By Steve Elliott
Posters advertising an "Iowa Marijuana Company" which appeared on buildings this week in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City are apparently just a merchandising prank, according to authorities.
Two posters appeared on Tuesday on the outside of a storefront in Cedar Rapids showing ears of corn in the shape of a cannabis leaf, reports Dave Franzman at KCRG-TV9. The posters were on an empty building currently for lease, and hate the date 10/01/15, implying the Iowa Marijuana Company would start operations then.
John Wasta, who owns the building with his brother, said they were told about the posters on Tuesday; the posters were removed from the front glass. Wasta said he kept one in his office as a souvenir.
"I've got all my employees running around looking at websites," Wasta said. "But it's just cute."
The pranksters created an Iowa Marijuana Company website complete with photos of the stores supposedly coming soon to Cedar Rapids, Iowa City and even Clinton. One of the same posters appeared on an outside door at a building in Iowa City.