Please push for more open records requests. The Cities, Counties, and State are trying to bleed MMCs dry. Keep us updated
So after taking in $10 MILLION in fees, the MMED still can't get this right. Matt Cook and the MMED have failed. Good luck to the MMCs out there.
..."But [the industry] could be a strong force if they could band together and do that."
I agree with Mary, we could be a strong force if we could band together- There are so many patients who are home bound, handicapped, elderly, or just plain unaware.
I don't believe that the average CO MMJ patient is aware of a lot of what's going on 'behind the scenes' . I mean most of us have a hard time just getting to doctor's appointments and going grocery shopping. There is a community within our community that is at or below poverty level.
May I refer to Maslow's Heirarchy of Needs- we need to reach that "other community", you know, the one that lives on next to nothing, struggling to make ends meet. Some of those people can't see past the pain or the stress of everyday living nevertheless staying up to date on all forever changing laws.
Everybody seems to be making money from the "industry"- which is fine, whatever, we all gotta pay the bills somehow. All I'm sayin' is that there is an untapped patient population that are not in the "industry" and would be happy to vote if they could get a ride....
As for me, I am a mere patient and though I live on a very limited income due to my disability I don't fall through the cracks because, well, simply put, I gotta big mouth!
WE MISS YOU MARY!!!!
Thanks for the support Jack! You too G.Omurry! And thank you to all of our loyal customers who voted for us! We appreciate you!!!
HOLDING IT DOWN IN C-TOWN!!!
-The SF Crew.
AMCS would like to invite you to attend our End the War on Drugs Party - June 17th, 18th, 19th, 2011.
A win for Strawberry Fields is a win for ALL MMJ Centers and Colorado Springs.
AMCS would like to congratuatate the SF team. Keep up the good work, nieghbor.
June 17 marks the 40th anniversary of President Nixon's declaration of war on drugs, an effort that has cost the U.S. $1 trillion to date. What have we gotten for our investment?
Not much that's good. Drug use in the U.S. has dropped since its peak in 1979, when surveys showed that 54% of high school seniors reported using an illegal drug at least once in the past year; that proportion has bounced up and down since 1988 and has settled at about 38%. But the rate of the most dangerous type of drug use - daily use - has remained virtually unchanged since 1975 for marijuana, cocaine and opioids.
Our team supports safe, informed and affordable access to MMJ for qualified and registered patients in accordance with the Colorado Constitution, Amend 20, and HB 1284.
I checked into that and it could not be, the other centers they were up against in Denver and Boulder have 3 and 4 retail locations, all of them with the "gold" listings. So if what you were saying is true, then surely one of those bigger operations should have one. No, this one is for real, Go C.Springs for the Colorado MMJ scene!!!!!!
Dear Tree of Life, while we respect your rights to 'spin signs' it does add a bit of clown and circus like mentality to your brand.
Indeed, as I drove by two weeks ago the spinners were spinning like champs - but they looked just like the stereotypical dealers, users, and 'g-men' that one would expect on a bad hip hop album.
I truly respect your rights - but your brand has only as much value as you present it.
Last year Tree of Life won 'best of' for good cause. It was a classy place.
This year, Tree of Life will certainly win the spinners contest. Good luck to us all.
The Care Giver is cemented in the Colorado Constitution. It is protected; however, changes are coming.
As with all laws, they change. AMCS has spent $100's of thousand to be compliant.
AMCS believes that the war on drugs has cost billions of dollars and thousands of lives.
On June 17th, the war on drugs will be 40 years old. Let's just say "NO" to the war on drugs. Let's regulate tax and monitor.
Colorado is quickly becoming THE leading MMJ State. We can and should set the highest standards.
We wish our caregiver friends the best of luck - you may need it.
You guys are lucky. Those sign spinners are everywhere in Denver. It is getting a little out of hand.
I am gratified that our politicians have decided to get some facts regarding the blood level of THC and driving (or any other activity, like working!). The federal recognized UA testing is only accurate to 15 nanograms and it can detect THC for about 30 days after cessation of use. There should be limits, but to condemn patients to be persecuted for using a LEGAL herbal medicine, with limits that are someone's fantasy, with standards and rules for use that are not required for any other legally administered medication is a misapplication of the political/legal system.
