Like The Herald Business Journal on Facebook!
The Herald of Everett, Washington
Heraldnet.com

The top local business stories in your email

Contact Us:

Josh O'Connor
Publisher
Phone: 425-339-3007
joconnor@heraldnet.com

Jody Knoblich
General Sales Manager
Phone: 425-339-3445
Fax: 425-339-3049
jknoblich@heraldnet.com

Jim Davis
Editor
Phone: 425-339-3097
jdavis@heraldnet.com

Site address:
1800 41st Street, S-300,
Everett, WA 98203

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 930
Everett, WA 98206

HBJ RSS feeds

Publications sue over marijuana ad ban

SHARE: facebook Twitter icon Linkedin icon Google+ icon Email icon |  PRINTER-FRIENDLY  |  COMMENTS
Associated Press
Published:
DENVER — The magazine High Times and weekly newspaper Westword have filed a lawsuit challenging Colorado rules that bar recreational pot shops from advertising in most publications.
The lawsuit filed in federal court on Monday claims the rules violate free speech, The Denver Post reported.
State regulations only allow the shops to advertise in publications that have “reliable evidence that no more than 30 percent of the publication’s readership is reasonably expected to be under the age of 21.”
Carolyn Tyler, a spokeswoman for Colorado Attorney General John Suthers, said Wednesday that lawyers were reviewing the suit and couldn’t comment.
There are no restrictions on advertising for medical marijuana.
Washington, where recreational pot is also legal, also bars marijuana advertising aimed at minors.
The lawsuit doesn’t give specifics about how the publications might have been hurt by Colorado’s restrictions.
The latest issue of Westword has at least nine ads for recreational marijuana businesses.
The lawsuit claims the publications are “chilled” from soliciting ads from prospective clients and prevented from making revenue from those that wish to advertise about pot-related products and services.
Opponents previously succeeded in convincing a federal court to overturn a law requiring marijuana publications to be kept behind store counters.
Story tags » Marijuana

MORE HBJ HEADLINES

CALENDAR

Share your comments: Log in using your HeraldNet account or your Facebook, Twitter or Disqus profile. Comments that violate the rules are subject to removal. Please see our terms of use. Please note that you must verify your email address for your comments to appear.

You are logged in using your HeraldNet ID. Click here to update your profile. | Log out.

Our new comment system is not supported in IE 7. Please upgrade your browser here.

comments powered by Disqus

Market roundup