San Francisco votes to remove marijuana advertising from public transit

San Francisco votes to remove marijuana advertising from public transit

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There are currently 130 different ads for marijuana outlets and products on the public transit system in San Francisco (including on trains, buses, and in train stations and shelters), but the public transit board would rather that number be 0. The board voted to ban marijuana advertising completely, meaning that dispensaries and brands wouldn't be able to take advantage of a major advertising area.

Any ads already purchased will still be run, but as of January 1 (when recreational weed will become legal in California), the public transit board in SF wants nothing to do with marijuana ads. Proponents of the ban say that removing the ads would make sure younger audiences wouldn't see them, and the board does already ban tobacco and alcohol advertising from the same areas.

Unfortunately, if SF chooses to ban ads from these areas, there's not a lot of other options here, short of convincing the board that there's more money and no issues with tasteful marijuana advertising. Looks like dispensaries and producers in SF will have to find other avenues to advertise on (I'm sure the SF Weekly will still be thrilled to run as many marijuana ads as they can sell!).

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