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Marijuana: First-ever medical cannabis booth coming to Colorado State Fair

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Think of the Colorado State Fair, and visions of endless funnel cake, mutton bustin', carnival rides, 70s rock bands playing past their prime, puke-smelling midway rides, horse shows and rodeos come to mind.

Starting this year, though, the Cannabis Patients Network would like to add something to that list: medical marijuana.

Last week, CPN was officially approved to have the state fair's first-ever medical-marijuana-related booth.

But the group won't be showing off monster buds or holding a best-joint-rolling contest. Instead, the booth will be about education, and with an estimated 500,000 visitors passing by over the length of the fair, the folks at CPN figure they'll have their work cut out for them.

"The real goal here is to normalize [medical cannabis] and make the stigma go away," says CPN director Regina Nelson. Currently, the organization is looking for patient volunteers to help man the booth and talk to fair-goers about their personal experience with medical marijuana. It might seem easy to find such people in a state with more than 100,000 MMJ patients, but Nelson says it's tough these days.

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From the Cannabis Patient Network website.
Since the passage of Amendment 64, she has seen people become more hesitant to talk about medical cannabis. "Here's what I find really interesting," she says. "We pull up in Nowheresville, Arkansas, and they have the neighbors lined up to talk to us. We come to Colorado, and [patients] are afraid to do interviews. Why? Because of all of the issues in the state going on around recreational. There's some validity to that from a patient perspective. They don't want people to look at them as recreational users."

However, Nelson adds, "we are finally seeing a split between recreational and medical, and I think that's really good."

One thing CPN hopes to demonstrate at the fair is that medical cannabis is still a very valid treatment. Volunteers will be handing out information on cannabis and cancer, the different ways cannabis can be ingested, medical cannabis for minors, and the growing use of cannabis by veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

The booth is also part of a membership drive for CPN's new Cannabis Patient Network Institute, which officially kicks off on August 8. The organization aims to focus more on patient-centered education and advocacy nationwide. By the fall, CPN would like to begin doing patient-narrative-based research, starting with a study of veterans and their medical cannabis usage -- whether state-legal or not.

The Colorado State Fair runs from August 23 to September 2 in Pueblo. For tickets and more information, visit coloradostatefair.com. To volunteer with CPN, contact Regina Nelson at reginanelson.cpn@gmail.com.

More from our Marijuana archive: "Marijuana activist doesn't want Denver taxes going to controversial anti-pot doctor" and "More than half of felony pot trafficking cases in Kansas from Colorado."


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DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 Colorado a Major Exporter of Marijuana

Colorado has become a major exporter of marijuana to the rest of the country, according to a new report by a network of law enforcement organizations.

Last year, police across the country made at least 274 highway seizures of marijuana that investigators linked back to Colorado. According to the report, the seized pot — 3.5 TONS in 2012 — was destined for 37 different states, most frequently Kansas, Missouri and Illinois.

Many of the cases involved multi-pound quantities of marijuana being shipped out of state. Officers also seized hundreds of thousands of dollars connected to the cases, the report states. Some of the seized marijuana was diverted from medical-marijuana dispensaries, the report alleges.

In addition, U.S. Postal Service inspectors last year seized 158 packages of marijuana being sent through the mail, according to the report. They seized 209 packages of pot in the first five months of this year alone.


 http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_23777060/colorado-major-exporter-illegally-grown-marijuana-report-says

Malloy StaleRecords
Malloy StaleRecords

Its called education and enlightenment. Thats like saying lets keep the cure for Cancer away from families.

Robin Hebert
Robin Hebert

Isn't there a Homebrew Competition? How is that 'family friendly'?

Adj Hernandez
Adj Hernandez

My reaction: Is it weird that I now want to hear the old show tune "State Fair" as performed by Cypress Hill?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Better add more Security !! -- 

Increase in Crimes near Medical-marijuana Dispensaries

Nearly one third of the crimes committed in Denver occur within 1,000 feet of a medical marijuana dispensary, according to new statistics provided by the city Wednesday.

Overall, crime near dispensaries rose in the first half of this year. 

The numbers offer more details amid a debate that began boiling earlier this week after controversial comments by Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey: Have medical-marijuana businesses made Denver less or more safe?

According to the figures provided by the city's Department of Safety, Denver recorded about 7,000 reported crimes within 1,000 feet of dispensaries in the first six months of both 2012 and 2013. Violent crimes near dispensaries saw a uptick in 2013 compared to 2012. 

http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_23771049/slight-increase-crimes-near-medical-marijuana-dispensaries


markpedersen
markpedersen

@DonkeyHotay ...and even if it had gotten through to its destination, it would not have been enough to satisfy the current need. 

People are suffering and dying all over this country for lack of a non-toxic but highly beneficial plant.
The millions spent unjustly arresting people and seizing their medicine could be spent improving people's lives, instead of ruining them.

Release the medicine, and relieve the suffering.  Stop the war on healing.

Mark Pedersen, CPN Institute
http://cpninstitute.org

reginanelson.cpn
reginanelson.cpn

@DonkeyHotay Full legalization and full access for all with an endocannabinoid system would certainly solve this problem, no? :)  look forward to visiting with you at the CPN booth!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Malloy StaleRecords 

HipTip: there is no "cure" for cancer


JimTom
JimTom

@Malloy StaleRecords Really? comparing MMJ to a cancer cure? What an idiot, tell that to all my friends currently fighting cancer, asshole.

aconcernedcitizen
aconcernedcitizen

@Robin Hebert Do adults in 'family' homes home brew beer? of course they do. So how is this NOT family friendly?


People drink in front of their kids all the time and think nothing of it.

thomasmc1
thomasmc1

@DonkeyHotay: About 1/3rd of everything in Denver is within 1,000 feet of a medical marijuana dispensary, so your statistics are worthless. Sell your fear propaganda somewhere else, troll.


adminuser
adminuser

@DonkeyHotay with 500+ dispensaries, odds are some crime will be close by. what percentage of crimes were committed near a Starbucks? McDonalds?

LIQUOR STORES?

Keep braying, donkyas...

reginanelson.cpn
reginanelson.cpn

@JimTom While my story compares in comparison with Michelle Aldrich's I can't help but think that if women knew that juicing raw cannabis caused lumps to disappear--and if dying cancers patients of all types learned from other patients like Michelle--we'd all learn that cannabis is simply a food that our bodies crave...come by our booth we can discuss the research.  Hoping your friend's condition improves!

aconcernedcitizen
aconcernedcitizen

@JimTom I would if I knew them. It definitely helps and in certain cancers like brain cancer it actually causes the cancer to destroy itself. Do some research before spouting off about things you don't understand, please.


JimTom
JimTom

@thomasmc1 Sounds like way to many MMJ fake cure stores. Wait until they can sell retail.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@reginanelson.cpn "... juicing raw cannabis caused lumps to disappear"

Snake Oil Nonsense.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@aconcernedcitizen "It definitely helps and in certain cancers like brain cancer it actually causes the cancer to destroy itself."

Complete BULLSHIT.

aconcernedcitizen
aconcernedcitizen

@DonkeyHotay @JimTom @thomasmc1t interesting how people who have no problem drinking until they can't stand up and use prescription drugs think marijuana is so bad. no one EVER dies from using Marijuana, police say they would much rather approach a stoner than a drunk.

Try googling marijuana deaths, the only way someone would die from marijuana is if a ton of fell on you or you choked on it or someone robs you and hurts you to get you weed.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@JimTom @thomasmc1 

... with so many dope-dealing dispensaries all over Denver, the city should be cancer-free in no time!


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