CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A North Carolina man is suing the state claiming a law requiring a license to dispense diet advice violates his right to free speech.
The Charlotte Observer reported that the North Carolina Board of Dietetics/Nutrition contacted blogger Steve Cooksey in January after receiving a complaint that he provided “nutrition care services” without a license. Cooksey’s blog advocates eating a low-carbohydrate, meat-and-vegetables diet.
The board explained the law and the difference between describing one’s personal experience and telling someone else what to do.
Cooksey said he followed the board’s suggestions and then sought legal advice.
Cooksey filed suit this week in the U.S. District Court in Charlotte claiming the state board violated his First Amendment rights. The suit seeks an injunction that would allow Cooksey to write what he wants.
Credit: The Associated Press.