Update below: On Friday, we told you about multiple arrests in an alleged drug ring in which participants are accused of using medical marijuana documents as cover.
Among those busted was Laura Vanwormer, co-owner of Colorado CHRONIX, a meet-up group based in Fort Collins.
Vanwormer's LinkedIn profile describes her as a Pepperdine University graduate who spent the years between 2005 and 2008 working as a developer representative for Wyndham Vacation Ownership, based in Branson, Missouri. The Colorado CHRONIX site accessible above lists its foundation date as February 11, 2008 and the owners as "Laura" and "DOC."
A man who said he was DOC answered a call to a phone number included on the Colorado CHRONIX main page. When asked about Vanwormer's arrest, he said, "I have no comment on any of that" and hung up.
Here's the online introduction to the group, which features an unusual underlined passage and makes specific references to the differences between federal and Colorado law about marijuana:
A very warm welcome to our group!
I've gotten some strange inquiries lately, asking me about posts they've read 'from me' elsewhere. I barely have the time for this one site alone, so if you've seen something posted under my e-mail address, please be alerted that it was most likely 99.9% not me.
ALL Patients are ALWAYS accepted here at Colorado-CHRONIX. We are here to help YOU, the patients, locate a caregiver in your area who has been pre-screened and matches your medical needs best.. Colorado CHRONIX serves as a support and educational information center for those who are prescribees of Colorado medical marijuana and who comply strictly with Colorado State Law. We include many services from Massage Therapy, Counseling, Reiki , Physco Therapy, Transportation and many other personal services including helping members interested in our smoking cessation program or try quitting smoking and begin to vaporize pure nicotine with e-cigarettes like DOC has (... over a year now and NO cigarettes...!!!) with our sponsored link Green Smoke...!
Regardless of where you may live, you're welcome to join us. We have members from everywhere and since DOC has gotten sicker, we are waiting for him to have his surgery before any more Meetups can be held (... try having one EVERY week, as we did for several years here...!).
We honor ALL of our patients by working WITH them, to empower and support each individual's journey to optimal health in the safest and most positive way possible. Our caregivers products are ALL grown organically - to exacting standards following the National Organic Program guidelines and under the close supervision of our professional growers...US!! This ensures the highest quality of medicine is available to our patients at all times. With CCMCC you can be assured that your medicine has been cultivated with care to adhere to the highest possible standards. We are confident that YOU will find satisfaction with our legal patient policy of EDUCATION, Integrity, Respect, Ethics, and Professionalism at all times- that's simply what sets us apart from ALL the rest. It is our belief that the real value of medical marijuana is its power to improve a humans health, relieve pain and improve quality of life, which is priceless... Our goal is to bring an end to the days of substandard and overpriced medicine sold merely for a profit, without regard for the patients who are relying on the same for their well being on a daily basis. At CCMCC, we really do care - and the difference shows. Just ask any one of our many many HAPPY patients! Let us EDUCATE you on what medical marijuana does for other legal patients' pain or illness. We are here to service and ensure that you find the perfect caregiver - for YOU!
Learn which strains of cannabis work better for certain conditions. All legal patients in the state of Colorado should have access to a large variety of Medicinal Strains, Edibles, Tinctures, Rooted Clones, Seeds, Security and we can point you in the right direction...!
Come join us at our next seminar after DOC recovers from having the bullet removed from his chest (placed there when he stopped at a convenience store one night on his way home...), to learn everything from legally growing the finest medical-grade potent mmj that possesses a broad range of efficacies, to setting up a CannaBusiness yourself...!
Please be apprised: Marijuana is ALWAYS in violation of Federal Law, even if, in certain circumstances, it is medically legal under Colorado State Law. This means that whereas a local or State Colorado police officer won't make a marijuana arrest in certain medical circumstances, a Federal officer will nevertheless be empowered to make an arrest by virtue of precisely the same set of circumstances. In other words, the Federal Law and the Colorado Law contradict each other. However, the Obama Administration has publicly stated that our government will not continue to persecute/prosecute medical patients in states that have enacted their own voter-supported mmj laws.
To be exempt from prosecution under Colorado State Law, the person who acts in pertinence to the marijuana (i.e. possesses, grows, or transports, etc) must either be a medicinal user who has a proper medical prescription (or a caregiver who assists the medical user within strict parameters). Failure of a medical user or caregiver to comply, with all aspects of the Colorado law, will subject said individual to criminal liability. Again, there is (currently) no, under any circumstances, exemption from criminal liability under Federal Law until such time as the federal government inevitably bows to the Will of The People and reschedules cannabis as the accepted medicine it already is, and has been, for thousands of years.
DOC and Laura
The page connects visitors to nineteen reviews of the group. Here's the most recent, posted this past September.
"Colorado CHRONIX is THE place for information on All Things Cannabis...! It doesn't matter WHERE you live, the world is welcome to wait with me while I wait to have this bullet removed from between my left lung and heart and unlike many of the complacent patient websites out there who simply pay their monthly fees, hang a shingle, and hope for the best, we've been doing this since 2007, slightly before dispensarys, wellness centers (or whatever they call themselves now) were glimmers in investors eye's and do all kinds of exciting things on this board, currently we've just finished an actual Rick Simpson's Hemp Oil blog with a brain cancer patient! Simply sign up, we'll get you through *whatever* process you're in or help you to get one started to receiving all of the benefits of being accepted as a Colorado CHRONIX Member including local (...and global) discounts at Award Winning seedbanks, and more! -DOC www.Colorado-CHRONIX.com 'Serving Colorado Since 2007' [masked]"
Colorado CHRONIX also has a Facebook page, but it doesn't appear to be especially active; the last item is dated July 26, 2010. As for the profile photo, it's actor Mike Myers as Austin Powers's nemesis, Dr. Evil.
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Update, 10:54 a.m.: As noted in the item above, a person identifying himself as DOC from Colorado CHRONIX declined to comment on the arrest of Laura Vanwormer in relation to an alleged drug ring that is said to have used medical marijuana documents as cover. A short time ago, DOC left a message on Westword's tip line that alludes to my attempt to speak with him before adding some more details. Here's the transcription:
Yes. This is Doc calling from Colorado CHRONIX, and some reporter just called asking about Laura Vanwormer, and I said that we would not comment on it. But in calling you back, we were alerted to the situation and Laura worked with the authorities to comply with everything that they needed to know... Colorado CHRONIX is not involved. We're already going to be looking at filing charges against the Coloradoan for what they've written. So. Thank you.
More from our Marijuana archive: "Medical marijuana: Petition asks CO Supreme Court to rule state's MMJ laws unconstitutional."