Hempfest Organizer, Cannabis Retailers Say Ban on Pot Advertising at the Annual Festival Violates Free-Speech Guarantees

The organizers of Hempfest, Seattle’s annual giant celebration of all things marijuana, and a pair of the state’s largest cannabis retailers have filed a lawsuit and are seeking an injunction to prevent the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) from enforcing a ban on advertising at the festival, which they say violates free-speech guarantees, particularly because the event is held at a public park. “City parks are the quintessential public forums that have been…

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Author: Mike Carter, Seattle Times