Videos from Civic Center show park was left a mess overnight after 4/20 event

Videos from Civic Center show park was left a mess overnight after 4/20 event

Videos recorded by city security cameras in Civic Center show that cleanup activities following the large 4/20 celebration late Thursday night left plenty of trash strewn about the park.

The clips, provided to The Denver Post by police in response to a public records request, show that organizers, volunteers and a hired cleanup crew didn’t make much headway after the pro-marijuana event ended around 8 p.m. and vendors cleared out of the park in the hours afterward.

In a few locations, including the Greek Amphitheater and the center plaza of the park, videos time-stamped around 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. showed similar amounts of trash on the ground as videos taken of the same places on Friday morning, between 5 a.m. and  7 a.m.

Rally organizer Miguel Lopez said Friday that some complications had arisen Thursday night, including people visiting the park and rummaging through trash bags while the sparse crews were trying to cleanup.

At another point, police confirmed, crews reported one of those people pulling a pocket knife on them about 10:45 p.m.

Lopez said cleanup crews were asked to leave by midnight Thursday, at Denver police’s request, after being told the park was closed to everyone.

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A video still from a camera at the Greek atrium at Civic Center Park shows the scene at 10:08 p.m. April 20, 2017 (top) and 5:19 a.m. April 21, 2017 (bottom). (Provided by Denver Police Department)

That meant 14th Avenue still had plenty of trash on it, according to one surveillance video that showed city street-sweepers arriving about 12:30 a.m. They gathered the trash into piles on the asphalt for sweeping to ensure that the street could be reopened to traffic by morning rush hour.

Another complication: At a couple points overnight, the video clips showed people who might be homeless again rummaging through trash. That and the wind may have spread some piles.

The result of the slow cleanup was a flare-up in the long-simmering tension the 4/20 organizers have had with city officials for the annual event — even though this year’s permit gave them another full day, until 11:59 p.m. Friday, to finish clearing the park of trash.

When Denver woke Friday to piles and piles of refuse covering Civic Center, images quickly spread via social media and caught media outlets’ attention. The garbage was mostly concentrated around trash cans and appeared to have been pulled out of bags and boxes that had been emptied and tossed aside.

City workers took photos of the trash piles in the morning as people walking to their offices picked their way through the mess, some stopping to stare and take their own pictures.

Organizers returned and finished cleaning the park by the early afternoon. Other passersby chipped in.

Late Friday afternoon, Denver police provided The Post with the video clips from HALO (High Activity Location Observation) surveillance cameras that are pointed at locations in Civic Center.

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A video still from a camera at the Greek amphitheater at Civic Center Park shows the scene at 9 p.m. April 20, 2017 (top) and 6:41 a.m. April 21, 2017 (bottom). (Provided by Denver Police Department)

On Thursday, thousands of people descended on Civic Center for the 4/20 rally. The event included vendors, food trucks, the unofficial 4:20 p.m. marijuana smoke-in and a concert by rapper 2 Chainz.

Event organizers are required to submit trash and cleanup plans when seeking a permit, said spokeswoman Grace Lopez Ramirez of the Denver special events office.

Lopez, one of the organizers, said one crew member was threatened with a knife by one of the people sifting through trash, but opted not to press charges.

Denver police spokesman Sonny Jackson confirmed that police officers responded to a call about the knife incident. He said the crew members declined to file a complaint, so police marked the incident as a disturbance and asked the suspect, who had a pocket knife, to leave the park.

Officers received a call that someone was shifting through a trash can around midnight but no officers were dispatched, said Christine Downs, a police spokeswoman.

Around 2 a.m., police received another call that someone was digging through a trash can near 14th and Bannock Street. Police confronted the individual and he stopped, Downs said.

On Friday morning, Dawnarie Brook’s was out picking up trash. She had attended the 4/20 rally the night before, she said.

