Trump Strikes Deal with Colorado Senator to Respect State Cannabis Reforms

In a deal with Colorado Sen. Cory Gardener (R), President Donald Trump has agreed to support federalism-based legislation to protect states who have chosen to reform their cannabis laws, Sen. Gardener announced on Friday. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed the agreement between the senator and the president during the daily press briefing. The […]

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Colorado Gov. Dishes to Rolling Stone about Cannabis Legalization, Federal Policy

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper dispelled prohibitionist myths about cannabis legalization in the state: children are not getting high and there hasn’t been a spike in cannabis-related driving incidents. “We were very worried that by legalizing, we were making this more somehow more psychologically available to kids. We haven’t seen […]

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Colorado Senate Committee Rejects Social-Use Bill

Colorado’s Senate Business, Labor & Technology Committee voted 6-1 against a measure to create social-use cannabis licenses, according to a Cannabist report. The measure was opposed by state cannabis regulators and by members of the law enforcement and medical communities. Colorado State Patrol Major Steve Garcia argued that the measure would increase the likelihood of […]

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Blue Moon Developer Planning THC-Infused, Non-Alcoholic, Beer

A 32-year veteran of MillerCoors – and the developer of Blue Moon Belgian Wheat – is launching a THC-infused, non-alcoholic beer in Colorado this fall, USA Today reports. Keith Villa is partnering with Colorado-based ebbu and the team plans to develop three kinds of THC-infused beer: a light beer, a wheat beer, and a stout. […]

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Denver, Colorado Using Some Cannabis Revenues to Expand Road Paving

Denver, Colorado is using $1.2 million derived from cannabis tax revenues to pave city roads, according to a Denver7 report. The funds will enable the Public Works Department to pave “at least 50” additional blocks, spokeswomen Nancy Kuhn said in the report. Denver Mayor Michael Hancock said the city receives about $13 million to $14 million […]

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Colorado State University-Pueblo Professor Challenges Critics of Recent Study to Debate

One of the Colorado State University-Pueblo professors who worked on the study which concluded that legalized cannabis is not the cause of Pueblo County’s crime and homeless challenges has offered to debate the study’s critics, the Pueblo Chieftain reports. Sociology professor Tim McGettigan is defending the study after Pueblo Police Chief Troy Davenport argued that […]

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Colorado Lawmakers Form Colorado Cannabis Caucus

State lawmakers in Colorado have launched the Colorado Cannabis Caucus – the first of its kind for any state Legislature, according to a report from Westword. The state caucus comes more than a year after federal lawmakers from states with legal cannabis access formed the Congressional Cannabis Caucus. So far, only Democrats have indicated they […]

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Study: Cannabis Legalization ‘Not the Cause’ for Pueblo County, Colorado Crime and Homeless Challenges

According to researchers at Colorado State University-Pueblo’s Institute of Cannabis Research, legalization is not the cause of many of Pueblo County’s recent challenges, Colorado Public Radio reports in an outline of the study. In fact, cannabis sales led to $35 million for the region in 2016, after factoring in costs for enforcement. Legalization is often […]

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Colorado Considering Bill to Let School Nurses Provide MMJ to Students

Colorado’s Legislature is considering a bill to allow school nurses to administer medical cannabis to students registered with the state program, according to a KDVR report. The measure, called “Quintin’s Amendment” would be added to “Jack’s Law” which allows students to use medical cannabis in schools. The bill is sponsored by Democratic Rep. Dylan Roberts […]

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Denver Regulators Approve First Social-Use Business License

While lawmakers in Massachusetts are blocking the state’s voter-approved plans for social cannabis use, regulators in Denver, Colorado have finally moved forward on the successful 2016 voter initiative that enables certain businesses — such as bars, restaurants, cafes and yoga studios — to seek licenses allowing the use of cannabis in their establishment. On Monday, […]

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Colorado Girl Scouts Will Allow Cookie Sales Outside of Dispensaries

The Girl Scouts of Colorado will allow cookie sales in front of retail cannabis dispensaries as part of their updated policies permitting sales at “adult-oriented businesses,” according to a Cannabist report. The change comes less than two weeks after a Girl Scout sold more than 300 boxes of cookies in six hours outside of a […]

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CanopyBoulder Launches 9th Canna-business Accelerator Program

CanopyBoulder’s spring 2018 business accelerator cohort includes a blockchain technology company, a software firm, and other tech projects aimed at marketing and medical cannabis information. In total, six companies comprise CanopyBoulder’s ninth class in the 16-week accelerator program. The six companies: Realm 72 – an online marketplace for marketers, brands, and influencers, linking products and […]

