DIA bans sale of marijuana-themed souvenirs

January 28, 2015
Photo: Marijuana souvenirs (AP Photo)
In this Jan. 27, 2015 photo, former school teacher and current souvenir entrepreneur Ann Jordan displays a few of her products, socks and flip-flops decorated with marijuana-themes, as she drops off supplies to one of her sellers, the Red Carpet Car Wash and Detailing, in Aurora, Colo.

Tourists who fly to Colorado to try legal pot can forget about buying souvenir boxer shorts, socks or sandals with a marijuana leaf on them at the Denver airport.

The airport has banned pot-themed souvenirs, fearing the kitsch could taint the state's image.

Marijuana possession and any pot-related advertising were already forbidden. Airport executives extended the ban this month after a retailer sought a kiosk to sell the boxer shorts and similar items that played off Colorado's place as the first state to allow recreational marijuana sales.

Ann Jordan is owner of High-ly Legal Colorado, which makes the souvenirs.

She asked why airport officials were "so riled up about the picture of a plant," and she noted that the airport has an exhibit celebrating another adult product, Colorado craft beer.

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