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Carol Boigon's new TV ad says marijuana dispensaries "not a jobs plan" (VIDEO)

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The first line of Carol Boigon's new ad is this: "Whether you support medical marijuana or not, putting dispensaries everywhere is not a jobs plan." Why did the mayoral hopeful, whose slogan is "Boigon Means Business," mention pot? "There's a number of my colleagues on the council -- and one of them is running for mayor -- that truly believe the medical marijuana industry is a good short-term job creation strategy for us," she says. "I have a different view of it."

On a conference call with reporters today, Boigon declined to name names. "I don't want to speak for anybody else," she explained. "If you go to a couple of council meetings, you'll figure that out very quickly. It's very clear. It's not mysterious."

City councilman Doug Linkhart recently became the first mayoral hopeful to hold a fundraiser at a dispensary and James Mejia was spotted last month at a National Cannabis Industry Association event co-starring Congressman Jared Polis.

As for dispensaries in Denver, Boigon thinks they've become too plentiful and commercialized, which she says has led to "very strange outcomes."

"The voters of Colorado voted for medical marijuana to be sure that sick people had medication to bring them relief," she continues. But "it's not a good jobs strategy and it's not good for neighborhoods, and it needs to be managed in a way that's respectful of the needs of sick people, but also respectful of the fact this was not an authorization for legalization."

Boigon says she doesn't like what she calls an attempt to combine "the recreational and the medical." For example, she says, some people argue that dispensaries should allow patients to smoke their marijuana on-site because smoking is banned from places such as subsidized housing. Boigon says that leads to more questions: "What's the intent of the constitutional amendment and what makes sense in neighborhoods?" she asks.

Instead of using dispensaries to create jobs, Boigon says she'd like to encourage growth in industries such as biotechnology, aviation, information technology and energy. And she says Denver can no longer rely on municipal and private projects for revenue -- something she says her competitors in the mayoral race don't understand.

"Projects are good; we've built a really beautiful city here," she says. "It's just not enough to be economic development." Boigon also believes that Denver needs to think regionally, not locally, when it comes to business. "The minute we start saying, 'We're only going to buy Denver,' then the folks in Lakewood will say, 'Well, we're not going to buy Denver.' We need to be part of a regional network economy."

Here's the ad:

More from our Politics archives: "Michael Hancock's new commercial the ad to beat in Denver mayor's race (VIDEOS)."


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Samuel Wells
Samuel Wells

Carol just dropped out of the race: she endorsed Hancock. I guess she can just go back to sleeping through city council meetings again....

Fe Fo
Fe Fo

I really could care less for this lady.

Danielbmx
Danielbmx

Private people created all those MMJ jobs... not denver. issuing permits is not creating a jobs plan. How much tax revenue was created in 2010 from that industry? Grow up ladie.

Samuel Wells
Samuel Wells

...and after having thought about for a few hours, Boigon's rhetoric bothers me even more. For example, I have heard quite a bit about the CO2 method of extracting cannabinoids: I adore the science geekery aspect to the Colorado market! Anyway, it made me think about all the jobs that really are being created by this industry. The extraction apparatus is large and expensive; someone must make it, ship it (if it isn't local), install it, operate it and maintain it. The extracted material is packaged and delivered after being promised by a team of salespeople to local mmcs across Colorado or sold to edibles manufacturers who then use that product to bake, dip or sweeten just about anything tasty you can imagine. These products are also packaged and sold in those same mmcs, usually by bud-tenders who are (or at least as a profession seem to be growing more) knowledgeable about the medicine they sell.

That really is a fair number of jobs: multiply that out to include the whole market (wow! growers, caregivers, accountants insurance people, event staff, all that real estate! All the police and security, the Dept of Revenue, etc on and on) of the entire state and you really are talking about a whole mess of jobs that have been created quite literally out of nothing but the political will of the good people of Colorado.

It's sad to see such ignorance and apathy from someone seeking elected office. I love this city and I am proud of our stance on cannabis.

CDS Centers
CDS Centers

There are three underlying points with which we disagree with Councilwoman Boigon:

1. Medical marijuana and other businesses can't coexist. While MMJ shouldn't be our only "jobs plan", there is no excuse for taking shots at one of the few sectors employing so many Denver residents.