She left the Samaritan House Homeless Shelter Friday around 6:30 a.m. and was shocked when she reached Civic Center. She tended to at least one of the large garbage piles, collecting trash into boxes because the city trash can was lying on its side. A passerby heard her talking about the situation and stopped to help stand the heavy trash can back up.

Brook’s said she planned to keep cleaning until that pile was gone but would have to stop because her back was in too much pain. For her, it was especially upsetting to see all of the recyclables that had been strewn about and rained on.

“Colorado is a green state,” she said. “It’s a very healthy state.”

This story was first published on DenverPost.com

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Published at Sat, 22 Apr 2017 01:04:54 +0000

Sales blaze on marijuana holiday in Clark County

Sales blaze on marijuana holiday in Clark County

The Columbian / Associated Press

Jim Mullin, owner of a trio of marijuana dispensaries in Clark County, said his staff and customers compare April 20 to Christmas.

“Everybody comes in. Some of the people maybe just consume (marijuana) once a year, and this is the day they come out,” he said. “It’s a globally recognized day for cannabis consumption. I think it celebrates our new industry.”

Every year, April 20 is a marijuana blowout, but its origins differ based on whom you ask. Apocryphal histories range from “420” being a police code for marijuana smoking in public or the time school closed for a group of high school stoners.

Today, it’s closer to Black Friday for the legal marijuana industry. Prices of marijuana flower, edibles and extracts are slashed. Before opening Thursday morning, lines stretched around all three locations of Main Street Marijuana.

Owner Ramsey Hamide said Thursday the shop, already the top-selling store in the state, expected to triple or quadruple its business. He said most users take advantage of the deals and many occasional smokers come shop as well.

“Today has really morphed into the day that people that are involved in marijuana and marijuana culture are able to openly celebrate to some extent,” he said.

The deals factored in for many. Dana Matthis, 45, of Vancouver waited in line during the lunch hours to “see what kind of deals they have.” Stephen Sharp, a 24-year-old from Portland, said he and others were shopping at Main Street Marijuana to take advantage of the low prices.

“After bills and everything, we’re poor, so, cheap weed,” he said.

Adding to the high sales are the continuous drops in prices of marijuana. A gram of flower used to cost $20 to $30 in Washington. Now the average gram costs $7.85, according to the Washington Liquor and Cannabis Control Board.

Even so, revenues from marijuana sales in Clark County went gangbusters last month. Sales had declined in fall and winter, but March garnered $1.86 million, the highest month in the county since September 2015.

“We saw a lot of them boomerang back to us,” Hamide said. “They checked out the Oregon stores, then realized it was a different experience than what they were used to. I think we’re distinguishing ourselves from the Oregon system. We’re winning that battle.”

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Published at Thu, 20 Apr 2017 23:57:16 +0000

Canada’s First Mail Order Craft Cannabis Company

Canada’s First Mail Order Craft Cannabis Company

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Marketwired – April 18, 2017) – CannadaMarket.com is pleased to announce it has been granted a cannabis business license from the City of Victoria to operate its Ebay style marijuana marketplace-home to the top craft producers in Canada and the Original 420 Auction.

Cannada Market is now Canada’s first licensed Mail Order Marijuana company dedicated to craft cannabis with over 25 current vendors and more coming online each day. Cannada Market boasts the largest selection of products anywhere in Canada. Working with leading growers like Herbules Genetics, Temple of Calyx, Elite 613 Genetics, Grow Terra Farms, Head Stash and many more dedicated producers with over a centuries combined growing experience. As the nation’s industry leader in cannabis genetics and quality, we look forward to setting the standards.

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Published at Wed, 19 Apr 2017 16:08:10 +0000

Kentucky burning commercially grown hemp with too much THC

Kentucky burning commercially grown hemp with too much THC

The Columbian / Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Kentucky agriculture officials say they’re burning a fraction of the hemp crop being grown for commercial purposes because it contains a higher level of a psychoactive compound than is legally allowed.

Brent Burchett is director of plant marketing for the state agriculture department. He says the state’s bound by law to destroy the 100 pounds (45 kilograms) in question because their THC level exceeded 0.3 percent, the limit set by Congress and followed by the state.

