Written by admin | 12:24 pm on December 1, 2013
January 1st is fast approaching, with many medical marijuana centers clamoring to be ready for recreational sales. Like past licensing situations, it’s an arduous application process that Denver Relief has begun. We’re in line. That doesn’t mean, however, that we’ll be selling for adult-use come New Years Day.
We’ll be continuing to adapt our current business practices to support sales for both medical marijuana patients and retail marijuana sales without a red card. In doing so, we want to make sure that we hold ourselves to the same high standards Denver Relief has operated under since 2009: full compliance with state and local laws, and improving the quality of life for patients in Colorado. To that end, we simply can’t take any shortcuts.
Our advice for patients who have cards that may expire soon remains unchanged: a valid registry card is your best legal protection and guarantees you the largest access to medicine at the most reasonable cost. Patients will continue to get the best medicine at the best prices without having to pay newly enacted excise taxes for the same medicine they have purchased sans that tax for so many years. If you need help renewing your card, please call us at 303-420-MEDS for information on how to see a physician.
As we continue with this process, we’ll also be providing regular updates to let our readers know how things will change and what our timetables look like. Patients are what built Denver Relief and will continue to be our top priority. We appreciate your patience through this uncertain time, and look forward to seeing you in 2014.
Written by admin | 5:26 pm on November 26, 2013
Amendment 64 passed last November and many in the medical marijuana industry breathed a sigh of relief. What had once been highly controversial – dispensaries in Colorado – was now the norm, with voters overwhelmingly approving the use of cannabis for adults over the age of 21. This came with one caveat: what would be the federal response? Would this invite new attention to our state and the beginning of a massive crackdown? Would the feds see this as a mandate from our citizens? No one knew.
After waiting for months on end, the Justice Department finally issued their response. There would not be a lawsuit to block Colorado’s implementation of retail cannabis stores.
Unlike other memos, however, there was what seemed to be crystal clear guidelines of when the DEA would get involved. These included:
• Preventing distribution to minors;
Fairly straight-forward, this is a huge problem plaguing alcohol retailers, where over 250 were cited for failing stings last year. While there is still not a single case of medical marijuana being sold to a non-patient minor, the goal is to keep it that way with harsh penalties from the Marijuana Enforcement Division.
• Preventing revenue from marijuana sales from going to criminal enterprises, gangs, and cartels;
Taking marijuana out of the black market is a key strategy to decreasing the power of criminals who use illegal drugs to support their infrastructure.
• Preventing diversion of marijuana from states where it is legal to other states;
As diversion increases, it also burdens the law enforcement costs that are given to our neighbor states. If we wish to have the will of our voters recognized, we must do the same and respect the fact they do not want medical marijuana within their borders.
• Preventing state-authorized marijuana activity from being used as a cover or pretext for the trafficking of other illegal drugs or other illegal activity;
Going hand in hand with guidance about criminal enterprises, the industry must be transparent with where their cannabis is going and keep detailed and open books. The ability to bank as other businesses do would certainly help with the latter.
• Preventing violence and the use of firearms in the cultivation and distribution of marijuana
Creating a safe and regulated environment with proper security protocols and transportation methods decreases greatly the risk that growing once had, where home invasions could often lead to violence.
• Preventing drugged driving and the exacerbation of other adverse public health consequences associated with marijuana use;
Colorado has been proactive about this, repeatedly looking at measures that protect public safety while still allowing for patients to have inactive THC in their system. This is still a work in progress.
• Preventing the growing of marijuana on public lands and the attendant public safety and environmental dangers posed by marijuana production on public lands;
Particularly important to this is where concentrates can be made, as butane can carry a significant fire risk if not handled properly, and wildfires are always a concern in our arid climate.
• Preventing marijuana possession on federal property.
Colorado residents are known for their love of the great outdoors, but keep in mind that while hiking, skiing, or cycling, you can face harsher penalties for possession of cannabis. As marijuana of any type remains illegal federally, it has no place on federal property.
