The Cannabis Consumers Union is a cannabis consumer advocacy organization that does not endorse any one political party, but strives to provide the cannabis community with information on which candidates support cannabis so that members can make informed choices based on their own political party’s candidates. Below is a list of candidates running for election or re-election and their views and voting history on cannabis. Please note that this list will be updated as we get closer to the general election in November:
John W. Hickenlooper (D- Incumbent) – Has a terrible record of coming out against cannabis legalization and not supporting the economic growth of an industry that has provided 10,000 new jobs, nearly $50 million in sales, and potentially $98 million is tax revenue for the state.
Tom Tancredo (R) – Supports cannabis.
Scott Gessler (R) – No known position on cannabis.
Bob Beauprez (R) – No known position on cannabis.
Mike Kopp (R) – Kopp is concerned about the impact cannabis legalization will have on children. He did not support legalization and wants to be tough on cannabis as he thinks legalization has been disastrous for public safety.
Matthew Hess (L) – Supports cannabis and was opposed to the extra sales tax on cannabis.
Mike Donafon (I) – Libertarian activist who is very vocal supporter of cannabis and is endorsed by the Denver 420 Rally.
Joseph Garcia (D – Incumbent) – Is currently Gov. Hickenlooper’s Lieutenant Governor and more than likely supports the same negative views, although there is no known position on cannabis that can be located online.
Vera Ortegon (R) – Mike Kopp’s running who does not support cannabis and has gone as far as saying that cannabis is not medicine.
Brandon Young (I) – Matthew Hess’s running mate. No known position on cannabis.
Don Quick (D) – Opposed cannabis legalization.
Cynthia Koffman (R) – Has stated that she will defend voters’ will, even if she does not personally believe in cannabis legalization.
David K. Williams (L) – Very public supporter of cannabis legalization and was a speaker on behalf of the Amendment 64 campaign.
United States Senate
Mark Udall (D) – On record supporting cannabis reform and in 2001 cosponsored a bill entitled “States’ Rights to Medical Marijuana Act.”
Cory Gardner (R) – Recently (as of 2014) voted against defunding medical marijuana raids.
United States House of Representatives
Diana DeGette (D- District 1) – Long time supporter of cannabis and recently introduced a bill entitled “Respect States’ and Citizens’ Rights Act.”
Martin Walsh (R – District 1) – Walsh is running against DeGette. He has not stated and position on cannabis and his campaign staff did not reply to a request for information.
Jared Polis (D – District 2) – Jared Polis is a very vocal advocate of cannabis and is also pushing for legalization at the federal level by introducing a bill to remove authority over cannabis from the DEA called the “Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act .”
George Leing (R – District 2) – No known position on cannabis.
Scott Tipton (R – District 3) – Does not support cannabis and recently voted against defunding the DEA’s medical marijuana program and thinks that cannabis legalization is dangerous for children.
David Cox (R – District 4) – Considers using cannabis a states’ rights issue and that the Controlled Substance Act is unconstitutional.
Vic Meyers (D – District 4) – Believes cannabis legalization is a states’ rights issue and that the Federal Government should respect state rights.
Ken Buck (R – District 4) – The Weld County District Attorney is against marijuana legalization.
Steve Laffey (R – District 4) – Is against cannabis legalization, opposes banking for the cannabis industry, and believes that Colorado is the laughing stock of the country.
Barbara Kirkmeyer (R – District 4) – No known position on cannabis.
Scott Renfroe (R – District 4) – Voting record suggests support for cannabis, however in 2010 stated that the National Guard be called against medical marijuana activists protesting at the capitol. Renfroe voted for cannabis regulations, against extra cannabis sales taxes, and against setting marijuana DUID bill.
Doug Lamborn (R – District 5) – Lamborn is neutral on cannabis legalization and recently voted yes to defund the DEA’s medical marijuana program. In an interview with Colorado Pols, he said he once voted marijuana legislation that was funded by George Soros.
Bentley Rayburn (R – District 5) – No known position on cannabis. In an interview with Colorado Pols, he shows no real commitment by saying that there is potential for medical marijuana, but that marijuana is a dangerous drug.
Irv Halter (D – District 5) – No known position on cannabis.
