Portland buses to display marijuana ads despite objections

Political ads promoting the legalization of recreational marijuana will not be pulled from city buses despite youth advocates’ complaints that the ads might encourage young people to use drugs, METRO General Manager Gregory Jordan said Wednesday. “If we’re going to

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Political ads promoting the legalization of recreational marijuana will not be pulled from city buses despite youth advocates’ complaints that the ads might encourage young people to use drugs, METRO General Manager Gregory Jordan said Wednesday.

“If we’re going to allow one type of political advertising, we have to allow it all,” Jordan said.

The Marijuana Policy Project, the group behind the effort to legalize marijuana in Portland next month, formally launched bus and bus shelter ads during a new conference Wednesday. The ads will run until Election Day.

The series of ads show well-dressed and clean-cut adults and feature text saying that using marijuana is safer than drinking alcohol and does not cause hangovers or make people rowdy. The ads ask voters to support the referendum Nov. 5 that would legalize possession of small amounts of marijuana by people over the age of 21.

(via Press Herald)