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Colorado Regulators Ditch ‘Absurd’ Rule

June 7th

Marijuana-themed publications won’t be treated like pornography in Colorado, state regulators announced Thursday in the face of lawsuits.

The rule would have forced stores to keep publications with a “primary focus” on pot away from shoppers under the age of 21, and was mandated by a package of legislature-approved marijuana regulations signed into law by Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper on May 28.

Colorado’s State Licensing Authority said the rule was unconstitutional and would be ignored. An “emergency rule” issued by the licensing authority said “such a requirement would violate the United States Constitution” and Colorado law.

The decision was made with input from the state attorney general’s office. “We support the laudable goal of keeping retail marijuana out of the hands of those under 21, but that has to be consistent with the Constitution,” a spokesperson for the state attorney general told The Denver Post.

Colorado’s marijuana-regulating legislation mandated that the licensing authority adopt a rule by July 1 “requiring that magazines whose primary focus is marijuana or ma. . . . . READ MORE

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