Denver Issues Two More Recalls Of Pot Containing Unapproved Pesticides

COLORADO: Owners of two Denver marijuana growing facilities on Friday said they were voluntarily recalling their products after city health officials learned tests found unapproved pesticides.

The recall of an undisclosed amount of plants and edible products is the second issued by the Denver Department of Environmental Health in just over a week, underscoring the city’s enforcement efforts on companies allegedly using disallowed chemicals.

Department officials said retailers should either destroy the recalled products or return them to the manufacturer. Consumers who have the products should return them to the store of purchase or dispose of them.

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

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 by Ashley Kilroy, announced that it will host a two-day “marijuana management symposium” Nov. 5-6 at the Colorado Convention Center. It has invited attendees from across the country, largely targeting local governments that also are adjusting to legalized marijuana or might face a similar challenge on the horizon.

Pro-Pot Group Drops Ballot Campaign To Allow Marijuana In Denver Bars

COLORADO: A pro-marijuana group is withdrawing its ballot measure to allow pot in Denver bars and plans to work instead with the city council and the business community on devising a law on social use in commercial establishments.

Mason Tvert, who led the successful 2012 campaign permitting recreational marijuana use for adults, said in a press release Thursday that his latest group, the Campaign for Limited Social Cannabis Use, had submitted more than twice the number of signatures required for the November ballot.

Marijuana Enforcement Division Mulling Some Big Changes

COLORADO:  Over the past several weeks, dozens of politicians, state administrators, doctors and industry stakeholders have been meeting and discussing potential game-changing rules for Colorado’s marijuana industry — all of which will be presented at a hearing at the end of the month, when public feedback will be sought.

As part of the state Marijuana Enforcement Division’s 2015 Rulemaking Session, six different working groups have met to “discuss, deliberate and provide suggestions” before the MED begins drafting new regulations. Issues such as commercial production limits, the sale or transfer of cannabis business licenses and the never-ending saga of edibles packaging have all been addressed in some form, and they include changes that could affect pot shopping, from the grow warehouse to the shelf.

Although discussion of House Bill 14-1366 (which is scheduled to take effect in January 2016 and could result in the labeling of all marijuana edibles with a red stop sign containing the letters “THC”) has received most of the attention — and ire — from marijuana industry advocates, proposed changes to record-keeping, potency variances and hemp testing could all cause rippling effects to the state’s pot bubble.

Marijuana Producers Gobble Up Warehouse Space In Denver Area

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 gobbled up most of the available warehouse space in the Denver area, a major logistics hub for companies moving goods between the Midwest and the West Coast.

The marijuana industry is poised to expand quickly. Legal sales in Colorado of medical and recreational cannabis totaled about $700 million in 2014, the first full year for which statistics are available, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of Colorado tax data. The number of active licenses to grow the plant for retail consumption shot up to 397 from 204, according to Colorado’s Marijuana Enforcement Division.

The problem for Denver business owners: marijuana producers require lots of space to grow, package and store their products. In all, growers and distributors took up a third of all the warehouse space leased in Colorado over the past 18 months, according to Cresa Partners, a brokerage.

 

Denver Voters To Decide “Social Use” Of Marijuana

COLORADO:  Ballot initiative could allow clubs and bars to operate as cannabis friendly locations.

Voters in Colorado’s largest city will decide if social clubs for cannabis can exist this fall.

Right now residents and tourists are limited in where they can consume. Technically, the privacy of a local home is the only allowable location. Lighting up in public is still against the law.

Those visiting from out of state to sample the flowery fare or hash-oil vape pens also face a conundrum. Rental car companies don’t allow hot boxing their rides and mainstream hotel chains are against toking in their rooms.

 

Cannabis Grower Hungry For 4x The Space

COLORADO:  It’s almost moving day for a Denver marijuana grower who is about to more than triple the size of his operation.

Premium Pete’s owner Luke Ramirez expects to sign a lease in the next two weeks to move his recreational cannabis grow from its 3,000-square-foot warehouse near Stapleton to an 11,000-square-foot location along the I-70 corridor.

“We’re going to be increasing production by 800 percent,” Ramirez said. “We’ll be producing just under 240 pounds per month once we reach full capacity. Right now, we’re a little bit over 20 pounds per month.”

The project won’t sprout up overnight. Once the lease is signed, Ramirez will begin a nine-month, $3 million construction project to maximize the warehouse’s efficiency.

Denver Drops Marijuana Exhibits From County Fair

COLORADO:  The Denver County Fair is dropping marijuana exhibits from the event — a year after some people said they were unwittingly served pot-infused chocolate in the “Pot Pavilion.”

The organizer of the county fair insists that the fair made the move because marijuana-related vendor sales were slow, not due to the incident at the pavilion.

Organizer Dana Cain says Denver has so many marijuana-related festivals that the drug has become kind of old hat.

The fair last year did not display actual marijuana, Instead, growers entered pictures of plants for competition.

In Denver, A La Jolla Millionaire’s Marijuana Radio Station Puts Fresh Spin On Rock And ‘Roll’

COLORADO:  Welcome to Smokin’ 94.1, where the 4:20 news hits are repeated at 5:20 because, the owner says, “our listeners can’t remember.”

The owner is La Jolla millionaire Marc Paskin. The station is in Denver.

You may remember Paskin from the time he distributed $125,000 in Detroit on the ABC reality show “Secret Millionaire,” after producers contacted him because of his history of charitable giving.

 

Denver Dank Vs. Boulder Bud: How The Cities’ Pot Scenes Differ

COLORADO:  In the microcosm of Colorado marijuana, how do Denver and Boulder compare to one another?

Is Denver the more conservative, older sister to a younger, more liberal brother in Boulder? The answer might surprise you.

Denver pot shop L’Eagle owner John Andrle and Stashlogix co-founder Sam Campbell join Denver Post marijuana editor Ricardo Baca on The Cannabist Show to compare Denver and Boulder’s marijuana communities.