Denver Mayor Says Legalization Has Benefited City

Despite campaigning against Colorado’s successful 2012 bid to legalize cannabis, Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock admitted last week that the city of Denver is effectively regulating cannabis and called the industry a “success,” according to a press release. The statement was sparked by a city report that outlines the Denver industry’s journey from medical-only to a […]

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DEA, FBI Agents Raid Suspected Illegal Cannabis Growers in Colorado

DEA and FBI agents coordinated a massive raid early Thursday morning against more than a dozen suspected illegal cannabis grow sites throughout the Denver metro area, The Denver Post reports. The grows were reportedly targeted for the illegal growing and distribution of cannabis across state lines. Deanne Rueter — the DEA spokesperson in Denver, Colorado — […]

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Illicit Cannabis in Colorado and Oregon: Different Regulations, Different Outcomes

A comparison of reports studying cannabis supply in Oregon and Colorado by Colorado Public Radio reveals that while Oregon’s surplus seems to be disappearing into illicit markets, Colorado’s growers aren’t even planting their entire allotment. In Oregon, 70 percent of legal cannabis grown goes unsold. In Colorado, most growers are planting less than half their […]

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Specialty Paint Marketed in Colorado for Controlling Cannabis Odors

A paint that conceals odors is being marketed in Colorado as a cannabis odor-blocking product. The paint, which was developed by Denver-based ECOBOND and is called OdorDefender, is designed to lock in the residue that builds up on walls and furniture — sometimes called third-hand smoke — in rooms where people smoke. “We don’t make […]

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Sweet Leaf Receives Stay of Action for Destruction of Denver Cannabis Products

Sweet Leaf, the Colorado-based cannabis retailer chain who had its Denver licenses revoked earlier this month due to an alleged “looping scheme,” has won a stay of action for the destruction of all the company’s Denver-based cannabis products, according to a Marijuana Business Daily report. The stay was granted yesterday in Denver District Court. “Until the […]

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Study: After Legalizing Cannabis, Police Effectiveness Up in Washington & Colorado

A study by researchers at Washington State University has found evidence of “demonstrable and persistent benefit” to police departments’ effectiveness in Washington and Colorado since the states voted to legalize cannabis in 2012. Researchers used monthly FBI data to investigate crime clearance rates for the states from 2010 to 2015; crimes are normally considered “cleared” […]

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Legal Cannabis-User’s Widow Denied Workers’ Comp. Death Benefits

A deceased Colorado electrician’s family is being denied half their workers’ comp. death benefit because of THC found in the victim’s system, according to a The Denver Channel report. Electrician Adam Lee died while on the job at Loveland Ski Area. An autopsy revealed the presence of high levels of THC in his body but current […]

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Denver Revokes All Licenses for Sweet Leaf Retailer

Sweet Leaf, once one of the largest cannabis retailers in Colorado, has had all of its cannabis licenses revoked by the city of Denver, Westword reports. The decision was expected, as earlier in April a city official had called for the move during a hearing by the city to determine a course of action. Sweet Leaf held […]

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Anthony Franciosi: Being a Master Grower in Colorado’s Cannabis Market

Anthony Franciosi is Head Grower for Honest Marijuana Company, a Colorado-based producer of medical and adult-use cannabis. Colorado is often considered the pioneer state for cannabis legalization — so we recently checked in with Anthony to see how things are going in the state and talk about what it takes to grow top-shelf products in […]

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Denver Police Target Cannabis Tour Buses

On Friday, Denver undercover police led a sting operation on the buses of two cannabis tourism companies, according to a Denverite report. Colorado Cannabis Tours and My 420 Tours both had buses raided. The police said they cited 31 people total during the sting. “We’re dealing with quite a shitstorm here.” — Cynthia Ord, marketing director for […]

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Colorado Gov. Vetoes Bill Making Autism a Qualifying Condition for MMJ

Gov. John Hickenlooper, in a record-setting ninth veto of the year, rejected a bill that would have added Autism Spectrum Disorder to the list of conditions qualifying for medical marijuana on Tuesday, the Denver Post reports. Hickenlooper said, regarding the veto, he could not ignore overwhelming concerns from the medical community. “If we sign that bill […]

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Colorado Governor Vetoes Cannabis “Tasting Room” Bill

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper vetoed a bill on Monday that would have allowed licensed cannabis tasting rooms, citing health and safety concerns, according to a Denver Post report. The legislation — the first of its kind in the nation — would have allowed adults at recreational cannabis retailers to consume small amounts of cannabis via either a […]

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The Sprinkles of Cannabis Offers Consumers a New Kind of Edible: Cupcakes

DENVER, CO, May. 23, 2018 — Cannabis cupcake company Jade & Jane broadens consumer’s choices in the edibles market with the recent introduction of single serving, recreational, 10mg THC-infused cupcakes. Jade & Jane’s products are available to retail customers through licensed Colorado recreational dispensaries. Wholesale dispensary customers may contact Jade & Jane to place orders. Ordering […]

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Colorado Cannabis Sales in March Highest Yet in 2018

According to Colorado state Department of Revenue data, cannabis sales in March reached $105,945,278 — up from $85,869,215 in February and $88,729,914 in January. In the first three months of 2018, cannabis sales in the state have totaled $365,686,695. Denver County led the state in sales: the county totaled $34,757,371 in March. Arapahoe County, whose largest […]

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Colorado Legislature Approves Cannabis ‘Tasting Rooms’ Bill; Moves to Gov.

Colorado’s legislature has passed a social-use measure that would allow individuals to consume small amounts of cannabis – either by edibles or vaping – on site, the Denver Post reports. If signed by Gov. John Hickenlooper, Colorado would become the first state to allow social cannabis use. The bill limits consumption to current recreational cannabis […]

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Colorado Dispensary Faces Loss of All Cannabis Licenses for ‘Looping’ Scheme

Colorado’s Sweet Leaf Marijuana Centers could lose its 26 retail, cultivation, and manufacturing licenses after a municipal hearing officer ruled that the company pocketed millions of dollars in a “looping” scheme that allowed customers to purchase the maximum amount of cannabis multiple times a day and sell it in the illicit market, the Denver Post […]

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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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