D.C. marijuana advocacy group calls for nationwide boycott of Holiday Inn | SummitDaily.com

D.C. marijuana advocacy group calls for nationwide boycott of Holiday Inn

Marijuana activists line the steps at the Colorado state capital on Feb. 19 to protest two federal racketeering lawsuits filed against state-based dispensaries, including Medical Marijuana of the Rockies in Frisco. On Thursday, Bank of the West was dropped as a defendant after the bank denied any knowing involvement with the dispensary.

A day after two Colorado marijuana dispensaries were named in federal racketeering lawsuits, a marijuana advocacy group is calling for a nationwide boycott of Holiday Inn.

On Friday, Marijuna Policy Project launched the boycott campaign after a Summit County hotel filed a Racketeer and Corruptions Influence Act lawsuit with the U.S. District Court in Denver. The management group that owns the Frisco Holiday Inn, New Vision Hotels of Colorado Springs, is the primary plaintiff in one of two RICO suits, historically used to target organized crime.

The suit claims the Frisco Holiday Inn location would lose business if a new marijuana retail dispensary and cultivation site opens nearby. The operators of the hotel say the presence of a marijuana business will hurt the hotel’s image and deter visitors.

In messages to its approximately 200,000 email subscribers and 414,000 combined followers on Facebook and Twitter, MPP urged supporters of legalizing and regulating marijuana to stop staying at Holiday Inn hotels until the lawsuit is dropped.

The Washington, D.C.-based marijuana advocacy group also launched an online petition targeting New Vision Hotels and Holiday Inn’s parent company, InterContinental Hotels Group.

“A majority of Americans want to end marijuana prohibition and we expect many of them would prefer not to spend their money at businesses that are fighting to maintain it,” said Mason Tvert, Denver-based director of communications for the Marijuana Policy Project. “We’re encouraging everyone who agrees marijuana should be legal for adults to think twice before spending their holidays at a Holiday Inn. If they won’t accept marijuana businesses, we shouldn’t give them our business.”

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