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As reported by other media, the saga of the Department of Revenue's new regulations for Colorado's medical marijuana businesses continues: The anticipated March 1 roll-out date has been pushed back.
"[The rules] haven't been pushed back because there was no date to push them back from," explains department spokeswoman Julie Postlethwait. "The moratorium never had a specific date on which it was going to be dropped. It's written that the moratorium will go out of effect once the first set of rules issued by us are put into effect. Currently the state licensing authority is reviewing those rules."
Postlethwait says the licensing authority can approve the regulations as written, approve them with modifications, or reject them. Then the rules are subject to a 20-day review by the attorney general and afterward must be published for 30 days before going into effect. This pushes any potential start date into late April, at the earliest.
In the meantime, House Bill 1043 — which "clarifies" current industry regulations — contains a clause that would push the moratorium out another year, potentially making the entire issue moot. The bill is currently before the House Appropriations Committee, though its contents will very likely change before any passage.
Has it been one year?
Anniversary celebrations are all the rage these days. Here are a couple to watch:
• Best Budz (4132 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 598-0168) is offering anniversary specials through March 31. Among them: Designate the center as caregiver and receive a free eighth; spend $100 or more and receive a free gram of hash; buy one, get one half-off; and more.
• FRAM (5913 N. Nevada Ave., 213-0118) is offering 10 grams for $75 through the month of March. Cash only.
• Checking in with KC Stark, co-owner of the medical marijuana trade site mmj-exchange.com, it seems things have taken off for the Colorado Springs-based business.
"We hit 100 [participating centers] in our first 60 days," he writes in an e-mail. "Now we are working to solidify the members we established during the free phase."
• Best Meds (bestmedscs.com), the Colorado Springs-based cannabis competition to be held in April, has finalized its list of participating centers. Late additions include Tree of Life Wellness Center (559 S. Eighth St., 227-8733), Cannabicare (1466 Woolsey Heights, cannabicare.com) and Maggie's Farm (1424 S. Nevada Ave., 328-0420).
If interested in serving as a judge, check the site for a participating center and holla.
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