The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is suing Nebraska's motor vehicle department for refusing to issue the personalized license plate "NE 420"—promoting the unofficial holiday National Pot Smoking Day, April 20. Frank Shoemaker, a lawyer from Holbrook, Neb., who requested the plate, is the sponsor of a petition drive for a state ballot measure next year to legalize cannabis.
DMV director Beverly Neth refused to issue the plate and said the "420" numerals were used to promote an illegal drug. She also said the numbers could be associated with Adolf Hitler and the Columbine High School massacre in Colorado.
Amy Miller, Nebraska ACLU legal director, said there was nothing obscene or offensive about Shoemaker's proposed plate. "It's purely political speech relating to a current ballot initiative." (Reuters, Nov. 18)