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Cannabis Cup Highlights Marijuana's Latest Products, Policy Developments

As legalization churns along, numerous issues are slowly but surely being addressed.

With 420 approaching, it's time for our annual reminder: Don't do anything that might bring shame to Denver, Colorado, or marijuana legalization in general.

This weekend's Cannabis Cup, a trade show for those in, or interested in, the bud industry, is doing its part to keep the jackassery to a minimum by disallowing and sales or giveaways of weed-related intoxicants. This should put it in stark contrast to the Great American Beer Festival, which every October floods our downtown streets with loopy, pretzel-necklaced nimrods.

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17
Apr

Where Do Your Parents Buy Their Weed?

You didn't think baby-boomers had stopped smoking, did you?

The stigma that has long hung over marijuana in this country is slowly being Febrezed away. Americans have quietly relaxed their attitudes toward pot as more people have gained access for legal, recreational use. Weed is a cash crop in Colorado and Washington, just like corn or hay. In the places where it hasn’t been legalized or decriminalized—perhaps your fair state is next!—Americans appear far more concerned about crucial issues like education and inequality than someone sparking a joint in their backyard.

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17
Apr

Video: Has the Cannabis Cup in Colorado eclipsed Amsterdam’s event?

Cannabist pot critic Jake Browne and marijuana editor Ricardo Baca discuss Colorado’s Cannabis Cup, and how it might just be edging out Amsterdam’s annual event.

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17
Apr

Drastic Changes Are Coming to Washington State's Medical Marijuana Industry

Do you grow these for medical use? Major changes are coming your way. Kelly O

Fri
17
Apr

Ben & Jerry's Targets Ice Cream and Marijuana Fans With New Treat

Ben & Jerry’s is not being bashful about targeting its most passionate demographic. It has concocted a new shameless indulgence to satisfy the munchies for ice cream lovers on perhaps the most relaxing day of the year: 4/20. On April 20th, the company will roll out the BRRR-ito, available in scoop shops nationwide.

For first-timers, Ben & Jerry’s suggests the Half Baked BRRR-ito, with one scoop each of Cookie Dough and Chocolate Fudge Brownie drizzled with chocolate fudge, topped with a crunchy cookie crumble and rolled to perfection in a chewy crepe-like wrap.

Fans can also personalize their BRRR-ito by choosing two scoops of any favorite flavor combo.

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17
Apr

Reefer radio: Southern Colorado AM station K-HIGH drops sports for pot

Listeners of KREL in Colorado Springs might have wondered if someone had spread cannabutter on their morning toast Monday when they tuned in and got marijuana programming instead of the radio station's usual sports news and talk shows.

If they turn their AM dial to 1580 again, they'll find out it wasn't a fluke.

Southern Colorado Radio - SoCo Radio for short - has launched the nation's first radio station dedicated to talk and news coverage of the legal marijuana industry, and it's attracted dispensaries as advertisers and hundreds of followers on social media.

SoCo Radio leased the former KREL-AM 1580 from Vero Beach, Fla.-based Pilgrim Communications on April 1 and began broadcasting Monday under the call letters KHIG.

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17
Apr

OSU expert says skilled farmers would swamp pot market

Marijuana is Oregon's most valuable crop, an OSU pot policy expert says, but conventional farmers would swamp the market if they jumped into it.

Pot quality would suffer and Oregon’s conventional farmers would swamp the market if they turned their skill, equipment, land and infrastructure to marijuana production, an Oregon State University expert says.

Seth Crawford, who teaches a pot policy class at OSU, said Oregon already produces far more high-quality cannabis than the state consumes, and could meet the state demand on 35 acres of farmland in Southern Oregon.

Crawford said Oregon’s growers could supply the total U.S. cannabis market on just 5,000 acres.

“Throw in another 500 and you’d cover Canada, too,” Crawford said.

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17
Apr

Evergreen Nursery space becomes Ambary Gardens indoor hemp grow

KITTREDGE – An Evergreen resident is bringing a new business to the area: hemp farming.

Brady Bell is operating Ambary Gardens out of the old Evergreen Nursery at 26479 Highway 74 in Kittredge, with the help of owner Steve Cohen. The greenhouses there will be used to grow medical-grade hemp plants for cultivation of cannabidiol, or CBD oil, an extract being used to treat a number of chronic illnesses.

The business will not be a retail operation open to the public, but Bell said they plan to do plenty of outreach to educate the community about what they are doing and why.

“We’re trying to raise awareness and bridge the gap, sharing the differences between (marijuana) and hemp,” Bell said.

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17
Apr

On hippies vs. suits in the cannabis industry

What happens when outlaw industries like marijuana go legit? We are about to find out.

As marijuana prohibition slowly but surely becomes a thing of the past, the tensions between the radical activists that started the cannabis-freedom movement and the venture capitalists that are looking to cash in on America’s No. 1 growth industry are starting to get bigger.

Fri
17
Apr

5 Scams That Plague Small Businesses

We’ve all seen the breaking news stories about the massive data breaches involving big-box retailers such as Target and Michaels. These incidents left consumers in fear, but the companies were able to absorb the losses.

Unfortunately, small businesses don’t always have the luxury of recouping massive financial losses after a breach. In severe cases, they’re forced to shut down for good.

If you’re a small business owner, here are some scams that could hurt your business:

1. Charitable causes

Problem: Donating to a charitable cause is a great way to pay it forward while receiving positive exposure for your company. Unfortunately, there are fraudsters who will take advantage of your generosity.

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