Colorado Springs City Council to decide marijuana question 


Wild, wild woe

Almost a straight shot north, Billings, Mont., is about a nine-hour drive from Colorado Springs. Not too far, and even closer to home when you consider its medical-marijuana program. At one time it was burgeoning, but statewide federal raids in 2011 ended the participation of many players.

Players like Richard Flor, a 68-year-old MMJ patient with dementia, depression and a host of other ailments that had his attorney requesting he be moved to a more apt facility after he was sentenced to five years in federal prison for maintaining drug-involved premises. Unfortunately, a U.S. district judge denied the request, the Associated Press reported last August, and Flor died weeks later after being hospitalized for renal failure, kidney failure and two heart attacks.

If it seems a sad story, it did, too, to the filmmakers behind Code of the West, a documentary about "the political process of marijuana policy reform — and the recent federal crackdown on medical marijuana growers across the country," according to the website. That's why they added new material related to the federal raids, including the death of Flor, after a successful Kickstarter campaign.

See the final product at a free screening at 7 p.m., Friday, May 10, at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., rperez@uccs.edu).

For Council consideration

As they await Colorado Springs City Council's first consideration of whether or not to allow and regulate recreational marijuana, advocates are marshaling support via a digital petition (available at tinyurl.com/64petition). "I am writing to ask you to honor the will of 51.2% of the voters in Colorado Springs and implement Amendment 64 responsibly," reads the statement addressed to all members of Council. "Colorado Springs voters have overwhelmingly supported sensible marijuana reform."

Discussion on the topic is scheduled for May 14. Councilors Helen Collins, Jill Gaebler, Jan Martin and Val Snider have all previously said they'll unambiguously support a recreational marijuana industry. President Keith King has made his support conditional upon a variety of criteria, while the remaining four Councilors oppose it.

Keef crumbs

• If it's at least Wednesday, May 8, that means the Colorado Legislature has finished all the marijuana-related bills that have been under consideration lately (or it has run out of time). Either way, things have changed too frequently for this weekly column, so look for all the final news on our IndyBlog at csindy.com.

• Last week, the Denver Post reported that the city of Aurora may take Amendment 64 into its own hands and handle all issues, from seed to sale, itself. Its City Council will consider it May 20.

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