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State Update: Should We Ban Marijuana Advertising On Billboards?

The state Cannabis Policy Committee will hold a hearing on January 28 at 1 p.m. in Room 437 at the Statehouse on a proposal that would prohibit the use of billboards for the advertising, marketing or branding of marijuana or marijuana products.
     “Under current state law, delicious-looking marijuana products, including candies and cookies, may be advertised to young children through invasive billboards,” said the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Diane DiZoglio (D-Methuen).
     “In the city of Haverhill, for instance, a recreational marijuana billboard advertisement was recently placed above a school bus stop and later moved after two city councilors, one of whom lost two children to the disease of addiction, raised concerns. I filed this bill on behalf of these city councilors, with the intent of protecting kids from underage substance use.”
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