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CannaBiz: Second wave from the Fed 

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Following up on his promise, last week Colorado U.S. Attorney John Walsh sent a second wave of letters to 25 medical marijuana centers located within 1,000 feet of a school, including a thus-far-unidentified few in Colorado Springs. (Please contact us if you're one of them.) Those centers then have 45 days to move or close or make themselves "subject to criminal prosecution and civil enforcement actions under federal law."

It seems the office has learned a little something from the first round, though, as there are a few changes; like the chance that a dedicated grow facility could be subject to a shut-down demand as well, says spokesman Jeff Dorschner.

"On the list of 25 there are no grow centers — they're all marijuana stores," he says. "But [the inclusion] was a technical change in the event that they come across a grow, and also leaves open, in the future, if there are grows within 1,000 feet of a school, [the] possibility — I want to emphasize the word 'possibility' — that they could someday receive a letter."

As well: "If the [center's] closed, but they have left behind some contraband, that [last] section of the letter gives us authority to seize that contraband, or seize the instrumentalities of the contraband," says Dorschner. "And that was not something that was in the first letter."

The spokesman says there's at least one more wave to come, with potential for others. As for the initial action, 23 letters were sent; 22 MMJ centers closed, including downtown's Indispensary, and one letter was rescinded after the related building was determined to be an administrative building, not a school.

Film at 4:20

Dr. Robert Melamede, co-owner of Cannabis Science and professor at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, knows he's going to make a movie. What it will be called, or when it'll be released, is anyone's guess right now. But he knows he's going to make the "first documentary to focus on the science behind medicinal cannabis, including untangling the history of marijuana's reputation, the improvement it can bring to people's daily lives, and what breakthroughs could be on the horizon," says a press release.

"What it points out is really how the pharmaceutical companies, by not understanding the nature of life, are looking to develop drugs in a fashion that is, essentially, in my opinion, doomed for failure," says Melamede in a phone conversation with the Indy. "Therefore we're in a very unique situation where we can [show how cannabis can] manipulate biochemistry ... to regulate everything, and that's how you shift from an unhealthy dynamic to a healthier dynamic."

Those interested in getting involved should e-mail info@cannabisscience.com.

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