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CannaBiz: Chicago bust linked to Springs 

Big-city blowback

In a statement earlier this week, the Colorado Springs Police Department reported that more than 140 pounds of marijuana were seized in an operation it ran with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and Illinois State Police. An interstate investigation determined that some of the marijuana being shipped into Chicago originated in Colorado, some specifically from the home at 2745 Oro Blanco Drive.

Property records reveal Judith Schnur purchased the home in 2007. The same address is listed on state business license forms for Hegemony Extraction Sciences and Pharm-Fed, LLC, along with the name Matthew Schnur, a local medical marijuana advocate.

We reached Matthew by e-mail. He didn't confirm any involvement, but did offer this: "There is a story, and I'd be happy to share it after my attorney has cleared me to do so. I appreciate your understanding during this stressful time."

No local arrests had been made as of the Indy's deadline.

Canni-date

If your whole week's taken up with educating, advocating and/or medicating — leaving little time to find that certain special someone with a similar green interest — fear not. Cannafriends.com is here, with all the added benefits that a dating site "exclusively for medical marijuana patients, advocates, supporters and industry professionals" brings, says founder Audrey Hatfield.

"It's not a 4/20-type site. It's more of a serious site," says Hatfield, who's also the president of the MMJ advocacy group Coloradans 4 Cannabis Patient Rights. "There's a forum — you can share recipes, blogging, news."

While the website officially launches in two weeks, the first 100 people who sign up now will receive free membership for life. Afterward, it's $4.20 per month for the first three months, and $15 per month thereafter.

Frustrating banking

Here's how the banking situation's progressing for medical marijuana centers in Colorado Springs: It's not.

"We're still without banks," says Tanya Garduno, president of the Colorado Springs Medical Cannabis Council. "We did have some people who were using brokerage accounts, like with Edwards Jones and such, [but] Edward Jones just recently kicked us out."

Garduno says multiple committees have been created with the goal of either introducing new legislation at the state or federal level; creating a federally uninsured credit union; or just finding a bank willing to work with the industry, despite concerns over drawing the interest of federal regulators.

  • Also: Local MMJ dating site.

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