Fairy needs green
The Hershey Company is a worldwide monolith with around 15,000 employees and revenue just north of $7 billion. TinctureBelle is a four-year-old infused-products company, run by owners Char and Bill Mayes, that distributes edibles, oils, balms and the like to Colorado marijuana centers. Regardless of any size differences, however, the cocoa behemoth saw a threat in the way TinctureBelle marketed some of its products — the Dabby Patty, Ganja Joy, Hashees and Hasheats — and in early June sued the company in hopes of halting production and recovering alleged damages.
"I couldn't believe what I had just heard!" Char, who the Indy was unable to reach for comment, wrote on tincturebelle.org. "How could this be? My mind was racing and I could barely breathe!" She noted also that the company had changed the packaging at issue, months before Hershey's suit.
TinctureBelle is now soliciting donations to a legal-defense fund at the above web address, and plans to hold a local fundraiser Oct. 4 at Speak Easy Vape Lounge. Through organizer Audrey Hatfield, who runs the organization Coloradans 4 Cannabis Patient Rights, you can expect funds to go to helping the company and, as the website puts it, "the entire medical marijuana community, to obtain a winning legal team who believes in our cause, and will fight for our rights to choose how we medicate and heal our bodies."
Any remaining funds will go to C4CPR.
CSMCC changes identity
As of next week, a prominent voice in local medical marijuana will be reborn: The Colorado Springs Medical Cannabis Council will become the Southern Colorado Cannabis Council, says legislative director Jason Warf.
"Our focus will always be medical, first and foremost," Warf says. "Our attitude there is, until there's medical nationwide, that has to be the focus. That being said, part of the reason that we did expand is that we saw that most issues with medical cross over into recreational, and vice versa."
Warf has been lobbying the state legislature for the last couple sessions, pushing to open up vertical integration — where a shop has to grow the majority of the weed it sells — so that independent grows are possible, as well as fighting for a records-sealing bill that ultimately failed. With the help of Longmont Democratic Rep. Jonathan Singer, to whom SCCC is asking its members to contribute money, Warf plans to bring that bill, plus one that looks at releasing anybody currently incarcerated solely on a marijuana charge, back next year. There's also potential for a bill that would make it illegal for a state employee to assist the federal government in regards to cannabis prosecution.
"I think it's really just our responsibility to bring that voice [to the Capitol]," he says, "not just for medical owners but for all owners."