2. MMC's are going in "everywhere." Medical marijuana centers face unprecendented restrictions on where they can operate, are burdened with onerous licensing fees, and are subject to a rigorous approval process. Furthermore, moratoriums preventing new centers from opening their doors will likely be extended into 2012.

3. MMC's are harmful to neighborhoods. Most dispensaries are run by conscientious and philanthropic individuals that are participating in everything from food drives to Walk MS, an event we're proud to be a part of.

For our full response to Councilwoman Boigons new spot, read our blog here: http://www.cdscenters.com/2011...

For information about volunteering with CDS for Walk MS, click here:http://www.causes.com/causes/5...

Thedawg
Thedawg

Oh, yet another nanny-state authoritarian who just can't stand the idea that people should be able to peacefully live their own lives without the intrusion of an overbearing g'ment..

Samuel Wells
Samuel Wells

That's all right. Carol "I ate a marijuana brownie in college once so I'm qualified to understand medical cannabis" Boigon has as much chance of winning the Denver mayor's office as Donald Trump has of winning the Presidency.

She's just another ego-driven clown. The city council and Denver mayoral race is full of 'em, from Romer on down. Linkhart is the only one who is even close to receiving my vote.

Sampson
Sampson

The Linkhart campaign is a grassroots campaign. It is imperative that YOU take the initiative and check out why LOTS of people Dig Doug. Once you've learned a about him, PLEASE, pass the word along to your friends and family about him.

http://www.douglinkhartformayo...

Boulder Med Cannabis
Boulder Med Cannabis

so she's running on the 'mmj is a bad idea, but I don't really have anything too offer myself' platform?

solar_satellite
solar_satellite

Boigon is not good for neighborhoods.

She is running for Mayor of Denver. Denver has voted to legalize cannabis -- over five years ago. Boigon is out of touch with what the People of Denver want. She is whining about medicinal cannabis long after Denver endorsed re-legalization. No dispensaries are not a jobs plan either, and it shows what a reactionary she is to propose to improve our economy and employ people by closing inoffensive local businesses which employ significant numbers of people, pay sales and property taxes, and occupy commercial real estate which would otherwise be vacant -- reactionary and nitwit! Boigon, Hancock, and Romer have to split the prohibitionist vote; Carol wants it.

Green Economics
Green Economics

Really now? Being that Carol Boigon slept through the City Council public hearing on the new MMJ Denver Ordinance, I am not sure that she is qualified to understand how Dispensaries have a positive impact on the Denver economy..

The Medical Marijuana Industry has created jobs. We have employees in our Dispensaries, our Grows, our Kitchens. We have created jobs in advertising..(may I remind everyone that the Westword had a hiring freeze on before MMJ hit the market.) We have given work to contractors, electricians, plumbers, HVAC techs, security companies, insurance agents, all of which were suffering the hardships of a poor economy. We have filled vacancies, preventing landlord foreclosures. We provide patients who reside outside of Denver yet another reason and opportunity to come to our City and spend money. We have paid, and will pay even higher licensing fees. We generate a significant amount of sales tax revenue.

Now, Carol, I do agree, Dispensaries everywhere is NOT a "jobs plan," however in light of the recent changes made to the tax incentives for Solar energy and the layoffs that have ensued as a result, I do not think that Solar, Bio-Science and manufacturing alone provide a solid cure for creating more jobs. This City needs a mayor who understands that a myriad of industries is required to ensure our success, one who understands and appreciates that for well over a year now, the MMJ Industry has helped fill an economic void in our City. We need a mayor who understands and celebrates economic diversity and is willing to accept MMJ as a part of it.

Corey Donahue
Corey Donahue

So we can listen to Boigon and wait for her to create jobs, the Denver, way or we can have people working? Tough choice.

Ecodude
Ecodude

Even if I wasn't an MMJ patient, this is just the weirdest approach I have ever seen taken by a politician.

