High Times' U.S. Cannabis Cup is more than just a time to celebrate the sensi — it's a time to reward the people growing it right, like Natural Mystic Cannabis Caregivers (416 E. Colorado Ave., 203-5094). The four-year-old Colorado Springs medical-marijuana center won first places in two categories at this past weekend's event: Best Medical Edible, for its CBD capsules, and Best Medical Non-Solvent Hash, for its Blueberry Waltz concentrate.
It's the CBD capsules — the acronym, of course, referring to the potent, non-psychoactive side of cannabis that has the Charlotte's Web strain on the national radar — that have the center's operations manager, Shelley Wieck, feeling particularly proud.
"I'm a cancer survivor myself. And we have a lot of cancer patients who take our oil on a daily basis, who are terminal and some who are not, and have had, just, amazing results," Wieck says. "CBD is like the liquid gold of cannabis."
As far as a comparison to the Stanley brothers' vaunted strain: "Theirs is actually lower in THC — ours is a 2-to-1 [THC-to-CBD ratio]." However: "We now have six other strains on our shelves right now that are CBD-rich, some as low as 2 percent THC.
"We see lots of patients with young children with epilepsy. My daughter has epilepsy ... so that's also near and dear to our heart."
Need green to see green
The media blitz over Colorado cannabis and the Denver Post's new marijuana website continues with a capital filmmaker's documentary, Rolling Papers, and Kickstarter fund drive. "Send us to Sundance (we're aiming HIGH here people)!" reads the pitch, which adds: "The time is now! The film will capture a moment in history that has the potential to impact elections across the country and change history." See more at tiny.cc/d0roex.
• MED-a-Mints, a Longmont maker of medical-marijuana mints, is suing the company it licensed the product to, Dixie Elixirs, for changing the way the mints are labeled and not using childproof packaging.
"Edible marijuana is not candy," the Denver Post quotes Gary Gabrel, MED-a-Mints' inventor, as saying. "And yet Dixie Elixirs has acted with reckless disregard to business ethics and consumer safety by removing our clear and conservative labeling, and by refusing to offer the product in childproof packaging that we have repeatedly recommended."
Dixie says Gabrel endorsed the changes.
• Saying that Marisol Therapeutics (922 Kimble Drive, marisolmed.com) "is probably the oldest and ... best pot grower" in Colorado, comedian and activist Tommy Chong bought a stake in the Pueblo medical marijuana center. Terms were undisclosed, and it's not clear if Chong meets state residency requirements or other legal conditions of ownership.