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Spreading the high

Altitude Organic Medicine (523 S. Tejon St., altitudeorganic.com) hit a bit of setback two years ago, when it was forced by Colorado's U.S. Attorney to move because its west-side location was too close to Buena Vista Elementary School. But now the downtown dispensary is ready to expand its goods across the city.

"I can't exactly disclose the locations, but we are opening up two more retails," says manager Jessica Young, noting that plans include locations on Platte Avenue and North Academy Boulevard that would go public in December or January.

"And also we're going to put out an app so our members can have an express order," she continues, "where they can view our menu through the application; pre-order; [and] we would have it packaged and ready for them so they never even have to go into the actual dispensary — we'll have a to-go window. And that's going to be at all of our new locations, as well as our current one."

Young says the center "believe[s] not in budtending, but being medical-marijuana consultants," and grows and sells exclusively in Colorado Springs.

With a bang

Even in a state like Alaska, where marijuana is pseudo-legal, last year state troopers seized 2,351 plants and 296 pounds of pot and made 669 arrests, according to Alaska Dispatch News. That's why the Marijuana Policy Project has spent at least $350,000 on Ballot Measure 2, which, if passed by voters this fall, would tax and legalize up to an ounce of pot for those 21 and up.

And that's also why the Alaska Cannabis Club has been pushing for reform. A small wrinkle was revealed to viewers of KTVA-TV on Sunday night, however, when reporter Charlo Greene got a little, um, blunt:

"Now, everything you've heard is why I, the actual owner of the Alaska Cannabis Club, will be dedicating all of my energy toward fighting for freedom and fairness, which begins with legalizing marijuana here in Alaska," she said after her news segment aired. "And as for this job, well, not that I have a choice but, fuck it: I quit."

Reached by ADN later, Greene said KTVA — which issued an apologetic statement, saying "the employee has been terminated" — had no prior knowledge of her role. See the 24-second clip at tiny.cc/sicnmx.

Upcoming events

Operation Grow4Vets (grow4vets.org) will hold another cannabis giveaway at the DoubleTree by Hilton (1775 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd.) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27. Admission is $20, free for veterans.

• Flex your pen by hitting a free, hour-long poetry workshop with Hear Here at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 25, at Studio A64 (332 E. Colorado Ave., studioa64.com), before possibly performing the work at the club's open-mic night.

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