Arson at New Cannabis Store in Cortez Colorado

Reward Offered leading to Conviction of Arsonist

Fire Damage from Arson at Chronic Therapy Cortez

Cortez, Colorado.  A $500 reward is being offered leading to the arrest and conviction of those who may be responsible for setting fire to Chronic Therapy’s retail cannabis store.  Chronic had recently celebrated their grand opening on July 27, 2018 with a beautiful new store to serve the people of this region.  The fire happened just 3 days later.

According to The Journal, the fire occurred at approximately 1:30 am in the early morning hours of July 30, 2018.  The damage to the building is significant both externally and internally.

Arson is a serious crime in Colorado.  A person who commits this type of crime has violated Revised Statutes Title 18 Criminal Code §18-4-102.  The penalties of such a crime could result in up to 12 years in jail.

Chronic will not be a victim.  Video footage forthcoming. 

According to Chronic’s facebook page excellent camera footage exists that will become available to help lead to the arrest and conviction of those who may be responsible.

Chronic’s Sandy Beddor stated in facebook they will not become victims.

This is what arson leaves behind.

Chronic Therapy Cortez

Inside Damage at Chronic Therapy

Damage inside Chronic Therapy Cortez

Arson Damage inside Chronic Therapy

Celebration from the grand opening still visible

Why was a Widow Denied 50% of Workers Compensation Benefit?

THC cannabis molecule and impact on workers compensation insurance.

“Presence” of THC could be a contributing factor

The tragic articles of a husband, Adam Lee who was killed while working on a ski elevator and tested positive for cannabis has left his wife, Erika Lee wondering why she’s receiving a 50% reduction in survivor’s benefits from workers compensation insurance

Under normal circumstances, Mrs. Lee would have received 66 2/3% of Mr. Lee’s average weekly wages. If Mr. Lee was earning on average $50,000 per year, then Mrs. Lee would have been entitled to $33,330.  Instead, she will receive just $16,665. 

This is Colorado–cannabis is still a controlled substance?  

A major contributing factor is due to the Colorado Workers Compensation Act.   More specifically, the Act states under §8-42-112.5 Limitation on payments:

use of controlled substances. (1) Nonmedical benefits otherwise payable to an injured worker are reduced fifty percent where the injury results from the presence in the worker’s system, during working hours, of controlled substances, as defined in section 18-18-102

The challenge with the statute and testing for cannabis is THC may be present in the system, but does not impair the employee.  Essentially, the psychoactive phase no longer exists.  There’s a disconnect between the statute and reasonable testing standards for cannabis.   In addition, the statute references cannabis as a “controlled substance.” 

Clearly, the act is referencing federal as opposed to state law, which cannabis is no longer considered a controlled substance.

Survivors benefits will continue to be as more states legalize cannabis

This law will continue to be tested as more states legalize medical and recreational cannabis.  State lawmakers will eventually need to modify the language in Colorado and other states in order for survivors to be sufficiently compensated for the injuries and deaths of their loved ones. 

The workers compensation act further warns the public about the potential reduction in benefits.

Colorado Workers Compensation Act

Colorado Workers Compensation Act

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