We’re still unsure. Our sources within the industry have told us that as many as 11 different businesses were investigated, including retail and cultivation operations, and the Denver Post has indicated that at least two private houses were involved as well. At the time of this publication, no charges have been filed, and everyone involved should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Denver Relief believes that no one should be arrested for possessing or cultivating cannabis, but we also agree with many and abide by all of the stipulations laid out by the Department of Justice. The idea behind having a well-regulated market is to take power from criminal enterprises, reduce access for minors, and turn the cannabis industry into a legitimate business model from what has often in the past been a dangerous and unpredictable black market. Playing by the rules is paramount to that.
We’ll keep you up to date as we learn more.
Written by admin | 8:22 am on July 1, 2013
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Ean and Kayvan recently returned from a trip to Washington, D.C. where they lobbied members of Congress to change unfair tax laws that prevent standard deductions any business is allowed to make. Below is their press release, along with a great quote from Ean that reflects values Denver Relief has stressed since opening in 2009.
National Cannabis Industry Association to endorse taxation of adult-use marijuana proposal included in Senate Finance Committee’s “options paper,” while decrying an unfair existing tax provision
Written by admin | 5:39 pm on June 14, 2013
Here’s your early weekend update on what’s happening at Denver Relief:
Ean, Nick, and Kayvan were recently featured on the HBO’s Vice Motherboard, an online series of videos that tackle controversial subjects around the world. What’s more fitting than medical marijuana, right? This features not only a tour of the dispensary (which MANY of you are familiar with) but also of the grow facility. This is a great view if you’ve wanted a more “behind the scenes” look at Denver Relief.
There are tons of great events coming up, but one of the highlights of our summer is the chance to help out at Ekar Farm. Last year, GREEN TEAM volunteers went above andbeyond in helping maintain and harvest for them, with hundreds of pounds of produce as the fruit of their labor. We’re only accepting limited numbers of volunteers through our Facebook event, but if you can’t make it, they’re also accepting donations through their website: www.ekarfarm.org. All proceeds directly benefit Ekar’s programming, operations and vegetable donation to the Jewish Family Service Weinberg Food Pantry. Dates: 6/26, 7/24, 8/21.
We’re hoping that while you’re out with your kids picking up fun toys for the pool this summer, you also keep in mind the children of Moore, Oklahoma, as recovery efforts continue there. Through the end of the month, we’ll be offering a $1 preroll to anyone who brings in a new toy as part of a joint effort with many other great centers in Denver. In addition, Gaia’s Garden Karma Kandies are 50% off, as well. To date we’ve received zero donations, so come in and let’s show the people of OK how big our hearts are in CO.
June’s “Super Special Sale” is still rocking on, with strains rotating in and out as availability changes. Right now, we’ve got some really gorgeous I.S.S. on the shelf and two of our newest strains, Ghost Train Haze and Cold Creek Kush that are absolute steals. Prices range from $30 an eighth to $200 an ounce, but we have strains that are flying out, so check with your budtender or our WeedMaps or Leafly pages to see what we’ve got. We’ll try to keep it going as long as we can!
Finally, we’re also taking volunteers for clean-up at The 710 Cup. If you saw the headlines from the last 420 friendly event at the EXDO, you know there’s a need to help improve the image of MMJ businesses in that neighborhood. Frankly, it was a disaster zone. Let’s show the folks in the RiNo area that we care about our community and environment and help ensure it looks the same as before the Cup. Interested parties should RSVP on the Facebook event page.
Written by admin | 1:02 pm on May 31, 2013
Last year, Colorado’s record high temperatures caused some serious issues for home and commercial growers alike. We caught up with Denver Relief cultivation expert Nick Hice to talk about what happened last summer and how you can prepare for the one coming up. Here are his tips:
Written by admin | 7:18 am on May 1, 2013
How the time flies. From our humble beginnings delivering across the city to winning the Cannabis Cup last month, there’s been a lot of change at Denver Relief. Without support from our amazing patients, none of this would be possible. We’re incredibly appreciative of everyone who has stuck by us when the shelves were a little low or the waiting room was a little packed. Thank you.
