Pot pioneer wants out
If Colorado Springs' marijuana industry has a founding father, it's probably Michael Lee. The longtime owner of Cannabis Therapeutics (907 E. Fillmore St., cannabistherapeutics.net) opened his storefront in 2006, years before the green rush overwhelmed the state. He's been raided by the Drug Enforcement Administration, unsuccessfully charged by the local district attorney and outlasted pretty much every trend, rule and law that's swirled through in the past decade.
But it's because of all of the above that Lee is looking to get out, he says: Cannabis Therapeutics is for sale for $1.5 million.
"I am tired of the regulations, taxation, license fees, penalties with no education by anyone for anything," he writes in an email to the Indy. "We have a system that is taxing medicine unlawfully and flat ass doesn't care. ... You have crooks overseeing our industry and making unrealistic rules. ...
"I am tired of seeing all this go on in an industry I started for other reasons. When I was patient number 7 for our state they told me to go to the streets for my meds. fuck em all!"
Kiss the Skywalker
Calling Darth Vapor, Bong Solo and Greeno. (Greedo? No? Dammit.)
In September, Jaymen Johnson and his Speak Easy Vape Lounge (2508 E. Bijou St., speakeasycannabisclub.com) will fulfill all your fantasies with Chromic Con, "The World's First Marijuana Comic/Fantasy Convention." Hosted Sept. 13 and 14 at the cannabis social club, and possibly a few locations in Denver, the bring-your-own-weed event isn't taking itself too seriously.
"This is more hippie-meets-comic-book convention," says Johnson, noting attendees can dig on some light-saber wiffle ball while possibly hanging with nerdy celebrities. (Johnson says he would love to see somebody like actor Warwick Davis in the crowd.) Several artists who write cannabis-themed comic books will be in attendance, as well as food vendors, dancers and musicians, among others. It's early yet, but Johnson's psyched about the possibilities.
"I think all of us have some sort of inner nerd about us," he says. "It just started as a joke, but I look forward to it getting bigger and better every year. I can't believe how awesome it's going to be."
Tickets are $14.20 in advance, $20 at the door, and $45 if you want to hop on a weed-friendly shuttle to cart you to the potential Denver locations.
Though it's been a rocky rollout, the state of Washington officially began recreational sales Tuesday. "According to state officials, as many as 20 stores should [be licensed] ... including at least one in Seattle and at least two in smaller cities," reads a release from the Marijuana Policy Project.