New York’s Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) announced this week it would ban all cannabis advertising from its trains, subways and buses.
The moves come after the settlement of a lawsuit concerning MTA advertising by Dame Products, a sex-toy and sexual-wellness company based in Williamsburg, which allows the company to run an advertising campaign on MTA subway cars through January, as long as the ads don’t depict or refer to its products.
“The revised policy includes provisions that were part of past policies (with some amendments), and adds new restrictions based on changed circumstances,” MTA said in its announcement. “For example, the revised Advertising Policy explicitly bars advertising for cannabis products, following the decriminalization of recreational use of such products in New York State.”
MTA was specific about what kinds of ads won’t be allowed: “MTA will not accept any advertisement for display in or on the Property if it falls within one or more of the following categories of prohibited advertising… Promotes tobacco, nicotine or any tobacco-related or nicotine-related product; any alcohol product; cannabis or any cannabis-related product; or hallucinogenic mushrooms or hallucinogenic mushroom-related product.”
The cannabis ban is easy to comprehend. When the state legalized it, the legislation stipulated marijuana advertising would not be allowed on transit vehicles. The ban on psychedelics, however, is more difficult to understand since the substances are illegal in the state, anyway. Though lawmakers have proposed bills to decriminalize psychedelics or promote research into these substances, none have come to a vote.
The state Department of Labor separately announced New York employers are no longer allowed to drug test most workers for marijuana.
This piece was originally published by Marijuana Moment and has been edited or modified by The News Station.