Pot is Porn?

It has been reported on the Daily Chronic that the state of Colorado is attempting to censor the cannabis (also known as marijuana) industry by signing a bill that would require cannabis magazines be displayed behind the counter at outlet retail stores. I understand why people want to keep the magazines away from children but that is a moral issue not a legal one: Porn is different than a plant.

The state wants to categorize magazines such as High Times, Dope and in the Northwest- NW Leaf as pornographic material but I believe that it may violate the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. I’m not an attorney but I do not believe that you can censor a privately-held company unless the magazine is publicly-owned, and cite John Stuart Mill’s social “greater good” of society.

The public wants to censor the cannabis industry because of its content and lack of morals that it brings to the “greater good” of our society. But there are many trashy magazines that are on the shelves that border pornographic, not to mention the offensive television shows and movies that have offensive propaganda. Yet, the public sector choose to view a plant as offensive as pornographic material.

The irony is that High Times started out as a parody to Playboy magazine and its centerfold. Rather than focus on the sexual prowess of a woman as their centerfold, High Times decided they would adopt the cannabis plant as their centerfold. And as a result of the parody, the magazine found its audience and became an overnight sensation changing the image of cannabis.

Some supporters of marijuana legalization say that cigarettes and alcohol are not held to the same public discourse as cannabis magazines but I beg to differ; cigarettes are socially unacceptable and as a result of that social change, they do not publish many Ads, and alcohol has its Ad restrictions as well.

It’s a bit hypocritical for people to vilify a plant in their anti-drug law campaigns when there are many people that are being harmed by harmful drugs such as meth, cocaine or heroin: again, that is just a moral issue. The fact is that under the First Amendment of the Constitution you can’t censor an individual and I believe that protection extends to privately-owned companies.