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Pot billboards can’t appeal to children, Washington Senate says

UPDATED: Wed., March 8, 2017, 5:42 p.m.

The Washington state Capitol building in Olympia has neoclassical dome architecture and houses the governor's office and the Legislature's two chambers. Photographed Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

OLYMPIA – Marijuana stores in Washington could be banned from putting anything on a billboard that would appeal to children or young adults.

The Senate this week approved an update to the state’s evolving marijuana laws, allowing for the sale and transport of some plants to researchers, and additional regulatory authority for local governments. It bars the use of cartoon characters or other things that might target children.

“This is just a common-sense thing we can do,” said Sen. Ann Rivers, R-La Center, the bill’s sponsor.

Although the bill was sent to the House on a 48-0 vote, some senators said they thought it should go further and completely ban marijuana billboards, just as cigarettes are banned.

“We are loaded with billboards,” Sen. Mike Padden, R-Spokane Valley, said. “I don’t think they are helping the situation at all.”