Grower Lyndsey Todd cultivated the hemp to be turned into medicine. Todd says her product is not psychoactive and that the 0.3 percent THC limit is an “unrealistic number.”

Hemp and marijuana are the same species, but hemp usually has a negligible amount of THC, the psychoactive compound that gives marijuana users a high.

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Published at Thu, 13 Apr 2017 17:58:21 +0000

Are Cannabis Legislators Smoking Crack?

Are Cannabis Legislators Smoking Crack?

We have more troubling details about the new cannabis regime in Canada. Here is what we know:

Have 4 plants in your home you are a law abider.

Have 5 plants in you home and you are a criminal that faces up to 14 years in a cage.

Have a plant that is 100 cm tall you are a law abider.

Have a plant that is 101 cm tall and you are a criminal that faces up to 14 years in a cage.

Have 30 gm of cannabis in your pocket and you are a law abider.

Have 31 gm of cannabis in you pocket and you are a criminal that faces up to 5 years in a cage.

Sell a 17 year old a bottle of whiskey and you get a fine and temporary suspension of your business license.

Sell a 17 year old a joint and you are a felon that faces up to 14 years in a cage.

Cannabis Act Infographic

Along with all the arbitrary and harsh lines in the sand being drawn there are strict new penalties for driving with THC in your system. Apparently there hasn’t been anybody driving around with THC in their blood stream up until now. Its as if law makers don’t know that 44% of Canadians have illegally smoked cannabis. Do they think that people haven’t already been driving around high? Is driving high suddenly going to become a problem because government is giving us permission to get high? If driving high is such a problem why haven’t they done anything about it until now?

Exactly what problem are they solving with this group of policies?

Are these policies going to put a dent in dangerous organized crime?

No. Federal licensing means that all the small to medium sized growers and dispensaries will be driven out of business. This means people will have the choice of buying from a government approved mega-corp or a black market dealer. Its not clear why anybody would buy from corporations that have limited competition and have to pass the high cost of licensing and regulatory hoop jumping on to consumers. Why wouldn’t people just get a better quality product for a cheaper price from their neighbourhood dealer? We know that as enforcement and punishment goes up the people that operate most effectively on the black market are those that are prone to be more violent.

The plain packaging requirements will also make it far easier for black market dealers to counterfeit licensed brands.

Are these policies going to stop the government war on peaceful people?

No. With the bevy of arbitrary rules and prohibitions on peaceful activity there are many new ways to ruin the lives and take away the freedom of peaceful people that haven’t previously existed. Police departments are already asking for more resources to enforce all these regulations.

Is this going to improve public safety?

No. I recently wrote at length about how the prohibitive restrictions that come with federal licensing will fuel a black market, incentivize risk taking, and keep public safety officials away from people interested in safely growing cannabis.

It is hard to picture this as more than a cash grab. They can collect licensing fees, taxes, grow and build bureaucracies, give crony friends a license to print money and shake down motorists at the side of the road with hefty fines.

The Trudeau government is demonstrating how NOT to legalize cannabis. In my next article I’ll talk about policy that will actually stop harming peaceful people, put a big dent in organized crime, improve public safety, super charge the economy, drive innovation and benefit consumers.

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Published at Sun, 16 Apr 2017 15:31:46 +0000

Digging into the details of Canada's new law legalizing marijuana nationwide

Digging into the details of Canada's new law legalizing marijuana nationwide

Canada on Thursday released a plan to legalize recreational marijuana use across the country by July 2018. With a solid Liberal majority in government the plan is widely expected to become law, but it would leave the details of implementation, including commercial regulations, to individual provinces.

The bill’s backers framed it as an effort to reduce adolescent drug use and take profits out of the black market. “Criminal prohibition has failed to protect our kids and our communities,” said Bill Blair, parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Justice and a former Toronto police chief and one of the architects of the law, at a press conference. The new bill will “make Canada safer,” he added.

