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Colorado Marijuana Battle Just Beginning

Staff CMM - Saturday, December 22, 2012

Although the state of Colorado has made it legal for adults to possess one ounce or less of marijuana, the individual cities and counties in Colorado are not so keen on following suit. Erie, Lafayette, Superior and Broomfield are all in the process of constructing their own individual laws regarding the drug. Currently, the town of Erie disallows medical marijuana dispensaries in town and officials for Erie, Superior and Lafayette are planning to prepare an ordinance banning retail marijuana stores within town limits. The city of Broomfield plans to vote January 22nd on a first reading of an ordinance temporarily banning marijuana related businesses through 2014 and as of this time, medical marijuana businesses are not allowed within the city limits. Although President Obama stated that the federal government would not be prosecuting individuals in Colorado who are found to possess one ounce or less, law enforcement will still be on the lookout for those driving under the influence.

Colorado Medical Marijuana Types: A Brief Understanding

Staff CMM - Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Throughout the next several blogs, readers will be informed on several different strains of marijuana available at many medical marijuana dispensaries as well as what the different strains are used for.

Purple Kush is a Grade A Indica strain with an earthy taste and fruity smell. Some consider it to have a rather skunky smell. However, it has a smooth taste and is very potent. Purple Kush is mainly used for insomnia, pain relief, depression, anxiety and nausea. Negative effects can include making the user easily tired as well as producing a very ‘stony’ high.

Cinderella 99 (C99) is a Grade A Sativa strain with a rather fruity taste and smell, reminiscent of lemon haze. The flavor is very lemony and the smoke is considered clean and smooth. Cinderella 99 is extremely potent, providing an instant high. Cinderella 99 is used mainly for daytime use, stress and depression.

Bedrock is a Grade C+ Hybrid (Sativa dominant) strain with dark undertones. It has a fruity smell and taste with what seems to be almost a pinch of mocha. Bedrock is used mainly for stress, mild depression and anxiety. Negative effects are minimal, as this strain is quite mild.

Ten More Medical Marijuana Dispensaries In Colorado Close Doors

Staff CMM - Tuesday, October 23, 2012

A federal crackdown on medical marijuana dispensaries in Colorado that began in January of 2012 has resulted in 57 dispensaries closing their doors so far, with another ten dispensaries recently being added to the list. U.S. Attorney John Walsh has closed this latest round of dispensaries for being within 1,000 feet of schools, as was the case with the other 57 dispensaries in what has proven to be one of the most aggressive law enforcement actions the industry has experienced so far. The latest ten dispensary shut downs were part of a third wave of letters sent by Walsh, but other dispensaries should be prepared for a fourth wave as Walsh’s office has identified further dispensaries in violation. Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett feels that Washington, D.C. could find a better use of their time. However, Walsh has indicated his commitment to the crackdown and stated the closures were not at the direction of Washington, but at his direction as a U.S. District Attorney and as a Colorado citizen.

Medical Marijuana Dispensary in Colorado Involved in Racketeering Scheme

Staff CMM - Monday, October 01, 2012
Many medical marijuana dispensaries in Colorado work hard to provide a legitimate service to patients in Colorado, but as with anything, a few bad seeds tend to spoil what others are working so hard to achieve. Eleven people connected with The Silver Lizard dispensary in Denver were accused recently of illegally funneling the drug to other states for distribution. The eleven people face a 59-count indictment for charges of racketeering and marijuana distribution and if found guilty, the defendants face sentences ranging eight to 24 years. Colorado Attorney General John Suthers stated the defendants are accused of illegally distributing marijuana to 13 other states and Washington, D.C. In a recent statement, Suthers opposed Colorado’s medical marijuana laws. Suthers claimed that due to these laws, Colorado is becoming a major exporter of marijuana to the rest of the country.

Lafayette, Colorado Dispensary Owner Charged for Possession

Staff CMM - Wednesday, September 26, 2012
A former medical marijuana dispensary owner in Lafayette, Colorado was charged recently for possession and selling marijuana with the intent to take the drug out of state. Officials began watching the dispensary owner in August of 2011 when an informant at the U.S. Postal Service disclosed the dispensary owner sold large amounts to the informant, who said the marijuana would be shipped to a friend in Missouri. Once under surveillance, undercover officers and the informant again arranged to purchase ten pounds of marijuana for $30,000 from the dispensary owner with the intention of shipping the drug to friends in Missouri. The dispensary owner was arrested after the buy took place. Police then searched the owner’s house, uncovering ten pounds of marijuana. The dispensary owner entered into a plea bargain and was sentenced to 12 months of probation, 48 hours of community service and was ordered to pay restitution.

