In the last days of the 2013 session, the Colorado legislature passed HB 1317, a 73-page bill that sets out the framework for implementing Amendment 64, which legalized possession of up to an ounce of marijuana for persons over 21. Buried in the text is a provision that requires the Department of Revenue to promulgate regulations “requiring that magazines whose primary focus is marijuana or marijuana business are only sold in retail marijuana stores or behind the counter in establishments where persons under twenty-one years of age are present.”

On behalf of bookstores, newsstands and two bookseller organizations, ACLU lawyers and lawyers for the Media Coalition filed suit to challenge the new statute as a violation of the First Amendment rights of magazine retailers and their customers.

Read the filed complaint here.

ACLU case number

2013-08

Attorney(s)

Christopher P. Beall; Mark Silverstein, ACLU of Colorado Legal Director; Sara J. Rich, ACLU of Colorado Staff Attorney; Steven D. Zansberg; Tom Kelley; Christopher P. Beall; Mark Silverstein, ACLU of Colorado Legal Director; Sara J. Rich, ACLU of Colorado

Case number

13-cv-01431, United States District Court, District of Colorado