“Police forces spend between two and three billion dollars every year trying to deal with cannabis, yet Canadian teens are among the heaviest users in the Western world,” said Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodell. “Criminals pocket 7 to 8 billion dollars in proceeds.”

Marijuana legalization was a campaign promise of Prime Minster Justin Trudeau. The bill still needs to be approved by Parliament, but Trudeau’s Liberal party commands a solid majority there. The measure has also received support from the country’s Conservative party.

The legislation, “An Act respecting cannabis and to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and other Acts”, would set a minimum age limit of 18 to purchase and use marijuana. That’s slightly lower than the drinking age limit of 19 in most provinces. It’s also a departure from the norm in the U.S., where states that have legalized recreational marijuana use have set a minimum age of 21.

Individuals would be allowed to possess up to 30 grams of marijuana for personal use, similar to the one-ounce standard in U.S. states where marijuana use is legal. Households would also be allowed to grow up to four marijuana plants.

While the bill would remove penalties for individual use and possession, it wouldn’t set up a nationwide system for selling marijuana commercially — those details would be left up to individual provinces. In provinces that decline to set up a commercial framework, customers could order marijuana online from a federally-licensed producer.

Finally, accompanying legislation would toughen penalties for driving under the influence of marijuana, alcohol and other drugs.

The bill would make Canada the second country in the world, after Uruguay, to fully legalize recreational marijuana use. In the Netherlands marijuana use is generally tolerated, but it is not strictly speaking legal.

Legal marijuana in Canada, one of the U.S.’s strongest allies, could be a game-changer for domestic marijuana policy discussions in the states. While eight states plus the District of Columbia have already legalized recreational marijuana here, it remains illegal at the federal level. This makes it difficult, if not impossible, for state-legal marijuana businesses to use the banking system, receive tax breaks, and otherwise operate without fear of federal interference.

Meanwhile in the U.S.: A timeline of the Trump administration’s tough talk and responses

By contrast, national legalization to the North could create a fertile environment for marijuana businesses to start up and operate, potentially giving Canadian companies a competitive edge over stateside businesses in the future. Domestic cannabis businesses are already involved in intense lobbying efforts to ease federal restrictions in the U.S.

While numerous pieces of bipartisan legislation have been introduced in Congress to address some of those issues or even legalize marijuana completely, leaders in both parties have generally been wary of letting such provisions proceed. The new Trump administration has taken a more skeptical position on marijuana reform than its predecessor, but the news out of Canada may complicate that position.

“With legalization in a growing number of our own states and now an entire major neighboring country ending prohibition, it’s going to be increasingly difficult for drug warriors in the Trump administration to meaningfully roll back our gains,” said Tom Angell of the pro-legalization group Marijuana Majority.

“It’s never been clearer than today that legal marijuana is the future,” he added.

The bill has its skeptics. “This piece of legislation puts the Canadian family at risk,” said Pamela McColl of Smart Approaches to Marijuana Canada, and anti-legalization group. “Youth already think marijuana is harmless, and now we are giving them the government’s seal of approval. This risk will spill over into even younger kids.”

But the bill’s backers contend that reducing underage use is one of their chief aims.

“As a former police officer, I know firsthand how easy it is for our kids to buy cannabis,” said Blair. “Today’s plan to legalize, strictly regulate and restrict access to cannabis will put an end to this. It will keep cannabis out of the hands of children and youth, and stop criminals from profiting from it.”

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Published at Fri, 14 Apr 2017 13:28:14 +0000

It's about time our president tells us where exactly he stands on marijuana

It's about time our president tells us where exactly he stands on marijuana

Editor’s note: The Denver Post opinion pages solicited commentary from various marijuana policy and industry leaders, as well as the public, for a special cannabis-themed edition of the Sunday Perspective section the weekend before 4/20. The Cannabist will be presenting these op-eds throughout the week.


It turns out we are more the rule than the exception here in Colorado: A majority of Americans now live in an area that allows legal access to recreational or medical marijuana. You only have to look to the success of Colorado to see why the legalization of cannabis has occurred throughout the nation.

