Medical marijuana outdoor ad ban one step away from Denver City Council approval

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Last night, Denver City Council unanimously backed the proposed ban on medical marijuana outdoor advertising, despite a majority of speakers opposing the proposed measure, as well as one advocate's threat to sue on First Amendment grounds. Council will now have to have a final vote to approve it on August 20.

About fifteen people got up to share their thoughts before council. Many of those against the ban pointed to sign spinners as being the real problem and asked council to focus on them instead of punishing an entire industry.

Yesterday morning, Rico Colibri, president of the Cannabis Alliance for Regulation & Education (CARE), sent council members an e-mail letter outlining what he sees as needed changes in the language of the ordinance and promising to take legal action if the current draft is approved. He watched the proceedings remotely, and he tells our Michael Roberts that he perceived from some council members' comments that they had seen the letter and were aware of a potential free-speech challenge.

Supporters say a citywide ban, rather than an initial proposal by councilwoman Debbie Ortega to target dispensaries within 1,000 feet of schools, parks and daycare centers, is needed in order to treat all dispensaries fairly, as well as to help curb negative public perception.

Keep reading The Latest Word for more on the ban, its supporters and its opponents.

In the meantime, it's worth noting that while council took one more step toward outlawing outdoor MMJ advertising, members moved forward on a $100,000 contract with Miller-Coors for advertising in city-run venues like Red Rocks and the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.

So for those of you keeping score: advertising booze to children and people who don't drink in our civic-owned public spaces is apparently okay, while advertising medical marijuana on both public and private property is not.

More from our Marijuana archive: "Marijuana advocate to Denver City Council: If changes in MMJ ad ban not made, we'll sue."

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RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

(Livefyre deleted my previous comment about the ban in the previous post, I see).

 

 I spoke against the proposed ban as entirely unmotivated and unnecessary, and urged the Council to make a resolution calling on an end to sign-twirling and other provocative advertising -- while I expected the ordinance to pass, I did not think the vote would be unanimous.  Councilor Ortega's original motivation to exclude MMCs from advertising within 1000' of schools is surely addressed by the Federal threats which are closing all dispensaries within a 1000' of schools, but the recent study by the CDC showing that dispensaries do not increase rates of use of cannabis by minors really vitiates any connection between minors' use of cannabis and dispensaries' advertising, and with that, the Council's entire purpose in backing CB12-0586.  MMIG and the UFCWU represent neither the interests of patients, nor that of ending Prohibition; no amount of circumspection on the part of the so-called "industry" can alter the fact that it does business as a regulated vice under the aegis of the Department of Revenue -- if as the People of Colorado declare in their Constitution, cannabis is medicine, surely dispensaries would be being regulated by the CDPHE!  Denver does not want to drive cannabis from the public conscousness, exact unreasonable fees of dispensaries, or restrict their ability to do business, but the City Council soldiers on in the cause of Prohibition anyway.  The Council is racking up a record of reaction and shame -- which is proudly and grandiloquently described as the "Denver Medical Marijuana Code", soon to have more useless injunctions added to it, not a word doing anything for patients or the general public!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

NewsFlash: Veronica Carpio, ex-Lafayette dispensary owner, pleads guilty to marijuana possession!

 

A former Lafayette dispensary owner accused of selling marijuana to be taken out of state will avoid jail time after accepting a plea deal, according to court officials.

 

Veronica April Carpio, 34, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of more than 12 ounces of marijuana -- a Class 6 felony -- on July 10 in Boulder District Court. She had been charged with three felony counts of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and three felony counts of distribution of marijuana.

 

http://www.dailycamera.com/lafayette-news/ci_21317818/veronica-carpio-ex-lafayette-dispensary-owner-pleads-guilty

 

Note: Amendment 64 would NOT have helped one iota -- as A64 does NOT legalize marijuana.

 

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Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

I'm the biggest pot-head there is, period.

Just over two z's per month, MYSELF !

In all actuality, I think marijuana ads EVERYWHERE,

would look trashy. Do you really wanna see those

idiots mug's on late night 'Head-Shop' commercials, on

bus stops and bill boards ?

