Colorado Hemp Field Coming Into Bloom In Boulder County

Hemp crops are blossoming in Colorado with large amounts of pollen.

COLORADO:  Veronica Carpio stood at the center of her Boulder County hemp field, surrounded by mature plants that proved their resilience this summer by growing taller and bushier in response to a nasty hail storm. “We’ve got massive amounts of pollen coming off these plants,” Carpio said recently as she swept a partially-closed fist along Read the full article…

City Of Mesquite To Accept Applications For Medical Marijuana Establishments

City of Mesquite will begin accepting applications for Conditional Use Permits for all types of medical marijuana establishments anytime up until 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 1, 2014.

NEVADA:  The City of Mesquite Development Services Department will accept applications for Conditional Use Permits for all types of medical marijuana establishments anytime up until 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 1, 2014. Interested applicants should contact the Development Services Department to obtain the necessary application materials and instructions. The Nevada State Department of Health and Human Read the full article…

Campaign For Oregon Legal Marijuana Announces $2.3 Million In TV ads

Legalization is not about independent people smoking marijuana in their homes, but a commercialization and industrialization of an industry.

OREGON:  The campaign behind an Oregon ballot measure that would legalize marijuana for adults said Monday it will buy $2.3 million worth of television advertising in what is shaping up to be a lopsided debate. The former head of addictions and mental health for the Oregon Health Authority urges voters to support marijuana legalization in Read the full article…

Hickenlooper: Marijuana Regulators Have Done ‘A Very Good Job’

Hickenlooper says he’s pleased with the way his state has handled voters’ wishes.

COLORADO:  When Colorado voters passed a ballot measure in 2012 legalizing marijuana for recreational use, Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) was in the minority voting no. But two years later, eight months into the legalization experiment, Hickenlooper says he’s pleased with the way his state has handled voters’ wishes. “I think [state regulators have] done a pretty Read the full article…

Ballot Proposal On Marijuana Advances In Santa Fe

The city clerk in Santa Fe says activists have submitted enough valid voter signatures to force a public vote on decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana.

NEW MEXICO:  The city clerk in Santa Fe says activists have submitted enough valid voter signatures to force a public vote on decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana, if the City Council doesn’t approve it outright. ProgressNow New Mexico and the Drug Policy Alliance submitted petitions last month. Activists needed 5,763 valid signatures from registered city Read the full article…

Report: Hundreds Of Pot Food Safety Violations Documented During 2014

The Denver Department of Environmental Health found the business was using a corroded and moldy clothes washing machine to process marijuana.

COLORADO:  Hundreds of food-safety violations at edible marijuana manufacturers are documented in Denver inspection records since the start of the year. According to our partners at The Denver Post’s Cannabist, the inspection records show 237 critical violations related to foodborne illnesses at 107 facilities. They also found 53 non-critical violations. The newspaper compiled the critical and Read the full article…

Legal Marijuana For Parents, but Not Their Kids

“Their parents are telling them not to do it, but they may be supporting legalization of it at the same time.”

NEW YORK:  When the anti-drug educator Tim Ryan talks to students, he often asks them what they know about marijuana. “It’s a plant,” is a common response. But more recently, the answer has changed. Now they reply, “It’s legal in Colorado.” These are confusing times for middle and high school students, who for most of Read the full article…

More Than 100 Banks, Credit Unions Serving Pot Businesses: Feds

105 financial institutions -- or 1% of all the banks in America -- accept marijuana money.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: There are 105 U.S. financial institutions providing banking services to marijuana dispensaries and other pot businesses, a top federal official is expected to reveal in a speech Tuesday. The speech provides the most detailed look yet at the impact of marijuana guidance the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network issued to banks and credit Read the full article…

U.S. Startups Jumping Headfirst Into The Marijuana Industry

Those getting into the marijuana industry today are getting a leg up on the growing wave of competition. The New York Times recently covered the industry that is now receiving financial backing from several networks of investors that are ready to plunge millions into the industry.

WASHINGTON: The next great American gold rush is upon us. Vast, open land awaits the right eager businessperson to stake out their plot of land. This time, the gold is green — and the products include plastic baggies, vaporizers and mobile apps. Yes. The marijuana industry is where the opportunities are. (More coverage of the emerging Read the full article…

First Month Of Pot Sales Garnered Washington $1 Million In Taxes

n Washington, there are now 55 fully licensed retail outlets with another five approved and waiting on final licensing payments, said Mikhail Carpenter, a spokesman for the Washington State Liquor Control Board. (The stores licensed and published by the LCB are in the gallery above.)

WASHINGTON:  Despite supply shortages and slower-than-expected retail expansion, Washington’s fledgling marijuana market generated more than $1 million in sales and excise taxes in its first month. That’s less than half what Colorado took in during its first month of legalized recreational sales, but Washington officials say collections are expected to continue growing as more licensed facilities Read the full article…