Colorado has proven that allowing responsible adults to legally purchase marijuana gives money to classrooms rather than cartels; creates jobs rather than addicts; and boosts the economy rather than the prison population. Even still, the new Trump administration has failed to articulate a clear policy on where it stands on the federal regulation of marijuana. Instead, states and the industry have been trying to read between the lines of contradictory statements from the new administration.

Other states have decriminalized possession of marijuana or made medical marijuana accessible.  The reality is that we can’t go backward.

At stake is a growing industry that has created 23,000 jobs and generated $200 million in tax revenue in Colorado. Nationally, the legal cannabis industry is projected to create a quarter million jobs by 2020 and have a sales growth of $13.3 billion.

There is a social impact to that uncertainty as well. Last year, I met a highly decorated veteran who sustained injuries after being wounded by a roadside IED while serving in Iraq. His story is a compelling one, not only for his commitment to our nation and personal strength, but also because he chose to cope with his injuries by using medical cannabis instead of opioids, which worked for him with far fewer severe side effects.

With the states and federal government seeking ways to combat the growing opioid crisis, there is evidence that medical marijuana could provide part of a solution. In 2014, data from the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that medical cannabis laws are associated with significantly lower (24.8 percent) state-level opioid overdose mortality rates.

Because of these reasons, I am not waiting for the administration to decide the fate of the marijuana industry. I have proposed several legislative changes that would solve the federal-state tension and continue to advocate that the new Trump administration leave in place existing policies while Congress works through the legislative process.

The Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act, a bill I just reintroduced, ends the federal prohibition on marijuana and establishes a federal regulatory structure that leaves states as the ultimate decision maker on marijuana legalization. Just as there is a legitimate federal interest in keeping alcohol and cigarettes (which have been met with some degree of success) out of the hands of minors, so too would there be renewed efforts to prevent minors from using marijuana.

In addition, I have worked across the aisle on an amendment that would prohibit the Dept. of Justice from using resources to interfere with state marijuana laws. Given how much the marijuana policy landscape has changed since November, I believe that this amendment has the support to pass. Finally, I started the bipartisan Congressional Cannabis Caucus to discuss and educate members of Congress on policy related to marijuana legalization, including access to mainstream financial services and tax revenue.

But until change to federal law can be made, the Trump administration should retain the Cole Memorandum, instead of pursuing a review of existing policies in a federal task force. Issued in 2013, the memorandum provided guidance to prosecutors and law enforcement on how to prioritize marijuana enforcement. The Cole Memo has allowed the federal government to prioritize investigating and stopping the illegal drug trade and associated crimes, instead of focusing on highly regulated industries, such as marijuana in Colorado.

The federal government can no longer turn a blind eye to this rapidly expanding industry. The Trump administration’s refusal to take a stance on the regulation of cannabis only further hinders our businesses and medical options, causing worry about arbitrarily or even politically motivated selective enforcement. I will continue to advocate and fight for pragmatic marijuana policy in Congress, and it’s about time our president tells us where exactly he stands on marijuana.

U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, a Democrat, represents Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District.

This story was first published on DenverPost.com

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Published at Fri, 14 Apr 2017 23:28:11 +0000

Liberals Introduce Legalization Act

Liberals Introduce Legalization Act

Canada’s Liberal government has finally introduced legislation aimed at regulating cannabis for recreational purposes.

Legislation to establish a “strict legal framework”  aims to regulate production, sale, distribution and possession of cannabis. The Cannabis Act also emphasises harsh criminal punishments for anyone caught selling cannabis to youth.

Failure to remain inside the regulated system still carries prison sentences, up to 14 years in some instances.

The new law, once in place, will allow adults 18 and over to possess up to 30 grams of dried cannabis or its equivalent in public. They can also share up to 30 grams of dried cannabis, but they can only legally purchase cannabis or cannabis oil from a provincially regulated retailer.

