Last October, when the Denver City Council was debating an ordinance that would have established fines and even jail time for home pot smoking that could be smelled from neighboring properties, we put together a list of the five Colorado places that smell worse than the pot smoker next door. Our top pick: Greeley, due to the aroma from the community's meatpacking industry -- and plenty of our readers agreed. But in Greeley, one barber shop finds the aroma of weed considerably more offensive, and won't serve anyone who reeks of it.
Here's the Greeley blurb from the aforementioned post:
Our neighbors to the north are a meatpacking hub for much of the country -- and the resulting stench is capable of making national news. This past August, NPR reported about the community's efforts to change its reputation via new branding and the slogan "Greeley Unexpected," not to mention stink reduction.
"The city has taken steps to mitigate the smell, including the creation of an Odor Hotline, which residents can call to report and describe the stench," NPR noted. "Reports have declined significantly since the hotline started in 1995; there were 600 calls the year it started and just 25 in 2012. Also, the meatpacking plant now has a smokestack that further reduces the problem."
Nice effort, Greeley -- but our nostrils tell us you still have a long way to go.
Nonetheless, the folks at Hugo's Barber Shop in Greeley can definitely detect cannabis over Greeley's general scent, and have established a policy revolving around it. Here's a look at the sign on the business's front door, from the Hugo's Facebook page:
A 9News report about Hugo's features an interview with owner Hugo Corral, who reveals that as many as 50 percent of his customers of late had the distinct smell of marijuana on their person. And he's had enough.
He argues that the aroma is disrespectful to families and children. In his word, "Just because it's legal does not mean you can come in here smelling like marijuana and not caring."
Hugo's Barber Shop in Greeley, from 9News coverage.
Corral described his approach as very controversial and said he'd been bashed on social media for the decision -- although recent posts on the Hugo's Facebook page are largely supportive. Here's one example:
For those that are being so hateful because of Hugo's decision, lay off the weed, it's affecting your minds way too much.... It's a clear case of Hugo doing what he wants. And no stoner is going to be able to say that he's wrong. He has the right to do what he wishes with his business and he has a right to DEMAND respect for his other customers from those that think they can go in smelling like pot....
Another Hugo's screen capture from 9News' report.
Although Corral acknowledges that some customers may stop patronizing his operation because of the pot-smell rule, he thinks more may stop in because of his emphasis on family friendliness. With that in mind, he's getting ready to move to what's described as a larger location, at 11th Avenue and 25th Street in Greeley.
To him, apparently, his personal war against cannabis fumes smells like good business -- even in Greeley.
Look below to see the 9News report, featuring comments from legal expert Scott Robinson, who argues that Corral's mandate is perfectly legal.
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More from our Lists & Weirdness archive circa October 2013: "Photos: Five Colorado places that smell worse than the pot smoker next door."