Colorado Mall Bans Medical Pot Patient Over T-Shirt
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AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) ― A medical marijuana patient says wearing a pro-pot T-shirt got him banned from Town Center at Aurora.
Jake Gailey told CBS4 mall personnel approached him last weekend and told him his shirt was offensive to some customers. The shirt features a play on Barack Obama's "Yes We Can" campaign slogan and graphics but instead features the message "YES WE CANNABIS" and displays a marijuana leaf.
"I reminded him that (medical marijuana) was legal in our state, that I voted for it and I had a medical marijuana card as well," Gailey said.
Gailey, 28, was told to take the shirt off, turn it inside out or leave.
"I asked him if 'I buy a hat with a marijuana leaf in Spencer's, I can't wear it in the mall?' And he said 'No.'
"I said 'Well, how can the stores sell products you can't allow in the mall?' He said 'Well, we're trying to get everybody on the same page, and it hasn't worked.'"
Gailey admits he got loud and it ended with Aurora police arresting him. He says charges were dropped after he agreed to a one-year ban from the mall so he could go home.
Town Center of Aurora managers released a statement saying Gailey was asked to apply to its dress code.
"We politely asked Mr. Gailey to turn his shirt inside out in an effort to uniformly apply to our code of conduct that states appropriate and non-offensive attire must be worn at all times," the mall said in a prepared statement.
Gailey's attorney Rob Corry, Jr., says he wants the ban re-scinded and an agreement that marijuana T-shirts are permitted or he may file a lawsuit.
Corry, a frequent representative of medical marijuana dispensaries, said there may be a protest at the mall with pro-marijuana T-shirts to make their point.
"Wearing a marijuana leaf on your shirt is not a crime," Corry said. "There is absolutely no reason he should have been contacted by mall security and Aurora police. There's absolutely no reason he should have been kicked out of the mall. This is America."
The Denver Post reported that a store in the shopping mall called Oriental Gifts sells marijuana paraphernalia and apparently hasn't had any problems from the mall owners.
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