Denver universities are serious about the marijuana and beer business

Local colleges have noticed and are capitalizing on the popularity of both markets, hoping to attract prospective students with programs built to train the next generation of cannabis and alcohol entrepreneurs. Denver has a reputation as the place to be for cannabis and craft beers. And those lucrative markets need people to run them.

Carly Bader, an adjunct professor for the program who has worked in the scientific arm of the industry for four years, said she had to learn a lot of the aspects of her work while on the clock. She hopes students will leave the program with enough knowledge to hit the ground running.


Can Colorado become the leader in industrial hemp?

“My name is Jared Polis and hemp – it’s everything.”

This was the message Colorado’s governor used to sign off on an order declaring June 6–13 Hemp Week in the Centennial State, and he is staking his legacy on the often-maligned plant that had been illegal to grow in the U.S. for nearly 50 years.

This is no surprise from Polis. In 2013, when he was serving in Congress, the Boulder native helped a lobbyist fly an American flag made from hemp grown in Colorado – which was illegal to grow in the U.S. at the time – over the U.S. Capitol on the Fourth of July. To kick off newly declared Hemp Week, Polis put an exclamation mark on his sustained efforts to champion cannabis and raised hemp-made American and Colorado flags over the state Capitol.


New State Cannabis Office Debuts in Colorado

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Governor Jared Polis of Colorado is creating a more socially equitable state cannabis industry with Senate Bill 21-111. (image source: Shutterstock)

Colorado Governor Jared Polis announced the official launch of the Cannabis Business Office (CBO), which will manage multiple aspects of business owner support and social equity in the industry.


New Cannabis Business Office to Support Innovation and Job Creation in Colorado’s Thriving Cannabis Industry

Governor Jared Polis and the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) announced today the launch of the Cannabis Business Office, housed within the Business Support and Rural Prosperity division.

“The Cannabis Business Office shows our administration’s focus on growing this thriving industry that supports jobs and our economy,” said Governor Jared Polis “This office will offer tools like technical help and improve access to money for businesses. Where the federal government has fallen behind, Colorado will lead. Colorado is, and always has been, the best place to live, work, grow and sell cannabis.”


Colorado Company Scores DEA Cannabis Research Licence

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US medical cannabis company MedPharm Holdings subsidiary MedPharm Research has been approved for a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Schedule I Researcher License.

Acquiring this was no mean feat as the DEA is still particularly sensitive to anything cannabis related.

“It’s been a long road to getting a federally approved license,” said Albert Gutierrez, CEO of MedPharm Research. “We are thrilled and honored that the DEA saw the importance and significance of the work we do at MedPharm. We proved to them that we deserve this license.”


Colorado just released a big report on how cannabis legalization is going. Here’s what it found.

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As expected, marijuana-related arrests are down and tax revenue is up, but other trends are less clear.

More than seven years since Colorado became the first state to allow cannabis to be sold at stores for recreational use, pot arrests are down, marijuana-impaired driving cases are up and school expulsions are both up and down.


Governor Polis Gets Sued Over Colorado Cannabis Laws

Governor Polis is being faced with a lawsuit over House Bill 1317, a bill that negatively affected students who were meant to benefit from the law that allows cannabis use by medical patients in public schools. 

Benjamin Wann, a cannabis patient, and his parents, Amber and Brad, supported Polis back in May when he signed the law that expanded access to cannabis in schools. This is something they had been fighting for over the past few years, and they were happy to see it become a reality. 

However, when a bill that restricted the medical program was introduced just a few days later, Governor Polis allegedly stopped communicating with the family and other advocates about their wants and needs. 


Colorado’s New Hemp Rules Suggest Wave Of Comprehensive State Regulations

State regulators are helping legitimize the industry, build consumer confidence and expand this promising market.

While the Food and Drug Administration (the FDA) continues to drag its feet in forging a legal path for the manufacture, sale, and distribution of hemp-derived products, state regulators are keeping up with the demands of this evolving market and adopting increasingly more nuanced and more sophisticated regulations for these products.


Marijuana is legal in 37 states across the USA now

Since 2012, 19 states and Washington, DC, have legalized marijuana for adults over the age of 21. And 37 states have legalized medical marijuana – meaning that a majority of Americans have access to cannabis, whether medically or recreationally.


Three states-New Mexico, Virginia, and South Dakota-passed legalization in recent months, and the laws took effect in late June and early July.


In South Dakota, medical and recreational cannabis ballot measures passed in the November elections. But only the medical program appears to be underway as recreational marijuana faces challenges.


Denver Receives First Cannabis Delivery Application

Denver recently legalized cannabis delivery and smoking lounges, after years of debate following Colorado’s early legalization. Now, the first business in the city looking to deliver has officially submitted an application

The business, Doobba LLC, applied for a no premise transport license and delivery permit. Their hope is to become Denver’s first cannabis delivery company. 


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