Airline runs cannabis ads

Airline runs cannabis ads

September 12, 2017 3:00 AM

Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air is apparently the first and only U.S.-based air carrier to accept advertising from a cannabis dispensary, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Allegiant Air’s in-flight magazine, Sunseeker, this month began to run an ad for Acres Cannabis, a marijuana dispensary and open-view kitchen where THC-infused candies and cookies are made and sold in a shop located a few blocks off of the Las Vegas Strip.

It’s unclear right now how the ads will be greeted by the Clark County Commission who just last week banned all marijuana ads and possession of the substance on airport and airport controlled property. The ad ban excludes taxis, autos and vans that serve McCarran International Airport, one of the nation’s busiest.

A spokesman for Acres Cannabis, told the newspaper the ad reminds travelers flying to Las Vegas that the sale and use of recreational marijuana are legal in Nevada.

Pot went on sale to adults 21 years and older in Nevada on July 1, after voters approved the use of recreational cannabis in November 2016.

Forde said the dispensary is considering buying ads in other airline magazines in the future. Aviation industry experts tell the Los Angeles Times they have heard of no other airline that has accepted advertising from a cannabis business.

Voters in 26 states and the District of Columbia have now adopted laws that legalize the use of marijuana in some form.