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Ones and twos

How much pot is too much pot? If you have to ask that question, not much pot at all. But whether you're a bright-eyed newbie with a pinch hitter and a penchant for dubstep or a red-card-toting veteran with love in your heart and chronic pain in your knees, you're invited to a ganja-centric birthday party for DJ Chris Diablo at Speak Easy Vape Lounge (2508 E. Bijou St., 445-9083) on Friday, Oct. 11.

Beginning at 8 p.m., live sets from six popular DJs, including DJ Staxx and DJ Natural Nate, will keep partiers entertained as they do whatever people do at a cannabis club.

Swag — blown glass, T-shirts and CDs — will be raffled off; guests must be older than 21; admission is $10 and does not require an MMJ card.

Money memo

As Jan. 1 approaches and recreational-marijuana stores look to become a reality, existing medical-marijuana centers that intend to convert are seeking banking support to handle the influx of customers.

To that end, last week, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee co-authored a letter to federal financial officials, asking for a solution to the banking blockade on marijuana businesses. The governors argued that marijuana shops need banking services and the ability to process credit cards in order to "accurately track funds, prevent criminal involvement and promote public safety."

Under federal pressure, banks have consistently refused to work with marijuana businesses in the past.

Grand Old Party

The Marijuana Policy Project released a video titled "Young Republicans Yearbook" on YouTube on Sept. 27. The video features prominent members of the Republican Party who have admitted that — at one point or another — they smoked some bud. Surprises include Newt Gingrich, Rush Limbaugh and Rick Santorum, and while they probably weren't any fun to smoke with, it's nice to know these guys are human after all.

"Our goal is not to embarrass these prominent conservatives. About half of the American population has used marijuana at some point during their lives," Mason Tvert, communications director for the MPP, says in a release. "Being arrested for using marijuana can lead to life-altering consequences, but fortunately for these highly successful individuals that was not the case for them."

Keef crumbs

In the third quarter of the fiscal year, retail sales of medical marijuana in El Paso County reached $12.51 million, according to state records. The county garnered $349,999 in sales tax, bringing the totals for the year thus far, in retail and sales tax, to $36,106,870 and $1,001,808, respectively.

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