Medical Marijuana

Friday, October 17, 2014

Contentious new marijuana laws proposed by Colorado legislature

Posted By on Fri, Oct 17, 2014 at 9:41 AM

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Assuming Democratic state senator Irene Aguilar survives a challenge from Republican Dawne Murray in November, the Denver legislator is set to co-sponsor a bill this upcoming January session with Rep. Jonathan Singer that would mandate that medical-marijuana caregivers register with the state, among other new laws, in an attempt to limit how many plants are grown. The bill comes at the recommendation of a legislative committee.

"The bill requires all primary caregivers to register with the state health agency and the state medical marijuana (licensing authority)," reads the bill summary, viewable below. "Any primary caregiver who is not registered shall register within 10 days of being informed of the duty to register. If a person fails to register after such 10 days, the state health agency and licensing authority shall prohibit the person from ever registering and acting as a primary caregiver.

"The bill requires the licensing authority and the state health agency to share the minimum amount of information necessary to ensure that a medical marijuana patient has only one caregiver and is not using a primary caregiver and a medical marijuana center."

Caregiver registration has always been contentious, with opponents citing its enshrinement in Amendment 20. Talking to the Associated Press, the Southern Colorado Cannabis Council called the bill "a money grab," with director Jason Warf saying, "For them to even write this policy is very irresponsible."

In an emailed statement sent in response to questions from the Independent, Michael Elliott, the executive director of the Marijuana Industry Group, says: 

"While we have seen caregivers provide critical help to patients in need, we have also seen black market operators abusing the caregiver program to illegally sell marijuana," Elliott wrote. "The state legislature will have a difficult balancing act with this bill. They will need to address major abuses of the caregiver model, while ensuring that bona fide caregivers are able to provide their patients with their needed medication."

The bill would also mandate the state "adopt rules establishing guidelines for physicians making medical marijuana recommendations for patients who suffer from severe pain," essentially tightening MMJ access in an attempt to drive any recreational users towards the higher taxes in the recreational market. Currently, there are 17,422 registered patients in El Paso County, with 93 percent statewide stating they use marijuana for severe pain.

Sen. Aguilar was reticent to say more, emailing, "After the November elections Representative Singer and I will be available to discuss this issue in more detail."

CONCERNING MARIJUANA ISSUES THAT ARE NOT REGULATED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE. by Bryce Crawford


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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Medical marijuana: The red card is dead

Posted By on Thu, Oct 9, 2014 at 12:23 PM


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Though this change was apparently made Aug. 15, I only recently became aware, so if you're likewise in the dark here's the deal: That lovely over-sized, paper red-card in your wallet is soon to be no more, finally replaced with a plastic wallet-sized card colored a lovely purple.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, which administers the Medical Marijuana Registry, says the new cards are more functional, and include:

• A new look with purple mountain hues and holographic images.
• Credit card size and shape to easily fit in a wallet.
• Durable, polymer material that is tear-resistant and holds ink permanently.
• Many security features to make it easier to identify the genuine product, including a glowing Colorado state seal that appears under black light.

A Reddit post offers mixed reaction from those who have received the new card: "Its not near as stiff as you would expect or want it to be. Its better than the old one tho," says one user, whose card looks like this. "Yes it is plastic. Thinnnn plastic. But plastic. I mean I've had blockbuster cards with more thickness than this thing. But it is plastic none the less. And should be somewhat easier to take care of."

From another: "A friend of mine who is a budtender told me he has seen them, and they are kind of flimsy and the letters can still rub off. But hell, that's how the rest of my health cards look. I'm just glad I can carry it in my wallet now and not look like a weirdo carrying my red card in my hand as I walk up to the dispensary and through the whole transaction. I don't want to fold it because it feels like that easily degrading social security card material. I think the purple card looks nice. And really, that's really the closest they could have gotten to the color of weed considering the 'green card' is already taken."

Replacement cards will still be printed on the current red-card format until supplies run out. "We anticipate this new design will significantly reduce the volume of replacement requests due to damaged or unreadable cards," says the department.

