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Cannabis club reopens after renovations, city proposes task force, and more 

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click to enlarge Aaron Stone and Camille Mara promise a relaxed vibe at Canna Canyon. - GRIFFIN SWARTZELL
  • Griffin Swartzell
  • Aaron Stone and Camille Mara promise a relaxed vibe at Canna Canyon.

West-side weed

The west side's newest cannabis club, Canna Canyon (1507 W. Colorado Ave.), is open. Owner and CEO Aaron Stone has a strong background in the weed business, having worked on both the medical and recreational sides. The former JP Wellness owner ended a year-long stint as operator of The Lazy Lion in August to create his own club, aiming for what he describes as the pure club experience — something less like a nightclub and more like an Elks lodge or brewers union.

It comes through in the work that he and co-owner/COO Camille Mara have put into their remodel, with jade-green walls and a palette of dark woods and leather lending a cultured yet relaxed feel. The open space hosts a lovely painting of Garden of the Gods, plus pieces of local art and two display cases full of crystals. Of note, it's much smaller than any of the other clubs, with a maximum capacity of 18.

Beyond the expected range of flower and shatter, Canna Canyon offers (for reimbursement) infused chocolate bars from locals Shum-met, with a selection of THC-infused bars at various strengths, plus the company's CBD-only bars, which were named Best CBD Edible at the 2015 Cannabis Cup. You can also find rosin-pressed hash, of which Stone is a fan.

For those unfamiliar, the rosin technique involves using a hot press like a hair straightener to extract concentrated THC without flammable solvents. Not only is he planning a seminar on pressing for a yet-to-be-determined date in mid-December, he's also investing in a T-shirt press, which will allow club members to press rosin hash on-site.

It's worth noting, too, that Stone wants to accommodate MMJ patients who are just looking for somewhere quiet to smoke. Patients can present their same-day dispensary receipts to get in for $2 instead of the usual $5.

On the job

City officials have released a proposed list of members for the marijuana task force mandated by the moratorium ordinance passed earlier this month. As proposed, the 14-person group will be led by Councilor Larry Bagley and include City Clerk Sarah Johnson, Attorney Charles T. Houghton, Colorado Springs Police Department Cmdr. Sean Mandel, City Attorney Wynetta Massey, Director of Planning and Development Peter Wysocki, Green Pharm/Elevated Extractions owner Dale Hecht, A Wellness Centers manager Tom Scudder, Council of Neighbors and Organizations director emeritus Jan Doran, Deputy Chief of Staff Bret Waters, Colorado Springs Forward Chair Lynette Crow-Iverson, RE/Max real estate broker John Harding, Springs Fire Marshal Brett Lacey, and Brian Anderson of Colorado Springs Utilities.

The task force is expected to "review, study, develop, evaluate, and review laws and regulations pertaining to marijuana businesses, including but not limited to location and licensing criteria, fees, advertising, and other time, place, manner, and number regulations," according to city documents. As of press time, City Council had yet to vote on the proposed members of the task force.

Fueling growth

Gas & Grass has opened its location at 17th and Uintah streets. As reported earlier this month, Denver-based Native Roots put dispensaries into two defunct Conoco stations and is keeping the gas a-flowing, offering discounted fuel for their patients.

So far, business out east has been strong, though there has been one point of confusion: Anyone can buy gasoline from either location, not just MMJ patients. Attached dispensaries aside, both locations do function as everyday gas stations. The Uintah location's convenience store even has a small selection of chips, candy bars and soda in addition to the tobacco products and lottery tickets sold both places. But the Native Roots branded merchandise is still only sold in the dispensary.

  • Something less like a nightclub and more like an Elks lodge.

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