Colorado

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Mon
10
Dec

Denver is working to clear thousands of low-level marijuana convictions but Colorado Springs has no plans to do the same

More than 10,000 Denver convictions for low-level marijuana possession from before the drug was legalized in Colorado are likely to be erased, but Colorado Springs has no plans for a blanket amnesty.

“For too long, the lives of low-income residents and those living in our communities of color have been negatively affected by low-level marijuana convictions,” Denver Mayor Michael Hancock said recently in a statement. “This is an injustice that needs to be corrected, and we are going to provide a pathway to move on from an era of marijuana prohibition that has impacted the lives of thousands of people.”

Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers disagrees that marijuana convictions from the prohibition era should be wiped clean.

Fri
07
Dec

New Colorado Legislature could lead to new marijuana legislation

With the year coming to a close, a new Democrat-controlled legislature will soon take over the state. This means a few laws that have struggled in previous sessions could finally get moving.

Many speculate that marijuana legislation will play a big part in the upcoming session, including one idea that was voted down in early 2018: a pilot program to allow certain Colorado cities from testing out a marijuana delivery service.

It failed to pass with a Republican majority senate but now with a Democratic majority and a Governor-elect who is open to expanding the industry that may change.

Thu
06
Dec

Cannabis companies are investing into local arts scenes

According to the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts, people in the state spend more money on the arts than on sports. And a big reason for that is marijuana, writes Joseph Misulonas. 

Wed
05
Dec

Mayor of Denver announces plans to vacate pre-legalization marijuana convictions

The United States Conference of Mayors is a non-partisan organization bringing together mayors from U.S. cities with populations above 30,000. At their annual summer meeting, Denver, Colorado mayor Michael Hancock took the lead organizing a task force, dubbed the Government for Responsible U.S. Cannabis Policy Coalition, to take everything cities have learned about legal weed and make policy recommendations to Congress and the White House. In addition to developing resolutions for the federal government, the coalition also drew up a resolution calling on local governments to vacate marijuana charges for now-legal conduct.

Mon
26
Nov

Confusion over weed, hemp clouds prosecution

Complications in the criminal case of a Palisade hemp farmer are highlighting the reality for law enforcement agencies that prosecuting marijuana crimes in Colorado can be a bit sticky.

David Cox, a well-known Palisade peach grower, was charged with high-level drug felonies last year after a raid on his property resulted in the seizure of dozens of cannabis plants.

In the months since, however, Cox's attorneys have raised legal issues with investigators' search warrants. The crux of Cox's case is whether he was growing hemp rather than marijuana and if so, whether investigators should have known that.

Fri
23
Nov

Colorado marijuana access could expand greatly in 2019

2019 could be the single most important year in several years for marijuana advocates in Colorado.

In just a few months, current marijuana regulations will sunset -- meaning lawmakers need to have a thorough discussion about how to regulate the growing industry.

"The legislature will look at everything, all over again, to see what was working and what wasn't working," Peter Marcus, a spokesman for Terrapin Care Station, a Colorado cannabis company, said.

Marcus says there is reason for the industry to be hopeful. Governor-elect Jared Polis is perceived as being extremely friendly to the industry. Democrats control both chambers of the General Assembly.

Fri
23
Nov

Among Colorado's marijuana barons, 4 groups rise above the rest

Among the individuals or ownership groups who’ve amassed clout in Colorado’s legal marijuana industry, four stand above the rest, according to state records and other published reports.

And while each would appear to be a paragon of success in what is a relatively recent billion dollar-plus enterprise, not everything they’ve touched has turned to gold.

For example, one group, Native Roots, in 2016 unsuccessfully sought the naming rights to the Denver Broncos’ Mile High Stadium. Native Roots at Mile High, anyone? The four largest groups or individuals are:

Thu
22
Nov

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment awards $2.7 million in marijuana grant funding

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has awarded $2.7 million in grant funding for two research studies to investigate the potential therapeutic uses of marijuana.

 Both research studies are random controlled trials, the type of research considered to be the “gold standard” in the scientific community. One study will research marijuana as a treatment for chronic spine pain and will evaluate its use as a therapy to reduce prescription opioid use. The other will research the efficacy and safety of cannabidiol (CBD) to treat children with autism spectrum disorder.

Thu
22
Nov

Hemp taking off as viable product, and Colorado entrepreneurs are at the forefront of industry

Rianna Meyer doesn’t like talking about herself. When prompted, she ticks off a list of milestones: joining the Air Force, becoming a firefighting captain, finding her way to the Antarctic by way of Thailand. Her words tumble out with quick cadence, ready to talk about her latest adventure: hemp farming.

If she was a record, you would probably want to pick the needle up and play that first part over a few times. Yes, she lived in Antarctica and worked as a firefighter in one of the coldest places on Earth for five years.

Thu
22
Nov

Colorado: Dean Ween announces plans for cannabis-friendly music venue

Dean Ween, guitarist for alt-rock band Ween, just announced plans to open a weed-friendly live entertainment venue in Denver.

If Ween follows through on the plan, the proposed venue could become the city’s second operational social consumption space.

Dean Ween’s Honeypot Lounge

The proposed venue would be called Dean Ween’s Honeypot Lounge. Plans for the cannabis consumption space and live entertainment venue were announced at a Denver city meeting on Monday.

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