Please don't vote for any of the "reform team", or any of these ultra-Conservatives.
Another good question...where were the reform team when all of the candidate showed up to present their ideas on questions the other night? The news reported they would not show up due to planned parenthood being a sponsor. Well if they won't represent all of us, and our rights, they should not represent any of us!
Doug Bruce is all talk no show. Where was he on March 22 when the city council passed and ordnance that will quite possibly put the dispensaries out of business? I didn't see him stand up before the city council and speak against the ordnance.
It makes no sense that anyone would attack a patient's rights to ingest medical marijuana as an edible. Older patients who never smoked, never will. They can safely benefit from THC through edibles. Please find these delusioned legislators a job. Perhaps they would serve their constituents more effectively by bringing work to Colorado; not by seeking to destroy a beneficial, tax-paying industry.
NOT VERY SAFE INDEED!!! I have to wonder about Identity Theft with our MMJ patient files with MMCs and feel that MMCs should be under a high money penalty for unsecure disclosure to employees or disposal of said records. It is not right that we are required to give our SS# to MMCs if they are not going to keep the info under lock and key. Can any employee see my SS#? How about credit card info?
physician preferred products,
this place has the dank meds across the board, they are on top of their game and they will eventually compete with nearby springs dispensarys..I have visited alot of the COLORADO AVE centers...and will tell you none of them carry as many top shelfs grown properly and with the finish that Physician Preferred....
Good luck and success!!
JURY POOL IN MMJ CASE STAGES 'MUTINY' / DISMISSES CHARGES- Missoula District Court
GWEN FLORIO of the Missoulian | Posted: Sunday, December 19, 2010 5:20 pm
A funny thing happened on the way to a trial in Missoula County District Court last week.
Jurors – well, potential jurors – staged a revolt.
They took the law into their own hands, as it were, and made it clear they weren’t about to convict anybody for having a couple of buds of marijuana. Never mind that the defendant in question also faced a felony charge of criminal distribution of dangerous drugs.
The tiny amount of marijuana police found while searching Touray Cornell’s home on April 23 became a huge issue for some members of the jury panel.
No, they said, one after the other. No way would they convict somebody for having a 16th of an ounce.
In fact, one juror wondered why the county was wasting time and money prosecuting the case at all, said a flummoxed Deputy Missoula County Attorney Andrew Paul.
District Judge Dusty Deschamps took a quick poll as to who might agree. Of the 27 potential jurors before him, maybe five raised their hands. A couple of others had already been excused because of their philosophical objections.
“I thought, ‘Geez, I don’t know if we can seat a jury,’ ” said Deschamps, who called a recess.
And he didn’t.
During the recess, Paul and defense attorney Martin Elison worked out a plea agreement. That was on Thursday.
On Friday, Cornell entered an Alford plea, in which he didn’t admit guilt. He briefly held his infant daughter in his manacled hands, and walked smiling out of the courtroom.
“Public opinion, as revealed by the reaction of a substantial portion of the members of the jury called to try the charges on Dec. 16, 2010, is not supportive of the state’s marijuana law and appeared to prevent any conviction from being obtained simply because an unbiased jury did not appear available under any circumstances,” according to the plea memorandum filed by his attorney.
“A mutiny,” said Paul.
“Bizarre,” the defense attorney called it.
In his nearly 30 years as a prosecutor and judge, Deschamps said he’s never seen anything like it.
“I think that’s outstanding,” John Masterson, who heads Montana NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws), said when told of the incident. “The American populace over the last 10 years or so has begun to believe in a majority that assigning criminal penalties for the personal possession of marijuana is an unjust and a stupid use of government resources.”
Masterson is hardly an unbiased source.
On the other hand, prosecutor, defense attorney and judge all took note that some of the potential jurors expressed that same opinion.
“I think it’s going to become increasingly difficult to seat a jury in marijuana cases, at least the ones involving a small amount,” Deschamps said.
The attorneys and the judge all noted Missoula County’s approval in 2006 of Initiative 2, which required law enforcement to treat marijuana crimes as their lowest priority – and also of the 2004 approval of a statewide medical marijuana ballot initiative.
