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CannaBiz: The trouble with licensing 

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Here's how Julie Postlethwait explains why the state's Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division was forced to extend its deadline for employee licensing.

"Basically, occupational licensing has been available since mid-May," says the division spokeswoman. "Unfortunately, everybody waited until the very last minute to come in, and they just outstripped our ability to process the applications."

"We certainly weren't procrastinating," counters Judy Negley, co-owner of the local Indispensary. "But you have to get income tax returns and things like that, that maybe some people don't always have in the right places."

Negley adds that having to drive to Denver for fingerprinting and a background check didn't make the process any easier. Also not helping are tales of the MMED's Internet access going down, denying the ability to run background checks.

Green Earth Wellness Center co-owner Matthew Wasson encountered a totally different problem: The machine that makes the access badges licensed employees are required to wear, crapped out. But he still offers some division defense.

"I think they're doing the best they can with what they have to work with," he says. "It's just a fact of, they're super-busy. I don't know if they were expecting this much of an influx of employees to be coming up."

"It is the way it is," he adds. "If you want to be in this business, you're gonna have to jump through some hoops."

And for his part, Broadmoor Wellness Center co-owner Keegan Meyer says his center's processing a week ago went smooth as cannabutter.

Regardless, Denver-based center owners have been asked to wait until after July 5 to continue sending people. Those in outlying areas, like Colorado Springs, should wait until their local office opens, which will happen on ...

"Again, I don't know when that's going to be," says Postlethwait, "but it's going to be in July."

Keef crumbs

• Coming from a website that refuses to accept marijuana-related advertising, the August addition to Facebook of a game based on Showtime TV program Weeds seems a little odd. Still, Weeds Social Club will have players channeling their inner Nancy Botwin: growing, selling and getting out of trouble.

• Last week, the Colorado Independent told the tale of Cash Hyde, a Montana 3-year-old with Stage 4 brain cancer who wasn't responding to treatment, until his dad started slipping cannabis oil into the child's feeding tube. "He began getting better immediately," writes Scot Kersgaard. See tinyurl.com/cashhyde for more.

  • Also: Facebook follies and Cash Hyde's story.

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