Coming to Colorado
Though Kristie Wheeler recently resigned her post as leader of the local chapter of Moms for Marijuana International, citing issues with the group's financial transparency, the activist is keeping busy through a new venture: Moving for Marijuana (213-0366), a grassroots organization created to help people outside of Colorado relocate to the state to better treat their ailments with cannabis. The topic's been in the air lately, with CBD-heavy strains grown by the local Stanley brothers getting national exposure for their effect on epileptic maladies.
"There's actually been quite a few [families] in the last couple weeks that I've gotten calls from," Wheeler tells the Indy, noting she's looking to help "anybody that can generally benefit from cannabis" find affordable housing, schedule doctor's visits, find the right center and more.
Crouse still seeks cash
Medical-marijuana patient Bob Crouse has long been fighting the city of Colorado Springs to be reimbursed for the damage his marijuana took while being held by police as evidence. That fight is moving forward, says his attorney, Charles Houghton, citing a status conference scheduled for late January. That, following a little jurisdictional swapping.
"The city and county both filed a motion to move it into federal district court," says Houghton in an interview. "We alleged in the original complaint a federal civil-rights violation, and so they wanted to move it to federal district court. When they did that, we amended the complaint and took out the federal civil-rights claim, which deprived the federal court of jurisdiction, and that moved it back [to district court in El Paso County].
Houghton declines to name an exact dollar amount, though it's generally believed that the plants made unusable by police were worth around $300,000.
Bud and the bar
Speaking of, in the December issue of The Colorado Lawyer, the Colorado Bar Association Ethics Committee issued Formal Opinion 125, titled "The Extent to Which Lawyers May Represent Clients Regarding Marijuana-Related Activities." The conclusion? Depending on the issue, they probably shouldn't.
"The novelty and complexity of the conflict between Colorado and federal law prevent the Committee from devising a bright line distinction between lawyer conduct that complies with [the Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct] and lawyer conduct that violates it," writes the association. "Instead, the Committee has determined that there is a spectrum of conduct ranging from that which Colo.RPC 1.2(d) clearly permits to that which it clearly prohibits."
For instance, advising a client regarding criminal marijuana charges: ethical. Negotiating a parenting plan that includes the use of marijuana by one parent: unethical.