Iowa State seeks dismissal of lawsuit over logo

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 16, 2014 at 4:40 a.m.



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AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State University wants a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit that says university officials wrongfully barred a pro-marijuana group from using the school's Cy logo on T-shirts that also were decorated with cannabis leaves.

The lawsuit says the school violated two students' constitutional rights by barring use of the logo by the campus chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. The two students named are Paul Gerlich and Erin Furleigh.

The state's Sept. 4 motion said the students didn't sufficiently establish that they had any constitutional right to use ISU trademarks, The Des Moines Register said (http://dmreg.co/1t4Atop ). In addition, the motion said, students have other ways to communicate their message without using the trademark.

The Cy the Cardinal logo showed up on NORML's T-shirts in a 2012 photo in The Des Moines Register. The photo prompted complaints from legislators that use of the logo suggested the school endorsed marijuana legalization.

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