Marijuana Backers Lose Dispute Over Colorado Voter Guide

DENVER (AP) – Marijuana activists have lost their effort to revive arguments that pot isn’t more harmful than alcohol in an official voters’ guide going to Colorado voters.

Denver District Judge Robert Hyatt on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit over language in the so-called blue book, a state-published guide to ballot measures sent to some 1.9 million households.

Legalization activists wanted the judge to stop the printing because they said lawmakers erred when they cut some arguments in favor of legalization. The deleted sentences included an argument that marijuana is not more harmful than alcohol.

The judge ruled that he couldn’t intervene in a legislative process and dismissed the lawsuit. That means the arguments in favor of legalization won’t be printed in the book.

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