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Peter Wells is the former owner of a general-contracting company, a former resident of Nebraska farmland, and current owner of the Herban Farmer (2755 Ore Mill Road, #13, verabestura.com), so named after Wells bought Advanced Cure for Vera Bestura and relaunched the business Dec. 18. Former ownership is hanging around to aid the transition, meaning no immediate changes, but Wells knows exactly what he wants to do going forward.

"I love plants," he says. "Especially this plant.

"The organic method is a big deal to me. I've been working on a hot soil that I've been developing, honestly, for probably the last eight or 10 years to get it dialed in. And then also experimenting and coming up with, honestly, what I feel is the best compost I've ever come across. We don't end up ever having to do any supplemental feeding; with the compost, it keeps out diseases and pests, so we never end up needing to treat it."

Wells says he's working with a number of breeders to bring in "a lot of very high genetics" and expects to offer two high-CBD strains, as well as what he calls the best OG kush lineup in southern Colorado. "We've got the Skywalker, the Ghost, Face Off," he says. "Got about 10 strains of OGs running right now, and we should have four or five really rare strains of it in the next month."

Look for a grand-opening celebration in February.

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Growers and center owners in the Pueblo area have banded together to form the Southern Colorado Growers Association.

"The primary purpose of the organization is to push for policies that will bring tougher standards, to professionalize the industry and to keep cannabis out of the hands of kids," reads a press release from the group."Members of the organization include dispensary owners and cannabis growers. The growers include farmers growing for the purpose of industrial hemp and extraction of CBD cannabinoid oils for the treatment of epilepsy."

The group says its organization represents some 1,300 jobs and $122 million in local economic impact. It also supports a state registry of caregivers. "With an impending national cannabis boom, Southern Colorado has the opportunity to be on the forefront and create real sustaining jobs," says inaugural president Tommy Giodone in the release.

Keef crumbs

• Those new to the plant can hit the PILLAR Institute for Lifelong Learning (202 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd., visitpillar.org) from 1 to 3 p.m. on Jan. 29. Regina Wilson will teach "An Introduction to Medical Cannabis," focusing on its uses, history and various legalities. The cost is $25.

Speak Easy Vape Lounge (2508 E. Bijou St., 445-9083) will host a 21-and-up comedy night at 8 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 24. $5 at the door, $2 with a red card.

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