In mid-December, officers with the Colorado Springs Metro Vice, Narcotics and Intelligence division executed search warrants at Cannabis Therapy Center's (5953 Omaha Blvd., cannabistherapycenter.net) dispensary, as well as at its two grows. The justification? Failure to comply with House Bill 1284, specifically a provision to register with the state after receiving local approval, meaning the business is essentially an illegal marijuana operation to police.
So what happened? While the House bill did mandate local and state approval by a summer deadline, another part of the provision says state registration can still be completed within 30 days after local approval is given. Because CTC is located in the county, and was granted a one-year zoning variance in late November, it puts the center within the grace period, says manager Lewis Kellerman.
"We were still within the legal limitations for getting our application in after local approval," Kellerman says, noting the center's paperwork was turned in to the state one day before the Dec. 23 deadline. "We had a month after local approval to send our application in, and they raided us two-and-a-half weeks into that one-month period."
Police say no arrests were made or property seized, but that the case has been turned over to the district attorney's office for further review. A call to the DA's office was not returned as of press time.
If it seems curious to you that a book full of confidential patient information would turn up in a Denver dumpster, well, it seems curious to Wanda James, too.
"I have no idea," says James, who until July 1 owned the Apothecary of Colorado, whose paperwork was found in an alley garbage bin, according to 9NEWS. "I see that we're getting beaten up [in comments] online, but we haven't had any information from the Apothecary of Colorado since August. I mean, we haven't even been in the Apothecary of Colorado since August."
James isn't sure how patient information would make its way to a trash receptacle, but thinks it's unlikely the current owners — who could not be reached — were walking away from the business.
Recently, Schriever Air Force Base made it clear that any individual found with marijuana, medical or otherwise, would be referred to the Colorado Springs Police Department. So we wondered: Has it ever happened?
"It's not something that we would track," says police spokesman Darrin Abbink, though he doesn't think it has. Further: "If it's actually a member of the military, then their military police units are the ones who handle any cases against military personnel."
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