Clothing retailer Tilly’s has reportedly agreed to remove marijuana-themed items from its Huntington Beach store after a parent’s organization complained about some of the store’s merchandise.
Members of Youth Matters, a 4-year-old committee within the Parent Teacher Student Assn. at Edison High School in Huntington Beach, sent letters to the store requesting the removal of some of the items because they desensitized youth to drugs and alcohol.
"There’s leggings, there’s a bandeau top, there’s a bathing suit… there’s quite a few items," Youth Matters Chair Kim Greene said. "The more (kids) see (marijuana) and the more it’s in their face and the more it’s normalized, the less likely they will be to be shocked."
Greene said that in an email conversation with Tilly’s that the store has agreed to remove items from their Huntington Beach store. She said that the store had mentioned removing the items from all its stores in Orange and Riverside counties.
"We said 'Here’s why we’re concerned, we do shop there…plenty of parents in this community shop there and we want to keep shopping there and we will come back to shopping there when (the items) are removed," Greene said.
Greene said that Tilly’s responded within a few days and agreed to remove the items.
Greene added that a partnership may be possible with Youth Matters and Tilly’s in the future, as Tilly’s is involved in a community outreach program aimed at 12 to 18 year olds.
"They’re doing things we’re sort of already doing as well," Greene said.
It is unclear whether Tilly’s will pull the marijuana-themed clothing from stores nationwide.
As of Thursday morning, the items could no longer be found on the Tilly’s website.