Postal Service Issues Warning About Marijuana Ads

Marijuana growers and retailers may have fewer options for marketing now that the US Postal Service recently issued a directive warning that advertisements about selling or buying cannabis constitute a felony.

The Nov. 27 directive also warned publishing companies that mailing newspapers, magazines, catalogs, hand-bills and similar materials containing such ads is also a felony.

“If an advertisement advocates the purchase of clinical marijuana through a Medical Marijuana Dispensary, it does not comply with (US law),” the directive said.

It’s unclear, however, if federal officials have the authority to enforce the directive because of a recent Congressional law, the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment. The 2015 law prohibits the Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration from using federal funds to prosecute medical marijuana businesses and patients in states where medical marijuana is legal, so long as they comply with state laws.

The directive was hand-delivered Monday by a postal official to the Chinook Observer, a Washington State newspaper that runs advertisements from a Long Beach dispensary and Oregon Coast dispensaries. The Observer has about 4,400 subscribers, including about 2,560 subscribers who receive the paper by US mail, according to the Oregonian.

The Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association also forwarded the advisory to its members and urged them not to take marijuana related advertising.

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7 comments on “Postal Service Issues Warning About Marijuana Ads
  1. Jeff Ullman on

    We already know that the USPS was a money-loser because of executive level foolishness. But now they’re trying to tell us that licking the back of their stamps is safer than physician-recommended Cannabis? And, if enforced, how many weekly alternative papers will go under? This is enough for anyone to go postal on the USPS…..

  2. Rick Fague on

    So I suppose people who get High Times or any of the dozens of other marijuana publications through the mail are also felons as well?

    This is why this War On Drugs nonsense makes absolutely no sense any more but I suppose some poor soul’s going to have to be the poster child and take the post office to court to set these dinosaurs straight, because the people have spoken and we want legal marijuana.

  3. Eric Layland on

    Hopefully the Postmaster General will remember this: “Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble,…”

    And from the UN’s Declaration of Human Rights; “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference, and impart information and ideas through any media regardless of frontiers”

  4. George W. Shew on

    So stupid. What is the problem. So tired of being treated like a criminal for pot, i mean really marijuana? But yet alcohol and nicotine/tobacco are legal and ads for alcohol are all over magazines, and occasionally there are cigarettes and nicotine vape ads and coupons that come through the mail every day? Not to mention all the legal and soul stealing porn smut sent through mail every day, and thats ok?

  5. mr. weed on

    Sounds to me like somebody’s pathetic attempt to slow down the inevitable… The USPS should be thanking the cannabis industry for the new business shipping medicine through the mail. Illegal? Sure. Still being done? Absolutely.

  6. Ma Dang on

    two things:
    the head of the USPS is a general, who is being a good soldier in the “war on drugs”. The thing is, it becomes interstate commerce with federal jurisdiction, oops !
    what about the Oregon newspaper association ? aren’t they the guardians of the “free Press” ? I guess it’s a case of knowing who the enemy is.


    Last I knew, the Post was a big loser and went private! No more mailmen in the little jeeps with good pay, just underpaid delivery people! USPS Sucks anyway! Go FED EX! and FYI: I am still ordering every magazine I want for my LEGAL Dispensary!

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