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Colorado's MMJ laws could sunset, state wants feedback

Posted By on Fri, Aug 22, 2014 at 2:03 PM

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Take this weekend to do what you've always wanted to do: Critique the Colorado Medical Marijuana Code. These are the series of rules and regulations legally guiding MMJ and they're scheduled to sunset on July 1, 2015 unless the legislature reenacts them.

So, before that likelihood, Colorado wants to know what you think about them:
Before the code’s repeal, the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies must determine whether:

1) the code serves the public interest;
2) the code should be continued; and
3) there are changes that need to be made to the code.
You can email all comments to the state here. There are also separate surveys for patients and caregivers, which close at 4 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 25.

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Friday, May 30, 2014

House votes to defund medical-marijuana prosecutions

Posted By on Fri, May 30, 2014 at 10:51 AM

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In a move marijuana advocates are calling "unprecedented," yesterday the U.S. House of Representatives voted to amend the Commerce, Justice & Science (CJS) appropriations bill — which sets the funding for the Department of Justice, among other entities — to end prosecutions of medical-marijuana patients.

The wording of the amendment, which was co-sponsored by Boulder's Rep. Jared Polis, is pretty straightforward:

"None of the funds made available in this Act to the Department of Justice may be used, with respect to the States of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin, to prevent such States from implementing their own State laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of medical marijuana."

As the graphic shows, Colorado Rep. Mike Coffman — who's in a tough battle for reelection against popular Democrat, and former state legislator, Andrew Romanoff — was one of 49 Republicans to support the amendment to the bill, leaving advocates jubilant.

"This Congressional vote is a huge victory for patients," says Steph Sherer, the executive director of Americans for Safe Access, in a statement. "No longer will we have to look over our shoulder and worry when the next raid or indictment will prevent us from safely and legally accessing our medicine."

It's fairly historic, as the amendment has been offered seven times since 2003, says the Marijuana Policy Project, and signifies the first time Congress has acted against the war on marijuana. Still, Sherer's statement isn't technically accurate, as the Senate still has to take up the bill. We contacted Sens. Michael Bennet and Mark Udall for their views on the measure, and will update this post if we hear back.

“If you’ve been wondering when Congress would be forced to catch up to public opinion on cannabis, it started last night,” says Michael Correia with the National Cannabis Industry Association in a release. “The House of Representatives has done its part to respect state laws, patients, and the will of the voters. The Senate should do the same.”

Naturally, our own Rep. Doug Lamborn, who's also up for reelection and faces a primary challenger as well as a Democratic opponent, voted against MMJ patients.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

State to hold meeting about possibly limiting MMJ caregivers

Posted By on Wed, Mar 26, 2014 at 12:32 PM

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This Friday, March 28, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment will hold a town hall meeting regarding potential legislation "to address Office of the State Auditor’s recommendations regarding contractors and caregiver limits, introduce a new department policy on the review of medical necessity, and provide the opportunity for public comment ..." reads the notice. It will run from 1 to 4 p.m. at the State Capitol Building in the Old Supreme Court Chambers.

Here's more from the Denver Post:
Colorado has about 5,000 registered caregivers, a designation created in the 2000 medical marijuana amendment that remains in place, even though the drug is now legal for all adults. Most caregivers grow pot for just a few patients, but some have waivers allowing them to grow hundreds of plants for more than six people.

The Health Department, which manages the state medical marijuana registry, wants a hard limit of 30 plants—six each for five patients, spokesman Mark Salley said Tuesday.
In an email sent to Laura Kriho of the Cannabis Therapy Institute, and copied by her to the Indy, state registrar Ron Hyman gives background on another change potentially made by proposed legislation:

"The Department has consulted with the Department of Law on various issues pertaining to the medical marijuana program, including contractor access to the medical marijuana registry," Hyman writes. "Without waiving our attorney-client privilege related to this issue, we received an opinion from our attorney general representative regarding contractor access to the medical marijuana registry, one of the issues raised in the medical marijuana program audit.

