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Manitou forms marijuana council, Aurora opens to pot sales and more 

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Group forms over vote

It's hard to match Manitou Springs' marijuana detractors for showmanship — Facebook pictures reveal the awesome presence of a donkey accompanying neighborhood canvassers. But the plant's supporters have something up their sleeve, as well, prior to the November vote: the formation of the Manitou Springs Marijuana Council and an inaugural launch event, co-organizer Mike Olson tells the Indy.

"Basically, what we're doing the weekend of the Emma Crawford Races, which there'll be thousands of people here, we'll have a festival," says Olson, who otherwise works as a private investigator. "We've got, like, 36 vendors; inside the building, we're going to have dispensaries and informational booths, different things like that. And we'll have a vape lounge setup in the back, where people can test all the different products from all the different vendors that will be there."

The event will take place in the lot next to the Subway at 302 Manitou Ave., all day between Oct. 24 and 25. As far as the newly formed MSMC is concerned: "Even after the vote, we're still going to be stationed in Manitou Springs," says Olson, who says he counts Manitou legislator Kevin "Sarge" Mac Donald among Marijuana Council members. "Maybe twice a month we'll have meetings with all the people who are interested in coming down to the meetings, and we'll just kind of keep it going."

Hershey suit settled

TinctureBelle has settled its lawsuit with The Hersey Company, reports the Denver Business Journal. The agreement, which comes after the candy company alleged multiple trademark violations, requires the infused-products manufacturer to "destroy all remaining specimens of each product, including without limitation cartons, containers, packaging, wrappers, labels, displays and any other materials ..."

Pot sales begin in Aurora

As of Wednesday, Oct. 1, you can officially buy recreational marijuana in the northern suburb of Aurora. Twenty-one shops received a permit, reports KMGH-TV, though only one may actually be ready to open. The changes come after a moratorium ended in May.

Court hears employee case

On Monday, the Colorado Supreme Court began to hear the case of Brandon Coats, a wheelchair user who was fired from Dish Network in 2010 after testing positive during a random saliva test after off-duty use of marijuana. The case likely hinges on the court's interpretation of Colorado's "Lawful Activities" statute, which reads, "It is a discriminatory or unfair employment practice for an employer in Colorado to terminate the employment of any employee due to that employee's engaging in any lawful activity off the premises of the employer during nonworking hours ..."

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