Marijuana group denied permit for Jan. rally, Miguel Lopez threatens legal action (PHOTOS)

Last January, Mile High NORML staged a pro-cannabis rally across the street from the State Capitol to correspond with the opening of the legislative session; see photos below. But advocate Miguel Lopez's attempt to stage a sequel has hit a stumbling block. The state has denied him a permit for the event due to security concerns -- and he's threatening legal action over the decision.
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