Colorado to limit free speech of pro-marijuana magazines
After a wrongful arrest, prosecutors frequently offer the dropping of charges, or expugement of arrest records, if the person wrongly arrested agrees to not sue. This is related to the practice of a wrongfully arrested person agreeing to a settlment, but banned from disclosing the details of the incident or amount paid, in a non-disclosure agreement.
The fact is, prosecutors who do these types of actions are violating the trust of those who ultimately they answer to, the taxpayers and residents of their area. If someone was wrongly arrested, they shouldn't have wrongful charges sitting over them as leverage in order for the city or county or state not to be sued.
Prosecutors should not be going to bat for bad cops engaged in a practice of wrongful arrests for things like citizens filming them in public. If public officials don't want to payout for wrongful and illegal arrests, then fire the cops who engage in these practices. I know, that is easier said then done. But it would be a start.
II. While it looks like the law might not be enforced by the Colorado Attorney General, the Colorado legislature passed a measure, which was signed into law, which would force stores to put marijuana themed magazines behind the counter, if they cater to customers under the age of 21. This includes magazines such as High Times, a magazine that supports the legalization of marijuana, and has ads for marijuana related products.
This is a blatant violation of the First Amendment. Marijuana is legal now in Colorado and to ban any magazine that offers ads for marijuana go far and beyond anything to do with alcohol advertising.
A magazine isn't hidden for those under 21 and put behind the counter if it features ads for vodka or beer. Or even articles about it, nor should it. The people of that state stated they wanted legalization of marijuana, not press and speech censorship. This measure is blatantly unconstitutional and wouldn't survive a court challenge of the most conservative and pro-drug war judge in the nation.
By the way, you can support marijuana legalization the US., by joining the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, or NORML or the Marijuana Policy Project.
P.S., Listen to this Superior Court Judge arguing why marijuana being illegal is so harmful to society and individuals.