Colorado Cannabis CEO Advises Pro-Marijuana Advocates to Stay Positive Ahead of the November Mid-Terms

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Kindman CEO warns negative campaigning can only harm the progress made by the legal cannabis industry, and possibly halt the momentum of legalization efforts across the country

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There's a lot at stake, and a lot of issues being considered by both pundits and the public, as America heads into the final days of campaigning before next month's 2014 mid-term elections.

As the Huffington Post notes, the results of this “off-year” election could also have long-lasting implications for the continued legalization of marijuana in the United States.

Residents of Alaska and Oregon will vote on whether to legalize recreational marijuana use for adults in their respective states – while Florida could join the ranks of the 23 other states and the District of Columbia, that have already legalized medical marijuana.

Washington, D.C. voters will decide whether to legalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use; and more than a dozen other municipalities across the nation are considering dramatic changes to their local cannabis laws.

Ryan Fox, president and CEO of Denver-based Kindman, one of Colorado's oldest and most respected recreational cannabis producers and distributors, believes the advocates of marijuana legalization currently have the momentum in many of these races.

And he hopes both sides of the issue will avoid the use of polarizing, negative campaigning.

Fox remembers that, during the final three weeks before the historic 2012 vote in Colorado to legalize recreational cannabis, the campaigning reached its peak. That was also when marijuana opponents began to use attack ads.

“I think cannabis supporters involved in the upcoming elections need to take note of that,” Fox added.
“The best defense in their campaigns is a really strong offense, and putting out a really positive message for their communities about why this works.”

Fox says the pro-cannabis camp in Colorado prevailed during the 2012 elections because they “painted the picture of a responsible marijuana industry that is community-driven, and that wants to see their host communities thrive.” And that image has, for the most part, lived up to reality in Colorado, thanks in large part to the state's pioneering cannabis regulations.

“Positive campaigning and really pushing for what is right with this industry works,” Fox said, and could end up being a big factor when it comes to convincing last-minute, undecided voters.

He also notes the results of the November mid-terms are expected to have a major impact on what takes place during the crucial 2016 elections – when voter initiatives on cannabis are expected to be on the ballot in at least four more states, including the major marijuana market of California.


Established in 2009, Kindman provides customers with an unmatched cannabis product – grown in Colorado state-regulated facilities at indoor locations, using a customized process that combines food-grade nutrients and a unique soil mix that brings out the plant's best features. Close attention is paid to product cleanliness, quality, curing and processing.

Since the January 1, 2014 start of legalized sales of recreational cannabis to adults in Colorado, Kindman has provided high-quality marijuana flowers to tens of thousands of customers from over 100 countries.

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