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Iowa State's marijuana shirt ban case costs school $1 million

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

Posted: Mar 21, 2018 1:56 PM

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.

Court documents indicate a judge approved $598,208 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 $75,000 each to Paul Gerlich and Erin Furleigh, the students who filed the lawsuit in 2014 and $193,000 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.

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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