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Bill Would Outlaw Internet Drug Information

Bill Would Outlaw Internet Drug Information

Critics Say Measure Violates Free-Speech Rights

Dec. 20, 1999

By David Noack

WASHINGTON ( -- The days of ordering bongs and pipes and other drug paraphernalia online, getting information on the medical uses of marijuana or instructions on growing hemp may go up in smoke if lawmakers have their way.

A bill passed by the Senate in November seeks to make it illegal to provide any information online about marijuana. The measure also would increase penalties for drugs classified as methamphetamines, which go by street names such as "speed," "meth," "crank," "crystal- meth" and "glass."

Free-speech advocates say the proposed law banning marijuana information violates the First Amendment.