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High Tensions: Denver Airport Bans Pot Related Souvenirs

High Tensions: Denver Airport Bans Pot Related Souvenirs

by January 30, 2015 0 comments

Since the legalization of recreational and medicinal marijuana in Colorado, the state has seen a large influx of tourism, as potheads from around the world, pilgrimage to North America’s pot-mecca. The state has seen mostly positive results following reform, which includes billions of tax-dollars which are going to fund legal and civil institutions. Entrepreneurs have found a new niche to fill their pockets, but now the authorities are concerned about sending the wrong message to the world. Specifically, they’re worried about the selling of marijuana-related souvenirs in airport shops.

The issue is that the state’s image could be tainted. While marijuana bears many (financial) gifts, The airport doesn’t feel that Colorado should only be associated with marijuana. Their concern is that not everyone is comfortable with the drug, even with its ever-growing popularity. The sale and advertisement of alcohol in the airport are likely to go undisturbed (thank goodness for small favors).

To be fair though, marijuana is still illegal in most of the United States on a federal level. Promoting the drug in the airport could send the message that leaf-printed boxers and socks are only beginning of what is acceptable to purchase or bring to the airport. Meaning, they likely fear smuggling or trafficking.

The retailer in question is attempting to sue the airport, as he feels that the items for sale are legal. Others say that the items in question merely feature the “picture of a plant,” and that the promotion of alcohol is no different, as both drugs are available to responsible adults ages 21 and over.

Case in point: Do you think that selling such merchandise at the airport is problematic? Leave your comments below.

[Via Cannabis Culture]


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