Colorado

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Denver
Mon
03
May

This company is the first to legally ship hemp across state lines by rail in 84 years

The first shipment of legal hemp to cross state lines in the U.S. by railroad in 84 years departed from California, fittingly, on 4/20.

Approximately 17,000 pounds (7,700 kilograms) of hemp, grown at the 550-acre Golden State Hemp farm in Fresno, Calif., was shipped by Union Pacific rail to the company’s research lab in Denver, Colo.

“Today’s first shipment by rail is another goal in our company mission of ‘Changing the world one acre at a time,’” Jeff Friedland, co-founder and CEO of Golden State Hemp, said in a release.

Fri
30
Apr

The State of Cannabis in Colorado

It is fair to say the legal cannabis industry has exploded over the past two decades, ever since the state of California got the ball rolling in 1996 by legalizing medical cannabis, followed quickly by Colorado.

Since then, we’ve seen a total of 36 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands all approve comprehensive, fully legal medical cannabis programs.

Colorado was one of the first states to decriminalize cannabis in 1975, then establish legal medical and recreational cannabis programs in 2000 and 2012.

Thu
29
Apr

New Mexico marijuana legalization could hurt Colorado's cannabis industry

Earlier this month, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed legislation to legalize recreational marijuana in the state.

While advocates say it's a huge win, it could mean big losses for dispensaries in Colorado.

 

Since 2014, when recreational marijuana went on sale in the Centennial State, business has boomed for Colorado dispensary owners with more than $10 billion in marijuana sales and billions more reaped in tax revenue.

It has also been an economic boost for those in the tourism industry. People from around the country come to Colorado every year to consume cannabis products.

Wed
28
Apr

Colorado Senate Committee Passes Bill (HB 21-1090) to Double Legal Cannabis Possession, Clear Past Convictions

 

It’s possible that Colorado could end up with double the legal amount of cannabis possession allowed, but HB 21-1090 is still making its way through the state legislative process. 

Mon
26
Apr

New Mexico marijuana legalization poses a serious threat to Colorado’s lucrative border-town pot shops

When Colorado legalized the retail sale of marijuana in 2012, savvy entrepreneurs saw an opportunity beyond setting up shop in population centers like Denver and Boulder. 

They realized if they opened cannabis businesses in small towns along the state’s borders, they could attract customers from Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Texas, Utah and Wyoming, where pot remained against the law but was still plenty popular. 

 

“The border model was a great model,” said Josh Bleem, who lives near Fort Collins but owns CannaCo in Trinidad, one of the first dispensaries people pass as they enter Colorado on Interstate 25 from New Mexico. “We took advantage of that.”

Mon
26
Apr

The cannabis tourist's guide to legal US states

As more and more states decriminalize cannabis and legalize recreational use for adults, cannabis tourism is on the rise. Much as one might sample Seattle's famous coffee scene or check out the craft beer in hop capitals like Denver, Colorado and Bend, Oregon, visitors to legal states are dipping a toe into the local culture and sampling regional varietals of bud.

But knowing what the rules about purchasing and consuming cannabis are in different states can be a little tricky. Just in the past year, a slew of new states have sprung for legal cannabis legislation, including Virginia, New York, New Jersey, Arizona, Montana, South Dakota and New Mexico. 

Fri
23
Apr

Cannabis Smoking Lounges Finally Approved By Denver City Council

In honor of this very special, 4/20, semi-post-pandemic holiday week, the city of Denver has an exciting announcement. On Monday, Denver City Council approved cannabis smoking lounges. This exciting news coincided perfectly with the cannabis holiday, getting city residents excited for what is to come.

Thu
22
Apr

Colorado pushes for social equity in the cannabis industry

White business owners overwhelmingly dominate Colorado’s cannabis industry, but the market’s lack of diversity could soon change.

What’s happening: New efforts at the state and local level are moving forward to foster industry opportunities for communities of color that have been disproportionately harmed by the war on drugs.

Thu
22
Apr

States Pushing Cannabis Operations To Be More Earth Friendly

Aside from the many negative impacts of illegal grow operations (banned insecticides, illegal diversion of stream water, unchecked chemical runoff), legal operations can also pack a devastating environmental punch.

With both 420 and Earth Day (4/22) being celebrated this week, there’s an opportunity to take a good, hard look at the environmental impacts of the cannabis industry as well as legislative responses to those challenges.

Wed
21
Apr

Comprehensive Bill To Expand Access To Medical Cannabis In Public Schools Clears Colorado House

A bill that would expand access to medical cannabis in public schools in Colorado was passed by the state House of Representatives on Tuesday and is now headed to the desk of Democratic Gov. Jared Polis. The measure, Senate Bill 21-056, was approved by members of the House with a vote of 57 to 6. Under the bill, children with complicated medical conditions would be able to receive cannabis-based medicines from school personnel while on campus.

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