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Free cannabis dinner takes Libertarian campaigns to whole new kind of high

Lee Mulcahy, a Libertarian candidate for state Senate, is hosting a cannabis-themed dinner Sunday at the Sonnenalp in Vail.

VAIL — Libertarian candidates for the state Legislature are taking their campaigns to a new high.

Lee Mulcahy for State Senate is hosting a fine dining cannabis exploration in the Vail Sonnenalp's Garmisch-Munich room.

"My populist campaign is about government overreach and making government work for the people," Mulcahy said.

Mulcahy is running to represent Colorado's state Senate District 5, seven counties including Eagle and Pitkin. The longtime Aspen resident will be biking over with friends from Basalt.

Thom Haupt is running for the state House District 26 seat, Eagle and Routt counties.

Sunday's Fine Dining Exploration will educate diners on the benefits of marijuana and showcase the how marijuana can be incorporated into the fine dining experience. The event will feature recipes from the Food & Wine Fine Dining Cannabis Exploration presented by chef Randy Placeres, of Aspen Culinary Solutions.

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Placeres said he will use a variety of infused oils and butters on the food he prepares. The first course, for example, is a yellowtail crudo with coconut-ginger sativa oil.

The THC levels will be minimal, Placeres said.

Government overreach

Mulcahy said "it's just plain wrong" for Colorado to spend more on prisons than higher education.

"We need to reverse that trend," he said

Mulcahy said he wants to end Washington, D.C.'s policy of locking up "convicts of non-violent pot crimes for years costing taxpayers billions annually.

"By limiting federal D.C. overreach and making government work for the people, we can end the failed war on drugs," Mulcahy said.

Mulcahy also supports increasing the minimum wage on Walmart, Vail Resorts and giant corporations, while exempting small business; increasing dollars spent on education; saving the Thompson Divide; and state nullification of Obamacare, legislation written by "Big Pharma" and the insurance giants.

"Whether or not you support marijuana legalization, I support government that represents the people and Amendment 64 was an example of that in action," Mulcahy said.

Mulcahy also takes a dim view of militarization of local police.

"Why does Vail law enforcement need federal Homeland Security mine-resistant, ambush-protected troop carriers (known as MRAPs) to protect and serve?" Mulcahy asked.

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or rwyrick@vaildaily.com.

If You Go

What: Libertarian cannabis exploration dinner

When: 7:30 p.m. Sunday

Where: Sonnenalp’s Garmisch-Munich room, in Vail

Tickets: Free

Information: Lee Mulcahy and Thom Haupt, Libertarian candidates for Colorado’s State Senate District 5 and State House District 26, are hosting the event. Reservations are required. To RSVP, go to leemulcahyforsenate@gmail.com.