US Postal Service Warns Newspapers Over Marijuana Ads

United States Postal Service Warns Newspapers Over Marijuana Ads

The US Postal service — the poster child for government waste and inefficiency — is warning newspapers in Oregon that the cannabis-related ads they run are illegal, and the mighty USPS ain’t havin’ none of that crap!

The warning comes in the form of a recent memo the USPS issued to its Portland headquarters that says the marijuana ads that newspapers are running are illegal under federal law. It is unclear why the USPS — which has lost about $46 BILLION since 2007 despite the fact that the US government mandates its use — cares so much about marijuana ads in Oregon newspapers. Maybe they should be spending more time working on their bottom line and quit hemorrhaging taxpayer money.

“The Controlled Substances Act (CSA) makes it a felony for any person to place in any newspaper, magazine, handbill, or other publications, any written advertisement knowing that it has the purpose of seeking or offering illegally to receive, buy, or distribute a Schedule I controlled substance, which includes marijuana,” the USPS said in a statement.

“The CSA provides criminal penalties for mailing advertisements for the illegal sale or purchase of marijuana (along with all other controlled substances). Advertising that solicits the illegal sale or purchase of marijuana accordingly is not mailable.”

So this is a threat, but what is the enforcement? Will USPS ninjas come raid your newspaper if you don’t comply? Will the DEA kick in your office door and confiscate your printing presses? Why is time being wasted with this?


The ignorance that the US federal government perpetuates on a daily basis through its various agencies and administrations is ignorantly immense in its scope and cost. The US Postal Service is lecturing newspapers on the law.

Make sure your handbills don’t have a dispensary advertisements on ’em, or there’s gonna be trouble!