Colorado Barber Says: If You Smell Like Weed, Stay Out of My Shop

| by Allison Geller

The owner of a Colorado barber shop has instituted a new rule refusing service to customers who smell like pot, citing complaints from customers.

“I feel that it’s my right to make the statement,” said shop owner Hugo Corral of Hugo’s Barber Shop in Greeley. "It’s the same thing as no shoes, no service."

Corral says he personally supports the marijuana industry, but he understands that some of his customers find the lingering smell unpleasant, especially children.

“A mother calls and says, 'Hey, we can’t go in there anymore because we don’t want it to smell like marijuana when my child’s sitting there waiting,'” said Corral.

One customer, Diana Flores, called the rule “a good move.”

But Corral has faced some neighborhood opposition for the sign he posted, which reads: “Please do not come in if you smell like marijuana, there are families with kids who don't want to smell it. This is a business not your house, thank you."

Angry pot advocates have threatened him with lawsuits, bashed him on social media and vandalized his storefront.

“People ripping the sign off, I’ve had to clean spit off my front door,” he described.

A local attorney told CBS Denver that Corral has the right to turn down customers reeking of reefer, as pot smoking is not a constitutionally protected right like race, religion, or gender.

Sources: CBS Denver, 9News