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Greeley Barber Shop Refuses Customers Who Smell Like Pot

GREELEY, Colo. (CBS4) – A barber shop in Greeley refuses service to people who smell like marijuana.

The owner of Hugo's Barber Shop said he felt he had to step in when it got bad.

"I feel that it's my right to make the statement. It's the same thing as no shoes no service," said shop owner Hugo Corral.

His policy has to do with people who come in reeking of marijuana.

Corral said he has no problem with those who chose to use marijuana and even calls himself a supporter of the industry.

However when his customers, many of them with children, started expressing their frustration about the issue he decided it was time for a change.

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"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.

For the most part he said the response has been positive.

Other business owners have thanked him for taking a stand and his customers say it's been a noticeable difference.

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"It's a good move, I really appreciate," said customer Diana Flores.

However not everyone sees it as a good move.

Corral said he's been threatened with lawsuits and people trashing his window.

"People ripping the sign off, I've had to clean spit off my front door," said Corral.

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Despite the negative reaction from some, Corral said he's going to keep the policy in place and says if people don't like it they can go somewhere else.

According to a local attorney, Corral does have the right to refuse service to someone who has been smoking pot as long as it's not a Constitutional issue involving a person's race, religion or gender.

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