Medical marijuana outdoor advertising ban moving forward at Denver City Council
You can view the proposed language by going to the Denver City Council agenda page and clicking on the bill title at the left, then opening the .pdf files that pop up on the right side of the screen under the video.
MMIG director Michael Elliott went on attorney Warren Edson's weekly radio program on Monday to explain his organization's position. In the conversation, Elliott argues that Ortega's ban would be unfair to MMCs in Denver because it would ban about 80 percent of them from advertising outdoors. The remaining 20 percent would have an unfair advantage, so why not level the playing field and ban all ads?
"There's a few big benefits to this," Elliott said. "It's more fair for the businesses, because it's the same rules for everybody. It's more fair for the neighborhoods because certain neighborhoods, then, aren't going to get stuck with all of those advertisements. And a great thing about it is, this ordinance is no longer about protecting kids. This ordinance is really about: 'Is it appropriate for the businesses to be targeting their advertisements at the general population as opposed to the two percent of patients that are registered here in the state of Colorado?'"
Their conversation begins around the 17:30 mark.
Despite the contentions of MMIG members, Edson maintains that the total ban is unnecessary and sends the wrong message. "It sure looks like we are saying that it's not just bad for kids, but bad for everybody," he notes.
Herndon's aide says the council will hold public discussion on the proposed measure at its next meeting, on Monday, August 13, and could vote to enact it two weeks later.
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