Individuals will also be allowed to grow up to four plants per residence for personal use, as well as make legal cannabis-containing products at home.

The legislation is set to become law by the end of June 2018. Bill Blair is quoted saying, “We have a responsibility to act as expeditiously as we can … we can’t drag our feet; we aspire to get this done as quickly as possible.”

The Liberals aim to prevent cannabis branding, making it against the law to sell cannabis with a label that could be regarded as appealing to young people. It will also be against the law to include testimonials or endorsements, or to depict a person, character or animal on cannabis packaging.

The government is also taking a “zero-tolerance approach” to cannabis and driving, with plans to institute a “robust” public awareness campaign.

Provinces, territories and municipalities will be permitted to create their own rules regarding licensing, distribution and retail sales, enforcing them through mechanisms such as ticketing. They also have authority over zoning rules for cannabis businesses and certain traffic laws.

Until the legislation has made its way through the House and Senate, where it will receive Royal Assessment, the Liberals are emphasising that cannabis is still illegal.

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale told a news conference, “As the bill moves through the legislative process, existing laws prohibiting possession and use of cannabis remain in place, and they need to be respected… This must be an orderly transition; it is not a free for all.”

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Published at Thu, 13 Apr 2017 23:09:40 +0000

This new cannabis church pushes limits of Denver's social-use pot law

This new cannabis church pushes limits of Denver's social-use pot law

A 113-year-old church building in Denver has found a higher calling.

The International Church of Cannabis opens its doors on April 20, the unofficial annual marijuana holiday. The renovated church at 400 S. Logan St. is the headquarters of Elevation Ministries, a newly formed Colorado nonprofit religious organization that claims cannabis as its primary sacrament.

This is a unique community for those who consume cannabis as a means to achieving self-discovery, founding member Steve Berke told The Cannabist in an exclusive interview and tour of the church. Members, known as Elevationists, claim no theology or authoritarian structure, he said.

“The Elevationists’ goal is creating the best version of themselves. We believe cannabis accelerates and deepens that process.”

As the 4/20 opening approaches, residents of the West Washington Park neighborhood are expressing concerns about plans for the church, which many became aware of only after the church’s title appeared in Google searches of the address in early April. The church also has caught the attention of skeptical city officials worried it is circumventing state and local laws about open and public consumption.

Berke and founding members of the Elevationists who spoke to The Cannabist insisted that their nascent religion is not a social club masquerading as a church to avoid state prohibitions on open and public consumption of marijuana. These restrictions are outlined in Amendment 64, the state voter-approved 2012 ballot initiative that legalized recreational pot, but Initiative 300 passed by Denver voters in November opens the doors to social use in consumption zones operated by permitted businesses.

“If that were the case, this would be an expensive and inefficient way to get stoned,” said member Lee Molloy. “We’re interested in building something larger here — a community that supports each other as we each discover our own paths.”

Berke is blunt: “We’re entirely within our First Amendment rights to practice our religion in this building.”

But the Elevationists may not have to invoke constitutional freedoms to practice their religion according to the church’s legal counsel, Denver marijuana law firm Vicente Sederberg LLC.

“This church is a legitimate effort to create a community for people that don’t find that in traditional religion, and it intends to follow all laws,” attorney Christian Sederberg said. “Freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of association — those constitutional protections apply. But the definition of ‘open and public consumption’ was never defined in Colorado state statute. The whole concept remains to be decided at the local level and we believe there’s space for this church to operate within those evolving statues.”

Elevationists’ ritual use of cannabis is not unlike the serving of wine during communion in Christian churches, Sederberg said. “When alcohol is served and consumed at a traditional church, is that in violation of open and public consumption laws?”

But based on preliminary information available, Denver officials are skeptical of Elevation Ministries’ intent to include cannabis in religious services in the church.

“We’re always dealing with issues of people or groups trying to skirt laws with the private social-club model,” said Dan Rowland, spokesman for the Department of Excise and Licenses. “But we haven’t yet seen those efforts cloaked in religion.”

