College Ban On Pot Group TM Use Unconstitutional: 8th Circ.

Law360, New York (February 13, 2017, 2:36 PM EST) -- The Eighth Circuit ruled Monday that administrators at Iowa State University violated the First Amendment when they refused to let a marijuana-advocacy student group use the school’s trademarks.

The decision affirmed a trial court ruling last year that denying access to the school’s marks, like its “Cy the Cardinal” mascot, to members of the local student chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws discriminated against them based on their pro-cannabis views.

“ISU created a limited public forum when it made its trademarks...
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Case Information

Case Title

Paul Gerlich, et al v. Steven Leath, et al

Case Number



Appellate - 8th Circuit

Nature of Suit

3440 Other Civil Rights

Date Filed

March 1, 2016

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