Frank Shoemaker Sues Nebraska Over Pro-Marijuana License Plate

NE420 Nebraska License Plate

On Monday, the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles (NDMV) agreed to issue a pro-marijuana license plate to a Holbrook man.  The NDVM originally said no to the license plate Frank Shoemaker had requested.  After the refusal, Shoemaker sued the state Thursday  in federal court, saying Nebraska’s refusal to grant him “NE420″ plates violated his Constitutional right to free speech, reported by Peter Salter of the Lincoln Journal Star.

Shoemaker, a farmer and ex-lawyer, wanted the plates for his 1970 Volkswagen bus to publicize his Nebraska Marijuana Legalization Initiative. The state initially denied his request, claiming the number 420 was “a reference to a date and time for people to smoke marijuana.  “They threw in, for good measure, that it’s also associated with Hitler’s birthday and with the Columbine school massacre in Colorado.  A state assistant attorney general contacted ACLU Nebraska on Monday, saying Shoemaker could have his pro-pot plates, according to ACLU Nebraska’s Amy Miller.

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