Republican has introduced legislation that would ban billboard advertising for the drug in places they’re most likely to be seen. SB 1032 would make it illegal to advertise any drug illegal under federal law — and that includes marijuana — along state roads.

Whether that’s legal or not is up for debate.


“Unfortunately, this is another attempt by an unreasonable anti-medical marijuana group to skew statistics in an attempt to needlessly frighten and mislead people. Our regulated MMJ program provides Arizona patients with essential access to medicine, as well as adjunct therapy options. What these types of groups fail to even recognize is for so many Arizona patients fighting and suffering from debilitating medical conditions– to prevent access to this critical medicine would be devastating.”

~ Laura A. Bianchi

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