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.


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.”


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Denver will use marijuana tax money to build affordable housing

While cannabis consumers may not like to hear about an increase in their marijuana taxes, at least they can take solace that their money is going to a good cause, as long as they live in Denver, writes Joseph Misulonas.


Colorado police try to prove cannabis legalization increases crime

There is very little evidence that legalization increases crime, and what is available, proves the opposite. Police in El Paso County, Colorado are going to start keeping a record of crimes connected to legal cannabis in an attempt to prove that legalization of recreational cannabis increases crime, according to a report from KRDO.

Commander John David of the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office insists that he’s seen illegal grow-ops, among other crimes, in his county since the state legalized adult-use and sale in 2012.


Denver marijuana prices are cheap compared to those in other major cities

We don't blame you for complaining about inconsistent prices or expensive herb in certain parts of town, but one study shows that we don't have it too bad in Denver compared to other cities with legal marijuana.

Wikileaf, a website that lists dispensary menus, deals and strain information, recently released data comparing the average price of legal dispensary buds (whether medical or recreational) around the country. While most of Wikileaf's data compared the East and West coasts, it also ranked eight major cities according to how much an eighth of an ounce of weed costs.


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