Colorado

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Denver
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.

Mon
12
Nov

Colorado cannabis companies cash in as legalization expands

The legalization trend continued on Tuesday. Michigan legalized recreational marijuana, with Utah and Missouri legalizing medical marijuana. As states start cashing in on cannabis, Colorado companies are trying to capitalize.

“In Oregon, and Nevada, and Arizona, and we’re launching in Michigan and Illinois and Florida in the next month or two,” said Wana Brands CEO Nancy Whiteman. “We’ll be in probably five or six additional states next year.”

New legalized markets mean new opportunities for established companies like Wana Brands. Whiteman says they’ve set up a licensing agreement to sell their products already in Michigan, and have plans to build facilities in other states as well.

Fri
09
Nov

Colorado Senator Cory Gardner: New AG must protect states' rights on marijuana

The next U.S. attorney general is going to have to respect the decision of Colorado and other states to legalize recreational and medical marijuana — at least if Republican Sen. Cory Gardner has his way.

“Whoever comes after him is going to face some pretty tough questions about where they stand on states’ rights and making sure they will stand up for states’ rights,” Gardner told The Denver Post on Thursday. “I am going to demand that the new attorney general side with the president because the president is right on states’ rights.”

Thu
08
Nov

Colorado study: Elders and marijuana

Many patients in a survey of people 65 and older in Colorado found marijuana effective for pain, a geriatric medicine specialist said.

"This was just a survey, so drawing conclusions about the benefits of marijuana use are limited," said Gretchen Orosz, a doctor in geriatric medicine at the University of Colorado's UCHealth Primary Care Clinic.

The survey, "Characteristics and Patterns of Marijuana Use in Community-Dwelling Older Adults," was published Oct. 6 in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. The survey was anonymous and completed by 345 people.

Thu
08
Nov

Michigan: Marijuana attractions in the near future?

If you have a layover in Denver, 420 Airport Pickupwill take you to a marijuana dispensary, a place to get high and on a scenic tour before dropping you back off at Denver International Airport. 

Or there's the art studio where you can smoke pot while painting with acrylics; Kush and Canvases also offers a class on rolling sushi – and joints. On a Budz and Sudz tour, you can visit both craft breweries and a marijuana growing operation in Denver, riding a tour bus stocked with snacks. 

Wed
07
Nov

Colorado: Language concerning 'industrial hemp' will be stripped from the Constitution

Colorado will define 'industrial hemp' by either federal law or state statute after voters passed Amendment X, which pulled the definition from the state constitution. Colorado would maintain compliance with federal regulation if federal law changes.

The state legislature referred the measure to the state ballot, and it enjoyed bipartisan support from state senators and representatives. Amendment 64 allowed recreational marijuana use in the state, and it also added the definition of 'industrial hemp' to the state constitution. Since the language is embedded in the state constitution, it can only be changed by amendment, a potentially lengthy and arduous process.

Tue
06
Nov

Colorado issues report assessing legalization's impact on public safety

The Colorado Department of Public Safety has issued its first-ever baseline report assessing the impact of adult use marijuana regulations in Colorado. Lawmakers in 2013 passed legislation authorizing regulators to conduct the five-year review, which seeks to better identify ways in which legalization has impacted public health and safety.

Authors reported that the total number of marijuana arrests fell 52 percent between the years 2012 and 2017. In Denver, marijuana arrests fell 81 percent over this same period of time.

Fri
02
Nov

Supporters and opponents of recreational cannabis point to Colorado as Michigan prepares to vote on legalization

In the last six years nine states and the District of Columbia have legalized the use of recreational marijuana. On Tuesday, Proposal 18-1 will allow voters to decide if Michigan will become the tenth state.

When debating the legalization of pot, supporters and the opposition often point to the states where it’s now legal.

Supporters say, the sky has not fallen and the states have actually benefited. The opposition paints a much more grim picture of the effects.

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