Marijuana community mourns teen, Council delays action and more 


A community loss

Marijuana supporters are joining together to celebrate the life of Kristie Wheeler's 16-year-old daughter Kathryn "Katy Bug" Mushak, who was killed in a car accident last Thursday.

"Please hold your babies tight tonight," reads a statement from Wheeler on flywithangelskaty.com, "you never know what will happen tomorrow." Wheeler is a marijuana advocate who runs Moving for Marijuana, but she and her daughter also appeared in our pages earlier this year in a story about "unschooling" ("The end of school," cover story, May 28).

Char and Bill Mayes, whose company TinctureBelle is fighting a lawsuit brought by The Hershey Company, says all funds previously raised for that effort, as well as those currently on hand, will go to Wheeler and to Mushak's father, Hossein Forouzandeh. A planned Oct. 4 fundraiser at Speak Easy Vape Lounge, which donated its weekend proceeds, will likewise shift direction.

"The TinctureBelle family and [advocacy group Coloradans 4 Cannabis Patient Rights] would appreciate all your support," writes Char on Facebook, "as Kristie, Hossein and their beautiful family have been such a huge support in the cannabis community."

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 28, at Grace Baptist Church (3500 N. Nevada Ave.). Wear bright colors.

Council delays RMJ, again

During a tense City Council meeting on Monday, the legislative body decided to wait two more weeks to vote on a resolution saying Council would refer a recreational marijuana question to the April ballot.

The problem resulted from the City Attorney's office saying Council needed to come to a consensus, and Councilors Jill Gaebler and Keith King not agreeing on whether the success of a related marijuana-tax ballot question should be tied to whether or not the RMJ question passes.

Frustration reigned, with King telling Deputy City Attorney David Andrews: "I met with you, asked you to come forward with something, and you didn't come forward with it."

Speaking for Mayor Steve Bach, Chief of Staff Steve Cox reiterated fears that RMJ would drive the military from our city. "The people that would like to have these issues on the ballot should go through the petition process," Cox said.

Breaking a tight mood, Councilor Andy Pico joked, "Dare I say this? I agree with the mayor on this one."

Effective or obnoxious?

The Colorado advertising campaign "Don't Be a Lab Rat," designed to keep teens off pot, hit a snag in Boulder, the Daily Camera reports, when the Boulder Valley School District announced it will not participate. "We had concerns about the use of human-scale rat cages being an effective tool for getting 12-to-15-year-olds," said a spokesman.

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