Kristie Wheeler is mixing business with, well, more business in a new venture called Butterfly Bookkeeping (213-0366), which will offer services to those in the medical-marijuana industry for around $20 an hour.
"That's for, like, dispensaries," Wheeler says. "Now, as a far as going down to a patient level, I also focus on patients, to where if they need help just keeping track of their books and their daily spending, and making sure that everything's kept track of. That's less expensive because it's not as much work."
The 33-year-old Colorado Springs native is also the chapter head of Pikes Peak Moms for Marijuana, and says she wishes there were ways to help centers with restrictions regarding banking and taxes, but there's really no out. "I know it's hard on them — extremely hard on them, because they can't get credit cards and it's risky."
Buds no more
Not local, but of concern to all who participate in the medical marijuana industry, is national law enforcement's interest in the nation's largest center, Harborside Health Center, which is based in Oakland, Calif., and does roughly $20 million in annual sales.
On July 10, federal agents taped a "Complaint for Forfeiture of Property" to the front door, warning the landlord the property could be seized for violations of federal law, and outraging supporters.
"State law allows distribution of medical cannabis and the city of Oakland has developed a system to assure such distribution occurs according to state law in a fair and orderly process," says Oakland vice mayor Nancy Nadel in a statement provided by the National Cannabis Industry Association. "It is most unjust to our citizen patients and distributors who have followed local guidelines to be harassed and treated as criminals by federal officials."
Adds the center's executive director, Steve DeAngelo: "Harborside has nothing to hide or be ashamed of. We will contest the DOJ action openly and in public, and through all legal means at our disposal."
Thursday, July 19, brings the second Cannabis Cares event — billed as Colorado Springs' "biggest patient and industry party" — to Union Station (2419 N. Union Blvd., c4cpr.org).
"We are raising funds for Amanda Dile (Hamby) who was 28 years old, the mother of four boys, who lost her battle with cancer before she could be treated," reads the event page on Facebook.
Also doubling as a non-perishable food drive for Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado, the 7 p.m. fête features "thousands of dollars in dank prizes," as well as live music from DJ Chris Diablo, raffles and more. Tickets are $5, or free with a gift of four food items.
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