It has been a whirlwind of a book tour. Got it slapped together in just under two weeks……I was SO TIRED when we got back from Breckenridge last night I was fast asleep long before 9pm. OUT COLD from sheer exhaustion (and maybe some altitude sickness – Breckenridge is HIGH!) and a great week of work and meeting folks with my dear friend.
Irvin Rosenfeld and I have been touring the Colorado Cannabis Industry for the past week. It has been amazing.
We started in Denver on Monday. Now – I do have to say….it started out sideways. I had made arrangements with a rather large outfit to schedule two days in Denver. I’m not going to get into the ugly details – as we are on the road to redemption and I don’t like to get sideways with anyone. Let’s just say – BOTH days entrusted failed…..and I pulled it out myself.
So – as Monday was shot – Irv and I went to our appointment at Greenway University. We met with Tom and got to see Chloe…..and we booked an event – In FLORIDA.
So….it is a ticketed educational event scheduled for West Palm Beach Florida on July 23 and 24th. I will get more details as they come – but the REALLY cool part here is – I have MY first official speaking event! MINE! Yes – Irv will be speaking too – but I have my own time slot – my own message. I will go over that in another post soon….but I am thinking it will be about what NOT to do – and kickin the culture club to the curb.
Medical Cannabis needs a facelift!
I go back to Greenway Monday morning – so will have more details. I am SO PLEASED though – to be going to Florida to educate folks. I get to go to Florida!!! CRAP it’s gonna be HOT!
Let’s get on with the tour.
Tuesday, the 14th – Irv and I were scheduled for Colorado Springs. Now….I have fallen in love with Colorado Springs I have to tell you folks. Gorgeous place – and just flat out AWESOME folks! As we drove in I was in love with the layout of the town – and it’s charm. Garden of the Gods is on my list to take Gracie to see – and the Giraffe zoo.
As we drove looking for the first appointment we were pleased to find it VERY hard to find. Even with my droid navigator! We stopped at the natural food store (next door we were to discover) and I was amused to find the clerk had no clue a dispensary was in her area.
Well…..we went BACK to the place the navigator said it was and found cars had arrived – so we got out to look.
Their sign was 5″ x 5″ big on their door……black and white – no leaf – no fluff – no hype.
“SOCO mmj” was all it said.
We met Don & Elisa there – owners of the discreet shop. They had built their business on word of mouth – and generated a dedicated clientele. In getting to know Don & Elisa – it was quite apparent they TRULY love what they are doing – and helping folks. Elisa is retired from HP – a HUGE employer in Colorado. She took her entire 401K to build this business……and a year ago the Feds nailed her for cultivation.
This wonderful, caring, HARD WORKING and dedicated woman could stand to lose EVERYTHING. Her court date is in July……
I was horrified to hear the tale….not mine to tell as of yet. I would have to have Elisa’s blessings. I will tell you this though – she is in my prayers every day now. They had scheduled Irvin early in the day – because as soon as we left – they had to go to Denver to get all employees licensed under the new program. Elisa may not get licensed – and when I return to the Springs next week – I hope to learn she was – but don’t expect to. You see – her cultivation charge she’s up against prevents her access to her OWN BUSINESS as of July 1 in Colorado.
Makes me HOPPIN MAD! Especially knowing their dreams of owning a catamaran and sailing the ocean when they retire……as they should be able to do.
We all want the proverbial “American Dream” in our own vision…..don’t we? If we work hard and do good for others we should be able to get that dream right?
One would think so…..it USED to be how it was.
Apparently the Federal Govt has a different idea…..
Next stop on the tour was MMJ supply. This shop was in kind of a strip mall – but discreet, clean, and neat – with good folks behind the counter. MMJ supply has also been a HUGE supporter of their teenage patient Chaz and his father. “I am Bill Smith” was the campaign. Chaz is a very nice young man – with a SERIOUS condition – and Cannabis is the only thing that works for him.
MMJ Supply had been working with Organna Labs out of Denver – and had some SUPER neat stealth medication vaporization items. They have the new Vape Pen by Atomis(?) – they make them – and they feature a small pen like apparatus that is an electronic vaporizer. Cartridges are manufactured by the lab and contain a specially processed honey oil – thet is delivered in metered doses. There were anywhere from 50mg doses – to 200mg. I didn’t get to ask a TON of questions – as we were only there an hour and I learned more about the pens the next day in Denver. I suspect MMJ supply stays very in tune to stealth medication efforts to help patients such as Chaz. I mean YIKES! The kid is VERY ill with a TERRIBLE disease – and all he wants to do is be able to go to school and be as “normal” as possible……..
As we left MMJ Supply – Tanya Garduno pulled up in her car. I had met her the previous Saturday at the Cannabis Expo in Colorado Springs they held – where Mike Hyde spoke.
Yes – the Hyde Tribe was in Colorado. I love those guys – and will drive anywhere to hug each and every one of them.
Anyways….Tanya Garduno is the President of the Colorado Springs Medical Cannabis Council (CSMCC) – and I am telling you folks – we need to CLONE HER and have one in EVERY TOWN. Amazing amazing woman – who has done GREAT proactive work in the Springs. Talking about Tanya and her accomplishments is a story for Colorado Connect.
Tanya let us know dinner at the Ritz was on for sure – and greeted us ever so warmly. We had a tight schedule and had to scurry on – but it was good to touch base at the beginning of a long day with a familiar face and voice.
Briargate Wellness Center – was a good stop again. Nice place and discreet – good folks. Love their logo – very classy – with no leaf – promoting health and wellness. Many folks in Colorado have cossed over into holistics and herbology – which is good to see. Chemicals are never good.
Strawberry Fields was next on the stop – a small house converted into a shop – cute and quaint. Met a super neat man there – a client of Strawberry Fields – who had his life changed by cannabis. I hope to have Bud’s patient story in Colorado Connect -as it is compelling – and he is a lifelong resident of the area. He is SO HAPPY and feeling better in his life now. Absolutely heartwarming to hear these stories. The staff at Strawberry Fields were exceptional – and they run a nice shop. We also met Jessica from Vibrant Health here. Jessica was a pleasure to spend time with and had quite a wealth of knowledge.
Our last stop was Provenance care – and we had a good time there. The owner and Irvin had a lot in common – and with two Erik’s – it was a challenge. Spunky, smart, educated staff – with a big hospital patient base – and a clean scene. Folks really striving to do what is best for their patients – and the industry.
Now…..I cannot say I liked one better than the other here – I am simply trying to detail out what I experienced through my eyes. Irvin and I were BOTH very impressed with all the places we went to this day – and Colorado Springs has a GREAT cannabis Community – who work together to protect their patients.
THAT to me is the best part…..the unity of their community and protecting patients. Each and every one brings their own “special touch” to the table – and it is valuable to the patients and their needs.
It was a great day -and I will get to the rest of them here directly……watch for Part II.