US Postal Service says no to cannabis on stamps

US Postal Service says no to cannabis on stamps

Sure -- it's not like we need stamps with cannabis on them, but it would be super cool anyway. Alas, the USPS says it's not to be -- they've released new regulations that say "acceptable commercial or social images or text must not contain content that is unsuitable for all-ages audiences, including but not limited to ... depiction of controlled substances, including but not limited to marijuana.” Womp womp.

Not a huge loss, as we usually just buy whatever stamps are being offered anyway. The real burn here, though, is that while alcohol, tobacco, and firearms are also banned, the USPS will allow "incidental" images of them (if a stamp uses a picture of a celebrity who's drinking or smoking a cigarette, for example, that's OK). Marijuana is the only drug called out as unacceptable across the board. Some public comments have suggested alcohol images should be all right, but the USPS hasn't relented on that front, either.

That's too bad -- marijuana is healthier in many ways than alcohol and tobacco, and definitely less deadly than firearms. As much as it would be cool to have a stamp honoring the kind bud, this is probably something that will just have to wait out changing opinions as time goes on. Eventually, given the trajectory of legalization, you have to think that the drug will become more acceptable, and eventually it would be nice to have stamps to celebrate the pioneers of the industry, but we'll have to wait for that time to come much later on.

 

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