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Cannabis club debuts; industry spends political money

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Ganja gathering

Studioa64.com is a website full of beautiful people, some more buxom than others, ready for a good time. And that's no accident, says KC Stark: "This is not medical, this is party," he says triumphantly. "This is liberty; this is justice; this is Ben Franklin and Thomas Jefferson in your home, smoking hemp."

The "this" in question is Studio A64, "Colorado's first licensed brick-and-mortar, private cannabis club and event center," says Stark, who co-owns the post-Amendment 64 effort with Jack Roth. Located downtown at 332 E. Colorado Ave., above the Triple Nickel Tavern, the Studio will offer a home for those looking to smoke and socialize between 4:20 and 10 p.m., Thursday through Saturday. Neither alcohol nor marijuana will be provided by the club, though you will find prepackaged drinks and snacks.

"We've got nothing but vaporizers from Silver Surfer," says Stark. "And we have a private VIP smoking chamber; a private smoking balcony; [and] a vaporizer lounge. We have open-mic night; we have speed-dating for ladies and gentlemen that smoke cannabis; [and] we have resident DJs and live music."

The grand opening will be Saturday, Feb. 23. Tickets are $10 for the general public.

Pot politics

In a speech posted to YouTube last Friday, City Council candidate (and former two-term Councilman) Tom Gallagher made it plain who he's counting on in his west-side race against Jim Bensberg, Keith King and incumbent Brandy Williams.

"It's a campaign: I need money," the shaggy-haired Gallagher said to a room of cannabis advocates at Eagle's Nest Wellness Center in Cascade. "I'm saying I need money. ... I'm saying I need money and I need help."

Well, if campaign-finance numbers are any indication, help is on the way. For the period ending Feb. 14, Gallagher reported $3,450 in new contributions, almost every one from companies related to the medical-marijuana industry. Rocky Road Remedies and Modern Medicine LLC contributed the most, at $1,000 each, while Rocky Mountain Miracles and Indispensary both chipped in $500. Maggie's Farm gave him $200, and Southern Colorado Medical Marijuana contributed $100.

Gallagher drew industry support during his mayoral campaign in 2011 as well. With Sean Paige, he was a driving force on Council to keep and regulate medical marijuana when Councilors had the option to ban it in 2010.

Keef crumbs

• The Pueblo Chieftain reported Saturday that MMJ center Natures Sweets Wellness Center had 215 of its plants seized and its doors closed for operating out of compliance with Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division regulations.

• The state House Judiciary Committee has rescheduled debate on House Bill 1114, the THC-DUI legislation, to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 26.

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