These pre-July 1 deadline days are proving quite active — purveyors of pain-killing product are popping up all over the place:
• Located south of South Circle Drive and Hancock Expressway, the Springs Connection (3129 Delta Drive, thespringsmmj.com) will have a grand re-opening ceremony June 26 to officially kick itself off, featuring discounted meds and free food. Then, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday, the dispensary will offer roughly seven strains — more upon request — in addition to massage therapy. Look for a secure, neighborly feel, as well as the cheapest Keef Colas in town, according to employee Mary Meredith.
• Two-week-old Cannabinoids Medical Marijuana Center (516 Arrawanna St., 344-9461) is offering 17 strains, but hopes to provide up to 30 later. Though the owners previously were solely growers, patient services abound at the center, with patient rides, lawn care, massage therapy and aesthetic services all available. Look for assorted edibles, tinctures, grow and cooking classes, as well as general information on medical marijuana. Manager Paul Wapson says the center charges less markup on medication than others, and that his wife is starting a nonprofit, Colorado Moms for Marijuana, "to build a better understanding of dispensary owning for families."
• Emerald Pathway (825 N. Circle Drive., emeraldpathways.com) opened two weeks ago near the Circle Drive and Galley Road intersection. The number of strains available changes, but look for varieties such as Bubble Gum, Hindu Kush and White Rhino, all slightly cheaper during June, when everybody receives Emerald Pathway-patient prices. Participants in the "friends & family" referrals program receive a free half-ounce each month for six months when they provide 25 referrals; with 50 referrals they receive a free ounce each month for a year. Edibles include brownies, taffy and caramels, and cinnamon, cherry, orange, watermelon and root beer lollipops.
• Alternative Medicine Colorado Springs (2606 W. Colorado Ave., 358-6955) is "here to help anyone who needs help," says owner Jack Roth. AMCS offers hash, edibles and tinctures as well as 30-plus strains.
• "I truly care, and I'm not in it for the money," says co-owner Chris Crider of the Herb Shoppe (3020 W. Colorado Ave., herbshoppemmj.com). In that spirit, three-week-old THS offers a free quarter-ounce of medication per month and free yoga — not to mention free delivery (until July 1) within Old Colorado City and Manitou Springs.
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