Speak on it

Cannabis Therapy Institute spokeswoman Laura Kriho says roughly 60 people attended the first day of last week's hearings on the 96 pages of industry rules set to take effect on March 1. But only "a small handful" appeared the second day, causing the Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division to close the hearing early.

In her statement, Kriho says most of the public testimony dealt with patient privacy. In support of one point, CTI filed an emergency petition asking that MMJ centers not be required to place a patient's ID underneath a camera for recording. (Other verification requirements do exist.) The group is still waiting to hear back from the Colorado Department of Revenue on the status of the petition.

In the meantime, public comment has been extended until Feb. 11. As before, send your thoughts to mmedrulecomments @dor.state.co.us.

Maui Wowie

When Hawaiian Herbal Health Center (3729 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., hawaiianherbalhealth.com) opens its Colorado Springs location — it also operates a medical marijuana center in Denver — on Feb. 15, it will bring a little sunshine to these frozen days.

Todd Thibodeaux, whose wife will manage the new location, says the center will offer Hawaiian-themed souvenir items, coffee and collectibles, in addition to more than 20 strains, tinctures, edibles, candies, multiple varieties of hash and more.

Thibodeaux says the owners split time between Colorado and the islands, where they're working to expand Hawaii's own medical marijuana program.

Bud shake

• A medical marijuana legal seminar will be given by Denver attorney Rob Corry from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. today, Feb. 3, at a Denver Holiday Inn (4849 Bannock St., 303/295-6690). Corry will focus on ways current and future MMJ center applicants can stay in compliance with the DOR's new rules. Tickets are $150 per person, $250 for two.

Legalize 2012,a group pushing for the statewide legalization of cannabis, will hold a networking meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 9, at Casselman's Bar & Venue (2620 Walnut St., Denver, casselmans.com). Updates will also come from the Patient and Caregiver Rights Litigation Project and the Cannabis Trade Council, and Boulder attorney and author Dennis Blewitt will speak.

• The Denver City Council has reached a compromise on new zoning that affects some 50 optional grow facilities, reports the Denver Post. Instead of being grandfathered into the new laws or forced to close, the facilities will be allowed to remain in place for two years.


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