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How hard do the best hit?

The third annual Best Meds (mmjfarm.com) competition is officially off and running — sort of. The locally organized contest, which touts the fact it uses actual patients instead of industry experts to judge the product, has its participants but now needs you.

"We need 185 judges," reads a Monday post from its Facebook page, "40 sativa, 40 indica, 40 Hybrid, 40 Kush, and 25 concentrate judges. This year's contest looks outstanding. We have 10 of the best dispensaries in Colorado entering 45 strains, earwax, shatter, full melt and infused flower."

Sample packets are available at participating centers, which are: Briargate Wellness Center, Canna Caregivers, The Canna Center, The Healing Canna, JP Wellness, Happy Buddha Wellness Center, Mountain Med Club, Eagle's Nest Wellness Center, A Wellness Centers and Canna Meds Wellness Center.

Not bad enough

A June 3 report from the Associated Press explains that some federal prosecutors are still going hard after marijuana cases, and even appealing sentencing they see as too light in finished cases.

Or, at least, that's what's happening in Helena, Mont.: "The U.S. attorney's office has filed notices with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that it will challenge the sentences handed down to four of the 33 marijuana providers in which prosecutors sought longer prison terms."

One of the sentences being challenged is that of Jason Washington, who received two years in prison, and four years' probation, for possessing, manufacturing and distributing marijuana.

Keef crumbs

• By a 3-to-2 vote, Woodland Park City Council voted Friday to ban retail-marijuana stores, the Gazette reported. Speaking to local attorney Michael Slivka, Councilor Gary Brovetto said, "It's your opinion that marijuana is not against the law."

• NaturaLeaf (thenaturaleaf.com) is about five weeks into its new space at 1004 S. Tejon St., and all's well, says employee Lizz Juvera. As a result of the move, patients can expect a bigger selection of medicated drinks and strains in the expanded building located just down the street from the original.

• The latest word from a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center is that 48 percent of adults have tried marijuana, the, ahem, highest number on record, but only 12 percent say they've partaken in the last year. "More than half (56 percent) of young adults say they've tried marijuana, and 27 percent say they've smoked it in the past year — by far the highest percentage in any age category," reports the Center. "That's also the age group showing the strongest support for legalizing the demon weed: 64 percent, compared with just over half of 30- to 64-year-olds."

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