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San Diego bans pot billboards near schools, playgrounds

SAN DIEGO — The San Diego City Council has approved a ban on marijuana billboard ads within 1,000 feet of schools, playgrounds, day care centers, youth centers and parks with playgrounds. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports Monday's council vote was unanimous. The law will make 352 of the city's 644 existing billboard sites eligible for marijuana ads. Councilman Chris Cate says the ordinance strikes a balance between protecting children from exposure to cannabis billboards and being constitutionally sound.  Phil Rath of San Diego's Medical Marijuana Coalition says the law will help level the playing field between legal and illegal marijuana businesses. Critics wanted a tougher ordinance.  

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