Caregivers Coalition is an organization on a mission, run by two men: Michael (last name withheld upon request), and his brother (name withheld upon request).
"What we want to do is offer up to the people who don't have the option — let us become your caregiver. We'll give you your meds for free. We're not talking the token quarter, or the token eighth, or 'come in for a free joint,'" Michael says. "If you need 12 ounces, if you need 16 ounces ... We're not looking to cap."
The idea for CC was born from Michael's frustration with what seems a lack of a true caregiver-patient relationship in the current industry.
"Patient numbers equals plant count, equals excessive retail product and sales going back to the dispensary owners pockets," Michael says. "Dispensaries don't operate without the patients — they don't get the numbers, they don't get the plants.
"Our motto is: 'Your plants, your meds.' Just because you're a caregiver doesn't mean that you get to grow the plants for the people, and charge them for the product."
"We'll foot the bill for the electrical, we'll set up the lights, we'll do the whole grow, but all we want is on the back end, if we've got 24 ounces out a year, and you need 12, just sign us a legitimate contract [to keep and sell the difference]," the caregiver says. "We don't want to take anything from you — just understand where your product is going."
To apply, seriously ill cardholders should send an e-mail to email@example.com with their condition, and a contact number. From there, CC will arrange a visit to a physician to confirm the information, and work out which strains to grow. Additionally, for an undetermined cost, patients lacking a green thumb, but interested in growing at home, can have Caregivers handle the entire grow through weekly visits. Note: CC doesn't offer its services to recreational users.
Lastly, Michael has a request for local medical marijuana centers.
"We are currently looking for dispensaries who want to come aboard and help us with quality meds," he says. "If you're onboard with that, then we would like to talk with you."
Though it's been over a month since seven Springs grows were searched by police, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (see "CannaBiz," May 20), no charges have been filed by the district attorney's office, though they have finally received the information from police.
"So it's under review, and the review may take some time," says spokeswoman Kathleen Walsh.
How long does the D.A. anticipate the process will take?
"It really depends on the attorneys' workload, and the priority of cases at that point," Walsh says. "It's a case-by-case basis. It depends on what's gone into the actual reports; it depends on witnesses and evidence.
"I don't have a standard time frame that I can give you."
Like Vice Mayor Larry Small, City Councilor Sean Paige will be skipping Mayor Lionel Rivera's June 30 "State of the City" speech, sponsored by the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce. Unlike Small, Paige isn't skipping the event to protest the city spending $700 to purchase two tables at the event, though he agrees in principle.
"I won't be attending the Chamber-sponsored event, and it has nothing to do with my feelings about the mayor one way or another," Paige says. "It's really my way of raising objections to the Chamber's position on [medical marijuana]."
Though Paige appreciates that the Chamber has since backed off its request for a ballot measure to ban centers — though anti-MMJ group Let Us Vote Colorado Springs has since taken up the issue — damage has already been done.
"I continue to think their positioning created the possibility of treating some legal businesses in town as pariahs, and increasing a stigma that I often think is unfair, and based on ignorance."
Either way, Paige says, there isn't much he can learn from Rivera's speech.
"I'm fairly aware of what the state of the city is right now, and I don't know that I need to sit through a lunch sponsored by the Chamber to know anything that I'll gain from that."
In the end, the Councilor couldn't resist a dig at Colorado Springs Business Journal columnist — and ex-City Councilor — John Hazlehurst, who first reported this story, saying Paige wouldn't skip the speech if Robert Isaac were still mayor (Isaac served in the office from 1979-97).
"Maybe he kissed the ring of the 'Great One' when he was on Council," Paige says, laughing. "But it's a different era, different time and different place. So it is most definitely not any sort of slight on Lionel, or what he's about to say."
420 Deliveries (3645 Jeannine Drive, Suite 101, 420deliveries.com) calls itself "the premier online medical marijuana service."
Look for strains like Power Plant, Purple Urkle and Sour Diesel. Also, edibles like "lollipipes," and Hello Kitty cupcakes, various strains of hash, art work, clothing and promotional materials are all available as of this week.
Send MMJ news to firstname.lastname@example.org.