A few weeks ago, Indy reporter Chet Hardin sat down with Colorado Springs Police Department's interim chief Pete Carey to chat about his new job (see "Knock and talk," News, Nov. 3). We sent Hardin with a few MMJ-related questions of our own.
First, Carey says a study is forthcoming, at some point, related to an increase in crime, either from or directed at, MMJ centers. Second, he agrees that response times are a problem, but it is what it is.
"We're down about 50 police officers or so from where we were before," he says. "We've made the adjustments; I think we're doing the best that we can right now."
According to the Colorado Springs Police Department, the Indispensary (indispensary.com) at 3044 W. Colorado Ave. was robbed, and one of its clerks assaulted, by a white male in his mid-20s in the early morning hours of Monday, Nov. 14.
"After hitting the victim, the suspect forced him into the bathroom and locked the door," a release says. An undisclosed amount of money and some marijuana was taken, confirms employee Mandy Christensen via e-mail.
"Our employee got a nasty bump on the head, but got some stitches and he'll be fine," she wrote on Tuesday. "Our cameras got a great shot of the guy's face and the cops seem pretty gung-ho on tracking him down. Lost some cash and some product but we'll recover."
• The furor over the prosecution of leukemia patient Bob Crouse continues with a protest outside the El Paso County Courthouse (270 S. Tejon St., c4cpr.org) at noon, Thursday, Nov. 17. Crouse is charged with two felonies: cultivation and distribution of marijuana.
• Meet federal medical marijuana patient Irvin Rosenfeld at the Colorado Springs Medical Cannabis Council's mixer at 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 18, at the Warehouse Restaurant and Gallery (25 W. Cimarron St., csmcc-net.org). Tickets are $10 (free for CSMCC members) and get you all the conversation you can handle with the man who told ABC News in 2009, "I'm living proof that medical cannabis is real medicine. We need to get medicine in the hands of patients who really need it."
• It's listening time at the Inner Space at Poor Richard's (322 N. Tejon St., #224, 200-4391). University of Colorado at Colorado Springs professor Dr. Robert Melamede will present a free lecture, "Conscious & Cannabinoids," at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 20. The good doctor will speak on "his newest findings on how cancer can be treated with cannabis/medical marijuana," says a release.
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