Elevation Ministries received a zoning permit March 22 to operate a church, and leaders have to establish the building’s use as a church within 180 days of its issuance.

But until they open their doors, the city is in a wait-and-see posture, Rowland said.

“The open and public consumption of cannabis is not permitted in Denver and there’s not a religious exemption to that,” he said.


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Beyond a flyer circulated to immediate neighbors of the church on Monday, very little information has been made available, said City Councilman Jolon Clark. He first became aware of the intended use on April 4 when a concerned constituent phoned his office.

“I’ve since spoken with the church and am actively working to schedule a meeting with church leaders and the community,” he said. “I’m also working with the state’s office of marijuana policy and other agencies to ensure all laws are being followed.”

Neighbors are understandably concerned, said West Washington Park Neighborhood Association President Nicholas Amrhein. He says the group has a good relationship with bars and marijuana retailers within its boundaries and hopes they can establish a framework for a ‘Good Neighbor Agreement’ similar to those they have forged with other businesses. “We hope to do the same with the new church, but we need to know what their plan is.”

Berke said the plan for the church’s official opening is a three-day event kicking off April 20 called “Elevate 2017.”

During the day the church will host roundtable discussions and speeches with cannabis business leaders and policymakers. In the evenings, the church will host national comedy and music acts and screen documentaries. Confirmed speakers include Roben Farzad, producer and host of “Full Disclosure,” a radio show aired on NPR One, and documentarian Billy Corben, director of “Square Grouper,” chronicling Miami’s pot smuggling scene of the 1970s. Musical acts are still in the works, but confirmed comedians include by Kyle Grooms, a New York comic who has appeared on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” and Ramon Rivas II, a Cleveland comic who recently appeared on Comedy Central’s “The Half Hour.”

The event also will highlight the extensive renovations Elevation Ministries has undertaken in the historic church. Spanish artist Okuda San Miguel has covered the sanctuary’s walls and vaulted dome ceilings in a geometric rainbow mural. Outside, pop artist Kenny Scharf has installed a cosmos painting in his trademark street art style over once broken windows.

Elevate 2017 will be free to the public and also broadcast across the globe on Facebook Live. “It’s an exciting launch for Elevation Ministries,” Berke said. “It’s the start of our journey to build a truly international community.”

Photo gallery:

Church owner Steve Berke, middle, stands for a portrait with other founders of the Elevationists on April 11, 2017 inside the International Church of Cannabis at 400 S. Logan St. in Denver, Colorado. (L-R): Alec Rubin, Adam Mutchler, Angie Hargot, Steve Berke, Briley Hale, Dave Bogue and Lee Molloy. The interior painting was done by artist Okuda San Miguel. The members of this new church call themselves Elevationists and say that the use of cannabis helps elevate people to a higher form of themselves. They plan to open their doors to the public on April 20 and have a weekend of events planned for the neighborhood to introduce people to this new concept for a church. (Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post)

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Published at Wed, 12 Apr 2017 15:19:12 +0000

Invictus MD’s Acreage Pharms Begins Cultivation

Invictus MD’s Acreage Pharms Begins Cultivation

VANCOUVER, April 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ – INVICTUS MD STRATEGIES CORP. (“Invictus MD” or the “Company”) (TSXV: IMH; OTC: IVITF; FRA: 8IS) announces that Acreage Pharms Ltd. (“Acreage Pharms”) which Invictus MD has the option to now acquire 100 percent and expect to exercise in short order, begins their new cultivation cycle, having received their license to cultivate under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (“ACMPR“), they are firmly committed to patient safety and the quality of their cannabis.

“Since being founded, we have established and emphasized a strict culture of regulatory compliance and have committed to enforcing a rigorous Quality Management Program and closely monitoring all our suppliers to ensure that any products used meet or exceed the minimum standards set to comply with Health Canada’s regulations,” said Trevor Dixon, Founder and CEO of Acreage Pharms.  “Our best-in-class Quality Assurance and testing protocols, will give our future clients additional certainty regarding the purity and safety of the medical cannabis we produce. When we set out on this exciting new endeavour we planned on achieving the highest standards when it came to the cultivation and production of medical cannabis. As part of this, we made an important investment in our state-of-the-art, purpose built growth facility near Edson, Alberta, that enables us to produce medical cannabis that meets our exacting standards of quality, consistency, and safety.”

