House committee moves to protect local broadcasters running cannabis ads from FCC penalties


The House Appropriations Committee on Friday advanced a bill that includes language that would prevent the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from penalizing broadcasters from running ads for cannabis in states in which it has been made legal.

At present, local TV and radio stations in states where cannabis has been legalized cannot accept ads from legally authorized cannabis distributors — even though media competitors including cable, satellite, internet, print, social media platforms and billboards can accept such ads.

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