Colorado

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Denver
Tue
19
Jun

'We made some terrible mistakes': What Canada can learn from Colorado's cannabis legalization experience

When cannabis stores open across Canada later this year, it will look very different than in Colorado

On a blustery New Year’s Day four years ago, throngs of people in toques and jackets lined up in parking lots and on sidewalks across Colorado waiting for the end of prohibition. At 8 a.m., more than two dozen marijuana dispensaries opened their doors for recreational sales. By the end of the first week of sales, locals and tourists alike had reportedly spent US$5 million on weed.

Tue
19
Jun

Social cannabis use areas: If weed really were treated like alcohol

Advocates of Denver's first social cannabis use initiative haven't been shy about their disdain for the city's implementation of the voter-approved measure. After Initiative 300 won in November 2016, it took nearly a year for the city's task force to come up with regulations, and under those rules only one business has been approved so far.

Mon
18
Jun

The 15 best marijuana dispensaries in Denver

Having trouble deciding which dispensary in Denver to visit? Here are a few of our favorites.

Welcome to Denver—ground zero of the green rush. At the end of the first year of recreational cannabis sales in 2014, there were 147 licensed retail stores in Colorado. Cut to five years later and it’s hard to imagine that cannabis was once illegal here, with 529 licensed retail stores in the state (as of May 2018). The majority of our picks are the OGs of Denver’s medical marijuana dispensary scene, first opening their doors in 2009, and since expanding their cannabis offerings for patients and recreational consumers alike.

Mon
18
Jun

Denver now cracking down on marijuana tour buses

Undercover Denver police officers stopped two buses on Friday. Officers cited 31 people who were smoking during the ride on My420 and Colorado Cannabis tour buses.

The city of Denver's Department of Excise and Licenses said this week that marijuana tour buses are operating illegally, despite the drug's legality in Colorado.

Undercover Denver police officers stopped two buses on Friday.

Officers cited 31 people who were smoking during the ride on My420 and Colorado Cannabis tour buses.

Mon
18
Jun

Collateral Impact: Cannabis industry a growing political force beneath the Gold Dome in Denver

The marijuana industry in Colorado has grown quickly into a potent lobbying force at the Capitol.

Marijuana businesses, law firms, consultants and trade organizations spent at least $720,000 on lobbyists during the 2018 legislative session that ran through May 9, according to an analysis by The Gazette.

That was more than oil and gas ($530,000). It was more than grocery and liquor interests combined ($560,000).

The sheer number of marijuana-related bills partly accounts for the big spending. Legislators and lobbyists tackled more than 30 affecting the marijuana and hemp industries.

Fri
15
Jun

Denver using marijuana taxes for after-school and summer youth programs

How Colorado should use tax revenue from recreational sales was a hot topic before marijuana was legalized. So was how to prevent youth consumption of cannabis. In fact, both are still hot topics, and now Denver will use a portion of the taxes collected by the city to fund marijuana prevention education in twenty after-school and summer programs around the city.

Fri
15
Jun

Colorado's bold new medical marijuana law for students

In Colorado, House Bill 1286 was signed into law by Governor Hickenlooper, allowing school nurses to administer medical marijuana to students with a medical marijuana card if their parents have a written agreement with the principal. According to The Denver Post Hickenlooper agreed to sign the bill because medical marijuana would not “end up in the hands of other students.” He had spoken to parents and children who receive medical marijuana and found their “reasoning and advocacy very compelling.”

Wed
13
Jun

Colorado's Governor just said 'no' to cannabis cafes

While state officials won't allow people to consume cannabis in public establishments, Denver has other ideas.

Colorado managed to get a bill all the way to Governor John Hickenlooper’s desk that would have allowed the licensing of public cannabis cafes where consumers could use small amounts of marijuana. The game-changing bill would have made Colorado the first state in the nation to have such a law. However, this week Hickenlooper vetoed it. The move further highlighted one of the most contentious battles in the marijuana industry—establishing laws that allow those who purchase marijuana to also consume it at specially licensed establishments. 

Tue
12
Jun

What east coast cannabis entrepreneurs can learn from Colorado

Marijuana industry veterans from the Rocky Mountains offer some blunt advice.

East Coast Cannabis markets are getting ready to expand in a major way. In recent weeks, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Connecticut, Vermont, Florida, and even New York have been showing signs of progress. For many budding east coast cannabis entrepreneurs, this momentum has been a long-time coming.

The excitement was palpable earlier this month at the Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition (CWCBE) in New York City. Thousands of entrepreneurs and industry experts descended on the Big Apple to attend the marijuana expo and educational networking trade show for the legalized cannabis and hemp industries. 

Tue
12
Jun

Denver Vape and Play could be Denver's second official pot lounge

In September 2017, a group of friends announced their intention to apply for Denver's first social cannabis consumption license, with the goal of opening a pot-friendly gaming lounge. Although it took a little longer than expected, the group behind Denver Vape and Play finally turned in their application for a Cannabis Consumption Establishment license on Thursday, June 7.

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