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Feds Plan to Crack Down on Ads for Marijuana

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Gird your loins, LA Weekly: the feds are getting ready to crack down on newspaper ads for marijuana.

Since the 1996 passage of Prop 215, the Compassionate Use Act, ads for pot dispensaries have popped up on TV and in alt papers. Now, the Huffington Post reports that they're becoming more common in mainstream publications, including the Sacramento Bee.

And while medical marijuana is legal in California, it's still against federal law.

To that end, U.S. Attorney Laura E. Duffy will soon be focusing her attention on media companies that run ads for shops that sell weed.

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"I'm not just seeing print advertising," Duffy told California Watch and KQED. "I'm actually hearing radio and seeing TV advertising. It's gone mainstream. Not only is it inappropriate - one has to wonder what kind of message we're sending to our children - it's against the law."