MARYLAND COMPLETELY BANS ADVERTISEMENTS FOR MARIJUANA PRODUCTS AND SERVICES
- December 13, 2018
When it comes to the massive push for marijuana legalization, you will find one of the staunchest collective of supporters on the Eastern Seaboard, particularly in New England states. With Vermont, Maine, and Massachusetts leading the charge, we have to wonder which Eastern members will be next in line to legalize marijuana. Will any of them be the 11th state to legalize pot after Michigan? At this time, the scenario in Maryland does not exactly hint at a promising future for the marijuana business, but, in the very least, it will keep the kids safe. In a very unique twist, Maryland officials have completely banned all advertisements for marijuana products and services, a decision that has not set well with the pro-cannabis groups in the state. Let’s take a closer look at this situation and find out more information.
What Are the New Rules?
According to the new guidelines set by the State of Maryland, marijuana cannot be advertised through the following channels:
- Public property and buildings
- Print (e.g. magazines, newspapers) unless it is an adult-oriented publication
- Literature/flyers associated with public property
So, is the Internet immune to these regulations? According to the state, the answer is “not in the least.” These Maryland guidelines also prohibit businesses from posting advertisements on social media, websites, mobile apps, and other electronic sources.
How Will Marijuana Businesses Manage?
Obviously, Marijuana officials are attempting to protect anyone under the age of 18 from being exposed to the little green plant, which is entirely understandable. Despite its benefits to adults, this herb can wreak havoc on kids’ developing minds and bodies. Nevertheless, these restrictions could tighten the noose on legitimate businesses that need to advertise their products and services. Social media might be an option, if it were not for the fact that numerous cannabis-centered ads are frequently pulled from these sources.
Some pro-cannabis advocates have argued that this movement is hypocritical, given the fact that drugs like Viagra (an erectile dysfunction medication) and Movantik (a med for opioid-induced constipation) are 100% legal and in full view of children all the time.
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