We first brought word on March 1 that Cannabis Therapeutics owner Michael Lee faced a criminal trial for charges of cultivation of marijuana, and tampering with evidence. Since that date, the prosecution has dropped the latter charge, added a second charge of cultivation and rescheduled the trial for July 30.
Of course, that's not all that's happened, Lee says.
"After we had a talk with you, and that [story] came out saying I wanted to sue [the city], I had two detectives come here and harass me," he says. "Two officers came and said, 'We understand you're looking up people who you're going to go after.' I said, 'I can look up whoever I want. I'm gonna look up you two when you leave.' They tried to intimidate me and harass me, and I told them 'You need to be on your way or call my attorney.'"
Colorado Springs Police Department spokeswoman Barbara Miller says the detectives actually visited because Lee had allegedly made threats to kill an employee of the district attorney's office.
"We asked no questions regarding a lawsuit," says Miller, reading a statement from officer John Allen, "nor did we have any knowledge of any type of lawsuit that he is involved in."
Regardless, it's a situation Lee can't wait to leave; he hopes to sell CT, one of the state's longest-running dispensaries, soon.
In the meantime, he takes some heart from the exoneration of people like Elisa Kappelmann, acquitted last week on all charges of possession and distribution.
"I'm just happy that all these people are coming out on the same side and with the same bullshit, where we were charged with [incorrect] numbers," Lee says.
• Since setting a record high in March with collections of $83,647, medical-marijuana-related sales tax figures have remained steady. April came close to matching March at $83,300, and May collections totaled $82,883, an increase of 28 percent over the same period last year.
Year to date, the city of Colorado Springs has brought in $311,636 in MMJ-related taxes.
• On Friday, Westword offered more information on what the informational link between the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment — which administers the MMJ patient registry — and the Colorado Bureau of Investigations might look like.
Citing information obtained by advocate Corey Donahue, the paper says that law enforcement could check a patient's status through a "search by name, date of birth and ID number on contact with a person transferring medical marijuana, during an investigation, or for a firearms background check."