The Colorado Springs Medical Cannabis Council is infusing itself into the mayor’s race.
“With the new ‘strong mayor’ (form of government), it is vital that we have someone in the office that appreciates not only our patients but also our contribution to the community,” Director Tanya Garduno said in a mass e-mail Wednesday.
“Tom has proven that he would be that person for us,” she said.
Garduno called Gallagher, who spearheaded efforts to regulate the industry in Colorado Springs, “one of our most logical and respected” council members.
“As you know, Tom has spent hundreds of volunteer hours working on the Medical Marijuana Taskforce and has continuously defended the industry and patients against numerous attacks from industry opponents, including citizens and city officials. He has attended dozens of our events and events around the state supporting our cause. I can’t think of anyone who has sacrificed more personal time with no real stake in our game,” she wrote in the e-mail.
“As a special THANK YOU, I am inviting you to join me at his press conference (today) to show our support,” she added. “This is a small favor to ask for someone who has done so much for us.”
Gallagher’s formal announcement will be at 1 p.m. on the third floor of 31 N. Tejon St.