Scott Durrah, First African-American Licensed Dispensary Owner, To Run For Denver City Council.

COLORADO: Scott Durrah, owner of Simply Pure Dispensary and longtime Denver resident, has announced his candidacy for NW Denver, District 1 City Council.  With the rise of politically diverse voices emerging across the country, Durrah, a Marine veteran, long-time entrepreneur and activist who has campaigned for many officials from President Obama to Colorado’s recently-elected and newly dubbed “Pot Governor” Jared Polis, believes now is the time to join the race and represent his community.
Scott Durrah For Denver City Council“I’m running to take a principled stand for residents of this district on a wide range of issues including an emphasis on community focused development and addressing the ongoing concerns with our infrastructure at a time of hyper growth,” says Durrah.Over the last decade, Northwest Denver has seen significant changes, especially in the relationship between residents and development. The growing population and rise in rental costs and property values have pushed out many long-time locals and small business owners. Durrah, who has solid relationships with old and new community members says, “there must be a bridge that connects real solutions to our growing community issues.”

Durrah and wife Wanda James have owned and operated five businesses employing over 100 people in their 13 years as homeowners and residents of NW Denver.  The couple is known in Colorado politics as fundraisers for President Obama’s National Finance Committee and are nationally known for their work in social justice and advancing the legalization of cannabis. Scott’s television appearances include The Daily Show, CBS This Morning’s “Eat, Drink & Be Merry” and VICE as a professional chef and as an advocate for medical marijuana education.

As the first African-American in the United State to receive a legal vertical cannabis distribution, cultivation and production license, Durrah is also among a growing number of voices speaking to the political power of cannabis.  Across the country, from 2020 presidential hopefuls to local elections, candidates are throwing their support behind cannabis legalization and its potential to generate tax revenue for community reinvestment, as well as beginning to address long-standing  social justice issues.

Durrah says, “I value the people in my community and I know I can make a difference. My diverse professional background has prepared me to take on this responsibility. I am the bridge that connects residents and small businesses to local government. As the City Council member representing District 1, I will be the eyes, ears and voice for our community and speak for the responsible community-driven growth we want for all neighborhoods.”