Congressman Says Federally Subsidized Transit Agencies Can’t Accept Ads From Groups Backing Marijuana Law Reform

Washington, DC: House Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee chairman Ernest Istook (R-Okla) this week added language to a federal transportation appropriations bill barring federally subsidized transit agencies from giving ad space to organizations that endorse marijuana law reform, including the legalization of medicinal marijuana.

The language states that federal funds will not be available if a transit agency “is involved directly or indirectly with any activity … that promotes the legalization or medical use” of marijuana or other illegal drugs.

Istook’s provision is in response to a decision made earlier this year by Washington, DC Metro to run public service announcements on public busses calling for legalizing and taxing marijuana. The ads were sponsored by the Massachusetts based group Change the Climate.

NORML Foundation Executive Director Allen St. Pierre called Istook’s actions ‘a frightening example of blatant government censorship.’

For more information, please contact Allen St. Pierre of the NORML Foundation at (202) 483-8751.