In order to celebrate, we’re offering some great deals to patients to kick off our anniversary week, including:
These deals last from 5/20-5/23, just tell your budtender you’re there for the anniversary special! Thanks so much for being a critical part of what we do at Denver Relief.
Written by admin | 12:44 pm on April 12, 2013
GREEN TEAM Partners Ready for Largest 4/20 Celebration Yet [Tweet this]
DENVER, Colo (April 8, 2013) – Founded in 2009 by Ean Seeb and Kayvan S.T. Khalatbari, the Denver Relief GREEN TEAM is a volunteer organization dedicated to improving the perception of the medical cannabis industry through community service and social activism. Through outreach efforts such as litter cleanups, free bicycle and wheelchair repair clinics and ongoing food and clothing drives, the GREEN TEAM has been recognized by The Christian Science Monitor, Denver Business Journal, Denver Daily News, Westword, MMJ Business Daily and The Boulder Daily Camera among others for demonstrating that medical cannabis businesses and patients are positive contributors to Denver.
Partnering with over a dozen cannabis-related businesses, the GREEN TEAM is expecting their largest volunteer turnout in the four years they’ve been organizing cleanup events at the annual 4/20 Rally at Civic Center Park. Helping out in this day of community action will be past participants Natural Remedies, Sexy Pizza, Illuzion Glass, MMD Medical Marijuana Doctors and MMC Depot, as well as new allies Pink House, Verde, Walking Raven, and Local Product of Colorado (medical marijuana centers), The Hemp Connoisseur magazine, O.Pen Vape and Denver Relief Consulting, who will also be heading up efforts in Massachusetts.
Past volunteers are more excited than ever, with prizes from sponsors ranging from “Free Slice” cards from Sexy Pizza for full trash bags turned in, to custom glass pieces from Illuzion Glass. “I’ve had the privilege of volunteering with Green Team, and it’s amazing to see the increasing number of people that come out for each event,” said Corporal Sean Azzariti, USMC and past GREEN TEAM volunteer. “With 16 sponsors this year encouraging people to get involved, the number of Green Team volunteers should be record breaking.”
Additional sponsors include Denver-based edibles company Marqaha, art work from Detour, and Hal Remington Home Grown T-shirts.
Seeb and Khalatbari are members of several community and civil rights organizations including Denver Kids, The Anti-Defamation League, The Denver Center Theater Company, Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado, E-3 Events, The Colorado Youth Symphony Orchestra, and the National Cannabis Industry Association. This commitment to service and philanthropy is a year long effort supported in part through their Medical Marijuana Center Denver Relief. The GREEN TEAM donates to different local charities each month through a giveaway in association with Illuzion Glass, and has removed over 350 bags of trash from Civic Center Park. In regard to the 4/20 Cleanup, Seeb notes that “With the passage of Amendment 64, this year’s event is about cannabis as a whole, not strictly medical or recreational. It’s more important than ever for our industry to band together and help battle the negative connotations and stigmas that come with marijuana use. We expect the world to be watching this 4/20.”
The success of the 4/20 Cleanup is a result of the efforts of dedicated volunteers. If you would like to participate please see the below schedule:
9:00 AM – Join Denver Relief at Wild Eggs (300 E Alameda Ave) for breakfast with industry partners and volunteers. Wild Eggs is offering deal on the Smokin’ Hash (only $4.20!) and this is a great way to fuel up for the day.
1:00 PM – Volunteers will check-in at the Denver Relief tent, located in the middle of Civic Center park. There will be a station to deposit trash near three roll-away dumpsters. During this time, volunteers will be picking up trash and speaking with members of the community. One raffle ticket for the giveaway and two “free slice” cards from Sexy Pizza will be given to volunteers for each bag of trash checked in.
3:20 PM – All Green Team volunteers will be called up on the main stage by event organizer Miguel Lopez. After brief remarks from Ean Seeb, volunteers will descend into the crowd.
