Expo coming soon
You've got five weeks to empty your schedule for June 19 and 20. That's when the U.S. Cannabis Expo (uscannabisexpo.com) hits the Colorado Springs Event Center (3960 Palmer Park Blvd.) for an event full of speakers, seminars and more.
"The expo will feature an amazing lineup of speakers and panelists as well as exhibitors offering products for all aspects of the medical and recreational marijuana and hemp industries," says a press release. "Business owners, hands on exhibitors, trade speakers and industry activists will provide a unique networking experience over the course of the 2-day event."
Speakers will include industry types like entrepreneur KC Stark, owner of Studio A64; cannabis attorney Charles Houghton; and activist Jason Lauve. But event-goers will also find mainstream participants, like Robin Roberts with Pikes Peak National Bank; Rep. Jonathan Singer, the main state legislator when it comes to matters of the pot; and new Colorado Springs City Councilor Bill Murray.
Tickets for both days are $25 in advance, $30 at the door.
New marijuana laws
The above-mentioned Rep. Jonathan Singer recently enjoyed another triumph: the passing by both legislative chambers of his amendment to allow children being treated with marijuana to receive their dose at school.
"We allow children to take all sorts of psychotropic medications, whether it's Ritalin or opiate painkillers, under supervised circumstances," FOX News quoted Singer as saying. "We should do the same here."
The law was nicknamed "Jack's Amendment" after a 14-year-old Coloradan named Jack Splitt, "whose personal nurse was reprimanded at his middle school for putting a medical marijuana patch on Jack's arm that was prescribed by doctors to help his spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy and dystonia," the TV network reports. "They were told never to return with the patch again."
Hickenlooper reportedly plans to sign the bill in the next 30 days.
Other bills passed by the legislature include allowing people on probation or parole to use medical marijuana, reports the Associated Press; a request by the state to keep $58 million in marijuana-related taxes; and renewal of "a sweeping slate of expiring rules for the medical marijuana industry, including closing times for pot shops and a divisive change to allow some drug felons to work in the business."
You're doing it anyway
For the sheer joy of it, read Morgan Freeman's recently delivered opinion of marijuana in his voice: "My first wife got me into it many years ago," the actor told The Daily Beast. "How do I take it? However it comes! I'll eat it, drink it, smoke it, snort it!"