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Doug Linkhart's Teapot Party endorsement: Does his pro-pot platform hurt or help him?

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In the crowded Denver mayoral race, one candidate has pulled ahead with the pro-cannabis constituency: Doug Linkhart. The Denver city councilman has gone on record as favoring the legalization of marijuana, and has fought attempts to increase zoning restrictions on patient grows. Now he's scored one of the first-ever endorsements from the national Teapot Party, the pro-pot movement founded in the wake of Willie Nelson getting busted for possession last year. But is Linkhart's pro-pot stance a good move politically?

Linkhart seems to think so. When news broke last week about the Teapot Party's endorsement, he was downright effusive, sending out a celebratory release promising that, "as Mayor, I will continue protecting patient access to medical marijuana and pursuing fair treatment of businesses in Denver."

But could such statements end up burning him? While Colorado is pretty progressive when it comes to marijuana, there are elements of the pro-marijuana movement that the media tends to characterize as extremist. Take his post by an online commenter after news of Linkhart's Teapot Party endorsement broke: "I think crack pot party would be more appropriate." And there's also the fact that Chris Romer, who took on the tough task of getting MMJ legislation through the state senate last year, won no friends from either side for his efforts.

Still, considering the country's politically polarized populace and often fiery ideological clashes, the legalization of medical marijuana in this state has led to comparatively little backlash -- which is good news for Linkhart. And while MMJ may not inspire much opposition, it does get headlines; that could help Linkhart stand out from the pack of eighteen (at the moment) candidates.

Although the turnout for Denver's municipal elections in May is notoriously meager, even that could play to Linkhart's favor. Traditionally, older residents tend to vote in greater numbers -- and while conventional wisdom labels older people as being anti-pot, that's starting to change as more and more patients turn to MMJ to cure the aches and pains of aging. And since this year's mayoral race is all by mail-in ballot, maybe younger Denver residents will also be moved to vote for the town going to pot.

When it's all over this summer, could Denver have its first official marijuana mayor?

More from our Marijuana archive: "Medical marijuana: Jared Polis stars in National Cannabis Industry Association event (PHOTOS)"


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Dmdouggie42
Dmdouggie42

Interesting. I know and have dealt with Mr. Linkhart on more than one occasion and I can assure you that when it comes to police work, he hasn't a clue. As mayor, his leadership would be disastrous for public safety and therefore for the citizens of Denver. As far as taking credit for helping to develop the discipline matrix, it seems that Mr. Linkhart has a habit of taking credit for helping create almost every program ever started in Denver. Seriously, go back and check his public comments, listen to his speeches. He takes credit for everything. He must be very busy. In reality, we can attribute the proliferation of marijuana dispensaries to Doug. His campaign logo should include a marijuana leaf. Instead of criticizing good police officers and their chief, he should focus on the damage he's done to youth in our community who are constantly dealing with substance abuse issues. Yes, Doug, 18 year olds, trying to fight addiction, can now run in and get their mm card simply by saying they have a bad back. And they're doing it, Doug. I have no problem with medical marijuana, but by your leadership in this area Doug, you've done a lot of damage. I've spoken with Mr. Linkhart and truly, it's like talking to someone who's completely unfocused. He seems to think that if the police form plans for a major event, are prepared and professional, and no disruption occurs, then you didn't need the police in the first place. Doug Linkhart is a very poor choice for mayor. He is, however, a good choice to the position of " Worlds Foremost Authority"

Apple Sauce
Apple Sauce

He opposes the Secure Communities program to check the fingerprints of illegal aliens who've crimes however, and ever since Ritter implemented it we've been safer and saved money for the Dept. of Corrections.

Apple Sauce
Apple Sauce

He opposed the Secure Communities program that Ritter signed onto and it's been keeping us safer and is saving us money.

Brandt Hardin
Brandt Hardin

Marijuana is the safest drug with actual benefits for the user as opposed to alcohol which is dangerous, causes addiction, birth defects, and affects literally every organ in the body. Groups are organizing all over the country to speak their minds on reforming pot laws. I drew up a very cool poster for the cause which you can check out on my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot... Drop in and let me know what you think!

Veritas
Veritas

Doug Linkhart is courageous and is expressing his opinions regarding marijuana because it is the right thing to do. If it costs him votes, that is too bad, but the marijuana community should embrace someone with the courage to stand up for us. If not, other less principled candidates will figure out that marijuana is bad politics and we lose out.

Christian Conser Vative
Christian Conser Vative

Jesus said to do unto others as we would have them to do unto us. None of us would want our child thrown in jail with the sexual predators for using a little marijuana. None of us would want to see our parent's home confiscated and sold by the police for growing a couple of marijuana plants to ease the aches and pains of growing older. It's time to stop putting our own families in jail. It's time to let ordinary Americans grow a little marijuana in their own back yards, and it's nice to see our culture coming to terms with this in a more wholesome fashion. This will go a long way toward putting the criminal drug gangs out of business for good!

Boulder Med Cannabis
Boulder Med Cannabis

yes.

Romer is nothing but a self-aggrandizing TV whore.

I would vote for anyone before him.

C. Romer
C. Romer

Doug...Doug he's our man! If he can't do it nobody can! :)

sporobolus
sporobolus

this is only one of several matters of principle on which Doug Linkhart stands out as much more humane, practical and trustworthy than most of the other candidates

solar_satellite
solar_satellite

It probably helps, but nowhere near what it should. Denver is sound asleep and completely disinclined to be politically challenged. All too many people think that if they have all the cannabis they need, there is no problem, none. Wake up and smell the Romer.

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