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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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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Seven Mayors of Major Cities Call for Cannabis Policy Reform

The mayors of seven large U.S. cities in states with adult-use laws formed a coalition on Monday asking the U.S. federal government to remove cannabis from the list of controlled substances, reports the Chicago Tribune. Mayors from Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, and West Sacramento sponsored a resolution at the U.S. […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Denver, Colorado Set to Accept Public-Use Applications by the End of the Month

Denver, Colorado officials are expected to begin accepting public-use license applications by the end of the month; however the pilot program might not take off due to restrictions on what kinds of businesses can qualify for the licenses and where they can be located, according to an Associated Press report. The regulations do not permit […]

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Denver Preparing For July Launch of Cannabis Social-Use Program

As officials in Denver, Colorado are preparing to roll out the voter-approved social-use scheme next month, both cannabis and non-cannabis businesses are preparing for the changes. The four-year pilot program will allow companies to apply for social-use licenses – which cost $1,000 – but under the rules, customers must bring their own cannabis products. Jim Norris, the co-owner […]

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Denver’s Proposed Social-Use Rules Draw Heavy Criticism

Denver, Colorado’s proposed social use rules are so restrictive that the director for the Initiative 300 campaign – approved by 53.7 percent of city voters during November’s election – said “99 percent” of interested businesses would not apply for a social consumption license under the rules, according to a Denver Post report. Included in the […]

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Colorado Takes Back 4/20 with 5th Annual World Cannabis Week

The OG of cannabis festivals, World Cannabis Week, is taking over the city of Denver for a full celebration of cannabis culture from April 19 – 23, 2017. The 420-friendly events will give locals and visitors to Denver ample opportunities to get lit with the most innovative and popular cannabis brands in the country – […]

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Colorado Officials Moving on Denver Social-Use Rules, Considering State-Wide Legislation

Members of Denver, Colorado’s Social Consumption Advisory Committee are set to hold their third meeting next week, continuing to devise rules under which the voter-approved Initiative 300 will operate in the city. During their second meeting, the committee offered rules restricting social-use clubs from operating 1,000 feet “from where children congregate,” proposing application and operation requirements and […]

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Denver Workgroup Begins Drafting Social-Use Rules

Stakeholders in Denver, Colorado have begun working on rule suggestions for the voter-approved social use measure, which will allow cannabis to be consumed by adults 21 and older in places that do not hold liquor licenses, according to an Associated Press report. The workgroup, made up of city regulators, business owners, and measure opponents started […]

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Former DEA Spokesperson: Marijuana is ‘Cash Cow’ and ‘We Will Never Give Up’

Twelve years ago, former DEA propagandist Belita Nelson quit her job after spending six years (1998-2004) as an international media representative for the anti-drugs agency. Since leaving the DEA, Nelson has become an advocate for cannabis reform and the expanding of research into marijuana treatments. Nelson — who, during her time there, eventually became the […]

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Colorado Revenue Department Bans Cannabis from Establishments with Liquor Licenses

The Colorado Department of Revenue has adopted new regulations preventing businesses that serve alcohol from obtaining a license to allow cannabis use at their establishment, according to a KCNC report. The rules are supposed to help clarify where cannabis consumption will be allowed following the passage of Denver’s social-use initiative. The denial comes at the […]

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Denver’s Social Use Ballot Initiative 300 Results: Live Updates

Initiative 300 is a Denver-local ballot initiative that would create a 4-year pilot program where existing businesses — such as a bar, cafe, or restaurant — would be able to apply for permits to allow cannabis consumption in designated areas. Indoor consumption would be allowed only in vapor or edible forms, though cannabis smoking sections would […]

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Denver Bud Company Submits Samples for Organic Cannabis Association Approval

The Denver Bud Company expects to have their first product certified by the Organic Cannabis Association within the next few months, according to a Modern Farmer report. However, the product can be called neither “organic” nor USDA-certified due to federal cannabis prohibition. The $5,000 certification process requires up to four inspections with samples collected during […]

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Judge Denies Injunction Request by Starbuds in Grow License Denial Case

A Denver District Court judge has given the owners of Starbuds until Sept. 3 to finish harvesting the maturing plants in its grow facility, after which they must destroy any that remain, according to a report by the Denver Post. The order comes after Judge Ross B.H. Buchanan denied the company’s preliminary injunction request against […]

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Competing Social Use Initiatives Planned for Denver’s November Ballot

Two separate cannabis advocacy groups are working on competing ballot initiatives that would allow the social use of cannabis in quasi-public locations throughout Denver, the Denver Post reports. The first proposal, put forward by the Denver chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), would create a system for the licensing and regulation of a new type […]

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Denver NORML Submits Initiative to Allow Social Cannabis Use

The Denver Chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) announced Monday it submitted an initiative that would allow for adults who are over 21 to consume cannabis in a quasi-public setting. Since Colorado’s cannabis market opened in 2014, there has been consistent criticism about the lack of social destinations for cannabis consumption. This has affected tourists to […]

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Denver NORML Wants to Revive Social Cannabis Use Ballot Measure

The pro-cannabis group NORML has formed a new Denver chapter that says it plans to work to revive a social cannabis use ballot measure that was dropped last summer. Activists had worked last summer to pass a ballot measure that would have allowed the use of cannabis at bars and other public businesses, but they […]

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