Medical marijuana outdoor advertising ban moving forward at Denver City Council

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For the past several months, the Denver City Council has been debating outdoor medical marijuana advertising. The main question: Should it be prohibited near schools or banned entirely?

Now, a ban seems to have the momentum, and could be approved in the next several weeks.

Back in May, Denver City Councilwoman Debbie Ortega floated the idea of banning outdoor advertising for medical marijuana dispensaries within 1,000 feet of schools, daycares and parks. After constituents complained to her about gaudy weed-leaf billboards and sidewalk sign-twirlers, Ortega had approached several groups with her plan and gained the support of the Cannabis Business Alliance.

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Debbie Ortega.
However, directors of the Medical Marijuana Industry Group disagreed, countering with a proposal to nix all outdoor advertising for MMJ. Ortega's plan sent a bad message to the general public by amplifying the "We must protect the children" message coming from the federal level, MMIG argued -- so why not go for a full ban? After all, the group pointed out, fewer than 2 percent of Colorado's residents are medical marijuana patients, which hardly justifies the number of bus-stop ads, billboards and sign-twirlers that MMIG members say send a bad message to the general public about acceptable use.

Although Ortega stuck with her original proposal, Councilman Chris Herndon agreed to support a citywide ban, promising to craft a proposed ordinance by the beginning of August. At the time, council members said they'd consider both bills, then select one by August 20.

Now it seems that they've already made their decision. According to a Herndon aide, Ortega has dropped her proposal and is now co-sponsoring Herndon's. The draft language released on August 1 calls for banning signs anywhere in public view, including leaflets and handouts. It does not ban signs at the shops themselves, or prevent the businesses from advertising in print. Medical marijuana centers may also advertise their names publicly when they take part in a charitable event, such as fundraising for cancer research.

Page down to read more about the proposed medical marijuana advertising ban.


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RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

In the present adverse operating conditions, dispensaries do not need any further unnecessary restrictions on their ability to do business.  Most of this advertising does not redound to respect for cannabis as a medicine per se -- voluntary restraint and references to the fact that customers must be qualified patients would be more consistent with the sale of cannabis as medicine, but MMIG's pandering threatens to reinforce the notion that the use of cannabis is a vice -- Warren is right.

 

The so-called "industry" and its representatives should adopt the position that a ban is completely unnecessary AND that there is no groundswell of support for one.  They should tell the retrogrades on the City Council privately that they will work to establish a voluntary code of advertising conduct, then do it.  Imagine -- dispensary-owners communicating with one another and agreeing very modest limitiations on their advertising -- such a thing is at least conceivable.  With Walsh threatening the closure of all dispensaries withing 1000' of a school, park, or library and having closed 60-70 already, the motivation for Ortega's ban is largely gone -- surely MMCs not immediately being threatened because of their location can voluntarily agree not to advertise anywhere near a school or in a manner inconsistent with cannabis' status as a medicine.  Banning sign-twirling, introducing the phrase "medical cannabis", requiring references to medical use, especially if cannabis leaves are used in advertising -- there are any number of small changes which might mollify critics and contribute to the understanding that cannabis is an essential medicine.

Hermann
Hermann

If MMIG is so pissed off about the "bad message", where is the VOLUNTARY ban of all its members on outdoor advertising? Eh? All I hear is the crickets chirping still.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

.... oh yeah baby ... give me some more of that "legitimization" ... yeah, deeper ... pound it in there ....

 

 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @RobertChase So you're asking Puerile Pot Clowns to not be Puerile Clowns?

 

Easier to ask a Leopard to change its spots, or a circle to become a square.

 

As they have Sown, so shall they Reap!

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

 @Hermann I hear the same chirping after I try to tell a joke. Thanks for the post, Hermann.

Gary_Bowlmen
Gary_Bowlmen

 @DonkeyHotay Because people hate Cannabis not as easy as you like to make it ! See why your free for all Cannabis legalization bill would get laughed at !  

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

 @DonkeyHotay Your hostility to dispensaries has been consistent, and it is one of the interesting commonalities between your position and that of the prohibitionists.

Monkey
Monkey

 @Jake  Funny! A20 has been around for 12 years and people like you said the same thing then. How come we never expanded those limitations? Do people still think it's dangerous? How many more millions of dollars will it take to actually take a step?

Jake
Jake

 @DonkeyHotay

 Stop hogging the PC's at the Library, other people would like to use them.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @Jake  Stay in the Nursery until you learn how to walk like an adult.

Jake
Jake

 @DonkeyHotay  It's called baby steps douche bag, you get something approved and then you get more once people see that it's not dangerous.  You can rail all you want, your way has never gotten traction.

 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @Gary_Bowlmen "My problem is ..."  abject ignorance.

 

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Gary_Bowlmen
Gary_Bowlmen

 @DonkeyHotay This is what i dont get about you ! You seem really not to understand the current state that marijuana is in ! You seem not to understand how politics work You seem not to understand  how bills get passed and written. I cant even get you to understand why an 18+ bill would not be tolerated !Even if A64 passes, the 18-20 year olds would still be protected by those decriminalization measures. A64 does not supersede past decrim laws. Don't try and fool everyone that if A64 passes kids under 21 are going to be lockup and mass arrests are going to take place .Because that is BS !  

Gary_Bowlmen
Gary_Bowlmen

 @DonkeyHotay Sorry I made a typo ! Thank you spelling police !    My problem is every goddamm state that has legalization bill some jackoff like you has a problem with it ."Its not legal enough" "Its going to kill medical marijuana""18 teen year olds cant get high""Im a hippie so don't tax my weed man ""You can only carry 1,2,3,oz" (possession limits) George Soros is going to take our weed Blah Blah Blah !  

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @Gary_Bowlmen You can't even comprehend the difference between past and passed.

 

Stay ignorant, it's your best skill.

 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @Gary_Bowlmen past what?

 

HipTip: It doesn't help Marijuana Users and Growers to offer permanent Constitutional Amendments that are written for, and favor, LAW ENFORCEMENT, NON-USERS and PROHIBITIONISTS by CONTINUING 99.9% of existing CRIMINAL PROHIBITIONS against MARIJUANA !!

 

Damn boy, did your mother raise you stupid, or is that a skill you developed all by yourself?

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Gary_Bowlmen
Gary_Bowlmen

 @DonkeyHotay Furthermore who believes that ? Cannabis smokers ? Sorry Cannabis smokers alone don't get bills past ! Period ! This has to be a bill for everyone.    

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @Gary_Bowlmen Why is marijuana so harmful and dangerous that 10s of thousands of ADULTS <21 should be denied ANY legal access to it?

 

Do tell ... be specific ... and show your work.

Gary_Bowlmen
Gary_Bowlmen

 @DonkeyHotay And you want a free for all, untaxed, 18+, unregulated marijuana bill.  Someone does not seem to understand the current political state marijuana is in.   

Gary_Bowlmen
Gary_Bowlmen

 @DonkeyHotay "Yeah man Lets put 18 + on a bill man !!!" Retard ! Meanwhile Politicians are trying to save the children from medical marijuana advertisements.  

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