Colorado

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Denver
Wed
05
Dec

Mayor of Denver announces plans to vacate pre-legalization marijuana convictions

The United States Conference of Mayors is a non-partisan organization bringing together mayors from U.S. cities with populations above 30,000. At their annual summer meeting, Denver, Colorado mayor Michael Hancock took the lead organizing a task force, dubbed the Government for Responsible U.S. Cannabis Policy Coalition, to take everything cities have learned about legal weed and make policy recommendations to Congress and the White House. In addition to developing resolutions for the federal government, the coalition also drew up a resolution calling on local governments to vacate marijuana charges for now-legal conduct.

Mon
26
Nov

Confusion over weed, hemp clouds prosecution

Complications in the criminal case of a Palisade hemp farmer are highlighting the reality for law enforcement agencies that prosecuting marijuana crimes in Colorado can be a bit sticky.

David Cox, a well-known Palisade peach grower, was charged with high-level drug felonies last year after a raid on his property resulted in the seizure of dozens of cannabis plants.

In the months since, however, Cox's attorneys have raised legal issues with investigators' search warrants. The crux of Cox's case is whether he was growing hemp rather than marijuana and if so, whether investigators should have known that.

Fri
23
Nov

Colorado marijuana access could expand greatly in 2019

2019 could be the single most important year in several years for marijuana advocates in Colorado.

In just a few months, current marijuana regulations will sunset -- meaning lawmakers need to have a thorough discussion about how to regulate the growing industry.

"The legislature will look at everything, all over again, to see what was working and what wasn't working," Peter Marcus, a spokesman for Terrapin Care Station, a Colorado cannabis company, said.

Marcus says there is reason for the industry to be hopeful. Governor-elect Jared Polis is perceived as being extremely friendly to the industry. Democrats control both chambers of the General Assembly.

Fri
23
Nov

Among Colorado's marijuana barons, 4 groups rise above the rest

Among the individuals or ownership groups who’ve amassed clout in Colorado’s legal marijuana industry, four stand above the rest, according to state records and other published reports.

And while each would appear to be a paragon of success in what is a relatively recent billion dollar-plus enterprise, not everything they’ve touched has turned to gold.

For example, one group, Native Roots, in 2016 unsuccessfully sought the naming rights to the Denver Broncos’ Mile High Stadium. Native Roots at Mile High, anyone? The four largest groups or individuals are:

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.

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