Watching the weed
Last week, Colorado Ethics Watch filed a campaign-finance complaint against No Over Taxation, a group opposed to Proposition AA. In order to combat the proposed retail-marijuana excise tax of 15 percent and sales tax of 10 percent, attorney Rob Corry has been passing out free joints at events in Denver and Boulder. One question, asks Ethics Watch: Who's funding the pot?
"Normally when we file complaints, we're dealing with an elaborate cover-up," says Luis Toro, the group's director. "However, that's not the case this time: Mr. Corry has been very open with us. We are dealing with legitimate misinformation and uncharted legal territory."
What makes the situation more complex is that the campaign finance report on file with the Secretary of State's Office indicates that no one has donated any money for the free marijuana.
"No money may have been fronted for the joints; however, I still think there's a value to the marijuana," says Toro. "Corry doesn't, but I do. Our hope is that this is resolved in time for people to cast an educated vote." The director is also hoping that the resolution sets a precedent for the use of marijuana in political campaigning.
Colorado citizens take to the polls Nov. 5 to decide on Prop AA.
Winner, winner ...
The results of the third annual Best Meds competition are in, and according to dailydoobie.com, first-place winners include Mountain Med Club for its Tangerine Haze, a sativa; Canna Caregivers for its Blue Cheese, an indica; Briargate Wellness Center for its hybrid Cheese Wreck; and Canna Caregivers again for its bubble hash.
The Colorado Springs-based contest, hosted by Rob and Sarah Tillery of Club 710 fame, gives MMJ patients the opportunity to vote on their favorites by picking up sample packets at participating centers.
• The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment will go before the Board of Health on Wednesday, Oct. 16, to request a rulemaking hearing to change the MMJ application and renewal fee. The proposed new fee would be $22, instead of the current $35, "as a result of an excess reserve in the medical marijuana cash fund," reads a survey issued prior to the meeting.
• To get a deeper look at marijuana advertising, the Colorado Springs chapter of the American Advertising Federation is hosting a panel of ad professionals, marijuana growers and industry experts. The event comes at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 16, at the Tim Gill Center for Public Media (315 E. Costilla St., rmpbs.org/timgillcenter). RSVP to Kelsey Prescott (firstname.lastname@example.org). Admission is $12 for members and $17 for non-members.