A new bill to be introduced in Michigan would potentially stop cannabis businesses from being able to advertise on billboards.
State Representative Mary Whiteford, a Republican based in Allegan County, is one of the co-sponsors of the bill, standing against cannabis billboards alongside Democratic State Representative Abdullah Hammoud out of Dearborn.
According to the argument these two are making about advertisements for legal cannabis, it is unsettling for folks to see those ads alongside busy roads, where people of all ages can see them.
“So I’m a grandma,” Whiteford said. “My granddaughter is six, and my grandsons are three and one. And, as I drive down the highway, I see these glorious, brightly colored billboards. As I look closer, it’s for marijuana.”
When it comes to this anti-cannabis rhetoric, the approach is nothing new. Despite the fact that many locales allowed alcohol billboards, the concept of cannabis advertisements in public startles some.
“There’s a lot of misinformation and also there’s not quite the full public acceptance of the cannabis industry right now,” said Stephen Linder of the Michigan Cannabis Manufacturers Association, a group that is working to change how people see cannabis.
Linder argues that the cannabis industry creates jobs and helps boost the economy