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Pot advocate sues Mile High Stadium, Pat Bowlen over ban of Cannabis University vehicle

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Big photos and more below.
Broncos owner Pat Bowlen had to suffer along with the rest of us as his team got crushed in the Super Bowl. And now, PDB Sports, the company that handles the squad's business on his behalf, is being sued for discrimination and defamation.

The plaintiff is Cannabis University, whose founder, Michelle LaMay, says a vehicle was ejected from two home playoff games in January simply because the word "cannabis" was printed on it. Photos, details and the complaint below.

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Michelle LaMay posing alongside the Cannabis University vehicle, in an image from her Facebook page.
The matters at the center of the suit, which also names the Metropolitan Stadium Football District, took place on the mornings of January 12 and January 19, prior to the Broncos' victories over San Diego and New England, respectively.

After the first of these incidents, LaMay told Westword that ticket-holder Freddy Moore of marijuana-centric 1 Blunt Radio, an Internet program, was among those who'd ridden to the game in a Winnebago emblazoned with both the program's logo and the Cannabis University name. The plan was to broadcast during the run-up to the game -- but something went wrong.

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Michelle LaMay.
LaMay wasn't present on the 12th, but she was listening in until the feed went down. In response to a text from her asking if there was a problem, Moore (who didn't respond to an interview request) sent a reply that included "a photo of a Denver policeman on a motorcycle," she recalls. "And there was obviously somebody else there -- a representative who said their presence was 'insulting.'"

Why? The reason, maintains the lawsuit, was the word "cannabis" on the side of the vehicle.

In the end, the suit reveals that Moore left "when the Denver police exerted their authority and threatened to tow the vehicle as requested by the Defendants' representatives." And the same thing happened the next week.

Rather than quietly accepting these actions, LaMay has gone to court. Her lawsuit argues that "Cannabis University was defamed and damaged in a public place by the Defendants: The Defendants' restraint of the plaintiff's speech violated the First Amendment rights of a corporation; and the Defendants' complaint and enforcement was subjective and inequitable."

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Freddy Moore, left, and other members of the 1 Blunt Radio crew at the stadium on January 12.
The suit goes on to stress that "the word 'cannabis' is not an obscene word," adding that "the people in the 'tailgating party,' including the owner of the vehicle, who are disabled, of color, and of a certain creed, were humiliated and shamed and retaliated against in a public place and clearly discriminated against."

As such, the complaint asks for a monetary reward and punitive damages in the hope that such payments will effectively "stop further discriminatory policies of the defendants against legal businesses and people of a certain color and creed and limited physical capabilities."

Here's the text of the lawsuit, as captured in the three images below.

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Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.

More from our Marijuana archive circa July 2011: "Marijuana: No punishment for possession under Michelle LaMay's new ballot proposal."


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Dwight Maskew
Dwight Maskew

Ticket holders are ticket holders. Read the article before you post uninformed responses Chip.

Chip Thomas
Chip Thomas

Waaaa Wasaa Wassa can we get a little whine with that statement Bernie Weber

Bernie Weber
Bernie Weber

You can't write that on this forum. You must leave now. How would you like that? Stadiums are payed for by taxes mostly so yes people can bring their Cannabis bus to a stadium.

Rob Payne
Rob Payne

I am convinced that P. Bowlen pissed in your cheerios when you were a kid...

Mick Paul
Mick Paul

Is that everyone's answer? You simply sue. Westword is suing Colorado because they cannot collect advertising dollars from recreational shops whom they in a recent online story compared the prices of recreational pot to "being raped". You will never hear the end of this Westword. If I was a recreational business owner I would not want to advertise in your mag anyway. Who would when you type up stories comparing weed prices to being raped? I am sure the recreational store owners are just thrilled with Westword, and their ignorant comparison. Bottom line is people sue just to sue. Just like the people in this story, and Westword.

Jason Joyce
Jason Joyce

Good... that cheeseball Pat Bowlen can spare a few anyway.

Chip Thomas
Chip Thomas

Oh geez, get a life! So you weren't allowed in the stadium grounds boo hoo!!! Who cares!

Kyle Gregory
Kyle Gregory

You think she is suing to get the press??? Looks like it worked..

Deborah Watts
Deborah Watts

WOOHOO! GO GET UM..IT IS ABOUT TIME! I wanna talk to that attorney..THANK YOU!

Kim Braman
Kim Braman

^^ Absolutely! ^^ Will always be MHS to Broncos fans.

Barnabey
Barnabey

Private property. Sorry, but these people have no case, and they should have to pay all court fees for bringing such an obvious nuisance lawsuit to court

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Good thing the Lying Liars who wrote and promoted that festering turd A64 explicitly allowed Landlords the right and power to discriminate against Marijuana users.


Thanks mendacious Mason Tvert, lyin' Brian Vicente and bullshit Betty Aldworth!


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Michael Paul <== enjoys being raped by Greedy Big $$ Dispensary Cartels.



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... you need a psychiatrist more than a lawyer.


hth.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@Barnabey  That "private" property is a tax sink…as for "private property," the government refers to it as a place that is open to the public…and said you've got all your rights there, including not being treated unfairly by the owners.

You can't tell the owners of establishments how they have to behave to protect people's rights then turn around and refer to something even more public as "private property."

Tiger
Tiger

@DonkeyHotay Ya thanks to them a64 passed and reform all over the US lit up.  Be bitter if you want, their efforts are producing results nationally.  Of course not to your specific wants. but hey go fuck yourself.  Things are better, you sit there an be bitter about it.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident  " including not being treated unfairly by the owners."


Too bad there is no "right" to be a stoner, or to ADVERTISE a COMMERCIAL VENTURE on stadium property.



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Tiger 


*** Denver Criminal Marijuana Citations 19 times HIGHER in 2013 than in 2012 ***


Amendment 64 legalized the possession and use of limited amounts of pot for adults 21 and over, but it didn't legalize public consumption of cannabis on streets, sidewalks, parks or any other public place, for that matter.

But apparently that message didn't quite reach Denver and Boulder residents, as public pot consumption tickets have skyrocketed in both cities since Amendment 64 passed.


Only a brain-dead bong-sucking imbecile like you would call a 19X INCREASE in CRIMINAL Citations and Prosecutions an improvement.


Stay stupid Tiger, it's your best skill.



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident ... you sure do suffer from a delusional view of reality.


So are Commercial Sign Codes a violation of the First Amendment?


Is the prohibition against Soliciting or Posting Flyers on every vehicle windshield in the parking lot a violation of "free speech" ?


Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @Cognitive_Dissident  

"Being a stoner" has nothing to do with it.

There is a right to free speech, and governments don't get to infringe on it.

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