Mike Coffman (R – District 6) – Voted against Amendment 64, but stated that he respects the will of voters, supports the Colorado cannabis banking bill, and recently voted for defunding the DEA’s medical marijuana program. He also believes that cannabis legalization will keep Fortune 500 companies out of Colorado.
Andrew Romanoff (D – District 6) – Supported controversial blue wording for Amendment 44 in 2006 essentially stating that if passed, adults could give cannabis to minors who were under 15 years old.
Ed Perlmutter (D – District 7) – Supports marijuana and recently introduced the “Commonsense Marijuana Business Access to Banking Act.”
Don Ytterberg (R – District 7) – No known position on cannabis.
Douglass Campbell (Constitution Party District 7) – No known position on cannabis.
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Press Release: Larisa Bolivar, Founder of the Cannabis Consumers Union, the World’s First Cannabis Consumer Watch Dog Group, Joins Law Suit against High Marijuana Taxes
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Larisa Bolivar, 703-244-4857
Larisa Bolivar, Founder of the Cannabis Consumers Union, the World’s First Cannabis Consumer Watch Dog Group, Joins Law Suit against High Marijuana Taxes
Denver, CO – June 10, 2014 – Larisa E. Bolivar, the founder of the Cannabis Consumers Union and Executive Director of the No Over Taxation committee that ran the No on Proposition AA campaign, is a plaintiff in a law suit against current marijuana taxes along with a team of cannabis warriors who are concerned with the impact of excessive taxes and regulations on the very young cannabis industry, as well as the impacts on consumers.
The law suit, filed by Robert J. Corry, Jr. in City and County of Denver, Colorado District Court against Governor Hickenlooper, the Colorado Department of Revenue, Mayor Hancock, and the Denver Treasury Division, challenges the constitutionality of Proposition AA the current 25% additional tax on marijuana, as well as the constitutionality of the current regulations that are making new businesses and their customers bear the burden of excessive costs. Many of the regulations violate Section 16 (5) (a) of Article XVIII of the Colorado Constitution due to many of them being unreasonably impracticable. Larisa and the No Over Taxation committee is joined by Miguel Lopez, William Chengalis, and Kathleen Chippi.
Launched in April 2014, the Cannabis Consumers Union is the world’s first cannabis consumer protection group. While it believes that a well regulated market is the key to consumers and public protection, many of the current regulations have become unreasonably burdensome and violate constitutional law. The Cannabis Consumers Union is a grass-roots non-profit member-based charitable organization awaiting 501 (c) (3) exemption from the IRS. Founded by a minority, the majority of the merchant partners are minority owned businesses as well. Please visit www.cannabisconsumer.org for more information.
As anyone who hasn’t been living under a rock should know by now, Colorado, Washington, Alaska and Washington, DC have legalized the recreational use of cannabis, with the first legal cannabis sales occurring in Colorado on January 1, 2014. With that first sale, a new industry was launched. Born from smaller, more exclusive medical marijuana industry, the recreational cannabis industry is opening the door to millions of people looking to buy legal weed. This opened up a need for a collective voice for the cannabis consumer, whether that consumer be a recreational user, patient, or caregiver.
The cannabis industry is a brand new industry. Issues are now coming up that impact the consumer most, such as edibles, labeling, dosing, patient plant counts, and high taxes; however, these issues are battled over at the capitol by industry lobbyists with special interests in mind, not the individual. The consumers also need a voice in setting industry standards. These standards include consumer and public safety, price gouging, customer service, quality control, and education.
While there are a variety of groups advocating for patient and industry rights, up until the founding of the Cannabis Consumers Coalition, there was no national cannabis watchdog group looking out for all cannabis consumers exclusively. Most national organizations support the consumer and the industry, creating a conflict of interest that is never fully representing one specific group. The Cannabis Consumers Coalition is a membership organization that caters exclusively to the concerns of the individual consumer. It was founded by the people, for the people.
The name was chosen as a reflection of unity, and the logo represents the movement as it is, one for the people, the first representing power to the people, where it should be. The motto is “My Coalition, My Voice, My Choice” and reflects the individuality of the group. Together we have a collective voice, and together we have power. Together, cannabis consumers will work to set industry standards that meet their needs.
As the cannabis industry grows, so will the voice of the consumer. This is just the beginning of years of shaping and reshaping the industry. The time is now for an organization that exclusively advocates for you, the consumer.