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Council to talk pot ban, possible state lawsuit in the offing and more




Council is coming

Next Thursday, June 27, will bring a chance for people to speak to Colorado Springs City Council before it votes at a later time on whether to allow retail-marijuana stores. The meeting begins at 4 p.m. at City Hall, 107 N. Nevada Ave., and a pro-cannabisian push will meet it.

First, Studio A64 is hosting a "March to End Prohibition," beginning at its location at 332 E. Colorado Ave., between 2 and 3 p.m., and continuing on to City Hall at 3:30. "Join us and let's end Prohibition of Cannabis ... together," reads the Facebook event page.

The Colorado Springs Medical Cannabis Council is also organizing speakers, asking interested folks to get with leadership an hour before the town hall starts to discuss talking points. "We need your help to make sure your voice is heard and that the Will of the People to regulate marijuana like alcohol is taken seriously by the new City Council," reads its page.

Plea perseverance

Sean McAllister's an oft-cited defense attorney familiar to many in the marijuana industry, and it's partly due to his involvement with Colorado NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws). That notoriety's about to grow a little with the organization's moves in the wake of the departures of both the head of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (see p. 16) and the woman who led its lab program, Cynthia Burbach.

On June 12, McAllister sent a letter to Gov. John Hickenlooper and others "requesting that the Legislature reconsider its decision to impose an arbitrary DUID-marijuana standard of 5 ng/ml in light of the revelations of the drastic deficiencies in the lab training, qualification, accuracy, standard operating procedures, reporting, and alleged bias of employees of the state toxicology laboratory at [CDPHE]."

The lawyer told Westword he plans to meet with lawmakers soon.

Animal pharm

It's rare to read a report using the words "pets" and "pot" and find that it's not about how many of one were sickened by interacting with the other. But, if used in moderation, it turns out the substance can actually do a little good, according to the Associated Press.

There's "a growing movement to give medical marijuana to pets in pain," wrote the AP on June 8. "Many urge caution until there's better science behind it. But stories abound about changes in sick and dying pets after they've been given cannabis ..."

Apparently, Los Angeles veterinarian Doug Kramer is the main man behind the movement. "I grew tired of euthanizing pets when I wasn't doing everything I could to make their lives better," he told the AP. "I felt like I was letting them down."

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