If Medical Marijuana Ads Fall, Will Sex Ads Be Next?

Just as the respectable Sacramento Bee, continuing to lapse into tighter resource pinches from the loss of advertising, began to run a weekly insert with ads for medical marijuana dispensaries, it appeared that the U.S. Justice Department was going to pressure newspapers to drop such ads. Since marijuana distribution remains illegal under federal law, there is little doubt that the government can take such steps without offending the First Amendment, according to a 38-year-old decision of the U.S. Supreme Court. Question: If the feds succeed in drying up medical marijuana advertising, will California district attorneys in more conservative counties move against alternative newspapers, a number of which do a fair amount of advertising for sexual recreation?

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