It's perfectly legal for an adult with a valid ID to buy small amounts of marijuana to consumer responsibly in Washington and Oregon. But the legal, licensed businesses who sell to that adult may not advertise in a newspaper, the U.S. Postmaster General says.

According to the postmaster, if a newspaper mails a single copy of its issue to a customer and that issue contains an ad for a medical or retail marijuana dispensary, they are in violation of federal law.

That means newspaper publishes have to either say no to the advertising or no to mailing copies of the paper to customers, schools, and libraries.

If you voted against the legalization of marijuana you may think, "Good, I don't want pot ads in my newspaper." If you voted for it, you may feel this is unfair.

But let's face it, there is a lot of stuff advertised online you won't find in a self-respecting newspaper!

Don Bayley