"Based upon this opinion, we are seeking legislation to define the term 'authorized employee', as used in the Colorado Constitution, and further clarify the right of access the Department's contractors have to the medical marijuana registry information. We have not yet received an opinion from the Department of Law regarding law enforcement access to the medical marijuana registry."

Those interested in submitting written comments regarding the potentially controversial moves should email them to  medical.marijuana@state.co.us.

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

MMJ patient Bob Crouse wins big with Colorado Court of Appeals

Posted By on Thu, Dec 19, 2013 at 2:59 PM

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Today, the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled 2 to 1 that a District Court judgment ordering the Colorado Springs Police Department to return the marijuana seized from leukemia patient Bob Crouse as evidence was the right move. The decision potentially bolsters a lawsuit filed against the city by Crouse, after he was acquitted at trial, because the plants were ruined while in police care.

"it's a 62-page opinion, 30 of it is dissent, but it is a pretty major victory for those involved," says attorney Charles Houghton, who represented Crouse along with Clifton Black and Laura Haynes, and is leading the current lawsuit against the city. "The appeal was filed back in November, and then Court of Appeals things take a while. But they ruled on this as quickly as I've ever seen the Court of Appeals rule on anything. It's huge."

As far as what it means at large, Houghton's not willing to speculate. "I think you need to read the opinion and draw your conclusion. Like most opinions, there's a lot of ways to look at it. And how it's going to be received and interpreted in the future is yet to be seen."

Here's what the opinion — authored by Judge John R. Webb and concurred with by Judge Stephanie Dunn — reasons: "The prosecution contends that the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) preempts the return provision. It relies on only 'obstacle preemption,' a subset of the conflict preemption doctrine.

"We reject this contention, for three reasons. First, the 'positive conflict' phrase in the CSA’s preemption section, precludes applying obstacle preemption. Second, even if obstacle preemption applies, CSA section 885(d), which prevents federal prosecution of 'any duly authorized officer of any State ... who shall be lawfully engaged in the enforcement of any law ...relating to controlled substances,' would preclude applying prohibitions in other CSA sections to police officers complying with a court order issued under the return provision.

"Third, and making the same assumption, the recipient patient’s involvement in the return process also does not create obstacle preemption because the federal government could not commandeer state officials to seize and hold marijuana, and the MM Amendment does not require patients to either demand return or accept returned marijuana.

"Therefore, we affirm the trial court’s order requiring police officers to return marijuana and marijuana plants to defendant, Robert Clyde Crouse."

But for Crouse's case — which comes after a failed prosecution by District Attorney Dan May's office, who also appealed the ruling to return the cannabis and may still appeal this ruling to the Colorado Supreme Court — the news is all good.

"Because now the argument about whether or not the medicine should have been returned at all has been answered: The answer is the medicine should have been returned," Houghton says. "It's never a slam dunk, but it certainly bolsters the position that we took, and that is that he has a right to [police] returning the medicine, or to compensation if they didn't return it to him."

The People of the State of Colorado v. Robert Clyde Crouse


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Friday, August 23, 2013

Feds apparently tell armored cars not to serve marijuana dispensaries

Posted By on Fri, Aug 23, 2013 at 11:41 AM

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A press release from the group Law Enforcement Against Prohibition says that the Drug Enforcement Agency is pressuring armored car services not to do business with dispensaries in California or Colorado. Little detail is offered on who is affected, but it's no secret that Colorado centers are almost completely cash-only, due to the same federal pressure falling on banks in previous years.

"Combined with federal restrictions and threats made to banks about doing business with marijuana providers, this ensures that businesses known to carry large amounts of cash will be transporting that cash without professional protection," says Stephen Downing, a member of LEAP, in the release. "You couldn't create a situation more ripe for criminal intervention if you tried. It's like the directive was written by petty thugs rather than by one of the most powerful agencies of the US government."

Here's the release, which also comes via famed Oakland dispensary Harborside Health Center, which is in the middle of its own battle against the federal government.