In times like these, why on earth would you seek to undermine, limit, or speak against ANY growth industry? And why are any of the other industries mentioned in this ad mutually exclusive to MMJ? Seriously, it's not like "putting dispensaries everywhere" is creating a real estate shortage for bioscience companies or discouraging manufacturing in any way. And I've heard from more than one real estate agent that their commercial divisions are being buoyed by MMJ right now, as other types of businesses are going under.

Her reference to solar is also bogus - perhaps she did not read the news when Xcel stopped accepting new applications for their solar rebate program in February, thereby breaking the legs of the 400+ small solar businesses in Colorado founded on the incentives that were passed by voters. Sorry Carol - MMJ had nothing to do with our public utilities shitting on the state's solar industry. Oh - but that is the free market in action and that's ok, right?

Great, then why don't you concentrate on the real problems and let the free market work its magic, as you pols always claim is the American way? There is a reason dispensaries popped up on every corner - it's called supply and demand.

You'd think these idiots would leave the MMJ industry alone and be happy with the outrageous taxes and fees they are collecting for a plant that grows wild on almost every continent on earth. It is just absolutely mind boggling and defies all logic to me.

Southwest Alternative Care
Southwest Alternative Care

Not good for the neighborhoods? Ask our landlord, our 15 tax paying employees, and the shops around us that have doubled their foot traffic since we opened. Ask the burrito guy who probably doubled his business just off of me, or the food delivery (Jimmy Johns, etc.) folks who deliver to us daily. We've personally shaken hands with every business owner for a half mile in every direction from us. We pick up litter off the street in front of our shop and donate to local charities. Can Ms. Boigon say the same?

Truman BradleyCEO

Southwest Alternative Care1940 West Mississippi Ave,Denver, CO 80223303.593.2931

be carefull
be carefull

Never underestimate the stupidity of the electorate, i.e. 8 years of W......

Guest
Guest

Right! there slogan should be our way because we fuck up the country more and more then blame it on the people and make the people pay taxes so they can live a better life ain't that a bitch!

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Interesting take, Ecodude. We're going to make it an upcoming Comment of the Day. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Ecodude
Ecodude

Replying to myself - Ecodudette just told me that Xcel finally agreed to restart its Solar Rewards program in March after much protest (yay!) but the Black Hills Energy solar program suspension still stands (boo!) Just wanna get the facts straight.

Still - as far as I know, neither one of these situations was influenced by the fact that MMJ business are popping up everywhere - and paying for a fair amount of electrical power to grow all that evil weed, I might add.

Guest
Guest

You forgot we got robbed for 9 million dollars to support the states budget ritter and his lies.

Samuel Wells
Samuel Wells

Oh, I have no illusions about the intelligence and gullibility of the general Denver electorate -- it is just that there is more than one candidate for the Idiot Voting Bloc, which should serve to split them nicely between Romer, Boigon, Brown, et al.

Carol B. simply doesn't have the numbers or the political savvy to out-campaign Romer, who will steal most of her votes the same way he suckered school districts in New Mexico out of their teacher's pension funds by talking them into investing in crappy derivatives when he worked for JP Morgan. He's a slickster and blowhard, is Chris Romer, and he will easily out-campaign and outspend Carol B for the anti-MMJ vote in Denver.

solar_satellite
solar_satellite

This commercial is yet more evidence that cannabis drives those who do not use it insane. At least Boigon is unabashedly anti-cannabis; the other prohibitionists in the race want it both ways. The media misinformation/disinformation campaign has created the impression that Colorado is represented by terribly progressive cannaphiles at all levels of government -- there is an information inversion with respect to the politics of cannabis, and the fact that Denver is pro-cannabis is not now reflected by its elected officials.

The dynamics of the mayoral race are simple: the candidate with the schlub vote and one other will go to a runoff -- at that point the question will be whether widespread negative perceptions of the former will elect his opponent. I hope that opponent is Doug. In Boigon's tiny mind, she is the pro-children/family/society candidate -- since she fixedly believes that cannabis is bad and represents some looming threat to children/families/society, she imagines that she can pick up the prohibitionist vote -- I wish her luck, because should she then fail to make the runoff and Doug subsequently be elected mayor, the People of Denver would send a clear message that they are serious about ending Prohibition.

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