Green meets blue

A request for Colorado Springs City Council to a fund a special team of three detectives and a code enforcement officer to monitor the local medical marijuana industry started at the top levels of the Colorado Springs Police Department, according to Lt. John Godsey.

"The problem that we have right now is that the preliminary responsibility of looking at the complaints, without doing any kind of compliance on it, is pulling away a street team that should be out there working other levels of narcotics," says Godsey, head of the Metro Vice, Narcotics and Intelligence Division, where the detectives would be based. "So if I get the three bodies, I can kind of shave off some of that, and let these three additional bodies actually just do the complaints related to marijuana, and maybe the medical marijuana compliance stuff as it comes down from the state."

Though the $331,000 it would cost to fund the team could easily be applied instead to the investigation of, say, property crimes, Godsey notes that everybody's hurting, including him: "For the mission of Metro VNI and where this [industry] may go, right now I need that money spent here for those three individuals."

In the end, the team's fate rests in the hands of Council, and its budget process.

"Do different areas of the city ask for additional bodies, equipment, increases in their budget? Of course they do," Godsey says. "And does it get turned down? A lot — more so than it's approved, I can tell you that."

You like me, you really ...

In the words of any Coloradan who's turned on a TV or radio in the past six weeks and soon started to bleed from the ears: "Thank almighty Cthulhu — election season's almost over." But it's not over yet, so organizations like the Colorado Springs Medical Cannabis Council (csmcc-net.org) are helping navigate ad-infested waters with endorsements: both John Hickenlooper and Tom Tancredo for governor, Stan Garnett for attorney general and Green Party candidate Bob Kinsey for senator.

Bud shake

• The Cannabis Therapy Institute (cannabistherapyinstitute.com/classes) in Boulder is offering two classes on Saturday, Oct. 30: Cannabis Therapy Fundamentals (10 a.m. to noon, $100) and Basic Clinical Skills and Research Methods (1:30 to 4 p.m., $125). Enrollment for the pair is $200.

• Highlands Ranch grower Chris Bartkowicz pleaded guilty in federal court to counts of cultivation, intent to distribute and possession of marijuana near an elementary school, according to Denver's 9News. Bartkowicz, 37, is expected to receive five years in prison and a fine, reports the Denver Post.


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