Calhoun: Wake-Up Call

Medical marijuana talk is smoking hot

"What is the 'medical' in medical marijuana?" asks "There's been a lot of talk about dispensaries and medical marijuana as of late. And because there are very strong feelings on all sides of this issue, not all of the information has been accurate or helpful."

And a lot of that talk has been about the lecture "Putting the 'Medical' in Medical Marijuana" that the Colfax neighborhood group will present tomorrow night -- in a different venue than originally planned -- because much of the talk got very, very ugly.

Dispensaries have been springing up along Colfax and in nearby neighborhoods, and the topic spawns "so many emotions," says Don Novak, marketing coordinator of "But then it got personal. And it escalated."

Initially, the group had planned to hold the free lecture at the Pinnacle, the pricey condos right by city park. But then a couple of the Pinnacle residents who'd offered the location "got nasty notes on their doors," says Novak.

So instead, the lecture -- featuring Dr. Alan Shackleford, a Harvard-trained physician and researcher who's with Amarimedthe CG Network of caregivers and -- will be held at the Bluebird Theatre, 3317 East Colfax Avenue, at 6 p.m. on March 17.

And not only will Shackleford serve up some cold, hard facts, but Hooked on Colfax will be serving up snacks and beverages. Find more details here.

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Patricia Calhoun co-founded Westword in 1977; she’s been the editor ever since. She’s a regular on the weekly CPT12 roundtable Colorado Inside Out, played a real journalist in John Sayles’s Silver City, once interviewed President Bill Clinton while wearing flip-flops, and has been honored with numerous national awards for her columns and feature-writing.
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