Marijuana Dispensaries have been open for three years in Washington and it’s taken legislators this long to crack down on billboards. Last week that passed a bill aimed at making the the signs less appealing to children.
Legislators passed SB 3151 which will try to limit how marijuana companies can advertise on billboards The sign for Green Lady Buds in Olympia uses sex appeal to portray a certain image (pictured above). Another sign that some people found inappropriate to young audiences had a large cat saying, “I’m so high right meow.”
Rep. Joyce McDonald Introduced Bill
State lawmakers don’t think the billboards should appeal to children in any way. The new signs should use words, not pictures. The bill has gone to Gov. Jay Inslee for his signature.
State Rep. Joyce McDonald of Puyallup, introduced the bill. She said, “The people who have called me from my district are very concerned because every time they drive past, the billboards are in their face” Concerned about impressionable children learning to read, McDonald wanted to ban all the marijuana advertising on the billboards. She doesn’t understand why the state prohibits such advertisements for cigarettes, but allows them for weed. Under a 1998 settlement agreement reached with 46 states, including Washington, tobacco companies agreed to stop using billboards to advertise their products.