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. 


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.


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.


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.


Cannabis in the food industry

As cannabis is legalized in states like California and Colorado, consumption has gone mainstream.

Coca-Cola has even bought into the industry, ready to capitalize on the growing trend of edibles, or cannabis consumed through eating or drinking.

Once the hallmark of counterculture in the 1960s and ‘70s, marijuana no longer carries the reputation it once did. Today, weed is available almost anywhere, whether it’s legal or not, and everyone from teenagers to the elderly are indulging, many citing health benefits over attaining a certain high. It was only a matter of time until cannabis made its way onto the culinary scene.


How a racketeering law is targeting cannabis growers in states with legal marijuana

Would you welcome a cannabis farm as your next-door neighbor?

A federal jury in Denver is being asked to decide, in a trial that kicked off Monday, whether it agrees with a Colorado couple who claim their home is being devalued by a cannabis firm that set up business operations 40 feet from their property line.

Plaintiffs Hope and Michael Reilly say the existence of the cannabis businesses, and noxious odors it produces, are decreasing the value of their real estate and interfering with the use and enjoyment of their land.


Colorado: Hemp is filling in the gaps among the Western Slope

Ribbons of fruit trees and grapevines run across hillsides under the rocky folds of iconic Mount Garfield, the place where legendarily good Colorado peaches grow. Now another crop — hemp — is sending up green spikes in the midst of all that fruit.


Lawsuit in Colorado over marijuana, property values could have broad impacts

A federal trial in Colorado could have far-reaching effects on the United States’ budding marijuana industry if a jury sides with a couple who say having a cannabis business as a neighbor hurts their property’s value.

The trial set to begin Monday in Denver is the first time a jury will consider a lawsuit using federal anti-racketeering law to target cannabis companies. But the marijuana industry has closely watched the case since 2015, when attorneys with a Washington, D.C.-based firm first filed their sweeping complaint on behalf of Hope and Michael Reilly. One of the couple’s lawyers, Brian Barnes, said the Reillys bought the southern Colorado land for its views of Pikes Peak and have since built a house on the rural property. They also hike and ride horses there.


This is how legal marijuana changed Colorado and could change Michigan

If you think Colorado has become the wild west for weed, don’t tell the people who live there.

Six years since Colorado became the first state to legalize recreational marijuana, we traveled there to find out what’s changed. Most of the people we talked to said: not much.

“It’s very well controlled,” one Denver resident told us. “I think most people will be surprised at who goes in and purchases recreational marijuana. A lot of people in my (older) generation.”

Perhaps the best news of all, say marijuana proponents, is that there are fewer people going to jail or prison for low-level drug crimes. The number of marijuana-related arrests have plummeted since legalization.


Four Colorado weed industry rules that are about to change

Colorado’s cannabis industry is still changing at a rapid pace. The industry’s watchdog, the state Marijuana Enforcement Division, updates its rules and regulations every year in hopes of catching up with the expanding field, which is growing like a weed in more ways than one.


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