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CannaBiz: A rash of break ins 

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The burglarizing of four local medical marijuana centers within the span of a few hours just goes to show that the federal government's not the only one interested in removing what's inside dispensaries.

Between 1 and 4 on Monday morning, Happy Buddha Wellness (3612 Galley Road, 638-1888), We Grow Colorado (2502 E. Bijou St., 634-4100), Rocky Mountain Miracles (2316 E. Bijou St., 473-9333) and the west side location of Todays Health Care (1635 W. Uintah St., Suite E, todayshealthcaremeds.com) were all hit by thieves.

"We just came down to a bunch of broken down doors," says Buddha budtender Tawni Nelson. "None of our product or money was taken. They did take our scale, but we have a new one already. ... The product wasn't available — it was in a safe in the back. So was the money."

Natalie Romolt, owner of Todays Health Care, tells a similar story: "We just had some idiots — they broke in the window and got glass everywhere. And there's nothing to get in here — we lock everything up," she says. "So they kind of ran around, looked through some stuff, knocked some stuff over, and ran out the back door. But long enough to be on video for three or four minutes."

Police are reviewing the tape for leads, and think three of the incidents are related, if not all four. Either way, centers are ready for another strike.

"Luckily we have all this state-mandated security equipment," Romolt says, "and it does us well."

Keef crumbs

• The Pueblo Chieftain reported that a 55-year-old man was rejected for a lease at an apartment complex after his daughter said he was a red-card holder.

"Attorney Karl Tameler, who has hosted conferences with medical marijuana users and growers to educate them about the law said, at first blush, the complex may have had the right to refuse the lease," wrote reporter Jeff Tucker on Saturday.

• Those interested in volunteering to help spread the marijuana decriminalization message of Amendment 64 (made possible by the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol) can attend a training session from noon to 5 p.m., March 18, at Casselman's Bar & Venue (2620 Walnut St., Denver, casselmans.com).

• Keep an eye on Senate Bill 154, sponsored by Sen. Lois Tochtrop. According to the bill's summary, it would create "a responsible medical marijuana vendor server and seller training program." We couldn't reach the senator for comment by press time, but she previously told Westword the bill would "give the dispensaries more legitimacy."

Send MMJ news to bryce@csindy.com.

  • Also: A Pueblo man evicted for his red card

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