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Colorado launches cannabis social equity grant program


Colorado has launched a pilot grant program to help social equity cannabis applicants develop and grow their businesses.

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis last week announced the launch of a state grant program for cannabis social equity companies, offering licensed operators a new source of capital for their businesses. The governor’s office said in a statement that the new grant program is “a bold, forward-thinking initiative to save small businesses money, foster a more equitable cannabis industry, and make it easier for Coloradans to thrive in one of the state’s fastest growing industries.”


Denver wants to open the marijuana industry to those most impacted by the drug war. Some say it came too late.


Denver Social Equity Program applicants say a strict zoning rule is making it nearly impossible for them to launch their new cannabis businesses in an already supersaturated market.

After marijuana was legalized in 2012, Colorado leaders began creating rules and regulations for scores of people who were already lining up to take part in what has become a $2.2 billion retail cannabis industry.

State leaders took a hardline stance while creating cannabis industry rules, initially barring people with drug convictions from owning dispensaries or marijuana grow houses, for example.


Fentanyl deaths rose faster in Colorado than most states


Colorado’s current struggle with fentanyl isn’t unique among U.S. states, but it has been uniquely bad in its severity.

Colorado elected officials have quickly ignited a conversation about fentanyl following the drug overdose deaths of five people in Commerce City. The synthetic opioid is commonly used to lace other drugs such as cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana.

Colorado had the eighth-highest national increase in fentanyl deaths from 2015 to 2021.

Colorado has experienced 1,578 fentanyl-related deaths since 2015, a 1008% increase in a six-year time span.


Studying the impacts of combining cannabis and exercise


University of Colorado Boulder launched SPACE, the Study on Physical Activity and Cannabis Effects.

DENVER — The steps to finding balance in life can be found in the rhythmic cadence of a long run for people across Colorado. For Josiah Hesse, he prefers it in a truly Colorado way.

"I never run without cannabis," Hesse said.

Hesse runs routinely in and around Cheesman Park in Denver. But, he said running never used to be a part of his life.


Charlotte's Web Exploring New CBD Beverage

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DENVER, Feb. 15, 2022 /PRNewswire/ - (TSX: CWEB) (OTCQX: CWBHF) Charlotte's Web Holdings, Inc. ("Charlotte's Web" or the "Company"), the market leader in cannabidiol ("CBD") hemp extract wellness products, is exploring the entry into the CBD wellness beverage market with new CBD social elixirs currently under development with an expected launch date later in the calendar year.

"Entering the beverage category is reflective of our increased focus on new product categories and formats to drive our topline growth," said Jacques Tortoroli, Chief Executive Officer of Charlotte's Web. "This allows us to enter this fast-growing portion of the market." 


Retail Bakers of America partners with Love’s Oven for cannabis baking workshop


The Retail Bakers of America (RBA) has partnered with Love’s Oven in Denver, Colorado to host an in-person, two-day workshop at The Cook Street School in Denver on May 15-16, 2022. “Fresh Baked” will feature everything attendees need to know about the business of baking with cannabis, in-depth baking demos and tours of some of Denver’s finest cannabis bakeries and dispensaries.


Therapeutic cannabis concentrates save lives like mine


A recent op-ed concerning high-potency cannabis products opened with: “As more of us reveal our stories, more families are empowered to share theirs, as well.” That inspired me to share my family’s story. Access to therapeutically concentrated cannabis saved my life.

Concentrates have given me my life back, including the ability to work, engage in my community and be present for my family. They gave me hope. I have a laundry list of health issues including rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Sjogren’s, hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, mast cell issues, dysautonomia, and so much more. In a nutshell, my body is dissolving from the inside out. These conditions cause me severe physical pain and make it nearly impossible for me to live a typical life.


What's slowing medical cannabis clinical research?

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CU scientists hail recent supply expansion as game-changer in drive for evidence-based care

Artin (Art) Shoukas, PhD, a Johns Hopkins University professor emeritus, would have never dreamed he’d be using marijuana every night in his retirement years. He melts the medicinal form – mostly cannabidiol (CBD) with just a touch of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – under his tongue before dinner.

It helps him sleep. But not just because of its reported slumber-inducing effects. He takes a full-spectrum, cannabis-based product to calm his legs.


Colorado employers would no longer be able to fire their workers for using cannabis if a new bill passes

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House Bill 1152 would also require employers to let their employees consume medical marijuana while at work, though there are exceptions for people whose jobs are in dangerous fields.

olorado employers would be prohibited from denying employment to or firing workers because of their off-the-clock cannabis use – either medical or recreational – under a measure introduced last week at the statehouse.

House Bill 1152 would also require employers to let their workers consume medical marijuana while on the job. The legislation would include exceptions for workers whose jobs are in dangerous fields or require fine motor skills, such as positions involving the use of heavy machinery.


Colorado aimed to crack down on youth access to cannabis concentrates. Doctors say their jobs are being threatened instead.

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Vibrant Health, a clinic in Colorado Springs, has shut down after 12 years, citing a bill passed by lawmakers last year. Other doctors say they will no longer see cannabis patients.

A new Colorado law aimed at keeping young people from buying and reselling highly potent THC concentrate has sparked concerns from doctors who recommend medical cannabis about how the new provisions could jeopardize their ability to practice medicine. 


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