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Colorado NORML endorses 2019 Denver Mayoral Candidate Lisa Calderon
Denver, Colorado: Colorado NORML officially endorses Lisa Calderón for Denver Mayor in the May 7, 2019 election. Colorado NORML’s mission is to move public opinion sufficiently to legalize the responsible use of marijuana by adults, and to serve as an advocate for consumers to assure they have access to high quality marijuana that is safe, convenient and affordable.
“Lisa is a justice reform advocate, working to reduced mass incarceration and hold public officials accountable. This would help many people who suffer from non-violent cannabis convictions giving those access to resources. As a child Lisa didn't think she had a voice, but she’s connected thousands of formerly incarcerated people with treatment, housing, and jobs. Lisa speaks out and can advance Denver with taking a bigger leadership role," said Colorado NORML executive director Ashley Weber.
Dr. Lisa Calderón is a Denver native and a longtime community organizer and leader. She has publicly supported decriminalization by proposing alternatives to punishment for drug-related offenses, testifying at the State Capitol and Denver City Council hearings on these issues, advocated for sentencing reform to reduce mass incarceration, collaborated with lawyers for record sealing and expungement clinics years prior to the current administration's efforts, and advocated for harm reduction strategies to reduce stigma against people who use substances.
Dr. Calderón also has 20 years of executive nonprofit management experience, including 8 years of working in Denver’s jails as the Executive Director of the Community Reentry Project, an organization that helped formerly incarcerated individuals reenter the community. All of this has prepared her to move Denver toward a more humane and less punitive approach to drug policy. Her academic background, including a law degree and doctorate in education, will guide her in developing solutions that are grounded in evidence, not in the politics of fear and stigmatization.
“As mayor, I would welcome and support the cannabis industry, not just tolerate it,” said Dr. Calderón. “I will put resources behind bringing together community members, cannabis dispensary owners, law enforcement officers, and policymakers to develop holistic approaches rooted in research to co-develop the next phase of cannabis policy in Denver.