Iowa State’s push to ban marijuana shirt leads to huge costs

  • In this Nov. 15, 2012, file photo, shows a T-shirt from the Iowa State University chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Legislation showing the organization’s logo on the front with an ISU mascot Cy the Cardinal being worn in Ames, Iowa. The university’s crackdown on the pro-marijuana student group’s t-shirts is expected to cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages and legal fees. Subject to the approval by a state board Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, the state has agreed to pay $150,000 in damages to Erin Furleigh and Paul Gerlich, two leaders of the university chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. (Bill Neibergall/The Des Moines Register via AP, File)

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa State University’s unconstitutional crackdown on a pro-marijuana student group’s T-shirts is expected to cost state taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal costs, according to a tentative settlement released Tuesday.

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