Colorado

Synonyms: 
Denver
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Marijuana sales margins tilted toward 'recreational' pot in Colorado in 2017, new data shows

The margin between overall sales of adult-use marijuana and medical marijuana grew steadily through 2017 in Colorado, according to new data from the state’s Marijuana Enforcement Division released Friday.

The margin between overall sales of marijuana flower between the adult-use industry (a new term used by the MED this year in lieu of “retail”) and the medical industry went from 24 percent in January to 44 percent in December.

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Why Colorado's black market for marijuana is booming 4 years after legalization

Marijuana grown in Colorado, the land of legal weed, is being smuggled out to states where it is still illegal.

When recreational marijuana went on sale in Colorado in 2014, the government's goal was to regulate and tax a drug that was already widely used and to squeeze out dealers and traffickers in the process.

But law enforcement authorities in the state say legalization has done the exact opposite.

Even though there are more than 500 recreational marijuana dispensaries in the state, the black market is booming. It's being driven by criminal organizations that grow weed in Colorado and smuggle their crop into states where it is still illegal and can be sold for a much greater profit. 

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The Sprinkles of Cannabis Offers Consumers a New Kind of Edible - Cupcakes!

Jade & Jane launches a one of a kind cannabis-infused, single serving 10mg THC cupcake edibles line in Colorado.

DENVER, CO, May. 23, 2018 — Cannabis cupcake company, Jade & Jane, broadens consumer's choices in the edibles market with recent introduction of single serving, recreational 10mg THC-infused cupcakes. Jade & Jane's products are available to retail customers through licensed Colorado recreational dispensaries. Wholesale dispensary customers may contact Jade & Jane to place orders. Ordering through LeafLink is coming soon.

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May

More people in Colorado are smoking weed than ever before, study says

If you’re in Colorado and within eyesight of at least two other people, odds are at least one you is a regular cannabis user. According to new data, the state’s legal market is thriving, too.

According to Green Market Report, new research from Boulder-based cannabis research firm BDS Analytics found that 35% of responding Colorado residents 21 years and older had sparked up, ate an edible, or otherwise consumed pot in the first quarter of 2018, a 10% increase from the same time frame in 2017.

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Can marijuana solve Denver's affordable housing crisis?

Can people who use marijuana help solve Denver’s affordable housing crisis? That is the thinking behind a proposal unveiled last month that would double the city’s Affordable Housing Fund — from $15M to $30M annually — and generate an estimated $105M in new funding for affordable housing in the next five years.

Mayor Michael Hancock’s proposal would increase the city’s 3.5% special tax on recreational marijuana sales to 5.5%, which would bring the total state and local taxes on cannabis purchases to 25.25%. The increase is expected to generate about $8M annually.

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How the marijuana industry will shift as big entities buy in

What does Big Pharma have in mind for cannabis? That question has been on the minds of medical marijuana patients for some time, with many fearing that the price and availability of the healing plant on which they rely for well-being will no longer be attainable.

The scenario seems realistic: A private pharmaceutical company puts a patent on weed, keeping others from growing it.

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Colorado: Denver's marijuana tax money being used to fund local projects

Aging irrigation systems are getting replaced. Historic sites will soon be restored. Get ready to see positives changes popping up around Denver. But how the projects are being funded may surprise you.

FOX 31: “What do pot and playgrounds have in common?”

“Hopefully nothing. Haha,” mother, Cassie Hart said. One is helping pay for the other. The marijuana industry in Denver brings in millions of dollars annually in tax revenue. But this year, for the first time, the Denver Parks and Recreation department is benefiting big. They are receiving four million dollars in funding.

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How big will the Canadian recreational marijuana market be? Colorado could give a clue

Mark your calendars for June 7, 2018.

That's the date scheduled for Canada's Senate to vote on bill C-45, legislation that would make the recreational use of marijuana legal throughout the country. The Senate already cleared one key hurdle in March, with a 44-29 vote to allow the bill to advance to committee review.

But the key question for the burgeoning cannabis industry is just how big the Canadian recreational marijuana market will actually be. Colorado's results from legalizing recreational marijuana could provide a clue to the answer.

Rocky Mountain highs

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18
May

Can a spritz of DNA solve Colorado’s weed problem?

Use and possession of cannabis is illegal under U.S. federal law. But policies regarding medicinal and recreational use vary greatly at the state level.

Colorado famously legalized marijuana in 2014, authorizing licensed growers to cultivate and sell pot locally.

The state’s $1.5 billion industry, however, has been threatened by criminal activity, like moving product over state lines or forging paperwork. And it’s becoming a problem for law enforcement. But a solution may arrive this summer. Last year, Applied DNA Sciences introduced its textile molecular tag technology, SigNature T, used to verify and track premium American cotton from gin to shirt.

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May

Colorado lawmakers introduce new legislation for medical marijuana

The number of states legalizing medical marijuana is continuing to grow. But now, the Colorado House has passed a bill that would allow nurses in schools to administer medical marijuana to their students.

Sen. Irene Aguilar and Republican state Rep. Dylan Roberts are sponsoring the bill, which was passed 47-17. With six in 10 Americans supporting the use of medical marijuana, there is more support for its use than ever.

But the use of cannabis in schools remains a controversial topic. According to supporters of the bill, if school nurses administer medication prescribed by doctors, then the same should be done with medical marijuana.

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