Pot testing offered
The handful of cannabis-testing laboratories in Colorado may be flush with business, but because of a rule implemented earlier this year by the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division, it's only coming from industry growers and retail centers. Individuals wanting specific information about their weed have been left out.
Answering their call is Woodland Park-based Operation Grow4Vets, the recently launched effort to give free pot to military veterans currently being medically treated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. It seeks to provide testing to vets and parents of children being treated with cannabis, using the same methods it currently uses to profile THC, CBD and other cannabinoids in its donated marijuana.
"Veterans and parents who were outraged by the state's decision contacted us because they didn't know what to do," founder Roger Martin says in a statement. "Many of them are growing their own medicine or medicine for their children and they had no way to control the dosage."
To that end, as part of a larger weed-themed event, Martin will host a cannabis-testing session from 2 to 7 p.m., Friday, July 25, at the DoubleTree by Hilton (1775 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd., grow4vets.org). The 21-and-up event will also feature input from the organization's science and growing teams, as well as a pot giveaway for those who RSVP by 5 p.m., Wednesday, July 23.
To test a minimum of one gram of bud, the general public will pay $70; veterans and parents of ill children will pay $45. Otherwise, entry is $20 for the general public, and free for vets.
Meanwhile, the group is expanding its reach, with Martin "hop[ing] to have our first Free Cannabis Giveaway event in Arizona within the next couple of months," as he writes on Facebook.
At Home Baked recalled
Though it reports no cases of illness, the Denver Department of Environmental Health issued a recall July 17 "to consumers and retailers regarding all At Home Baked infused brownie mixes, blondie mixes, rice krispy treats and Stixx candy."
Co-owner A.J. Ashkar tells the Indy that the "unfair" recalls stem from a machine being used to make water hash that he says is used by all infused-products companies in the industry. "And before any of that water hash gets put in the food, it gets dried, it gets cured, and then it also gets reheated to a temperature well above any temperature that would kill anything that would possibly be in the food,"he says, "on purpose: not only to decarboxylate it and activate the THC, but also for the sanitary reasons."
The company claims some 14 stores in the Pikes Peak region. See athomebakedcolorado.com for more on locations.
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