Riffs for spliffs
Amendment 64, the coming ballot question on decriminalizing marijuana, occupies a special place in the minds of most local medical-marijuana supporters.
For some, it's right next to their frustration with Fourth Judicial District Attorney Dan May (whose name has become, humorously enough, the ultimate insult. Sample Facebook comment from Audrey Hatfield: "Because I don't agree with the wording of this bill does not make me ... Dan May.") But for others, the amendment's seen as a good, and necessary, first step toward full legalization. For the latter, there's the Yes on Amendment 64 concert at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 7 at the Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave., blacksheeprocks.com). The $5 to $7 show features Audible, the Great Hotel Fire and Tower.
"There'll be speakers there as well," says Mark Slaugh with the Colorado Springs Medical Cannabis Council, "so people can get information about the issue and find out what's going on; and also support some great local musicians in cooperation with this campaign, so that we can change things here in Colorado."
• Simply Pure (simplypure.com), a Denver-based creator of infused products, has ceased operations. An Aug. 23 story from CNBC quotes company co-owner Wanda James as saying she suspended the business because Wells Fargo would no longer offer her its banking services.
Our call to James was not returned as of press time, but she told CNBC that "the minute that I know Amendment 64 passes — and I'm fighting for that — we will bring 'Simply Pure' back as its own legal retail place for anyone over the age of 21."
• Last Friday, the Marijuana Policy Project released its list of the Top 50 Most Influential Marijuana Users. "This collection spans multiple public spheres and illustrates the pervasiveness of marijuana use across all socio-economic groups," reads the release.
Coming in at No. 1 is President Barack Obama, followed by Clarence Thomas, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Michael Phelps. (Criteria included having "tried marijuana at least once.") The last two-thirds is comprised almost entirely of actors and musicians.
• A press release from Californians for Drug-Free Youth crows that "neither marijuana legalization nor an expansion of the current 'medical' marijuana system will be on the statewide ballot this November." The organization's executive director, John Redman, couldn't be happier.
"We may be seeing the beginning of the end for marijuana advocates in our state," Redman says in the release. "After sixteen years of experimenting with de facto legalization, the majority of Californians who don't smoke marijuana have realized that more marijuana availability isn't good for our kids or our state."