Well said, T.Rump - I just experienced something of the sort in the industrial hemp arena - the FDA, DEA (still pissed at Jared Polis' hemp flag flying over the US Capitol building) and the USDA have declared that cannabidiol from industrial hemp cannot be used in edibles because it's an adulterant. It's the same cannabidiol that is extracted from the Charlotte's Web low THC marijuana, but CW Pharmaceuticals (CW = Charlotte's Web) is still using it in their products.
The CDPHE has always been 'business friendly', and this is no exception. Granted the MMJ and Rec business has been a boon for Colorado revenue coffers, but producing cannabidiol from hemp is far less expensive (licensing and cultivation issues both) than producing CBD from high THC marijuana. Characteristically, high THC marijuana is also low in CBD. CBD from hemp would virtually cancel the economic value of that compound in the MMJ/rec industry.
This growing season saw the entry into the industrial hemp CBD market of some substantial investments, only to have them put on hold by the back room machinations of the CDPHE, DEA, FDA and USDA. "Not enough research on industrial hemp" they say. Bull plop.
Colorado Springs is just being true to its lily white anglo-saxon protestant roots in attempting ban anything that has the appearance of being either fun on good for you.
The task force on Medical Marijuana was rigged from the beginning. It was designed to eliminate the MMJ industry in Colorado Springs. 75% of the panel is anti MMJ. Rigged panel and a complete failure! Did not even address the reason it was formed.
In April hopefully we can vote out from council these complete failures: Bagley, Pico, King and Knight.
As a combat veteran who has studied the research done by Israel over the past 4 decades and self-medicated (illegally until I came back to CO) I understand a bit about how the CB1 receptors function and how cannabinoids act as a buffer to lessen the effect on the synapses. That said, I would hate to imagine my life without the ability to soften some of the ongoing symptoms of PTSD that was exacerbated by mTBIs suffered from muzzle blasts of countless rounds of outgoing artillery. The prognosis without CBDs and MMJ would be bleak indeed, with my condition degrading to Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, a condition that won't even be diagnosable until my autopsy is performed - not looking forward to that, personally.
The archaic, misdirected machinations of the DEA, FDA and USDA have engineered an about face on CBD derived from the hemp plant - that innocuous member of the cannabis family that, by international definition, contains less than .3% THC. This is a direct play by the FDA and Big Pharma and not without a little help from the MMJ industry heavyweights to keep affordable CBD out of edibles because they have declared it an "adulterant". This, too, is why elections matter!
THis is why all elections matter
The issue is these clubs are illegally "selling" recreational cannbis. The city of Colorado Springs prohibits the sell of recreational cannabis. They are having people "donate" $25 to them and in return getting weed. Or having people "buy points" 1 point = $1 and they can then use their points to buy cannabis. Hence why they are an issue... People "donating" for cannbis don't need a medical card like the city requires to buy within the city limits.
I recently moved to the Spings and saw you on the news. I was so excited until I saw there was a membership fee. What if I find that your establishment and I are not a fit?
I love how they added "all" to the "flora" portion. I doubt very seriously that anyone that grows veggies, is doing it indoors. They will only send the swat team out for cannabis, otherwise, they will look even more stupid if they spend 300k to send out the team for cucumbers. Nice try on hiding the blatant discrimination though. I don't give a crap about their "fire ordinance" I will live by A20, not by City Council and the Mayors made up rules. Thank you never much...
now yall know THEY can not dictate what will happen in the privacy of your own home. i see a dozen law suits on the horizon. THE CITY COUNCIL NEEDS TO MIND ITS OWN BUSINESS....OR MAYBE DO SOMETHING ABOUT THE HEROIN IN OUR TOWN????
BULL SHIT free the weed im 68 and this is still ridiculous
Deschedule. Not reschedule.
The DEA, media and others are misleading the public. - It is NOT necessary for marijuana to have ANY medical benefits to be removed from the list of scheduled drugs. Far more harmful alcohol and tobacco have no medical benefits and they are not on the list. - The president can simply DE-schedule marijuana through his Attorney General.
End the federal marijuana prohibition with two clicks!
The cause of this niche business is the stupidity of making all marijuana dispensaries in some cities medical. It cost nearly half to shop at a medical shop with a card.
It's time to deschedule.
It's time to measure medical doses so patients can be sure they get consistent products.
Doctors will not discuss the use of marijuana with patients. Unless someone is dying from cancer a primary care physician will not sign the paperwork for fear of Federal retribution on their prescription number. This has created a niche for what many will call a marijuana Dr. For over 10 years I talked to Dr.'s about pain management for my back and all them said just use it BUT I can't sign that paperwork.
While some of these Dr.'s are just signing paperwork they are consulting with the patient as required by law. Make no mistake that they are able to make money for signing their paperwork and see many patients in a day because a niche market has been created because they are the only Dr's willing to make the medical marijuana recommendation.
I don't approve of the price gauging for the visit, the charge for plant counts or not having proper ID. I do know I use the same Dr. every year for renewal and have discussed the medical records that I brought from my primary Dr and my MRI.
It is not the law that is racist it is the cops.
seriously? oh cry more.....
Respect the vote. How is smell more important than lives? The neighbors grill makes me sick every night! Why does the mayor want to make good citizens into criminals?
Smart innovative people - why are so many north of El Paso County?
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Great article. Thank you for your support of the hemp movement.
We have another hemp building workshop coming up August 27 and 28th near Boulder.
John Patterson- Director of Education- Hemp Solutions USA
no one got bought off we just don't agree that alcohol is any better and think that they should lay off the little plant that helps so many people.
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