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Colorado's marijuana money keeps coming

Posted By on Tue, Aug 6, 2013 at 4:45 PM

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As the Medical Marijuana Business Daily reports, a July report shows the state of Colorado has recorded $225.9 $224.9 million in medical-marijuana sales between July 1, 2012 and March 31, 2013, generating $6.23 million in sales-tax revenue for the state. The news organization estimates that, based on current trends reflected in the third-quarter numbers (January through March), sales are likely to top $300 million for Colorado's fiscal year ending June 30.

All this despite shrinking numbers of dispensaries, says the Business Daily.

"Several factors could be at play," it writes, "including a rise in patient numbers; an improving economy that has led to more discretionary income for patients who also consume marijuana for recreational purposes; increasing acceptance; a slight uptick in prices; more accurate reporting by dispensaries and tracking by the state; and possibly even a spike in diversion."

That last point refers to a report from the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area that shows the multi-agency task force intercepted Colorado marijuana destined for other states 274 times in 2012. (We're unclear how they know it was grown in Colorado.) Look for more on that in tomorrow's CannaBiz.

Back here, the state's report shows that 14,572 red-card holders helped El Paso County see $12.5 million in MMJ sales this last quarter, and $36.1 million to date, generating $350,000 and $1 million in state revenue, respectively. The county's portion of that is remitted back by the state at a later date, so amounts aren't listed.

Finally, the most recent report from the city of Colorado Springs shows our local government cleared $109,234 in June from sales of medical marijuana, and over half-a-million to date in 2013.



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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Denver medical-marijuana owners draw 71-count indicment

Posted By on Wed, Jun 19, 2013 at 12:55 PM

From left: Conley Hoskins, Audra Wimer, Gerald Searle, Dialyne Parker, Dallan Dirkmaat, Nathan Newman
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From left: Ryan Tripp, Yesenia Melendz, Brenden Joyce, David Krause, Kurt Criter, Carlos Meza.
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Today, Colorado Attorney General John Suthers' office announced that a state grand jury indicted Conley Hoskins, Dallan Dirkmaat, Brenden Joyce and nine others "for defrauding investors and running an illegal medical marijuana grow operation," reads the release. "The twelve indicted individuals face 71 criminal counts related to the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act (COCCA) and felony charges for tax evasion, securities fraud and money laundering."

More from the release:

“The first red flag that something was askew came from the careful oversight of Colorado’s Department of Revenue,” said Deputy Attorney General Matthew Durkin. “These individuals stole money from their investors to pay off personal debts and hid their illicit proceeds from law enforcement and taxing authorities and illegally expanded their medical marijuana production capabilities.”

The other nine indicted individuals are David Krause (DOB 03/27/51) Nathan Newman (DOB 09/29/81), Kurt Criter (DOB 03/09/73), Yesenia Melendez (DOB 08/26/90), Carlos Meza (DOB 09/29/89), Ryan Tripp (DOB 10/14/79), Dialyne Parker (DOB 03/09/76), Gerald Searle (DOB 11/06/78) and Audra Wimer (DOB 02/03/87).

The indictment alleges an elaborate pattern of racketeering that began in January 2008. Hoskins, Dirkmaat and Krause are accused of engaging in a scheme to buy, sell, deal, cultivate and/or distribute medical marijuana in Colorado and at least one other state while committing securities fraud, theft, forgery, evading taxes and attempting to influence public servants through deceit. The enterprise evolved into a distribution ring, in part, because many members had longstanding personal and business connections with one another.

Hoskins, and Dirkmaat’s ran business ventures together in construction, car washes and medical marijuana dispensaries. The dispensary that Hoskins owned and managed occasionally used the legal services of Dirkmaat and were co-located in the same building as the People’s Law Firm. The indicted dispensaries are Jane Medicals, LLC, and All Care Wellness Centers, LLC.

Over time, Hoskins’ business interests evolved and he drew on his personal relationships and business experiences to raise capital from investors. He then used those investor funds to run illegal grow operations in Adams, Denver and Larimer Counties.

The filing of criminal charges or an indictment is merely a formal accusation that an individual committed a crime. Each defendant should be presumed innocent until proven guilty. These cases will be prosecuted in Jefferson County by the Colorado Attorney General’s Office. The next appearance for most of the indicted individuals is July 9, 2013.

