Medical marijuana: Altitude Wellness Center puts its support of Doug Linkhart on the counter

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Doug Linkhart.
Update below: Denver mayoral candidate Doug Linkhart has been embraced by the local MMJ community -- and earned a Teapot Party endorsement -- in part because of his pro-marijuana-legalization views.

But will this help him or hurt him in the long run? Altitude Wellness Center's support of Linkhart may offer a clue.

Political rivals have been talking about the pro-Linkhart bent of Altitude, claiming that staffers are giving out campaign postcards with every purchase. The implication? Despite the fact that MMJ community members are pouring money into his campaign coffers, many election pros are betting that the association will repel mainstream supporters Linkhart will need to be elected.

Meanwhile, the folks at Altitude, whose charity food drive and quest for a Coke machine was recently featured in this space, don't know what the fuss is about. We spoke to Roger, one of the owners -- he asks that his last name not be used -- and he openly admits that "we're pushing for him. We've got his stuff in here, we've got a sign up, we've even got a sign-up sheet to register voters. We help him however we can."

That doesn't mean a postcard is being handed to each customer, Roger maintains -- "but we'll ask people if they're registered to vote in Denver, or if they're Denver residents."

Regarding the reasons AWC digs Linkhart, Roger says, "He's more or less supporting medical marijuana businesses, and he wants to legalize marijuana. So why not get behind the man?"

So who's right about whether such backing will help or hurt Linkhart? The vote on May 3 should tell the tale.

Update, 3:16 p.m. March 30: A short time ago, we received an e-mail comment about this post from Amanda Snipes, communication director for the Linkhart campaign. Here it is:

Doug Linkhart's campaign conducts voter outreach efforts to over 80 constituent groups, including within the medical cannabis community. Doug supports this community because the people of Denver overwhelmingly cast their support for the industry when they voted to permit medical cannabis in our city. Since this vote, Doug has maintained his voice as an ally for preserving patient access to medicine and an advocate for fair treatment of this industry. The medical cannabis industry has provided Denver with 3-4,000 new jobs, over $3 million in tax revenue for the city, and $200 million in infrastructure investment. The people of Denver are smart, caring, and compassionate. As mayor, Doug will make our city as good as its people by working with our whole community and investing in people first.

More from our Politics archive: "Doug Linkhart tops Denver mayor ballot: Ten names appear, at least one contesting rejection."

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Zenhound
Zenhound

Ask him about his vote to raise the pay of elected officials by 6% while also cutting city jobs and services. Yay. I was initially really excited to vote for Linkhart but the blindness and wrong headedness of that move is just astonishing.

LinkhartforMayor
LinkhartforMayor

Please attend the upcoming Meet & Greet Doug Linkhart has scheduled for the medicinal cannabis community.

Casselman's Bar & VenueMonday April 4th, 20117:30-9:30pm

Guest
Guest

Doug Linkhart: Endorsed by Roger!

Robert
Robert

Thinking people need to take a hand fast so that Weasel Romer isn't able to sell the idea that he can provide whatever it is people think Denver needs most (whether that be zipper lanes or AP Calculus) -- people are gullible; Denver is gullible. It would be too bad if name recognition saddled us with the likes of him.

Vote for Doug Linkhart!

Robert
Robert

I identify Doug as the pro-cannabis rights candidate, and I support his candidacy. If we cannot so identify him without alienating voters he needs, it will demonstrate the same political paradox as is exemplified in the General Assembly's dogged opposition to medical cannabis despite their constituents' decision to create a constitutional right to it a decade ago. Voters support individual choice regarding the use of cannabis. Denver has voted four times in succession for it, the last time (in 2007) by a substantial plurality of 57% IF voters stick with that decision, IF voters do not continue to underestimate the significance of our laws on cannabis and their detrimental effects in many important areas of public policy such as public health, criminal justice and corrections, and the economy, IF the voters realize that Doug is an an intelligent, progressive populist, who also supports cannabis-rights, THEN we will begin to resolve some of the paradox of our local officials working against our interests and begin to cure Reefer Madness -- at least in Denver.

Elect Doug Linkhart Mayor -- for the People, for our Future!

Robert D. ChaseColorado Coalition for Patients and CaregiversVice-Chairman of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Willlie Nelson's Teapot Partycopatientsandcaregivers@gmail.com

Robert
Robert

It is possible to disagree with one or more decisions of a candidate and still support him. Consider our choices well, and bear in mind that only one other person will enter the runoff besides the candidate with the most name recognition, who will win the schlub vote hands-down.

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Thanks for posting this event -- and for reaching out to add a comment for our post, which has now been updated.

Robert
Robert

Reefer Madness Romer endorsed by one of the worst newspapers in the country!

Zenhound
Zenhound

It's true, no one is perfect. This particular issue is just so blaringly obvious that, to me, it sort of disqualifies you from office. It's the "let them eat cake" of our times. His rightness on mmj does not outweight his wrongness on other issues (again, to me).

I think we're going to end up with the empty suit regardless of who else is up against him in the runoff. But then I'm cynical.

Sailorjerry423
Sailorjerry423

@Zen - Perhaps yo have not done enough due diligence with your voting decision. Linkhart voted for the raise because it was decided years ago that this year there would be a pay raise. Further, Linkhart said, if, when the pay raise takes effect in 2 years, the economy was still in the dumps he would not accept the raise.

Personally, I am impressed with a politician who does not bend to other politicians "wind".

Linkhart for Mayor!!!

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