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Healing House closes

Though Lynn Lansford, a thyroid-cancer survivor, hoped to use a four-bedroom house she and her husband own in Teller County as a temporary home for families moving to Colorado for medical marijuana, the funding never supported it. Last week, she announced the closure of her Children's Healing House (lynnzina@aol.com).

"I had hoped to relocate it to Colorado Springs, but am unable to find a like minded soul willing to allow Medical Marijuana patients to live there," she writes on Facebook. "I also had hoped for more donations to ease the financial aspect and that didn't materialize. With both of the giant difficulties that I face I have had to make that very painful decision.

"I thank each and everyone of you for your love and support during this labor of absolute love and my heart will always be with those fighting cancer, seizures and a multitude of illnesses that CO can cure or ease."

Meet a Singer

With the Colorado Springs Medical Cannabis Council regaining vibrancy through a rebooted name — now called the Southern Colorado Cannabis Council — back come the events. Sept. 16 brings a mixer at the Warehouse Restaurant & Gallery (25 W. Cimarron St., csmcc-net.org), the first get-together for the group in over a year.

"In the last two legislative sessions we have taken on some tough issues, sometimes pitting us against the bigger, Denver-based organizations," reads an email from the group. "In these battles a few elected officials have been especially [responsive] to the needs of patients and the marijuana industry. Representative Jonathan Singer [D, Longmont] is one of those people. We are excited and honored to welcome him as our keynote speaker. After a brief political round-up from our Legislative Director, Jason Warf, Rep. Singer will take the hot seat for a Q&A about his and our work in the last couple of years."

Read with intensity

It's hard to know how seriously to take any negative marijuana pronouncements from the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area. A multi-state offshoot of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, it puts "'medical' marijuana" in quotes and hosts pages on its website like "Myths of Drug Legalization." But a recently issued 166-page report on Colorado (tiny.cc/b8bukx) contains a few interesting tidbits:

• Highway seizures of Colorado marijuana destined for 40 other states increased 397 percent between 2008 and 2013.

• Parcels of pot intercepted by the U.S. Postal Service and bound for 33 other states increased 1,280 percent from '10 to '13.

• In 2013, there were 18 injuries resulting from at-home extractions of hash oil exploding, and 27 injuries in the first half of 2014.

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