(1) A licensee may promote its business and market its brand but may not advertise marijuana or marijuana products except in electronic advertising.
(2) "Advertise or advertising" means the publication, dissemination, solicitation, or circulation of visual, oral, or written communication to directly induce any person to purchase or consume marijuana or marijuana products. Advertising does not include branding, marketing, or packaging and labeling of marijuana and marijuana products.
(3) "Billboard" means a sign that directs attention to a business, commodity, service, entertainment, or attraction sold, offered, or existing elsewhere than upon the same premises where such sign is displayed.
(4) A licensee may use the phrase "marijuana" or "cannabis" in its signage or in its electronic advertising.
(5) A licensee's outdoor signage may not use colloquial terms for marijuana or marijuana products (e.g., pot, reefer, ganja, weed) and may not use an image or visual representation of useable marijuana, marijuana-infused products, marijuana concentrates, marijuana paraphernalia, or an image that indicates the presence of a product such as smoke, edibles, etc.
(6) A licensee's outdoor signage must comply with any applicable local jurisdiction sign ordinances and regulations.
(7) A marijuana business that maintains a webpage must utilize appropriate measures to verify that individuals visiting the webpage are 21 years of age or older.
(8) Marijuana business social media accounts that advertise marijuana or marijuana products must be private and must contain a clearly visible notice on the main page stating that only persons 21 years of age or older may follow the account.
(9) A marijuana business may not:
(a) engage in advertising via marketing directed towards location-based devices, including, but not limited to cellular phones, unless users affirmatively opt in to receiving push notifications related to marijuana or marijuana-related products;
(b) utilize unsolicited pop-up or push-to advertising on the internet;
(c) advertise on television, radio, or in print such as newspapers, magazines, flyers, and mailers;
(d) engage in advertising or utilize signage that asserts its products are safe;
(e) utilize a billboard;
(f) use objects such as toys or inflatables, movie or cartoon characters, or any other depiction or image likely to be appealing to youth, where the objects, images, or depictions indicate an intent to cause youth to become interested in the purchase or consumption of marijuana products; or
(g) use or employ a commercial mascot outside of, and in proximity to, a licensed marijuana business. A "commercial mascot" means a live human being, animal, or mechanical device used for attracting the attention of motorists and passersby so as to make them aware of marijuana products or the presence of a marijuana business. Commercial mascots include, but are not limited to, inflatable tube displays, persons in costume, or wearing, holding, or spinning a sign with a marijuana-related commercial message or image, where the intent is to draw attention to a marijuana business or its products.
(10) The prohibition in (9)(c) does not prohibit the use of informational pamphlets for dissemination at marijuana trade conferences or the use or distribution of business cards.
(11) The prohibition in (9)(d) does not prohibit a marijuana business from asserting that its products have been tested by a licensed marijuana testing laboratory.
(12) The department's enforcement of the advertising restrictions provided under this rule shall begin on January 1, 2022.
History: Section 3, Ch. 505, L. 2021; 50-46-341, 50-46-344, MCA; IMP, 50-46-341, MCA; NEW, 2020 MAR p. 914, Eff. 5/16/20; TRANS, from ARM 37.107.134, 2021 MAR p. 765, Eff. 7/2/21; AMD, 2021 MAR p. 1333, Eff. 10/9/21.