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Iowa State’s Marijuana Shirt Ban Case Costs School a Million Dollars

March 21, 2018
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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State University’s unconstitutional crackdown on a pro-marijuana student group’s T-shirts will cost state taxpayers nearly $1 million in damages and legal fees.

Judges found ISU administrators violated the students' free-speech rights.

Court documents indicate a judge approved 8,208 in attorney fees and costs on Wednesday. That amount is in addition to payments the state agreed to in January to settle the case including ,000 each to Paul Gerlich and Erin Furleigh, the students who filed the lawsuit in 2014 and 3,000 to their lawyers for federal court appeals.

The $940,000 total doesn’t include work by the Iowa Attorney General’s office, which represented ISU administrators.

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The costs stem from a politically-motivated attempt by university administrators in 2012 to block T-shirt designs that featured the ISU mascot and a marijuana leaf.

Judges found ISU administrators violated the students’ free-speech rights.

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  • lovingc

    There must not be any constitutional lawyers there, I mean it is the first amendment that protects the freedom of speech.