USPS nixes marijuana ads in newspapers

Postal service informs publications that advertisements for pot could run afoul of federal law.

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The postal service has informed publications that advertisements for marijuana could run afoul of federal law.

The news was sent from the US Postal Service in Portland via memo on Friday.

The memo quickly caused confusion and concern among publishers whose newspapers have published ads for dispensaries and manufacturers in the region’s now two legal cannabis industries, medical and recreational marijuana.

While Oregon voters legalized medical marijuana in 1998 and recreational marijuana for adult use in 2014, the plant is still illegal at the federal level. Any newspaper with pot ads would violate a federal law preventing advertising for illicit goods, the postal service said.

(READ MORE: Bend Bulletin)

Oregon Sens. Ron Wyden and Earl Blumenauer have reportedly reached out for an explanation.

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