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CannaBiz: Preview of Ali Hillery's trial 

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• The local advocacy group Coloradans 4 Cannabis Patient Rights (c4cpr.org) will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 29, at Lofty's (287 E. Fountain Blvd., #100), to talk about the coming trial of Ali Hillery, owner of medical marijuana center Rocky Mountain Miracles.

"Ali is going to appear before a jury on 19 September in Colorado Springs at the El Paso County Disctrict [sic] Court," reads a site set up to raise funds for her defense. "Even as a center, she is being charge with possession with intent to distribute."

In the future, look for more on Hillery's case in this space. In the meantime, see fundly.com/save-mmj-from-dan-may if you're interested in contributing.

• Find the Colorado Springs Medical Cannabis Council at the Warehouse Restaurant and Gallery (25 W. Cimarron St., csmcc-net.org) at 7:30 p.m., Thursday. Josh and Jesse Stanley, who appear in the National Geographic Channel's American Weed, will stop by; you can also find more information about Phoenix Tears hemp oil.

Keef crumbs

• Federal officials continued their war on medical marijuana last week, raiding two dispensaries in Anaheim, Calif., suing three landlords in federal court for knowingly renting to the businesses, and issuing letters to 66 centers in Anaheim and La Habra that say the owners have "14 days to comply with federal law," reports the Orange County Register.

Regarding the lawsuits: "Federal officials have practiced similar strategies since October 2011, when federal officials began filing asset-forfeiture lawsuits against marijuana store owners and landlords," writes Salvador Hernandez. "Since then, a total of 16 suits have been filed, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office."

In five of those, the property owners were forced to relinquish the previously collected rent.

• Last week, Denver City Council passed the final reading of an ordinance banning all outdoor MMJ-themed advertising in the city, reports the Denver Post. In addition to unanimous support from the Council, the bill had the backing of some cannabis advocates — but not all.

"Other groups, such as the Cannabis Business Alliance, were more leery, worrying that it would curtail promotional activities such as providing branded T-shirts or hats to patients," writes John Ingold. "But, after city officials said the ban wouldn't cover that type of activity, spokeswoman Kristen Thomson said the organization feels better about it."

• Last Thursday, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People announced its support for Colorado's proposed marijuana-decriminalization effort, Amendment 64. In a statement, Colorado Springs branch president Rosemary Harris Lytle said: "Marijuana prohibition policy does more harm to our communities than good."

  • Also: Feds take on MMJ in California, Denver Council goes after advertising.

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