CannaBiz: Coached banned for MMJ? 


Jay Sanner is pretty sure the Fountain Valley Baseball Association banned him from coaching this year due to medical marijuana, which he uses to treat symptoms of the chemotherapy he's undergoing in an attempt to kill his colon cancer.

FVBA president Carl Benda is pretty sure he doesn't want to comment. At least he was when reached by phone this week.

Either way, documents and e-mails obtained by the Indy tell an odd story, wherein a special board meeting was convened last week in part to decide a verbal abuse complaint issued against the longtime coach, as well as the comfort level the board had with Sanner's use of prescription drugs and MMJ. Sanner says two board members voted against him — with the rest abstaining, as they knew the attempt was wrong — while meeting minutes say it was a 6-0 vote, with one abstention.

When reached by the Indy, board member Kim Aderholt confirmed the minutes are accurate, but declined to comment further, as did member Kenny Bosier. Both cited concerns over potential future litigation.

As for Benda, Sanner says the board violated its own code when it neglected to issue a written account of the complaint and resolution within 48 to 72 hours. Benda said in an e-mail to fellow board members that his lawyer advised him to issue nothing to Sanner except the meeting minutes, which the coach says he has still not received.

In the meantime, an online petition drive to reinstate Sanner has begun, while a protest by Coloradans 4 Cannabis Patient Rights is scheduled for 10:30 a.m., April 16 at John Metcalf Memorial Park in Fountain.

"To say they have problems, worried about me and my attitude, I mean, come on," the coach said last week. "Seven years of coaching there, no problems."

Keef crumbs

• The Denver Post reports that Dr. Paul Bregman has had his medical license reinstated by the Colorado Medical Board.

• Winners at this past weekend's Medical Cannabis Cup, presented by High Times magazine, include Denver's Mile High Green Cross for best indica (Banana Kush) and hybrid (Sour Grape), and Natural Alternatives for Health in Fort Collins for best sativa (Snow Dog). Several Colorado Springs centers competed, but did not win.

• Attend the Cannabis Therapy Institute's legal seminar at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13 at Casselman's Bar & Venue (2620 Walnut St., Denver, cannabistherapyinstitute.com) and get updates on Legalize 2012 as well as the Patient & Caregiver Rights Litigation Project, and learn how MMJ patients, caregivers and centers can protect themselves.


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