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Chris Romer: Why is he not accepting campaign donations from medical marijuana businesses?

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Chris Romer.
Yesterday, Denver Post-endorsed mayoral candidate Chris Romer debuted a new ad during an event at Cake Crumbs Bakery. It portrays him as fighting for a small business against red tape; see it below.

However, Romer has decided not to take donations from folks in another type of biz -- the medical marijuana industry. Why?

Romer either sponsored or co-sponsored HB 1284, the main MMJ regulatory measure, and SB 109, which attempted to clarify the relationship between medical marijuana patients and doctors; former Governor Bill Ritter signed them in to law last June.

Along the way, however, Romer antagonized many medical marijuana advocates with blunt statements, including his prediction that regulation would result in 50 percent of all dispensaries closing.

Is the donation decision an attempt on Romer's part to distance himself from legislation that may unsettle more conservative voters -- and from an industry in which he remains a controversial figure?

Not at all, according to spokesman Zach Knaus. Via e-mail, he explains that "Chris was so involved in crafting the legislative compromise [that] we thought it would be cleaner to simply not accept contributions from that industry. We thought it was the right thing to do."

Look below to see Romer's latest ad.

More from our Marijuana archive: "Senator Chris Romer to medical marijuana community: 'There's nothing so keen to focus the mind as a bullet fired near your head.'"

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15 comments
Trick James
Trick James

Cuz he plans of F'ing over MMJ as soon as he is elected.

observer
observer

Funny flip flop from a man who just a few months ago called MMC owners to hit them up for donations.

davebarnes
davebarnes

Because Chris is an opportunistic douchebag.

Jake Browne
Jake Browne

That's like saying Bush wouldn't accept an endorsement from MENSA.Wasn't. Ever. Going. To. Happen.

LarryQ5
LarryQ5

He's pretty damn arrogant to think any MMJ businesses would want to donate to this snake in the first place.

Gene
Gene

Is he accepting donations from la raza?

Boulder Med Cannabis
Boulder Med Cannabis

there's way more money to be had from law enforcement and other anti-mmj groups. his legislation efforts have all been about one thing: getting Chris Romer on TV.

Corey Donahue
Corey Donahue

Chris Romer is Denver's George W Bush, daddy, daddy I do so want to be Mayor of Denver daddy, read it in a British accent for the full effect. Do we really want that kind of leadership? I fight for small business except when I eliminate small business. Yes and Iraq has WMD's we saw what happens with corrupt politicians like Chris Romer use daddy to get elected.

There is one candidate that supports Colorado in the list below and that is Doug Linkhart. If your against Cannabis Your Against Colorado.

Castlemans Bar and Venue4/6/2011Wed. 7:00 pmDoors @ 7:00 PM"Candidate Survivor" Denver Mayor DebateChris Romer, Carol Boigon, James Mejia, Michael Hancock, Doug Linkhart.

Oo
Oo

This fucking election is going to suck.

Oo
Oo

Because he is a Snake who works on behalf of Law Enforcement, Alcohol and Tobacco, and Pharmaceutical.

GhettoCaveMan
GhettoCaveMan

April Fools was 4 days ago - since when has Romer cared about doing the right thing???

Worst economy & real estate market since the great depression and Romer's platform is about AP classes in High School? What a joke.

If you gave this guy a squirt of PISS it would be waaay more than he is deserving of.

Anon
Anon

Actually there is a MMC that likes him. Since this would destroy their business, I will not reveal their name.

solar_satellite
solar_satellite

not necessarily -- Romer will face a runoff, and many people have negative perceptions of him for a variety of reasons -- we will probably end up with a better Mayor if people simply vote against him twice.

LarryQ5
LarryQ5

Any MMC that likes him should be revealed and let the chips fall where they may. Pretty hypocritical otherwise....

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