Marijuana Regulation Is Largely an Illusion in Denver, Too, But So What?

COLORADO: The Justice Department’s crackdown on medical marijuana has been notably less heavy-handed in Colorado than in other states.

While the feds have shut down hundreds of dispensaries in California and continue to target businesses that supply cannabis to patients in Washington, John Walsh, the U.S. attorney for Colorado, has contented himself with sending threatening letters to 50 or so medical marijuana centers he deemed too close to schools. [Read more…]

Colorado's weed problems could spell trouble for marijuana legalization

COLORADO: At first glance, Colorado’s medical marijuana industry seems like an unmitigated success story. Hundreds of dispensaries and grow houses have sprouted up since the state began taxing weed sales three years ago, bringing in millions of dollars in extra revenue. Colorado’s fiscal windfall has led many to herald its program as a model for other states to follow, but in the capital of Denver, things are in a state of disarray. [Read more…]

City audit finds many medical marijuana shops are unlicensed; city doesn't know number of businesses

COLORADO: A Denver audit finds many city medical marijuana businesses are operating without valid licenses and city regulators don’t know how many medical pot dispensaries are operating in Denver. [Read more…]

City audit finds many medical marijuana shops are unlicensed; city doesn't know number of businesses

COLORADO: A Denver audit finds many city medical marijuana businesses are operating without valid licenses and city regulators don’t know how many medical pot dispensaries are operating in Denver. [Read more…]

Many Colorado Pot Business Owners Don't Have Marijuana Backgrounds

COLORADO:  One is a former oil man. Another was the president of a company that produced baby sleep positioners. There’s a boutique real estate developer of an Aspen hotel and a 32-year-old former commercial banker who opened her own consulting company.

The names of some of Colorado’s biggest marijuana moguls are not well known outside the industry — or in some cases, even inside it. Some like it that way, preferring a low profile in a risky business. [Read more…]