University of Missouri has said no to MU NORML’s T-shirt design of having a marijuana leaf in the shape of an animal paw next to the campus skyline, another cannabis leaf and the name of the group and the university. Pictured: A grow light shines through the leaves of a cannabis plant at Northern Lights grow facility in Denver, Colorado on March 27, 2014. (Seth McConnell, The Denver Post)

State university gives a big NO to pot leaf on T-shirt

The group who wanted the marijuana leaf on the shirt says it's about First Amendment rights and fairness

COLUMBIA, Mo. — The University of Missouri has denied a request from a student group that wants to put a marijuana leaf on a T-shirt next to the university’s name.

Leaders for the campus chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws are fighting the decision, saying it’s about First Amendment rights and fairness.

The Kansas City Star reports MU NORML wanted to raise money selling T-shirts with a marijuana leaf in the shape of an animal paw next to the campus skyline, another cannabis leaf and the name of the group and the university.

The group sought the university’s permission, but was rejected.

The university says it’s reviewing a foundation’s recent letter in support of the group.