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Las Vegas Review-Journal: USPS Has More To Worry About Than Marijuana Ads


usps mail marijuana fed exIn November the United States Postal Service sent a memo to newspaper companies in the Portland, Oregon district stating that it would not deliver newspapers and other publications if the publications included advertising for the marijuana industry. Essentially USPS took the stance that since marijuana is illegal at the federal level, the promotion of those ‘illicit goods’ is illegal too, and USPS would not be participating in those promotions in any way.

This resulted in a backlash from not only the marijuana industry, but also members of Congress. Members of Congress wrote a letter to USPS officials telling them to back off, pointing out that USPS isn’t doing anything other than delivering publications that include advertisements for an industry that is perfectly legal in four states now and in D.C.. I have heard members of Congress complain about the USPS memo, I have heard the readers of publications complain about the memo, and have heard reformers complain about the memo. Over the weekend I read an official complaint from an editorial board of a major news publication. Per the Las Vegas Review-Journal:

This is yet another awkward case where state and federal law clash. As Jazz Shaw at HotAir.com theorizes, officials at the Post Office likely consulted with officials at the Justice Department before issuing their memo. Mr. Shaw wrote that if that indeed happened, then it can be safely assumed that there are some in D.C. who still want to prosecute cases involving marijuana in states where it is now legal. Mr. Shaw also doubts that the feds will actually go after the newspaper owners in question, and that the USPS might just be trying to cover its rear end in this case.

So, the U.S. Postal Service — with its fiscal insolvency, out-of-date vehicle fleet, shrinking staff, unpaid retiree benefits fund and money-losing post offices — is telling newspapers, which are struggling themselves, that they can’t allow a legal business to advertise in their publications if they want to distribute any of their newspapers through the mail?

Here’s a novel idea: how about the post office gets its own house in order before it starts ordering another industry to turn away business?

I wish that every media publication in America would issue an official Editorial Board position similar to that of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. If a publication wants to ‘opt-out’ of marijuana advertising, I could live with that, because I know that the publication would eventually lose out to its competitors that allowed such advertising considering it will likely be such a huge advertising source. However, for the USPS to basically ban all advertisements without the consent of publications is irresponsible, and harmful to print media companies and the cannabis industry.


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  1. I’d like to buy a “Magic Butter” machine….recreational use is not legal in NJ, only medicinal. Will UPS have issues delivering my package and or is it illegal to buy this machine? Don’t want to end up in jail. LOL

  2. Johnny Bloomington on

    Good question. Democrats now are just moderate Republicans of 20-30 years ago.

  3. Sidcon Mullis on

    You are so right Denny. It is obviously not a republicandemocrat argument, it is a conservative/liberal argument. The majority of liberals have favored legalization for years now.

  4. Arrest would be the easy part – getting a warrant to dog sniff your package (terrible pun) would be more difficult. It would have to be pretty obvious. A return addy of “Sensi-Seeds”, or “Bill’s Big Bud Seed Emporium” would do more than get their attention.

  5. I work for the usps. They need to stay out of politics. I would deliver the publication as I would all other mail. It’s not my business to know what I deliver, but to deliver mail with accuracy. I can’t do that without being medicated, how ironic

  6. The democrats had total control of government for the first two years “O” was in office and did nothing, so defending them is lame.

  7. So why haven’t the democrats fixed this problem since they had total control of the government the first two years “O” was in office?

  8. How is this NOT a “Free Speech/Freedom of the Press” issue? Some paper with big balls ought to press this further.

  9. I still think their Priority boxes are the bomb, especially for sending gardening supplies through the mail. They’re relatively cheap to ship, they don’t seem to care if you’re sending…bricks (those multiple sized boxes are sturdy!) and they always get through. Must be that USPS efficiency we keep hearing about, so I hope that never changes.

  10. Oh there’s so much hate over more than just “natures sweet tree”. The whole dammed nat’l govt is a criminal enterprise run by financial terrorists for the benefit of govt criminals. It’s a disgrace and I’m sure this is NOT what the Founder’s had in mind over 200 years ago. Especially in regards to cannabis and how it’s been legalized slowly and reluctantly by TPTB even though the majority wants and supports it and has for years. The same TPTB that approve of wine, beer and spirits being available anyplace and everywhere – 24/7 – 365 days a year. Anyway as soon as cannabis has parity and transparency with and like the legal alcohol industry, our job will be over and we will have finally won. Until then it’s hard on the gas pedal and it’s full speed ahead for nationwide legalization. Anything less would be unimaginable and unacceptable…

  11. Johnny Bloomington on

    USPS has been sabotaged from the crap Republican Congress of 2006.

    Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006

  12. “with its fiscal insolvency, out-of-date vehicle fleet, shrinking staff, unpaid retiree benefits fund and money-losing post offices”

    Hmmm, where to start with this tripe. Mr Green, perhaps put the pipe down for a bit and research some of these statements.

    1) The USPS is not “insolvent”.USPS has had an operational profit in the hundreds of millions the past few years, even more than $1 Billion last year. The “net” losses come from the PAEA of 2006 wherein the USPS was mandated to pay in excess of $5 Billion annually, to the Treasury, to Pre-fund FUTURE retiree Health Benefits 75 years into the future and, fully fund this in only 10 years. As of late, USPS has refused to make the payments so, it has to be shown on the ledger as a debit, or loss. Not to worry yourself but, current retirees and near future retirees, like myself, have funds that are fully funded.

    Perhaps if you don’t believe me that this financial crisis is made up, perhaps a statement by Former House Speaker Boehner will enlighten you.


    2) The fleet is in the process of being updated. USPS just recently purchased 9,000 Dodge ProMaster Cargo Vans.

    3) There are no unpaid retiree benefits, as was explained in #1.

    4) Money losing Post Offices, there’s one that you are absolutely correct about, sort of. If you research back a few years, you will see that the USPS listed somewhere between 7 & 9,000 Post Offices that it wanted to close but, when the list was released, the public freaked out and went running to their local Representative Richard Cranium (if you catch my drift) and Congress literally made USPS scrap the whole plan. That’s why there are now Post Offices with reduced hours instead of being closed. These offices do not have an actual “Postmaster” but rather a Postal Support Employee, making $15 an hour 3-6 hours per day. USPS has also been planning the closure and consolidation of Processing Facilities across the country. Again, heaven forbid that the facility in Representative Richard Craniums district be one of those. Those knuckleheads actually attach language to legislation to force USPS to delay or abandon any closures.

    In light of that, can you see that as some evidence that the USPS is doing ok?

    Thank You

  13. Want them to change there minds ? Stop using the USPS……Loss of income should set them back on track

  14. It’s not the responsibility of the postal system to scan everything mailed to insure that it doesn’t contain anything against federal law. The responsibility lies in America’s RECORD-BREAKING, DO-NOTHING, REPUBLICAN CONGRESS that refuses to take marijuana off schedule I drug list.

  15. Discrimination over a plant. How sad. What has this country become, so much hate over natures sweet tree.

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