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The Colorado Springs Medical Cannabis Council (csmcc-net.org) has partnered with Springs Rescue Mission to start collecting food for folks in need during the holiday season. An initial gathering will be delivered to SRM on Thursday, Nov. 18, and Friday, Nov. 19, while the upcoming month will bring two deliveries on Dec. 19 and 20.

"Last year we did a toy drive around Christmas time," says Tanya Garduno, CSMCC president. "So this year there was a lot of enthusiasm, even with the hecticness of the [political] campaign. The centers want to give back to the community and the industry wants to give back to the community, and we want to show that we're part of the community and we care about it."

Garduno says the partnership with SRM was spurred by working with the nonprofit on previous issues, such as a center that was located too close to the treatment facility. Dispensaries are seeking traditional holiday meal items, as well as monetary donations.

"We've sent out notices to all the centers to start collecting food, and we'll see if we can help with some of the shortfall."

Thursday foray

Fill up the gas tank if you're hoping to get to everything happening Thursday, Nov. 18:

• At 8:30 a.m. at the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department (2880 International Circle, pprbd.org) the Colorado Springs Planning Commission will consider its latest draft of MMJ-related regulations. If you're reading this after 8:30, you may still have time; meetings can last all day.

• The Department of Revenue Rulemaking Advisory Board is meeting at 9:30 a.m. in the Gaming Conference Room (1881 Pierce St., Lakewood, colorado.gov/revenue/enforcement). Discussion will touch on patient surveillance systems, a patient database, potential fingerprinting requirements and more.

• Mix and match at the free, monthly Medical Marijuana Business Alliance networking event. Festivities kick off at 6 p.m. at the Denver Marriott City Center (1701 California St., Denver, mmballiance.com) and include Matt Cook from the Department of Revenue.

Bud shake

Schriever Air Force Base commander Col. Wayne Monteith made it clear in a letter to base personnel at the end of October that all marijuana may be best left at home: "I am exercising my authority under federal law and [Department of Defense] policy to order that no marijuana, medical or otherwise, may be used, possessed, distributed or introduced on Schriever AFB," wrote Monteith.

Those found in possession will be reported to the Colorado Springs Police Department for legality determination, and may face additional base sanctions.

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