Medical-marijuana indictment of Hoskins, Dirkmaat, Joyce and others.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

THC-DUI bill on its way to passage

Posted By on Wed, Apr 3, 2013 at 2:04 PM

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In this week's CannaBiz column, we wrote that House Bill 1114 — the effort to limit the amount of THC allowed in a Colorado driver's blood to 5 nanograms per milliliter — had passed out of committee and would likely see the full House before the end of the week.

As luck would have it, the full House gave the bill its first consideration yesterday, reported the Denver Post, and it seems like making it to the Senate for final consideration won't be a problem.

Two amendments to the bill passed Tuesday prevent a person's status as a medical-marijuana patient from being used as evidence of impairment or probable cause for a blood test. The bill requires a second, recorded vote in the House before heading to the Senate, but its passage in the House seems assured. No representatives spoke against the bill Tuesday.

The paper also noted that a bill that would allow Colorado MMJ businesses to take state tax deductions also passed the House.

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

'Speechless' politicians reportedly losing faith in marijuana regulators

Posted By on Thu, Mar 28, 2013 at 3:42 PM

Coming on the heels of an audit that showed major inefficiencies and incompetencies at the Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division, a part of the Colorado Department of Revenue, state legislators are seriously doubting the MMED's ability to also regulate recreational marijuana.

From John Ingold, at the Denver Post:

After [Rep. Brian] DelGrosso's comments Thursday, committee chair Rep. Dan Pabon, D-Denver, abruptly called a recess, and committee members moved to an adjacent room to vent their frustrations.

"They need to tell us how they will do things differently," Sen. Cheri Jahn, D-Wheat Ridge, said of marijuana regulators.

"If you're in the real world, all these flipping people are gone," DelGrosso said.

"Heads should roll," said Sen. Vicki Marble, R-Fort Collins.

That theme continued in another Post story, by Eric Gorski, about outrageous expenditures by the MMED — then led by longtime regulator Matt Cook — including $250,000 spent on furniture in one year.

"I am speechless," said Rep. Angela Williams, D-Denver, the committee chairwoman. "It appears there was a shopping spree."

"Apparently," said Sen. Steve King, R-Grand Junction, "we haven't learned anything from $400 federal hammers."

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Report finds major flaws in state's MMJ enforcement

Posted By on Tue, Mar 26, 2013 at 2:02 PM

The Colorado Office of the State Auditor, a state agency responsibly for checking facets of government, today released the first of two reports that shows the Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division has failed to fully implement its mission to regulate and enforce in a variety of ways.

"The Division has not adequately defined the oversight activities it must perform," the report concluded, "or determined the resources it need to implement the regulatory system envisioned by the General Assembly to oversee Colorado's emerging medical marijuana industry."

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In a press release, the Medical Marijuana Industry Group says the state needs to do as good a job with compliance as the business owners it sometimes hammers on.

"The [MMIG] calls upon the state to properly fund the enforcement division responsible for oversight of the medical marijuana industry," says Michael Elliott, the group's executive director, in the release. "The responsible business owners who are members of MMIG are doing their part to make sure the system works. Our members follow the law and expect state officials to give the Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division the budget it needs to ensure proper enforcement. We want more inspectors and oversight of the industry."

The Associated Press had one Colorado legislator's reaction to the news:

"We can't move forward unless we have a baseline. We have a baseline now," said Barbara Brohl, head of the Department of Revenue, which oversees the MMED. She assured lawmakers hearing the audit, "When we come back here in one year, this will be significantly different."

Brohl pointed out significant staff turnover in the MMED, which has to lay off a majority of its staff because of budget shortfalls. Her argument got a sharp response from Sen. Lois Tochtrop, D-Thornton.

"It's not an excuse," Tochtrop said. "You have guidelines, by statute and by rule, and they should be followed."

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Baking edibles: California vs. Colorado

Posted By on Tue, Mar 5, 2013 at 3:23 PM

On Friday, BuzzFeed (your favorite work time-waster and mine) posted an article with an anonymous edibles baker in California, complete with a lovely spread of photos of the baker at work.

