It keeps going, and going ...
Checking in on Elisa Kappelmann, the grower and co-owner of Southern Colorado Medical Marijuana who was charged in last year's Beacon Street raids, it sounds like her trial's been pushed even further out. (This is one of the first MMJ cases to see a jury trial in El Paso County.)
"There's a co-defendant in the trial, that's not associated with us, and we're trying to get the cases divided so that we can try our own case on its own merits," says her partner, Don McKay. "And for some reason they can't get it divided. So they put it off, and [the court's] gonna have another motions hearing on October 31 and then, after that, trial's December 5."
Calls to Kappelmann and her attorney, Rob Corry, were not returned as of press time.
Calling that village
Saying it's listened to feedback and changed accordingly, the Colorado Springs Medical Cannabis Council (csmcc-net.org) is seeking volunteers to serve on one of five newly created committees: community action, patient focus, political, communications and business events.
"The council is made up of 100 percent volunteers so in order for us to move forward with these committees, we need your help," writes council president Tanya Garduno in an e-mail.
• By request, spokeswoman Julie Postlethwait provided more details of the Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division's local office: the five-year lease of the 2,700-square-foot facility at 1030 S. Academy Blvd. will cost the Department of Revenue between $13 and $15.50 per square foot, ramping up by 50 cents every year until expiration. The supervision officer in charge will be Henry "Hank" Hasler.
"There is some build-out, a lot of IT wiring, and equipment/furniture purchases that need to take place — so we are shooting for [opening] sometime in September," writes Postlethwait in an e-mail.
• The Coalition to Reschedule Cannabis has filed an appeal to the federal government's rejection of the group's request to, as you would imagine, see cannabis rescheduled from a Schedule I substance to something less restrictive. (See "One of these things ..." ReLeaf, July 14.)
"For the first time in more than 15 years, we will be able to present evidence in court to challenge the government's flawed position on medical cannabis," says the group's attorney, Joe Elford, in a release. Elford has previously noted that the evidence could not be presented until the feds took action on a prior petition.
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