And all three noticed the age of the members of the jury pool who objected. A couple looked to be in their 20s. A couple in their 40s. But one of the most vocal was in her 60s.
“It’s kind of a reflection of society as a whole on the issue,” said Deschamps.
Which begs a question, he said.
Given the fact that marijuana use became widespread in the 1960s, most of those early users are now in late middle age and fast approaching elderly.
Is it fair, Deschamps wondered, in such cases to insist upon impaneling a jury of “hardliners” who object to all drug use, including marijuana?
“I think that poses a real challenge in proceeding,” he said. “Are we really seating a jury of their peers if we just leave people on who are militant on the subject?”
Although the potential jurors in the Cornell case quickly focused on the small amount of marijuana involved, the original allegations were more serious – that Cornell was dealing; hence, a felony charge of criminal distribution of dangerous drugs.
Because the case never went to trial, members of the jury pool didn’t know that Cornell’s neighbors had complained to police that he was dealing from his South 10th Street West four-plex, according to an affidavit in the case. After one neighbor reported witnessing an alleged transaction between Cornell and two people in a vehicle, marijuana was found in the vehicle in question.
The driver and passenger said they’d bought it from Cornell, the affidavit said. A subsequent search of his home turned up some burnt marijuana cigarettes, a pipe and some residue, as well as a shoulder holster for a handgun and 9mm ammunition. As a convicted felon, Cornell was prohibited from having firearms, the affidavit noted.
Cornell admitted distributing small amounts of marijuana and “referred to himself as a person who connected other dealers with customers,” it said. “He claimed his payment for arranging deals was usually a small amount of marijuana for himself.”
Potential jurors also couldn’t know about Cornell’s criminal history, which included eight felonies, most of them in and around Chicago several years ago. According to papers filed in connection with the plea agreement, Cornell said he moved to Missoula to “escape the criminal lifestyle he was leading,” but he’s had a number of brushes with the law here.
Those include misdemeanor convictions for driving while under the influence and driving with a suspended license, and a felony conviction in August of conspiracy to commit theft, involving an alleged plot last year to stage a theft at a business where a friend worked, the papers said. He was out on bail in that case when the drug charges were filed.
In sentencing him Friday, Deschamps referred to him as “an eight-time loser” and said, “I’m not convinced in any way that you don’t present an ongoing threat to the community.”
Deschamps also pronounced himself “appalled” at Cornell’s personal life, saying: “You’ve got no education, you’ve got no skills. Your life’s work seems to be going out and impregnating women and not supporting your children.”
The mother of one of those children, a 3-month-old named Joy who slept through Friday’s sentencing, was in the courtroom for Friday’s sentencing. Cornell sought and received permission to hug his daughter before heading back to jail.
Deschamps sentenced Cornell to 20 years, with 19 suspended, under Department of Corrections supervision, to run concurrently with his sentence in the theft case. He’ll get credit for the 200 days he’s already served. The judge also ordered Cornell to get a GED degree upon his release.
“Instead of being a lazy bum, you need to get an education so you can get a decent law-abiding job and start supporting your family,” he said.
Normally, Paul said after the sentencing, a case involving such a small amount of marijuana wouldn’t have gone this far through the court system except for the felony charge involved.
But the small detail in this case may end up being a big game-changer in future cases.
The reaction of potential jurors in this case, Paul said, “is going to be something we’re going to have to consider.”
Reporter Gwen Florio can be reached at 523-5268 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Anyone know the current amount of taxes from mmj sales going into the city coffers?
And by the way,knowing the twist of local politics,if and when the local economy returns ;how fast will the politicos/religious fanatics attempt to burn down the mmj businesses after the city can get along without the tax cash from weed?
There are thousands of 'entities' who do not buy into 1284. They call us caregivers, and we grow weed and get it to those in need while the dispensaries drown in regulations brought on by their own greed. http://420.co
If you're concerned with quality and potency, all you need is to read reviews of the shops you are thinking about going to, and they'll tell you if that store is providing the kind of quality medicine you want. State regulation will accomplish very little in affecting the quality available, customer demand however will force all growers and dispensaries to maintain a high level of quality in their product or face failure in their business.
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