Report: Hundreds Of Pot Food Safety Violations Documented During 2014

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 non-critical violations into a map that shows the one manufacturer with the most violations is Green Cross Colorado, located at 660 N. Bryant St.

Another manufacturer in the top 10 for violations, Advanced Medical Alternatives at 1269 N. Elati Street, was required to recall their products in July. The Denver Department of Environmental Health found the business was using a corroded and moldy clothes washing machine to process marijuana.

 

Homeowner Associations Grapple With Legalized Marijuana

COLORADO:  Pot may be legal in some states – but the neighbors don’t have to like it.

Marijuana and hemp have joined wacky paint colors and unsightly fences as common neighborhood disputes facing homeowners’ associations. Though a few HOAs have willingly changed their rules to accommodate legal marijuana use or home-growing, many more are banning home pot smoking.

Homeowners’ associations can’t ban members from using marijuana in their homes when it’s legal. But if neighbors can see or smell weed, the law is clear — HOAs have every right to regulate the drug as a nuisance, or a threat to children along the lines of a swimming pool with no fence.

“The fact that people may be legally entitled to smoke doesn’t mean they can do it wherever they want, any more than they could walk into a restaurant and light up a cigarette,” said Richard Thompson, who owns a management consulting company that specializes in condominium and homeowner associations.

 

Retail Marijuana Sales Will Begin Tuesday In Washington: Here’s What You Need To Know

WASHINGTON:  Fasten your seatbelt and put your tray tables in the upright position. The smoking sign is about to be lit.

You’ve got about 48 hours until licensed, public, retail marijuana sales begin for the first time ever in Washington and the second time ever in the United States.

If the opening day experience earlier this year in Colorado is any guide, then buyers can expect long lines and prices higher than they’ve been paying on the street.

First, however, those buyers need to know which stores will open – and that could prove problematic.

The state Liquor Control Board on Monday will announce the approved locations where marijuana and marijuana-infused products can be sold.

 

Cannabis Industry Kicks Off Business Summit

COLORADO: The tagline for this week’s Cannabis Business Summit in Denver is, “Where Commerce Meets a Revolution.”

And in speaking with some of the several hundred people in attendance at the two-day event, billed as the marijuana industry‘s first big business conference, there was a sense of mission that isn’t usually found at most trade fairs.

Keynote speakers received applause when they talked about being in a state where cannabis is legal both for medical and recreational use and the importance of running businesses that their industry can be proud of.

“This industry is being born, you can’t stop it,” said John Davis, an industry activist and CEO of the Northwest Patient Resource Center in Seattle.

Marijuana News: Police Rethink Seizing Pot In Criminal Cases

COLORADO:  Police in some medical marijuana states who once routinely seized illegal pot plants by ripping them out by their roots and stashing them away in musty evidence rooms to die are now thinking twice about the practice.

From Colorado and Washington state to California and Hawaii, police are being sued by people who want their marijuana back after prosecutors chose not to charge them or they were acquitted.

In some cases, the one-time suspects are asking for hundreds of thousands of dollars to replace dead plants.

Concerns over liability have prompted some agencies to either forgo rounding-up the plants altogether or to improvise by collecting a few samples and photographing the rest to use as evidence for criminal charges.

 

Denver County Fair Expands ‘Pot Pavilion,’ Cancels Beer Pavilion

COLORADO:  The Denver County Fair is canceling its planned beer pavilion in it’s 21-and-older section and doubling the size of its pot pavilion.

This marks the first time in which newly legal marijuana will take center stage over Colorado’s famed craft beer industry.

The pot pavilion — where no actual pot will be allowed, either as plants or in its ready-to-use recreational form — will feature a variety of marijuana competitions, including speed joint-rolling contests, ribbons for best plants, and honors given for best homemade bong and best pot-brownie recipe.

This will be the third time the Denver County Fair has featured a pot pavilion, but it will be larger than ever this year during the August 1-3 event. It has steadily increased in popularity to the point where it’s now the fair’s headlining attraction.

 

 

Three Things You Should Remember (But Probably Won’t) If You Get Too High On Marijuana Edibles

COLORADO-In case you haven’t heard, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd ate a marijuana candy bar in a Denver hotel room and had an intensely uncomfortable experience that left her feeling confused and, at times, frightened.

Using marijuana edibles to get high doesn’t typically produce such an extreme departure from reality — but it can. While pot-infused foods have been around for decades, as Colorado continues to adapt to its new marijuana laws, these products have emerged as a popular and potent way to get stoned. And as with any substance, there’s a potential for misuse.

The best way to avoid a bad trip like Dowd’s would be to make sure you’re informed about proper dosages and to always approach marijuana, and especially edibles, with caution. But due to a lack of proper education, reckless behavior, or perhaps purely by accident, this is sometimes harder than it sounds. So there you are, high as balls and 1,000 percent positive your life is about to end. We’re here to help you get through this potentially agonizing experience.

Above all, just remember…

Don’t Harsh Our Mellow, Dude

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The caramel-chocolate flavored candy bar looked so innocent, like the Sky Bars I used to love as a child.

Sitting in my hotel room in Denver, I nibbled off the end and then, when nothing happened, nibbled some more. I figured if I was reporting on the social revolution rocking Colorado in January, the giddy culmination of pot Prohibition, I should try a taste of legal, edible pot from a local shop.

What could go wrong with a bite or two?

Everything, as it turned out.

Denver Accepts Tweaks to Pot-Themed Concerts

COLORADO:  Denver is pleased with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra‘s efforts to align its bring-your-own-cannabis fundraising concerts with laws that authorize — but still regulate — marijuana use in Colorado, the city attorney said Wednesday.

“We are pleased the (symphony) revisited their planned events and worked to come into compliance with state and city laws,” city attorney Scott Martinez said in a brief statement issued by Mayor Michael Hancock’s office.

Earlier, Martinez had expressed concern that audiences were going to smoke marijuana in public, which is illegal even though selling and consuming marijuana has been legal under Colorado law since January. On Tuesday, the symphony said three events first announced in April, dubbed Classically Cannabis and scheduled to kick off later this month at a private Denver gallery, would be invitation-only. The symphony also removed information about the events from its website and is refunding tickets purchased already.

 

Denver Warns Symphony To Cancel Classical Cannabis Concert

COLORADO:  The Colorado Symphony’s novel effort to hold a bring-your-own-marijuana concert may illegally promote public consumption of pot and will be ordered shut down if the fundraiser goes on, Denver officials told the symphony Thursday.

The pot concert controversy is the latest debate to arise since Colorado became the first state to allow recreational sales of marijuana.

The symphony announced plans last week to hold three fundraising concerts where patrons could smoke marijuana on an enclosed patio at a private art gallery — an event designed to raise funds and attract younger patrons at time of declining support. The marijuana industry came forward with sponsorship money and 65 people bought $75 tickets on the first day of sales.

But in a letter sent Thursday to symphony President Jerome Kern, the city said “Classically Cannabis: The High Note Series” could violate city and state law.