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Judge orders marijuana plant quarantine to continue

DENVER — A victory for The Denver Department of Environmental Health after a judge maintained the department’s hold on thousands of marijuana plants.

In March, the city quarantined thousands of plants from several cultivation sites because a pesticide may have been improperly used.

On March 25, the Denver Department of Environmental Health found evidence that plants at six locations had been contaminated by pesticides which are not approved by the Colorado Department of Agriculture. The businesses involved cannot sell the marijuana which has been placed on hold.

Mon
18
May

Marijuana, global warming, and the "Green Rush"

Global warming may give a minor twist to that classic hippie bumper sticker that quips "Acid rain: Too bad it's not as much fun as it sounds." Turns out a warming climate could boost the medicinal and psychoactive properties of plants including cannabis. 

But that’s not all: Climate change will also open up higher elevations to growing weed clandestinely on public lands, a practice that’s putting increased strain on fragile ecosystems.

Some say relaxed marijuana laws exacerbate the problem by bringing in more growers; others argue increased regulation and oversight will eventually lead to more responsible growing practices.

Outdoor pot will become hardier

Mon
18
May

Incredible Medibles: Marijuana Meets Culinary Innovation

In March, Ben and Jerry’s co-founders Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield told HuffPost Live they’d consider making a marijuana ice cream for markets with legalized marijuana. That might not be entirely surprising, considering the company’s hippy vibe—but these days cannabis cuisine is about a lot more than hippies baking pot brownies.

Mon
18
May

Colorado is the next Silicon Valley: Why the legalized marijuana industry is flourishing

The convention floor at Denver Airport’s Crowne Plaza on a recent afternoon could have been the trade show for any well-established industry — gray-haired execs in conservative suits mingling with office park dads in polos and fresh-out-of-college types in brand-emblazoned T-shirts. Only this is a new kind of business conference with a special Colorado theme: legal weed.

After Colorado voters legalized marijuana in 2012, more states and cities are considering a similar path for themselves. At the same time, the cannabis market is looking less like a music festival and more like a Silicon Valley confab — upscale, data-driven and focused on investors.

Mon
18
May

How Will the Cannabis Industry Grow Through the ‘Terrible Twos’?

In parenting, the “terrible twos” are when babies are just starting to learn what they are capable of doing.

“Hey, look at this—I can move around! Hmmm, I can communicate, and people will be riveted by it. Hey, I think I’m the most interesting thing in the room. Yep, sure am!”

This transition in itself creates a whole host of conflicts—temper tantrums, learning to say no, and a fair amount of general bumbling. As the Mayo Clinic describes it, “The terrible twos typically occur when toddlers begin to struggle between their reliance on adults and their desire for independence.”

 

Sun
17
May

Medical Marijuana Providers Prepare To Emerge From Shadows

When recreational marijuana became legal in Washington state, people wondered what would happen to medical marijuana dispensaries.

Gov. Jay Inslee answered that question in April, when he signed a law requiring they obtain licenses and join the state regulatory system.

But medical marijuana dispensary owners have more questions about emerging from the shadows, and they’re turning Robert McVay, an attorney with Seattle’s Canna Law Group.

“Some of them are saying, 'Hey, we’ve been spotty on our tax payments, and we want to clean our act up so we have a history of good behavior prior to this licensing process,’” McVay said.

Sun
17
May

Deep in the weeds: How Colorado is dealing with legalized marijuana

Denver is magical at dawn. Along the western horizon, the snow-capped mountains are bathed in pink from the glow of the rising sun. The sky is turning purest blue. The air is crisp and clear, and you can see forever.

What a great place to get stoned. Which I intend to do, as soon as possible.

In Colorado, recreational marijuana was legalized on Jan. 1, 2014. Denver now has more pot stores than it has Starbucks. Anyone over the age of 21 can walk into a store and choose from hundreds of varieties of flowers, nibbles, marijuana-infused drinks, oils, ointments and pain patches, as well as a growing array of wax and other supercharged hard-core products. There’s even a sex lube for women, which promises to deliver the most mind-blowing experience of your life.

Sat
16
May

The UK's First Legal Cannabis Pharmacy Has Now Opened

Is this the first step to legalising Marijuana in the UK?

The well to do town of Twickenham in South West London, home of England Rugby and plenty of upmarket properties, has opened its doors to the UK’s first Cannabis pharmacy. They are in fact the most famous medical Cannabis portal the Czech Republic, where the company first set up shop, and have branched out to the UK to breach the health and beauty sector.

Sat
16
May

Marijuana testing labs ready to start work

LAS VEGAS -- Marijuana testing labs are waiting to begin testing medical marijuana as soon as businesses get clearance from the state to grow it.

The state will require businesses to chemically test their products before hitting store shelves.

DB Labs is the first lab to open in Southern Nevada. They are waiting on a decision from the state before they begin receiving medical marijuana to test.

"They want to find out what the pesticide list is, so that they can therefore plant appropriately and we'll have to wait for those plants to be grown," said Susan Bunce, CEO of DB Labs.

Fri
15
May

Marijuana peddlers busted vending at Farmer's Markets

GLENDALE, Arizona — Glendale police have arrested several people accused of conducting illegal marijuana sales at so-called farmers markets.

Approximately four weeks ago, the Glendale Police Department received complaints of suspicious activity related to the 7Ten Club at Camelback Road and 51st Avenue. Police said the club has been hosting “farmers markets” twice a week where vendors and customers transact marijuana.

Detectives conducted surveillance and undercover operations that included 18 illegal marijuana transactions during which they purchased marijuana from vendors.

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