Robert Williamson was working his landscape and contracting business when his 6-year-old daughter started experiencing problems in her throat, to go with strong stomachaches. Physicians weren't sure of the cause, Williamson says, and he worried about the medications being recommended to him.
"The doctors wanted to push a bunch of stuff on her, and she's so tiny we didn't want it to affect her in a negative manner," he says. "And the CBDs are so expensive, so we thought, 'Well, why don't we try growing, and extract our own CBD [oil] and if her tests come back to where she needs this stuff, we'll give it to her.'"
As a private caregiver, Williamson grew for her, his mother and others, until his daughter recovered and he became uncomfortable with how much extra marijuana he ended up possessing just through the natural growing process. This came in conjunction with the state tightening its rules on caregiving, so the 36-year-old made the jump to open his own medical-marijuana center: Cannabis Connection (3170 Stone Ave., cannabisconnectionco.com), which celebrates its grand opening from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 18 with a barbecue, raffle tickets, free pre-rolls with purchases and more.
Now, among other efforts: "I'm trying to focus on some of the older strains, stuff that's not as, I hate to say 'GMO,' but stuff that's not as modified," Williamson says, citing breeding actions to achieve higher yields, or female-only plants. "Like Critical Mass; Maui Wowie's an old strain; Pineapple Express is an old strain, believe it or not; White Widow. I'm trying to lean toward some of the older strains that produce a little bit more of a pure product. I'm trying to lean toward the medical side."
• Last week, Colorado Sens. Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner, with Oregon Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, took on the marijuana banking issue with the introduction of the Marijuana Businesses Access to Banking Act of 2015. "This bill helps address those issues by allowing our banking system to serve these legal businesses like any others," says Bennet in a press release.
Supporters instantly celebrated. "The legal marijuana industry is worth nearly $3 billion nationwide," says Aaron Smith, executive director of the National Cannabis Industry Association, in a release. "We shouldn't be forced to carry that around in duffel bags."
• Dixie Elixirs and Edibles announced a partnership with Foria to manufacture and distribute the cannabis sex aid in Colorado.
• Recently, Dr. Sue Sisley received a grant from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to produce a clinical trial studying the effect of cannabis on post-traumatic stress disorder. Attend a lecture and discussion with Sisley at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 15 in the third-floor conference room at 101 W. 9th Street in Pueblo.