San Diego Bans Marijuana Billboards Near Parks and Schools
The San Diego City Council has banned cannabis billboards within 1,000 feet of sensitive sites like schools, playgrounds, and parks. Monday’s vote was 9 to 0. The item was sponsored by City Councilman Chris Cate.
City News Service reports:
Cate said the changes were necessary because state law only applied to legitimate cannabis businesses advertising on billboards and is enforceable only by state officials, and not applicable to illegal cannabis businesses.
"Today's action will allow San Diego to enforce regulations on billboard advertisements from both permitted and non-permitted cannabis businesses," Cate said. "These rules provide us a greater ability to enforce regulations at the local level to ensure cannabis billboards are not placed near locations where children frequent."
Some critics wanted to see more stringent restrictions, including a ban near libraries, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. Officials said they wanted to be sensitive to free speech issues.