Provoked By 'Got Weed?' Ad, NY GOP Lawmaker Presents Bill Prohibiting Cannabis Billboards

Grand News Network | November 6, 2023

New York Assemblyman Scott A. Gray (R) presented new legislation last week seeking to ban roadside cannabis advertisements, first reported by Hudson Valley 360.  

The bill, A08200, titled “Roadside Cannabis Advertising Prohibition Act,” would establish a civil penalty of $1,000 for the first offense in regards to placing a “roadside signage” for the sale of marijuana or marijuana products on a highway, road, or other vehicular pathway, and a subsequent fine of up to $2,500 for each day that a violation continues. 

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Under the proposed legislation, licensed dispensaries and retailers could still place billboards on their premises, so long as the “signage only identifies the business.” The ad should not be readable on the highway, road, or other vehicular pathway. 

Gray was motivated to propose his bill, when he saw a large billboard in his district with a pronounced “Got Weed?” advertisement, looking vastly similar to the “Got Milk?” campaign aimed at youth, according to Assemblyman’s legislative justification attached to the bill.

“Numerous scientific studies have shown serious effects from marijuana on teenagers' brains, ...

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