4:19 PM – Meet back at the tent for prize drawings and more.
About Denver Relief
Denver Relief is a tenured group of cannabis professionals dedicated to providing the highest quality medicine, service, and experience to registered Colorado medical marijuana patients. Featured on 60 Minutes, BBC, CNN, and in the Wall Street Journal.
About Denver Relief Consulting
Denver Relief Consulting believes that marijuana business is still business and by bringing a professional edge to cannabis we can help create a well-functioning and legal enterprise for our clients.
About Natural Remedies
Located in the heart of LoDo, on 16th and Market St., Natural Remedies is a first-class medical marijuana dispensary. High quality meds (edibles, flower, concentrates) along with friendly and knowledgeable customer service ensures all patients have a top notch shopping experience.
About Walking Raven
Proud to serve the Colorado community and its patients since August 2009.
About Pink House
Grown in nature. Perfected in Colorado
About The Hemp Connoisseur
Our mission at The Hemp Connoisseur is to provide an elegant educational resource that encourages collaboration within the industrial hemp and medical cannabis industry.
About Illuzion Glass
Illuzion Glass carries high-end glass works from local and nationally known artists and was recently awarded the Denver Westword’s 2012 award for “Best Glass Pipes For 1 Percenters”.
About Sexy Pizza
Sexy Pizza is proud to serve up real New York-style pizza, pasta, calzones and more from two locations (Capitol Hill and South Pearl Street), and donates regularly to SAFER, Sensible Colorado, SSDP, and LEAP.
About MMC Depot
MMC Depot is a leading supplier of packaging materials in Colorado, offering personalized packaging consultations for our customers, as well as an on-site showroom displaying the latest in MMC packaging supplies.
About Local Product of Colorado
At Local Product of Colorado, our mission is to serve our patients with respect as we assist them with all of their Medical Marijuana needs.
Verde’s mission is to provide top quality service of the highest grade medical marijuana. With decades of experience behind them, the Verde team focuses on each individual harvest, maintaining strict standards of quality and sanitation.
Compassionate Doctors on staff to assist you in obtaining your medical marijuana license.
About O.Pen Vape
It’s what’s inside that counts.
Written by admin | 6:01 pm on February 22, 2013
Denver Relief has the O.Pen Vape in stock now, one of the hottest medical marijuana vaporizing products in Colorado. Patients have been raving about the 250 and 500mg cartridges that contain strain specific CO2 honey oil.
Vaporizing is one of the safest ways to consumed medical cannabis and is highly recommended for patients that cannot or would prefer not to smoke. It also saves on the hassle of breaking up raw flower and putting it in a larger vaporizing unit, which can product mess and waste money.
Additionally, patients prefer the O-Pen Vape to edibles because it gives them fast-acting relief. Infused products can have a “lag” before taking effect, making them less practical for patients who deal with issues like seizures or migraines and need a quick delivery of medicine without smoking. With no buttons to push, a patient can simply put the O-Pen to their lips and draw for up to eight seconds to get a dose of medicine.
Stop in and ask about our buy two cartridge, get one pen free deal!
As with any item, O-Pen vapes are subject to availability, so feel free to call ahead. 303.420.MEDS.