Colorado Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Face More Closures

Staff CMM - Wednesday, August 29, 2012

When the State of Colorado first passed a bill allowing medical marijuana dispensaries to operate, it is doubtful any would have been able to foresee the explosion the medical marijuana industry would experience as a result. Medical marijuana dispensaries began to pop up everywhere in a rush to join this new and growing industry. Several factors, however, have impeded progress, the largest and certainly the most imposing being the federal government. Marijuana is still considered an illegal substance in the eyes of the government and Colorado medical marijuana dispensaries have found themselves in a constant battle as to their rights. Earlier this year, the U.S. Attorney’s office sent two rounds of letters to dispensaries located within 1,000 feet of schools ordering them to shut down or face prosecution. This created quite an uproar in the marijuana community, but the government is holding fast to their law, sending ten more letters recently to dispensaries. The letters give the dispensaries until September 17th to close or face prosecution. With the large gap that exists between state and federal laws and rights, dispensaries are going to find it difficult to proceed and flourish, at least for the foreseeable future.

End Of Moratorium Creates more Issues For Existing Medical Marijuana Dispensaries In Colorado

Staff CMM - Tuesday, July 24, 2012
The state of Colorado is preparing to lift a two-year dispensary moratorium July 1st and many dispensary owner hopefuls are chomping at the bit to begin the process of opening their own dispensary. With a market that is already completely over-saturated with medical marijuana dispensaries, these new hopefuls are in for quite a surprise. Although the moratorium will be lifted, many of the barriers will still remain. The cost of opening a business can be at least $100,000 or more and the regulatory requirements that go along with it are overwhelming. Coupled with the knowledge that marijuana is still an illegal substance according to federal law, this makes operation of a medical marijuana business even more risky. Despite the overwhelming odds, however, many are lining up to join the medical marijuana dispensary rush. With so many new hopefuls entering the market, this rush may create more problems with existing businesses who are already struggling to survive in an overly competitive business market.

Medical Marijuana Dispensaries in Colorado Not Responsible For Teen Drug Use

Staff CMM - Friday, June 29, 2012

According to a recent study by economists at the University of Colorado Denver and other colleges, the recent increase in medical marijuana dispensaries in the state has no responsibility for any rise in teen drug use in Colorado. The study was conducted through nationally respected surveys in high school behavior as well as drug screening tests on patients entering federally funded drug treatment centers. While their results showed no correlation between dispensaries and teen drug use, the White House’s Office of National Drug Control policy criticized the spread of medical marijuana and medical marijuana dispensaries and drew conclusions connecting it with teen drug use. Economists felt that the best numbers available didn’t show any greater use in any of the states where medical marijuana was legalized for dispensing. While the subject still remains a point of federal contention, further studies are not expected to yield any different results.

U.S. Attorney’s Warning Results in Further Colorado Medical Marijuana Dispensary Closings

Staff CMM - Tuesday, June 19, 2012
The U.S. Attorney’s office and Drug Enforcement Administration, headed by U.S. Attorney John Walsh, has successfully closed another 25 medical marijuana dispensaries in the state of Colorado this month. Walsh sent letters of warning to the dispensaries stating that they were located within 1,000 feet of school property, which is a federal offense, and ordered them to close within 45 days or face potential civil and criminal prosecution. The first round of letters sent by the Attorney’s office to 23 dispensaries in Boulder, Colorado resulted in the closing of all 23 dispensaries. The second round of warning letters to 25 dispensaries resulted in all 25 dispensaries closing down. However, Walsh is not finished yet. A third round of letters is expected soon. Supporters of medical marijuana in Colorado fear that these actions by the U.S. Attorney’s office may have a seriously detrimental effect on the industry as a whole, not to mention the economy, as they believe medical marijuana is a viable business and source of revenue for the state.

Recent Raid On Medical Marijuana Dispensary in Colorado Causes Price Drop In Business Sale

Staff CMM - Tuesday, June 05, 2012
As the medical marijuana business in Colorado grows, it’s easy to assume that the price to buy an existing business will go up as well. However, it only takes one incident to cause the prices to plunge. Cannabis & Co., a Denver-based dispensary, was raided recently by local law officials and the owner was arrested as part of a sting operation. As a result, the dispensary was put up for sale at the low price of $129,000, which is less than half of the original listing price of $289,000. With such a low listing price, this dispensary has the potential to be a prime acquisition for an existing dispensary looking to expand. Many dispensary owners spent close to $100,000 just to comply with new state regulations. As the prices of dispensaries such as this one begin to drop, some fear this may signal a downturn in the overall medical marijuana market in Colorado, especially considering the recent action by the U.S. Attorney in shutting down many dispensaries in Boulder, Colorado. Supporters of medical marijuana in Colorado feel that these recent events may be enough to deter any would-be entrepreneurs from opening a medical marijuana business in Colorado in the near future.

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