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New MMJ centers, decriminalization in Jamaica and more

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Club accountant

An old south-side Boost Mobile is now home to another entrant in the Springs' medical-marijuana scene: the three-month-old Club 5280 (1629 S. Nevada Ave., #120, clinic5280.com), which, among other things, houses 41-year-old owner Jonathan Cho's new life.

"I've always truly believed in medical marijuana as a viable remedy for a lot of ailments out there," he says. "In my previous life, I was basically an investment accountant, for the most part. After doing that for the past decade, the job satisfaction wasn't there and I wanted to really move into something that I truly believed in."

Cho says he's combined his dexterity with numbers and a love of growing (born in college) and applied it to the commercial game, figuring out how to obtain ultimate high-quality yields using hydroponics. Currently, 13 strains sit on the shelves — along with "the whole gamut" of vapes, wax, accessories and the like — with the citrus-accented Lemon Sour Diesel as a highlight. All strains sit somewhere between 22 percent and 25 percent THC, Cho says, though they haven't been lab-tested.

Beyond that, first-time customers get member pricing, with credit available to those who list the center as caregiver.

The road goes ever on

Rocky Road Remedies (434-2040) recently brought a second location to life at 3995 N. Academy Blvd., near Old Chicago.

"We have awesome buds and products," says manager Michelle Andres. "Everything's grown in-house. We're very personable with our patients, and like to get to know them and help them get their medicine that will really help them with whatever condition they have."

Andres also says the bigger grow room emits a pungent enough bouquet that multiple people have stopped in saying they smelled the green from a red light. Those people probably found eighths starting at $20, grams of wax at $25 and a "really nice" atmosphere that feels "cozy, warm [and] welcoming."

Keef crumbs

The Economist reports that Jamaica's Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Philip Paulwell, "has said he will find time this year to decriminalise possession of small amounts of marijuana."

• Tweet of the week, from @APKristenWyatt: "The Georgia House just voted 171-4 for medical #marijuana, in case you were wondering how much the world has changed." The allowance is for Charlotte's Web, a CBD-heavy strain grown by Colorado Springs' Realm of Caring.

The New York Times recently documented the spreading acceptability of cannabis: "Demonstrating how marijuana is no longer a strictly partisan issue, the two states considered likeliest this year to follow Colorado and Washington in outright legalization of the drug are Oregon, dominated by liberal Democrats, and Alaska, where libertarian Republicans hold sway."

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