‘Pot-Friendly’ Colorado to Regulate Marijuana Publications Like Porn

Three marijuana publications sued the state of Colorado over a law that forces storeowners to sell “green” magazines behind the counter, the Associated Press reports.

The regulation in question is part of a larger regulatory law signed by Governor John Hickenlooper on Tuesday to create a legal market for recreational marijuana. The magazine provision regulates the sale of pot-friendly publications in stores open to shoppers under age 21.

As with pornography, all magazines with a pro-marijuana message will be tucked behind the counter, away from children’s eyes. According to AP, the provision was included under pressure from parents.

But the publishers of High Times, the Daily Doobie and the Hemp Connoisseur say the Centennial State is trampling on their first amendment rights. They argue that photos of pot leaves “do not sell or promote obscenity,” referencing the Constitutional clause that allows for stores to cover up pornography. If magazines aren’t obscene, then regulating their sale is a violation of free speech, the publishers argue.

– Read the entire article at AlterNet.

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