Written by admin | 4:25 pm on January 29, 2013
We’ve crunched the numbers and the data is in… these are our top selling medical marijuana strains and edibles from 2012! While there were some new products and plants that definitely gained steam over the year, we feel these lists are a solid representation of what you, the patients, loved from Denver Relief. Here’s the breakdown:
5. Gaia’s Garden Lozenges
Gaia’s Garden has been around since 2009, mixing colorful packaging with consistent strength. Feel like getting fired up without actually “firing up”? Try the always hot Cinnamon. For a more mellow medible, try relaxing with the mixed fruit. With nine per package, you’re usually getting a little more than 10mg per dose, perfect for taking the edge off. ($10 member, $11 non)
4. Green Cross Colorado 151mg CannaPunch OMG Bold
Whew, that’s a mouthful! Our second strongest medicated beverage packs a serious punch at 151mg, making this great for patients that need a little in the morning, a little in the evening, and a little at supper time. Made from Denver Relief’s own crops, these strain specific drinks were a hit from the moment they were released, and are available in Blue Raspberry and Pineapple Mango. Patients suffering from G.I. ailments such as Chron’s Disease and I.B.S. have found these particularly effective. ($18 member, $20 non)
3. MarQaha Take Flight Mist
As the infused product industry continues to flourish, few have distinguished themselves like MarQaha, and it’s not just the memorable name. Branching out into strain specific products, they offer a sativa, indica, and blend line of oral sprays that are both discreet and potent. Taken sublingually, or under the tongue, the effects take hold much faster, eliminating the “lag time” that some patients experience after ingestion. Try them in Qola, Nillaberry, or Mellow Mint. ($25 member, $30 non)
2. Denver Relief CannaBits
Oh CannaBits, how we miss you. Even though production halted on these fan favorite, they still land at the #2 spot. Why? The CannaBits were the perfect combination of strength and consistency, which is what you can expect when they’re infused with Denver Relief medicine. To this day, they remain our #1 most requested product.
1. Gaia’s Garden Karma Kandies
Gaia’s lands two edibles in the top 5 – an impressive feat – and this wasn’t even close. You could point to the multitude of flavors – chocolate, caramel, cinnamon, sour apple, sour strawberry, and sour grape – or the fact that they’re dang tasty. Whatever it is, we have more bulk purchases of Karma Kandies than any other product by far. Maybe we should put every edible in their own jar? ($9 member, $10 non)
5. Sour Diesel
One of only two sativas on the top five, this classic diesel variety is known for its pungent aroma and light, nearly pink hairs jutting out from behind bulbous calyxes. Energetic and creative, there’s a noticeable effect on the mind and body. We often refer to this clone only strain as the “extreme sport” version of cannabis. Take that, X-Games!
It was a miracle! We thought we had lost Gumbo, but it soon returned and produced this accidental cross, “resurrecting” the line by pollinating a Bio-Diesel plant. The result was our fourth most popular strain last year, Bio-Jesus. A strong indica, it takes all the sweetness of the Gumbo and combines it with the brute strength of Bio-D. Our patients regularly use Bio-Jesus to get sleep without waking up to an ache or pain.
3. Blue Dream
If Bio-Jesus was a Tylenol PM, Blue Dream would be a Five Hour Energy drink. Great for going for a jog or just cleaning the house, this is a sativa that combines a great head effect with an active body buzz. The creamy blueberry flavor makes this strain a favorite of patients that choose to vaporize. In short, it’s dreamy.
Winner of the 2009 Medical Marijuana Harvest Cup, the legend continues. We’ve recently started letting the Bio-Diesel go a little longer in the garden to get back all of the potency and flavor it’s always been known for, but even the 70 day variety remained at the top of patients’ shopping lists. Feel free to celebrate with one of our stylish new Grassroots hats.
1. Ultimate ’91 ChemDawg
Indica fans rejoiced over this combo of ’91 Chem and Chem D, crowned the “Best Hybrid” at The Hemp Connoisseur Championship, along with the “Strongest Tested” award in the category. This smoke has all of the sour, chemmy taste associated with the lineage and is surprisingly fast acting. It’s hard to imagine anything taking over the top spot in 2013, as yield and popularity look to keep Ultimate ’91 ChemDawg #1.
L.A. OG: a strong OG cut that always sells out in days.
Gumbo: maybe 2012 just wasn’t its year? Always a patient favorite.
Tahoe OG: one of our densest strains with tremendous resin production.
Reserva Privada: winner of the THCC award for “Best Indica”.
Lemon Diesel: nothing on the shelf can match the flavor of the Lemon D.
Golden Goat: our newest furry sativa friend, great effect in the head.
Did your favorite strain not make the list? Have a prediction for the top strain in 2013? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.