Pot advocate's amended suit against Broncos claims false statements against food product
Last month, we told you about a lawsuit filed against Broncos owner Pat Bowlen after a vehicle was twice ejected from a Mile High Stadium parking lot because it was emblazoned with the logo of Cannabis University.
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Since then, the Colorado Civil Rights Division has informed the Broncos about the complaint, and an amended version of the suit adds a new argument. It claims the eviction violates state law against defaming Colorado food products.
As we've reported, the matters at the center of both suits, which name Bowlen's PDB Sports and 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, in a pair of NFL playoff games.
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.
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, the documents maintain, was the word "cannabis" on the side of the vehicle.
The original 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.
In the initial complaint, LaMay 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."
The document 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."
Freddy Moore, left, and other members of the 1 Blunt Radio crew at the stadium on January 12.
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."
These passages are absent from LaMay's amended complaint, which instead offers a series of new arguments.
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