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T-shirt trouble at Sky Sox, ACLU sues state on weed mags 

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Sky high out

Audrey Hatfield, the president of Coloradans 4 Cannabis Patient Rights, says a problem at last Tuesday’s Sky Sox game started when, two hours in, somebody in her group wearing a shirt from Weed Pimp Clothing went to get a drink.

Seeing one of the company’s slogans on the shirt’s back — “Can you smell my sack?” — a stadium-security rep asked the man to turn his shirt inside-out, which he did. Then, a supportive friend traded shirts and re-displayed the slogan, drawing more security and, eventually, a request for everybody to leave the ballpark.

“We weren’t doing anything wrong, we weren’t causing any trouble,” says an annoyed Hatfield. “Everybody [in the group] was wearing different shirts. I had just got off work doing my sales job for Cannabis Energy Drink, so I had my shirt on — nobody said a damn word ...”

Mike Hobson, the team’s director of public relations, say that’s because nobody at the ballpark is specifically offended by the topic of weed.

“We have no policy, or problem, quite frankly, with anybody that wants to wear marijuana-related paraphernalia,” says Hobson. “We don’t consider that to be offensive, or problematic, or anything like that; I see [clothing featuring pot leaves] every game.

“That’s not something we have an issue with, and we’re not gonna consider that offensive. It was that specific phrase that took it to another level, and it being very prominently displayed across the back of his shirt.”

Ultimately, Hatfield says she’s planning to write a letter to the team and possibly stage some kind of protest, “just [to] let them know that they messed with the wrong people.”

See you in court (again)

Coming on the heels of a similar action by High Times magazine, on Monday the ACLU of Colorado sued the state of Colorado on behalf of several bookstores and newsstands. The suit attempts to have a court declare unconstitutional a new law that states “magazines whose primary focus is marijuana or marijuana businesses” must be kept behind the counter if a business also serves those under age 21.

Keef crumbs

American Drug War 2: Cannabis Destiny will screen at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, June 6, at Carmike 10 (1550 Pulsar Drive, tugg.com/events/3879). The film takes a look at children it says have suffered due to the national prohibition on marijuana, and includes testimony from University of Colorado at Colorado Springs professor Robert Melamede. Tickets are $12.

• Last week, KRDO-TV reported that Pueblo City Council unanimously passed a temporary moratorium on recreational-marijuana stores within city limits until March 31, 2014.

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