Dixon further stated, “additionally, to ensure product integrity through every step of the growing process, we will utilize fertilizer from Future Harvest Development Ltd. (“Future Harvest”), of which Invictus MD currently owns 82.5%, which significantly reduces the risk of unwanted chemicals that might be found in other fertilizers.” Chris Pearson, Chief Revenue Officer of Future Harvest commented that, “We’re committed to our customers’ quality outcomes.  At Future Harvest we’re highly dedicated to consistently producing the highest quality nutrient formulations. This is achieved through our Standard Operating Procedures including closely monitoring and having regular detailed dialogues with our global supply partners to ensure product consistency, a five times cleaning protocol for all batch and formulation tanks, and an independent detailed analysis sample procedure.”

“We’re very proud that Acreage Pharm’s management team has taken steps to implement quality assurance practices and operational controls at the very beginning in order to ensure operations are at a world class standard level,” stated Dan Kriznic, Chairman and CEO of Invictus MD.  “We’re all steadfast in out commitment to lead with practices that meet or exceed the regulatory standard for safety and quality in the Canadian cannabis industry.  We are Canada’s Cannabis Company™.”

About Invictus MD Strategies Corp.
Invictus MD Strategies Corp. is focused on three main verticals within the burgeoning Canadian cannabis sector: Licensed Producers under the ACMPR including an investment in a fully licensed facility, AB Laboratories Inc. as well as the option to now acquire 100% of Acreage Pharms Ltd.; Fertilizer and Nutrients through Future Harvest Development Ltd.; and Cannabis Data and Delivery, with its wholly owned subsidiary Poda Technologies Ltd.

For more information, please visit www.invictus-md.com.

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Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements: This release includes certain statements and information that may constitute forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities laws or forward-looking statements within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements in this news release, other than statements of historical facts, including statements regarding future estimates, plans, objectives, assumptions or expectations of future performance, including the timing and completion of the definitive agreement with Acreage Pharms, the proposed exercise of the Option and acquisition of Acreage Pharms, the potential production capacity of the Property are forward-looking statements and contain forward-looking information. Generally, forward-looking statements and information can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “intends” or “anticipates”, or variations of such words and phrases or statements that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “should”, “would” or “occur”. Forward-looking statements are based on certain material assumptions and analysis made by the Company and the opinions and estimates of management as of the date of this press release, including the assumptions that the Company will be satisfied with its due diligence on Acreage Pharms, that the Company will obtain stock exchange and all other applicable regulatory approvals of the proposed Option, that the Company will raise sufficient funds to exercise the Option, that Acreage Pharms will abide by and pass all regulations and inspections required under the ACMPR and be issued a cultivation license and that Health Canada will approve the required facilities to meet the anticipated production capacity of the Property. These forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements or forward-looking information. Important factors that may cause actual results to vary, include, without limitation, the risk that the proposed exercise of the Option may not occur as planned; the timing and receipt of requisite approvals and failure of the Company to raise sufficient funds to exercise the Option; Acreage Pharms will not abide by and pass all regulations and inspections required to be issued a cultivation license under the ACMPR and Health Canada will not approve the required facilities to meet the anticipated production capacity of the Property. Although management of the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in forward-looking statements or forward-looking information, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements and forward-looking information. Readers are cautioned that reliance on such information may not be appropriate for other purposes. The Company does not undertake to update any forward-looking statement, forward-looking information or financial out-look that are incorporated by reference herein, except in accordance with applicable securities laws. We seek safe harbor.

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SOURCE Invictus MD Strategies

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Published at Tue, 11 Apr 2017 20:52:13 +0000