Monday, August 1, 2011

UPDATED: Are state MMJ regulators and dispensary lawyers in bed together?

Posted By on Mon, Aug 1, 2011 at 3:39 PM

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Update, 3:39 p.m.: DOR spokeswoman Julie Postlethwait sends this along: "Yes, the lease is signed. There is some build-out, a lot of IT wiring, and equipment/furniture purchases that need to take place - so we are shooting for sometime in September," she writes.

The supervision officer in charge will be Henry "Hank" Hasler, who will be running a 2,770 square foot office with a five-year lease. Rates on the lease will increase by fifty cents each year, going from an initial price of $13 per square foot, to $15.50 in 2016.

——— ORIGINAL POST, 2:30 P.M., MONDAY, AUG. 1 ———

They could be, you know, if there was actually a bed at 455 Sherman St., the law office of Dill Dill Carr Stonbraker & Hutchings and the new home of the Department of Revenue's Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division.

Here's the Denver Post:

On its website, the firm says it provides "medical marijuana business consultation and licensing services for all aspects of the industry," in addition to expertise in other legal areas.

The coziness of the quarters has raised some eyebrows in the medical-marijuana community and given critics of the Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division, or MMED, new ammunition.

The story says that the involved attorneys have worked with the DOR on previous rule-making, so a cozy relationship will be nothing new.

Springs-side, we're pretty sure that nothing as inventive is going on at 1030 S. Academy Blvd., the MMED's planned location. Just in case, though, we've e-mailed DOR spokeswoman Julie Postlethwait for details on the leasing arrangement, and will update this post when we hear back.

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