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Colorado legislator wants to treat ‘High Times’ magazine like porn

By Eric W. Dolan
Thursday, May 2, 2013 17:12 EDT
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A Colorado Senate committee is considering putting marijuana-themed publications like High Times behind the counter.

“It’s analogous to the pornography example,” Rep. Bob Gardner (R-Colorado Springs), who proposed the idea, explained to The Associated Press.

Gardner’s legislation was offered as an amendment to a larger marijuana regulation bill. If approved, stores accessible to those under 21 would be required to place marijuana-themed magazines behind the counter with other adult publications like Playboy.

David Holland, a lawyer for High Times, told the Associated Press the magazine would sue the state if it enacted such a law. He said the law would violate the First Amendment, because pictures of drugs have never been considered obscene.

Colorado voters last November approved a measure to legalize the use and possession of small quantities of marijuana by those 21 and older. The state’s legislature is currently in the process of hammering out regulations for legal marijuana.

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Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
 
 
 
 
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