Great news! We are not totally alone in our dismay that Colorado is in the midst of the next big (green) tobacco. Last week’s symposium was a tremendous success. I have never seen so many leaders agree that something must be done to fearlessly investigate, expose, challenge, and hold the marijuana industry accountable.
Some of the leaders and organizations that are uniting to take this fight on are:
- The Hon. Frank McNulty, Former Colorado Speaker of the House
- Diane Carlson, Co-Founder of Smart Colorado (http://smartcolorado.org)
- Henny Lasley, Director of Smart Colorado (http://smartcolorado.org)
- Dr. Ken Finn, MD
- Dr. Karen Randall, Parkview Medical Center (https://www.parkviewmc.com)
- Char Day, Program Manager at American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation (http://www.no-smoke.org)
- The Hon. Kirk Taylor, Pueblo County Sheriff
- The Hon. John Jackson, Police Chief, City of Greenwood Village
- Deputy Jay Martin, Douglas County School Resource Officer (http://www.dcsheriff.net/school-safety/school-resource-officers/)
- Darcy Kofol, Deputy District Attorney, Arapahoe County
- Doug Robinson, Business Leader
- David Blake, Esq., Partner at Squire Patton Boggs (http://www.squirepattonboggs.com/en/professionals/b/blake-david-c)
These leaders, which I am now calling the “Anti Commercialization Avengers” really are Colorado’s hope to thwart the commercialization of marijuana.
The culmination of the symposium was a lively debate (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2wNQst4pFs) between Jeff Hunt and Rob Corry. Jeff did a great job at explaining why the commercialization of marijuana is bad for communities.