Author Emily Fleischaker followed the owner of Ruby Doobies, who works out of Los Angeles. While the cookies and cakes RD offers ring familiar with those of us in the Centennial State, the business side of her operation is decidedly different.

For one, RD has no website ("it's not considered wise to have one," the baker says, alluding to her reasons for anonymity) and she barters for her shake. Her products are also sold not with prices, but donations, since you can't make a profit off medical marijuana in California. All of this leaves RD on terribly precarious ground.

Like Colorado MMJ companies, the industry is inherently hazardous, from the lack of bank backing to the schism between state and federal laws. However, RD faces the added danger of a highly unregulated system. California MMJ is a somewhat underground industry as compared to that of Colorado, which is litigiously tracked from seed to sale.

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But you knew all that. And you may also know that Colorado's own Jessica Catalano is making edibles incredibly easy to do at home. When the Indy interviewed Catalano last July, she was just about to put the finishing touches on her cookbook The Ganja Kitchen Revolution, a treasure trove of recipes that include your basic sweets as well as medicated soups, entrees, drinks and breakfast items. Most notably, Catalano breaks down the self-medicating process with a precise dosing chart that converts THC and bud amounts to conventional kitchen measurements. You can now buy it here.

Meanwhile, RD's baker is still working out of her home kitchen 20 to 30 hours per week, and hopes to soon move on to savory edibles. If the response from a hundred BuzzFeed commenters from across the country means anything, she has the support of the people.

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Friday, February 1, 2013

UPDATE: Rocky Mountain Kyngz and the Amendment 64 anthem

Posted By on Fri, Feb 1, 2013 at 1:05 PM

The other day we got an e-mail letting us know the video was ready. Strap on your YouTube glasses, and fire it up. (The action gets going around 1:35.)

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The Rocky Mountain Kyngz really require no explanation. Like the picture of a dollar bill on their Facebook page shows, it's all about the "Richest Dollar Pursuit." (I mean, they attended Stack Your Money University.)

Anyway, the Kyngz just seem to be a fun-loving bunch working to go hard and celebrate a certain lifestyle. To that end they've released their latest joint, titled "Amendment 64." (Look for the video soon.)

Some of our favorite parts:

• "I'm from that smoky state, you can see us from the coast / Rocky Mountain Kyngz, yeah we smoke the fuckin' most / Legalized weed, man, thanks to your votes / What up Colorado, roll another one to make a toast"

• Them Colorado chicks smoke the most, bakin' them goodies, blowin' clouds like a ghost / RMK, yeah we on the way, smokin' good all day, from that dispensary"

• "Been legal, red-card holder / I could smoke from the Springs up to Boulder / Without one weight on this kid's shoulders, now everyone statewide can — thank you voters / The police-man can't trip no more / Feds stay out this unless you want civil war"

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Friday, January 11, 2013

Learn more about Amendment 64

Posted By on Fri, Jan 11, 2013 at 2:38 PM

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This upcoming Tuesday Raul Perez and the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs chapter of Students for Sensible Drug Policy are hosting an informational session on the effects of Amendment 64 "and what we as citizens can expect," reads an e-mail from Perez. "Learn about the personal protections, the retail and taxing process, and the incredible importance of Hemp.

"The event will take the form of two Q&A sessions, the first will be led by Raul Perez and Michael Mangin Chairs of SSDP and [Young Americans for Liberty] at UCCS respectively. Then we will have an audience driven Q&A," Perez writes. "Our panel members are Mark Slaugh, Jason Lauve and Loring Wirbel. Mark is the CEO of iComply, a local cannabis regulatory company, and he was the southern Colorado director for the pro a64 campaign. Jason is the publisher of Cannabis Health News Magazine and is a longtime hemp activist. Loring is the Pikes Peak ACLU Chapter Chair and has long advocated for the rights of American citizens."

The 7 p.m. session will be held at the downtown Penrose Library. Facebook event is here.

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