Yesterday, we told you the story of John Gailey, who was cited for trespassing and banned from the Town Center of Aurora mall for a year because he refused to take off a "Yes We Cannabis" T-shirt.
No word yet about whether the mall has apologized and approved the wearing of marijuana-themed shirts in the future, as Gailey's attorneys, Rob and Jessica Corry, have asked. But marijuana advocate Mason Tvert isn't waiting. He's organizing a 4 p.m. protest tomorrow during which protesters, including Gailey's parents, will march through the mall wearing pro-pot T-shirts.
Here's the release describing the event:
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In Response to Aurora Shopping Mall Harassing and Banning Shopper for Wearing Pro-Marijuana T-Shirt, SAFER Supporters to March Through Mall in Pro-Marijuana T-Shirts
Prior to march TOMORROW (Sat., May 29), SAFER to hold news conference at 4 p.m. in front of east entrance of Town Center at Aurora
Banned man's parents will join protesters in their son's stead
AURORA, COLORADO -- In response to an Aurora shopping mall harassing and banning a shopper for wearing a pro-marijuana T-shirt, Safer Alternative For Enjoyable Recreation (SAFER) is organizing a march of supporters wearing pro-marijuana T-shirts through the mall tomorrow, Saturday, May 29. The group will gather at 4 p.m. for a news conference in front of the east entrance of the Town Center at Aurora prior to entering (see below for specific location).
Last Saturday, 28-year-old Jake Gailey was shopping at the mall with his girlfriend when security guards stopped him and told him his "Yes We Cannabis" T-shirt was unacceptable and that he needed to remove it, turn it inside-out, or exit the mall immediately. Gailey refused and was ultimately issued a citation for trespassing and banned from the mall for one year. See a Westword story on the incident -- http://blogs.westword.com/latestword/2010/05/wearing_yes_we_cannabis_t-shir.php
In response to the mall's actions, SAFER staff and supporters will be marching through the mall wearing shirts that read, "Cannabis" and "Can o' Beer" with a check-mark next to "Cannabis," highlighting the relative safety of marijuana compared to alcohol.
"Polls show that half of Colorado voters support making marijuana legal and the Aurora newspaper has even endorsed the concept," said SAFER Executive Director Mason Tvert. "The mall's response to a pro-marijuana T-shirt is ridiculous, especially since it has never had any problem with people wearing T-shirts promoting a far more harmful substance -- alcohol."
"Marijuana was the most talked-about issue in the state legislature this year and it has been among the most popular political issues in the state for the past several years," Tvert said. "It is shocking that a major public shopping center would harass and ban an individual for wearing T-shirt that expresses an opinion on this popular political issue."
WHAT: News conference and march in response to Aurora mall's harassment and banishment of a shopper who wore a pro-marijuana T-shirt
WHEN: TOMORROW, Saturday, May 29, 4 p.m.
WHERE: In front of the Town Center at Aurora's east entrance (off S. Sable Blvd. and E. Centrepoint Dr.)
WHO: Parents of the man harassed and banned for wearing a pro-marijuana T-shirt, SAFER staff and supporters wearing pro-marijuana T-shirts