USPS responds to marijuana advertisements

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USPS service delivery truck in a residential a...
USPS service delivery truck in a residential area of San Francisco, California (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

To the newspapers and television stations who have printed or aired advertisements regarding marijuana, the U.S. Postal Service has a response. According to Fox News, USPS claims these ads are illegal and they refuse to deliver them.

“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.


This is the first time in history the postal service has intentionally failed to deliver mail. The conflict in state and federal law has resulted in an unclear path of action. USPS has warned any magazine producers that if they continue to sell these advertisements, they will face federal repercussion.

Oregon is not the first state with publications to run marijuana ads. Colorado and Washington are both guilty of this. To read more about this case, see the full Fox News story.