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CannaBiz: The rejected MMCs

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We've tried calling nearly all the dispensaries on the list. But as you would expect from a document listing centers that have been rejected for a business license from the city of Colorado Springs, or have withdrawn their application, all the phone numbers tried were out of order.

So, without additional comment, here's more on the licensing details we began bringing you last week. The bigger names that have withdrawn their applications include: All Good Care Center, Mountain View Cannabis, Green Life Medical Center, Sibannac and Natural Remedies MMJ (whose story we told Feb. 9 in this space).

As of Feb. 10, only four centers' applications had been outright rejected: Absolute Manitou Wellness Center, for missing the pre-registration deadline; Mountain Made Meds, for problems with criminal history, among other reasons; and Canna-Pothecary and The Wellness Source, for as-yet-undisclosed reasons. None were reachable.

Yes: vote

In reaction to falling roughly 2,400 signatures short the first go-round, the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol (regulatemarijuana.org) dropped more than 14,000 additional signatures on the Secretary of State's Office last week. It also picked up the endorsement of Gary Johnson, former Republican governor of New Mexico and current Libertarian presidential candidate: "There has to be a first, and Colorado has that opportunity," he says in a statement.

Keef crumbs

High Times' Medical Cannabis Cup (medcancup.com) is coming to Denver for the second year in a row, on April 21-22. The competition features medical marijuana submitted by licensed dispensaries in Colorado, which is then judged by folks with the magazine. Tickets are $40 to $100, while the shebang's going down at the EXDO Event Center (1399 35th St.).

• The Pueblo Chieftain reports that Natures Sweets Wellness Center (83 N. Magneto Drive) in Pueblo West has been shut down by the state for lacking any records.

• A host of MMJ advocacy organizations recently launched the Patient Voter Project (patientvoterproject.org). The goal is "to shine a light on the Obama administration's egregious behavior ..." in Colorado.

• Next week, the protest over the prosecution of cancer patient Bob Crouse for marijuana possession and distribution will resume on his trial day: noon on Monday, Feb. 27. "More then [sic] likely, we will be protesting the following days until the trial is over," writes Coloradans 4 Cannabis Patient Rights president Audrey Hatfield in an e-mail.

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