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CannaBiz: DA's office tries again



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Tuesday brought the beginning of the trial of Ali Hillery, the 60-year-old owner of medical marijuana center Rocky Mountain Miracles (2316 E. Bijou St., Hillery's charged with one count each of cultivation, and possession with intent to manufacture or distribute, stemming from a March 19 inspection by the Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division. She says during that inspection, 611 of her 1,315 plants were cut down, and 16 pounds of dried or drying marijuana were seized.

The problem, she says, resulted from paperwork being provided to the division that had not been cleared of old patients, or updated with brand-new ones. Plus, she says, not all plants being grown had a patient's number attached.

Recently, the district attorney's office has had an iffy time convicting MMJ patients at trial, with individuals like Bob Crouse, Elisa Kappelmann and Jesse Vriese all seeing not-guilty verdicts ("No appetite," News, July 18) in June.

Bigger house

Though things have generally been tough on the medical marijuana industry, the Green House ( has come out OK. After a move to 410 S. Eighth St., Unit B, it's actually increased its offerings to patients, and added a second register.

"We [were] just going through so much, selling so much — it was a good thing," says store manager Jordyn Van Metre. "We have expanded a little bit, and are still in the process of expanding. We just wanna have more edibles, a little bit more concentrates — hopefully more weed. All that good stuff."

Polled upward

The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol has had a hard time recently. Two weeks ago, the main "pro" arguments for marijuana-decriminalization effort Amendment 64 were stripped from the voters' blue book. The subsequent lawsuit filed to overturn the action was lost. Then Gov. John Hickenlooper issued a statement saying he couldn't support the amendment because it "has the potential to increase the number of children using drugs." (In response, the campaign called the former brewpub entrepreneur "hypocritical.")

Well, finally some good news: On Saturday, the Denver Post released a poll showing that 51 percent of likely voters surveyed support Amendment 64, with 40 percent opposed and 9 percent undecided. The campaign was gleeful: "There is an incredible psychological advantage to being in the majority," reads a release. "Why should people think it's strange that you are voting for something supported by a majority of the public?"

Of course, as the Post rightly points out, California's 2010 legalization initiative, Proposition 19, was also polling very well prior to being soundly defeated.

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