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Aug 14, 2012 12:12 AM by Kate Richards

Mmj billboards could be on the way out

DENVER (AP) - Marijuana billboards and roadside sign spinners could be a thing of the past in Denver. The city council has voted unanimously to ban outdoor advertising for medical marijuana.

Medical marijuana businesses in Colorado's largest city currently compete for new patients with sign spinners, psychedelic billboards and promises of free joints and cheap prices on potent marijuana strains.

But some in the industry say the outdoor ads are unsavory and send the wrong impression. Others in the medical marijuana industry fear the ban goes too far limiting a business approved by Colorado voters more than a decade ago.

The council must take one more vote next week before the advertising ban is final, but it passed 13-0 on initial consideration and appears certain to be approved.

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