Denver Makes Plans For Symposium On Local Marijuana Regulation, Seen As First Of Its Kind

Mayor Michael Hancock and his administration is taking a new opportunity to exhibit pride in the city’s regulation of the retail cannabis industry.

COLORADO:  Denver city officials didn’t exactly embrace Amendment 64 before voters statewide — and heavily in Denver — approved recreational marijuana legalization in 2012. But Mayor Michael Hancock and his administration is taking a new opportunity to exhibit pride in the city’s regulation of the retail cannabis industry. This week the city’s Office of Marijuana Policy, headed Read the full article…

Advocates In Denver, Home To Legal Marijuana, Seek Public Place To Smoke

Under a thicket of state, local and private regulations, marijuana use in the state at the forefront of legalization is banned from parks and sidewalks, airport smoking areas, hotel rooms, gallery events, nightclubs and nearly every other corner of public life.

COLORADO:  Whether bought from a downtown shop or cadged from a friend’s basement greenhouse, legal marijuana is easy to find in Colorado. Places to smoke it, not so much. Smoking in private homes and on front porches is allowed. But under a thicket of state, local and private regulations, marijuana use here, in a state Read the full article…

Denver Cracks Down On Pesticide Use In Pot Products

Denver health officials say they are holding marijuana products that show pesticides the state says cannot be used on cannabis.

COLORADO:  Denver health officials Tuesday began inspecting and quarantining hundreds of marijuana products because their labels listed pesticides not approved for use on cannabis. The move comes about six months after the city quarantined 100,000 plants at 11 grow facilities over concerns about pesticides. Although pesticides are widely used on crops, their use on cannabis Read the full article…

Previously Undecided, House Speaker Shap Smith Now Favors Legalization

House Speaker Shap Smith now he says he'll work to pass a legalization bill in the 2016 session.

VERMONT:  Backers of a plan to legalize marijuana in Vermont have received some significant legislative support from House Speaker Shap Smith. For more than a year, Smith has been undecided about this issue but now he says he’ll work to pass a legalization bill in the 2016 session. For months, Smith has taken a “wait and see” Read the full article…

More College Students Regularly Smoke Marijuana Than Tobacco, Survey Finds

More U.S. college students are making a habit of using marijuana over tobacco cigarettes as the smoke-able substance of choice.

MICHIGAN:  More U.S. college students are making a habit of using marijuana, which has supplanted tobacco cigarettes as the smoke-able substance of choice among undergraduates who light up regularly, a study released Tuesday found. Just under 6 percent of the full-time students surveyed by University of Michigan researchers for the annual “Monitoring the Future” study Read the full article…

Miley Cyrus Kept VMAs Party Going In MTV Press Room By Handing Out A Joint And Avocados

Cyrus entertained journalists backstage by sharing a couple of her favorite things: joints and avocados.

CALIFORNIA:  Miley Cyrus let her personality (and her love of marijuana) shine while hosting the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards Sunday night, and apparently, the party didn’t end when the cameras stopped rolling. Cyrus entertained journalists backstage by sharing a couple of her favorite things: joints and avocados. TMZ obtained a video of the 22-year-old “We Can’t Stop” singer entering the Read the full article…

City Council To Ponder Early Marijuana Sales

Salem City Council has two decisions to make about marijuana sales in the city, and members will begin the process Monday.

OREGON:  The Salem City Council has two decisions to make about marijuana sales in the city, and members will begin the process Monday, Aug. 31. The most immediate is whether the city is going to allow or prohibit the “early sales” period beginning on Oct. 1, of recreational marijuana from medical marijuana facilities. A decision Read the full article…

Colorado Resorts Continue Rocky Mountain Quest To Attract Oregon Skiers

It seems Colorado is advertising its 300 breweries and 70 distilleries as much these days as its 30 or so excellent ski resorts.

COLORADO:  Hey, Oregon skiers, the heavy breathing you feel over your shoulder may by a representative of a Rocky Mountain ski area trying to get you to go skiing or snowboarding there this winter. Hot on the heals of an Aug. 20 Portland visit by representatives of Ski Utah, marketeers of Colorado skiing and tourism wined Read the full article…

Pioneer Pot States Have Collected More Than $200 Million In Marijuana Taxes

Washington state got a slower start. Its retail shops didn't begin selling recreational marijuana until July of last year, but they are keeping pace with Colorado's. About $83 million in excise taxes have already been collected in the year since sales first began, according to the most recent tax data from the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board.

WASHINGTON AND COLORADO: The first two states to legalize recreational marijuana have collectively raked in at least $200 million in marijuana tax revenue, according to the latest tax data — and they’re putting those dollars to good use. In Colorado, after about a year and a half of legal recreational marijuana sales, the state has collected Read the full article…

Marijuana Producers Gobble Up Warehouse Space In Denver Area

Legal cannabis growers and distributors took up a third of all the warehouse space leased in Colorado over the past 18 months.

COLORADO:  Steve Badgley has been hunting for a larger warehouse in the Denver area for more than a year. But his construction-supply business keeps getting squeezed out by a new entrant into the real-estate market: the marijuana industry. Since voters in Colorado and Washington legalized recreational use of the drug in 2012, growers and distributors have Read the full article…