Two days after a San Luis Obispo County judge ruled that Proposition 64 billboards on California highways are illegal, two California lawmakers introduced bills on the issue. Sen. Mark Leno, D-Santa Cruz, and Rep. Tom Ammiano, R-Los Angeles, are pushing for legislation that would expand the ban on advertising cannabis on highways across the state.
Irwin believes the authors of Prop. 64 want to limit the exposure of children to cannabis advertising by billboards. Advocates of marijuana say the proposal does not impose restrictions on the use of marijuana in public places such as schools and requires that marijuana be kept out of the public and children.
The proposal limits billboard advertising on highways that cross state lines, but the California Bureau of Cannabis Control still interprets the 2019 law to allow billboards to be used to advertise marijuana on interstate highways as long as they are not within 15 miles of the border. Matthew Farmer, an SLO County resident, has filed a lawsuit challenging the state's interpretation of the effect of cannabis advertising on children. Attorneys Saro Rizzo and Stewart Jenkins successfully fought the office and its interpretation of Prop 64.