Marijuana advertising outlawed at Las Vegas airport

Commissioners in Nevada’s Clark County have voted to ban marijuana advertising and possession at Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport.

The advertising ban covers all airport-owned property throughout the county – which includes Las Vegas – including land that’s leased to private businesses, the Review-Journal reported.

The ban doesn’t apply to taxis and personal vehicles cloaked in vinyl advertising, according to the newspaper.

Commissioner Larry Brown – who supported the advertising ban and the exceptions for vinyl-wrapped vehicles – said marijuana industry representatives helped ease his concerns about cannabis and advertising enough to allow him to support the exclusion, the Review-Journal reported.

“They agreed that we need to kind of set the boundaries and encourage all the (marijuana industry) membership to stay within the boundaries,” he told the Review-Journal. “That way, if we can agree on the front end, we can identify when someone pushes the envelope too far.”

Brown also said he worried the exceptions would become a “slippery slope” and that he doesn’t want to see mobile billboards at the airport, according to the newspaper.

The ban on cannabis possession at the airport falls in line with discussions the Nevada Gaming Commission is having about marijuana in casinos.

Meanwhile, it’s unclear if the Clark County commissioners’ ruling will affect an agreement announced last week in which Allegiant Air will run advertising from a Las Vegas marijuana retail store in its in-flight magazine.