Colorado

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Thu
04
Oct

Cannabis capitalism: Who is making money in the marijuana industry?

Marginalized groups that championed legalization struggle to compete with corporate refugees jumping on the bandwagon. 

Two hours north of San Francisco, in Mendocino county, orderly roadside vineyards give way to the rugged forests and misty coast of the Emerald Triangle, America’s most celebrated marijuana growing region. In June, more than 300 cannabis industry insiders gathered there for a weekend of bonfires, starlit hikes and river swims.

It was a lovely setting to discuss why none of them seemed to be making money. Americans spend roughly $40bn annually on legal and illegal marijuana. Their appetite is almost certain to increase as it becomes easier to legally access the drug and the industry continues to promote pot as compatible with a healthy adult life.

Wed
03
Oct

White House admits it has a secret anti-marijuana committee

The admission comes after BuzzFeed News uncovered the committee’s existence and reported on its requests for negative information on marijuana.

The Trump administration was evasive in August when BuzzFeed News reported on a secretive marijuana committee operated by the White House — detailing memos that indicated the committee’s agenda to propagate negative attitudes toward pot and portray the drug as a national threat.

But now the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) has acknowledged the committee’s existence in a letter to a Democratic senator seeking information in light of BuzzFeed News’ report.

Wed
03
Oct

Some Colorado marijuana growers want specific organic cannabis designation

Will marijuana users pay more for weed that is grown using organic production methods? Some Denver-area growers say yes and they want to see the state create a certification for cannabis grown without toxic or synthetic fertilizers, GMOs or artificial preservatives or colors.

“Consumers deserve to know that there is organic and conventional,” said L’Eagle Services dispensary owner Amy Andrle. “Not that there’s anything wrong with conventional, but some people want to make that choice.”

Tue
02
Oct

How does Colorado rank for cannabis-positive workplace tests? You might be surprised.

An analysis of workforce drug tests by Quest Diagnostics has ranked Colorado 10th in the nation for positive marijuana results.

And the positive marijuana testing rate for Colorado has been increasing for years, Elisa Smith, a public relations professional hired by Quest Diagnostics, said. Quest Diagnostics, a clinical laboratory company, recently analyzed data on the top 10 states for cannabis-positive tests in the workforce.

Thu
27
Sep

Smash-and-grab thieves hit pot shop but only got away with oregano

A group of teens smashed a stolen van into a marijuana dispensary in Colorado Springs and stole a bunch of herb. Actually, it was herbs. Oregano, to be specific.

The owners of Native Roots, at Academy Boulevard and Austin Bluffs Parkway, told our partners at KKTV they don’t put real marijuana in the display cases. The smash and grab happened just after 1 a.m. in front of several witnesses.

“I was coming out from work, and all of a sudden we heard this big old crash,” Brent Wrathbone told KKTV. “[The suspects] came out with bunches of marijuana in their arms.”

Mon
24
Sep

Working while high? Not really a thing, it turns out

Since Colorado legalized marijuana, the state has become a popular destination for so-called weed tourists. Johnny Welsh, a writer and bartender in Frisco, Colorado, a Rocky Mountain town near Vail, remembers when he would have the entire fall off work. "The restaurants closed, and you could travel the world," he told MoneyWatch, somewhat wistfully.

But while the tourists might be there to consume recreational pot, the same isn't true for the workers. Despite generally loosening standards, Coloradans aren't showing up in droves for work while high, according to drug-test data.

Fri
21
Sep

A closer look at the effects of Colorado's legal marijuana industry

Many local and state leaders urge Michiganders to vote against legalizing recreational marijuana. West Michigan law enforcement leaders made their case Wednesday September 19, 2018 against legalizing recreational marijuana.

Voters will decide on the issue in November. In their news conference, prosecutors used examples from other states that have legalized pot, to explain why they think it would be bad for Michigan.

Thu
20
Sep

Colorado could learn something from San Francisco's marijuana lounges

Denver may be a leader in regulating recreational cannabis sales, but it's hard to say the same about recreational cannabis consumption. Despite allowing medical marijuana dispensaries in town for over a decade and retail pot shops for nearly five years, Denver's attempts to address social pot use have fallen just a few degrees above flat.

Thu
13
Sep

Colorado: Data shows decline in workplace fatalities after legalization of medical marijuana

Over the past several years, the medical benefits of marijuana have continuously been tested and have slowly but surely become more well-known and accepted. And seeing as how there are about 31 million injuries that require medical attention each year, more and more people are realizing the benefits of medical marijuana. But despite the benefits it can offer, employers continue to test employees and job candidates for cannabis use. However, a new study shows that this testing can actually to lead to a less safe work environment.

Mon
03
Sep

When it comes to marketing marijuana, selling the sizzle is off limits

No TV, no radio, no magazines or billboards — unlike flashy beer ads, marijuana is being treated more like a “sin product” similar to cigarettes and gambling, putting cannabis companies under very strict guidelines on how they can brand their bud.

With pot prohibition coming to an end in just six weeks, CityNews got a sneak peak at what it’s going to look like when you start buying legal weed.

“Logos can’t be bigger than the federal THC warning signs and 14 federal health warnings will rotate on the packaging similar to what you see on cigarette packs” explains Megan McCrae, VP of Marketing for Aphria, one of the largest pot producers in the country.

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