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Denver Airport Should Allow Marijuana Themed Souvenirs


denver aiport marijuanaWhenever you go to a large airport in America, in Denver or otherwise, There is alcohol advertising all over the place. There are even bars where flyers can go before or after their flight to booze it up, and if that’s not enough, alcohol is served during the flight as well. No one even blinks an eye. However, when someone wants to sell marijuana related souvenirs at the Denver airport, people freak out. Per Westword:

And soon, DIA may not allow the sale of any pot-themed merchandise at all.

That’s because the airport wants to adopt a new rule that would make it “unlawful to sell, display, or advertise any product bearing the image, likeness, description, or name of Marijuana or Marijuana-themed paraphernalia; and advertise a Marijuana-related business or establishment.”

DIA began the process of implementing the rule in October, six weeks after entrepreneur Ann Jordan complained that the airport was preventing her from selling pot-leaf-imprinted flip-flops and boxer shorts to one of the souvenir stores there. Jordan, a retired teacher who earlier this year started High-ly Legal Colorado, thought it was ironic that the airport allowed Colorado flag shot glasses but not her products.

After Jordan complained, the airport acknowledged that it didn’t have a formal policy on pot-related merchandise but said it would look into creating one.

What’s the harm in allowing such souvenirs? If I can buy a Jack Daniels themed shot glass, I should be able to buy a t-shirt with a marijuana leaf on it. After all, marijuana is safer than alcohol, by far. Colorado legalized marijuana in 2012, and here we are more than two years later dealing with this. I can understand that the Denver airport doesn’t want people toking off bongs in the terminal, but banning anything with a pot leaf on it from being sold goes way too far.


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  1. As a former school teacher, you ought to be ashamed of yourself for promoting illegal drugs on your products. You should be teaching the public about the dangers and consequences of their choices just like you were paid to do by hard-working tax-payers. SHAME ON YOU, ANN JORDAN.

  2. The general population voted to legalize weed as a means of harm reduction, not because they like stoner culture. They didn’t vote for weed; they voted against prohibition. They were promised that legalization is a way to control cannabis, not to promote its use. In fact, when advocates touted benefits of legalization, they often pointed to the tobacco model. When screechers would wail, “Who’ll think of the children?”, advocates would remind them that we’ve been able to curtail tobacco use through regulation, by insisting some of the taxes from the product go to prevention programs. To demonstrate their good intentions, advocates who wrote the legalization laws built funding for prevention and treatment right into their initiatives. Compare that to, say, the dairy industry, which pays into a government fund to actually promote its use (Got Milk?), despite strong evidence of serious health concerns.

    It may be irrational to you and me, but expect cannabis to be treated more like tobacco and less like alcohol. Personally, I’m fine with that. After decades in the counter-culture, I don’t need to be dragged into the mainstream with tourists buying cheap crap emblazoned (“blaze-on”, heh-heh) with pot leaves so they can show their neighbors how hip they are. At some point stoner culture will become like skate culture–a mall-crawling parody of itself.

    Besides, I’m hesitant to introduce the general population to what supposedly passes for culture in the stoner world. Not just because most of them wouldn’t get Trailer Park Boys, but also because I’d be happier if some aspects of our culture (like about 90% of High Times’s adolescent advertising) would just go away.

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