Warren Edson, District 8 candidate, says he's 1st politician born of medical marijuana movement

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Warren Edson.
The list of candidates hoping to win the District 8 City Council seat that opened up due to councilwoman Carla Madison's death is a long one -- more than twenty to date. Among the more noteworthy? Warren Edson, who's best known for his advocacy of medical marijuana. Although he stresses that his run for the office is about much more than MMJ, he calls himself "probably the first politician born from this movement."

Edson notes that "we've been able to convince plenty of politicians to come over" to support of MMJ, "showing them that it's not scary and horrible. And I'm sorry, but it does create jobs" -- a reference to a controversial ad by city councilwoman Carol Boigon, who dropped out of the Denver mayor's race earlier today. "But I think I'm the first one to come from within."

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Another look at Warren Edson.
He's getting support from another political veteran with medical marijuana connections: Former dispensary owner Wanda James, currently the co-owner of Simply Pure edibles, who's acting as his campaign manager. She served the same function for Representative Jared Polis's first run for Congress, and she's been a member of the National Finance Committee for President Barack Obama.

Ask Edson why he's bidding for the office, though, and medical marijuana isn't the first thing he mentions. After paying tribute to Madison, who he lauds for her passion, commitment and involvement in the lives of her constituents, he talks about moving to District 8 in 1994 and "watching the area go from most of the houses being boarded up to a wonderful neighborhood."

However, he adds, "we still haven't seen the kind of economic development we need on Welton -- and even though these are tough economic times, we need to push for that. And we need to focus on job creation and education, too. I've got a six-year-old who goes to public school in the district, and I've got some friends who say we're nuts for letting our kid go here. But the schools are improving, trying hard, and we need to support them -- and we need to get more employment and more businesses to move in to provide tax revenues for further funding.

"I'm not someone who's fly-by-night," he emphasizes. "When I moved to Denver, I was fascinated that there was a neighborhood with houses and yards, but it was close enough to walk to the big buildings downtown -- and it's become a great place to live. I love baseball, and to have Coors Field pop up on the edge of the neighborhood, and to be able to walk there is something beautiful -- one of the reasons I fell in love with Denver and this district. And I want to see it continue to come around. Big chunks of Welton and Downing just aren't where they need to be yet, and I want to help this become an area where families and neighbors can walk to great activities, walk to the supermarket, walk to stores. I'd love to help bring that to the neighborhood."

How does he hope to stand out amid a literal mob of candidates? "I'm going door to door," he says. "I'll be out there, touching hands, talking to people who don't know me. And luckily, because I've lived in the neighborhood a long time, there are a lot of people who do know me."

The election is May 3. To learn more about Edson, visit EdsonForDenver.com.

More from our Marijuana archive: "Medical marijuana attorney Warren Edson on new law firm, new MMJ bill and new lawsuits to come."

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Every pro-cannabis voter in Denver needs to know that Jesse Shelmire and Rich Gonzales are the only two at-large candidates for City Council who support legalization of cannabis. There are a total of five candidates for the at-large seats on the ballot. I wish Warren well, but he is just one among thirty-nine write-in candidates for the District 8 seat. Every voter in Denver can and should vote for Jesse and Rich.

Oldtowerhand
Oldtowerhand

Well you so called ADVOCATES that don't think Warren should be elected should consider who would be elected if Warren isn't??I don't care what your opinions are, or what fairy tales you want to spread around, but the fact is if you don't elect Warren, you will lose a vote, and a seat on the City Council!

Celest
Celest

That's the thing about fairy tales, they are fantasy---Warrens actions are real life and many of his lies are on video or state record.

Corey Donahue
Corey Donahue

Where was he today when the grassroots activists defeated HB-1261. And why was NORMAL neutral on a bill that targets cannabis users with no clear science or why was he helping escort Dan Hartman out of the Cannabis Cup? Protest NORMAL this week and don't vote for this guy. http://www.denverpost.com/brea...

Boycott Corey Donahue
Boycott Corey Donahue

You, Corey Donahue, are everything that is wrong with MMJ advocacy.

You're divisive without cause. You urge people to join your pointless and warrantless boycotts. You are an island.

Boycott Corey Donahue, the man for whom nothing is enough.

Patient who was there
Patient who was there

hahahahaha...........Never doubt that a small group of people can't change the world, its all that ever has--margret mead?

Boycott CTI, too!
Boycott CTI, too!

Laura Kriho wasn't there either. Warren's running a campaign, what's her excuse?

Patient who was there
Patient who was there

even more impressive is

it's not laura running a campaign saying she is a pro pot person, 'claiming' to be an activist, it's warren.

Patient who was there
Patient who was there

hahahahaha...even better--blah blah blah...... laura wasn't there....boo hoooo...

much more impressive laura wasn't physically there but she ran an anti hb1261 campaign from a computer and apparently did a pretty good job on this. where was warrens campaign to fight this?

Warren is a Fraud
Warren is a Fraud

A vote for Warren Edson is a vote for a liar. Edsen claimed that he was an author of Amendment 20 for years, until Westword finally exposed his lies. If Warren would lie about this, why would anyone believe anything he sez?http://blogs.westword.com/late...

Warren is not a fraud
Warren is not a fraud

Read it again, fool. The quotes mean someone is saying is something on record. I believe he's saying maybe five words of what he suggested actually made into Amendment 20.

"None of us authored it," concludes Edson, who adds that Chilcutt only had a partial role in the finished project and that Edson himself, as a legal volunteer, "injected maybe five words into the sucker."

Patient who was there
Patient who was there

Warren is on video, testifying multiple times on record, that HE was THE author of Amendment 20. The Westword was the first to get him to admit he only might have gotten 5 words in. He's a liar.

Intrinsick .
Intrinsick .

According to your own link, no one knows who the "author" of A20 was because there were so many involved.

With your reading comprehension, I'm not sure why I'd believe anything you "sez", either.

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