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Sessions Calls Out Senator for Blocking DoJ Nominee Votes During Meeting with Sheriffs’ Association

During remarks at the National Sheriffs’ Association meeting in Washington, D.C. yesterday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the department was “trying to confirm a number of important component heads” but was being blocked by “one senator’s concerns over unrelated issues by reversing federal law on marijuana.” That “one Senator” is Republican Colorado Sen. Corey Gardner, […]

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Colorado Gov. Considering Releasing 40 Nonviolent Cannabis Criminals

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is considering releasing 40 inmates convicted of nonviolent cannabis crimes, the Denver Post reports. The pardons would follow 14 commutations by the governor last November. Those pardons, however, applied to have their crimes expunged, while the 40 being considered for release were identified by the administration. “Right now, we have not […]

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Cannabis Retail Sales Outpace Alcohol Retail Sales in Aspen, Colorado

Last year’s retail cannabis sales in Aspen, Colorado outpaced retail alcohol sales by nearly a million dollars, according to Aspen Finance Department figures outlined by the Aspen Times. The city’s legal cannabis industry brought in $11.3 million, while booze revenues reached $10.5 million. This marks the first time legal cannabis sales outpaced retail alcohol sales […]

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Ean Seeb: Balancing Business and Philanthropy in the Cannabis Space

Ean Seeb is co-founder and partner at Denver Relief Consulting and has been navigating Colorado’s medical and adult-use cannabis industries since the beginning. In this episode of the Ganjapreneur.com podcast, our host TG Branfalt sits down with Ean for a chat about Colorado’s early days, his two-time role as chairman for the National Cannabis Industry […]

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Per-Pound Cannabis Prices Drop in First Month of 2018

According to Cannabis Benchmark’s U.S. Spot Index, the price-per-pound of cannabis has fallen 3.5 percent from Jan. 12 to Jan. 19, to $1,292, representing a spot price-per-gram of $2.85, with a simple average price of $3.20. The report indicates that the drop “was driven primarily by significant week-over-week decline in wholesale rates in Oregon, though […]

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19 Attorney Generals Send Letter to Congress Asking for Cannabis Banking Protection Legislation

Attorney generals from 17 states, Washington, D.C., and Guam have sent a letter to members of Congress urging them to “advance legislation that would allow states that have legalized medical or recreational use of marijuana to bring that commerce into the banking system” following Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ move to rescind the Cole Memo protections. […]

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Colorado Regulators Suspend Denver, Colorado Cannabis Licensee; Police Arrest 12 Over Alleged Illegal Sales

Eight Sweet Leaf stores in Colorado have had their licenses suspended and 12 people have been arrested as part of a yearlong investigation by local law enforcement – not federal – into illegal cannabis sales, according to a Cannabist report. All 10 Sweet Leaf shops in Denver and one in Aurora were closed on Thursday; however, the […]

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Colorado Revenue Department Releases ‘Highly Desired’ Data Trove

The Colorado Department of Revenue is now releasing the state’s cannabis sales data from Jan. 2014 to the present and will release monthly reports going forward on the seventh business day of each month. The Revenue Department’s Office of Research and Analysis will produce the reports which will show gross sales minus wholesale sales for […]

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Colorado Woman Acquitted by Jury of Cannabis Charges for 2013 Home Grow

A 60-year-old Colorado woman has been acquitted at trial of possession of cannabis with intent to distribute, possession of more than 12 ounces, and possession of cannabis concentrates after her lawyer successfully argued that the state’s law does not limit how much cannabis an individual can possess if it is grown in accordance with the […]

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Kyle Speidell: The Business of Cannabis Retail

Kyle Speidell is the co-CEO of The Green Solution, a popular cannabis retailer chain in Colorado. In this episode of the Ganjapreneur.com podcast, Kyle joins our host TG Branfalt to discuss Colorado’s retail cannabis market and share what it’s been like as one of the state’s earliest and most successful dispensary enterprises. This interview covers what […]

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Colorado Budget Committee Anticipating Less Cannabis Tax Money Following Sales Tax Changes

According to a report by the Colorado Legislature’s Joint Budget Committee, cannabis tax revenues in Colorado are expected to be about $9 million less in the coming fiscal year, due partly to lawmakers eliminating the 2.9 percent sales tax on retail sales. In fiscal year 2017-2018, the state had about $124 million in state tax revenues to […]

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12-Year-Old MMJ Patient Sues Jeff Sessions to Legalize Medical Cannabis

Alexis Bortell, a 12-year-old medical cannabis patient living in Colorado after she and her family were displaced from their home state of Texas three years ago, is suing U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions over the prohibition of cannabis, according to an NBC News report. Alexis has suffered from intractable epilepsy since she was 7 years old. […]

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