Clinic 5280 expands, state to review cannabis experiments, and more 


With even more Clinic

In March, you read in this space about Clinic 5280, a South Nevada Avenue medical-marijuana center owned by Jonathan Cho that focuses on "high-quality yields using hydroponics." Well, his pursuit will soon expand with a second Clinic location at 1752 Shasta Drive, near South Circle Drive and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Bypass.

"We're right on the home stretch of getting that complete, at this point," says Cho, a former investment accountant with a love of science. An expanded grow will help the center increase its strain-count from 30 to around 40. And the additional strains are something special, Cho says, though he declines to elaborate.

"I'm a little hesitant to say, just because of the mere fact that they are pretty unheard of at this point, as far as what's being offered in Colorado. But, primarily, more CBD strains, more of the medical-application type of strains that are gonna be helpful for a lot of different patients out there; not just the high concentrations that are just trying to get people off the ground as much as possible."

Look for a tentative opening date of Jan. 1.

Yeah, science!

The state announced Monday that the Medical Marijuana Scientific Advisory Council has looked at 57 applications for research grant funds, and approved eight to be forwarded to the Colorado Board of Health to be voted on at its Dec. 17 meeting. The Legislature last year approved $10 million in funding.

Six applications hail from the University of Colorado's Anschutz Medical Campus in Denver, with the other two from Pennsylvania. The two- to three-year studies would look at cannabis' effect on inflammatory bowel disease, epilepsy in children, post-traumatic stress disorder, Parkinson's disease, chronic pain and more.

"Colorado is leading the way in devoting significant resources to study medical marijuana," says Larry Wolk, executive director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, in a press release. "We hope the studies will contribute to the scientific research available about the use of marijuana in effectively treating various medical conditions."

Keef crumbs

• This week, the Washington, D.C.-based Marijuana Policy Project launched billboards in Denver (153 Kalamath St.) and Seattle that aim to get parents thinking about where they left their edibles. "It reads, 'Some juices and cookies are not meant for kids,' and urges them to, 'Keep "adult snacks" locked up and out of reach,'" says an MPP press release.

• The Denver-based Fourth Corner Credit Union was last week issued a state charter to operate, making it the first cannabis-centric bank to open. The credit union still needs to get insurance from the National Credit Union Administration, but can operate pending review.


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