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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

It's the Shoes, Officer

WASHINGTON () -- The Adidas sports equipment company has rejected a request by the top U.S. government drug fighter to withdraw a line of athletic shoes called "The Hemp," denying the name glorifies drug culture.

Saying the shoe is made from hemp, Adidas Friday rejected the contention of U.S. drug czar Lee Brown that the name was chosen as part of a "cynical marketing game" because "hemp" is street slang for marijuana.

"I don't believe you will encounter anyone smoking our shoes anytime soon," Adidas America president Steve Wynne wrote in reply to Brown, director of National Drug Control Policy. who released a statement on Friday criticizing "The Hemp" shoes, which are to go on sale in coming months.

"I would suggest that your time, and the taxpayers money, could be more appropriately committed to finding a way to stem the sewer of illegal drugs that runs through our country," Wynne wrote to Brown.