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CannaBiz: Altitude Organic's new spot 

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Last week, the Colorado U.S. Attorney's Office issued a release announcing the closure of all MMJ centers targeted in the most recent round of letters. But at least one has actually moved instead.

Altitude Organic Medicine (altitudeorganicmedicine.com) was deemed too close to Buena Vista Elementary School, but a new home at 523 S. Tejon St. has solved that problem.

"I can see how people could go out of business real quick," says owner Luke Bonow. "It's just so expensive getting things moved, and then you have to build things out and pay for paint."

On top of that, Bonow says the center's since lost roughly 30 percent of its patients, people who don't know where it went. Regardless, he's got nothing but nice things to say about U.S. Attorney John Walsh, who has, in two waves now, ordered centers in the state within 1,000 feet of a school to close or move within 45 days of receiving notice.

"At least he gave us 45 days," says the owner. "At least he didn't just break down our door and arrest everybody, you know. He could've done that."

This, not that

As of press time, the fate of two medical-marijuana-related bills being considered during the Legislature's special session was still unknown: the attempt to transfer $7.7 million from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to the Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division, helping bridge a budget gap; and the THC-DUI bill that would set a per-se limit on the amount of the substance that could legally exist in a driver's blood.

Regardless, the Medical Marijuana Industry Group, a Denver-based advocacy organization, released a statement over the weekend calling for introduction of a new bill that would enact the recommendations of a workgroup created last year to study the issue.

"In seeking to meet the call of the Governor, our industry recommends legislation that includes appropriate per-se levels for all drugs, not just marijuana," reads the statement from executive director Michael Elliott. "With regard to THC, we propose a 15 nanogram per-se standard ... A standard lower than 15 nanograms risks criminalizing the innocent, while undoing basic tenets of our criminal justice system such as proof beyond a reasonable doubt, the presumption of innocence, and the right to a jury trial."

It's unknown when the group would hope to see a bill introduced, as the official legislative session has ended; a call and e-mail to Elliott went unreturned.

As for the existing THC-DUI bill, the director in a previous statement called it "unnecessary, unsupported by the science, and unlikely to improve public safety."

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