When anti-MMJ activist Steve Wind told us last year he'd be delivering all signature totals gathered by his group Let Us Vote COS by Dec. 15, in time to make the April ballot deadline, he sounded as confident as when he said MMJ dispensaries would be the downfall of the city. Three weeks after the deadline, it appears one pronouncement was as true as the other.
The City Clerk's office confirms it has received no materials from Wind, while his group's website and Facebook page have disappeared, and he's unreachable at the listed phone number and e-mail address.
Last week, Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced his office, in conjunction with the Northern Colorado Drug Task Force, shut down a marijuana-distribution ring that is suspected of using packets of photocopied MMJ patient records as cover. A news release from Suthers says the nine who were indicted came to Colorado from New Mexico, and ran grows in Erie, Fort Collins, Longmont and Westminster.
Notably, in the release Suthers says the MMJ industry is at least partially to blame for the whole deal: "This case, while disturbing, should come as no surprise to Coloradans who have been concerned that there is a nexus between Colorado's booming medical marijuana industry and illegal distribution of the drug." This is, of course, like claiming there's a nexus between the IRS and criminals who steal your identity by impersonating the IRS.
"Certainly, people should not be using it as a front for recreational sales — but what we have are simply allegations ..." said MMJ advocate Brian Vicente to Westword. "The really surprising thing to me about this incident was the politically charged nature of attorney general Suthers' comments."
Out of the closet
Though state law prohibits local governments from disclosing locations of MMJ grows, in the past week the city of Boulder did just that — twice, actually.
Initially, the city had to remove from its website a map that showed the approximate location of some 60 grows. The next day, the city removed an even more detailed map that included the actual addresses of several grows, said city spokeswoman Sarah Huntley in a phone conversation on Monday. The maps were part of a presentation being given by city staff to Boulder City Council.
Huntley says the city attorney, currently out of town, will later review the facts to determine if Boulder incurred any liability.
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