Kids are gonna marker huge pot leafs anyways,

while waiting for the bus. I say let them deface all the

attorneys and realtors who arrogantly plaster their faces

all over the city...

Rob Strong Paw Ruby
Rob Strong Paw Ruby

yeah, because things that kill you like alcohol and tobacco is what we want advertised right?

Jonny D Foxtrot
Jonny D Foxtrot

Good...we if it's "medicine" we sure don't need signs and billboards advertising it like alcohol and tobacco...

Mitch Siff
Mitch Siff

Not like it's an impulse item or anything...

Tom Ballard
Tom Ballard

Most signage is obnoxious regardless of content.

Justin Jones
Justin Jones

It's a legal thing folks. I can understand people having a hard time explaining to their 10 year old what the green cross means and I truly believe that MMC's should be set up in private situations but that's not how it went down in Colorado. Tell your 10 year old it's medicine and stop the human billboards (for all businesses). I'm tired of being visually attacked by the little Caesars Pizza spinner and that freaky statue of liberty tax costume. Plus $10 - 1/8th's suck anyways.

Peter Dunn
Peter Dunn

It makes MMJ more like "cash into gold!" than something medical. But I also remember when doctors and lawyers couldn't advertise too.

Paul Andrew Rennix
Paul Andrew Rennix

any limit on the first amendment is a bad idea, but yes, mmj spinners do send the wrong message, at least until we pass A64...

coloradommjpatient
coloradommjpatient

What about PATIENTs and the ILLEGAL police linking to the confidential database??? Where were you when WE needed you CBA & Act4Colorado? Have you donated to the lawsuit? 

 

 

Why won't you help us? 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Seen or heard any Tobacco or Cigarettes advertised on Television or Radio media recently? ... 

 

... say in the last 40 years or so?

 

"Free Speech" argument = FAIL!

 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @RobertChase Aren't you glad you whined and complained about Disqus, demanding that WW get rid of it?

 

How do you like your "step forward" from the "status quo" now?

 

Ain't Livefyre great?

 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @coloradommjpatient 

 

Why doesn't BigPharma help the poor, uninsured, Cancer patients?

 

Why doesn't BigAlcohol help the homeless Alcoholics?

 

Why doesn't BigTobacco stop targeting Teenagers?

Guest
Guest

 @DonkeyHotay Booze is back on TV which is awesome, especially seeing as that it is much less harmful to people that mmj.  All those sexy young people dancing and swinging each other around the coolest hippest restaurants and bars while drinking Bacardi sends a fantastic message to the kids.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

 @DonkeyHotay

YET,

they glorify alcohol every other commercial during professional sports televised games.

There is a bar or liquor store on every other corner.

Off duty police officers take FULL advantage of each,

yet still drive as if they are on duty and on a high-speed pursuit.

D.U.I.'s end up costing $5,000 - $10,000, or more !!!

 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @Guest And if BigAlcohol acted like the asswipes who exemplify the Puerile Pot Clowns of MMJ Colorado, they'd be banned too.

 

Reap what ye so, Puerile Pot Clowns.

 

Don't forget -- there is NO "free speech" argument for Commercial Advertising. 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @coloradommjpatient  

 

Conflicting and Opposed self-interests.

 

The best interests -- financial, legal, medical, political, privacy -- of Patients and their Private Individual Caregivers are in DIRECT CONFLICT with those of the Greedy For-Profit Big $$ Dispensary Cartels.

 

Always were, always will be.

 

Sad part was that the Big $$ Dispensary Propaganda machine convinced thousands of clueless naive stoners and legit patients to support their avaricious attempts to conquer the Colorado MMJ industry.

 

Now the same fools and tools are being led into the abyss again via the LIES of the A64 pimps.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKgPY1adc0A

Matt_in_Boulder
Matt_in_Boulder

 @DonkeyHotay Maybe they need to re-brand their advertising as "electioneering communications".  It seems to have worked quite well for Citizens United...

Guest
Guest

 @DonkeyHotay Thank god there is 'free speech' for internet trolls though

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