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Burglary at Green Earth, no jokes for THC, and Breaking the Taboo

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Scorched Earth

The March 24 post on the Colorado Springs Police Department's blotter is, of course, quite matter-of-fact. "Unknown suspects unlawfully entered two businesses in the multi unit business complex," it reads, noting that for one of the locations, "a significant amount of Medical Marijuana and Marijuana Infused product was taken from the business."

But the impact of that event isn't easily accepted among the family of Justin Flowers, owner of the west-side's Green Earth Wellness Center (519 N. 30th St., greenearthwellnesscenter.com). In an e-mail to the Indy, his wife, Rachael Shavor, writes that the door was found open, with all the cannabis and infused-products stolen; and the center's computers, point-of-sale system and "$25,000 worth of [security] cameras" destroyed.

Flowers' sister, Marcea, a prominent member of the Springs' art scene, posted to her Facebook page that the other ruined equipment was worth some $7,000. "Then they busted bottles filled with liquid all over, smashed his showcases and whatever else they could destroy."

The center's Facebook page says it will reopen on Thursday, March 28. Police say there are currently no known suspects; in any case, Shavor says she just hopes locals will empathize.

"I want this town to know what the face of medical marijuana is," she writes, "a loving couple with two beautiful children and a couple of ancient pugs, [who] struggle pay check to pay check with our main focus on helping people."

No jokes

Trichome Health Consultants (2117 W. Colorado Ave., thcmed.com) was all set to unveil "the World's 1st All You Can Toke Comedy Show," as the patient-only-event was described, until it hit a rather formidable speed bump that killed the March 31 event.

"We are no longer allowed to host the world's first Jokes n' Tokes," writes the center's Cami Hall in an e-mail, because "city officials came down to my dispensary and said it would violate our business license."

Keef crumbs

At 7 p.m. on Monday, April 1, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., in University Center 302, 255-3471) will host a free discussion and screening of Breaking the Taboo, a 2011 documentary about the war on drugs narrated by Morgan Freeman and featuring interviews with former presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter.

• An analysis by MMJ Business Daily, an online trade publication edited by former Gazette writer Chris Walsh, says sales of medical marijuana in the U.S. could top out at $1.5 billion in 2013, an increase of 10 to 15 percent from last year. Longer-term, all "state legal" cannabis sales could reach $6 billion by 2018.

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