PLG’s William B. Baker co-wrote an article “USPS Can’t Reject Mailings with Marijuana Ads” published in the Newspaper Association of America on January 20, 2016. In the article, Mr. Baker and co-author Paul Boyle, NAA Senior Vice President, Public Policy discuss the nuances of the Controlled Substances Act and how it relates to the USPS.
In a statement issued in mid-December, the U.S. Postal Service declared that it is illegal to enter mail, including newspapers, which contain advertisements offering to buy or sell marijuana and other controlled substances, no matter what local state law may say about marijuana use. But, at the same time, USPS clarified that local postmasters and managers of Business Mail Entry Units lack the authority to declare particular written matters non-mailable on account of their content, and that they must accept such mailings if it is otherwise properly prepared.