Denver Airport Bans Weed-Themed Souvenirs
Colorado has a reputation for gorgeous scenery, party mountains, and of course, legal weed. But the executives at Denver Airport don't love the budding pot tourism industry, and, as a result, are banning airport vendors from selling marijuana-themed souvenirs.
The pot prohibition stems from retailer High-ly Legal Colorado (so clever!), which sells weed-themed goods at several Denver music stores, trying to set up an airport kiosk to peddle marijuana-themed boxers, “pot flops,” and other stoner souvenirs.
“Why is everybody so riled up about the picture of a plant?” owner Ann Jordan asked. As Jordan told the Associated Press, the airport's currently promoting craft brews in a dedicated exhibit, but banning pot, which, like alcohol, is legal to anyone in Colorado over 21. Airport execs “just haven’t come to grips that this is a whole new world and they need to adapt,” she added.
Denver Airport had already banned pot and pot advertisements, so this isn't a complete surprise. “We don’t want marijuana to be the first thing our visitors experience when they arrive,” spokesman Heath Montgomery said. “Frankly there’s a lot more to Colorado than pot.” Which is definitely true. There are edibles, too.
Jordan is considering filing a lawsuit, though the claim probably wouldn't hold up in court. Airports are legally authorized to control who sells what on their premises. Marijuana-themed merch isn't unheard of in airports, however: a number of smaller hubs in Colorado deal the stuff (not actual pot, mind you), as does Washington’s Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, where you’re even allowed to have weed on you.
Stick that in your pipe and smoke it, Denver.