Colorado Pot Sales Exceed $1 Million On First Day

COLORADO: Pot shops did record sales compared to the “medical marijuana days” on Wednesday when recreational marijuana opened. Pot shop owners across Colorado believe they collectively made more than $1 million statewide.

Supporters, critics and other states are waiting to see what will happen in Colorado on day two and beyond. In Perth, Australia, headlines say “Move Over Amsterdam.” [Read more…]

Employers Can Still Fire Pot Smokers For Legal Use In Colorado

COLORADO: As Colorado cannabis sales begin Jan. 1, one fact is sometimes overlooked: Employers still can fire workers for using it on- or off-duty.

State law gives employers full authority to impose any drug prohibitions they wish, despite it being legal in Colorado for adults to possess and consume marijuana.

“Employers hold all the cards,” said Curtis Graves, a staff attorney for the Mountain States Employers Council.

So you smoke only off-duty? Not good enough. Consuming just at home provides no protection if your workplace drug test comes back positive for marijuana.

Many employees may be enjoying a false sense of security stemming from passage last year of Amendment 64, which legalized marijuana possession for adults in Colorado. [Read more…]

Employers Can Still Fire Pot Smokers For Legal Use In Colorado

COLORADO: As Colorado cannabis sales begin Jan. 1, one fact is sometimes overlooked: Employers still can fire workers for using it on- or off-duty.

State law gives employers full authority to impose any drug prohibitions they wish, despite it being legal in Colorado for adults to possess and consume marijuana.

“Employers hold all the cards,” said Curtis Graves, a staff attorney for the Mountain States Employers Council.

So you smoke only off-duty? Not good enough. Consuming just at home provides no protection if your workplace drug test comes back positive for marijuana.

Many employees may be enjoying a false sense of security stemming from passage last year of Amendment 64, which legalized marijuana possession for adults in Colorado. [Read more…]

Denver To Hand Out First Marijuana Business Licenses Friday

COLORADO: Denver’s Department of Excise and Licenses will begin to administer approved retail marijuana business licenses on Friday, Mayor Michael Hancock’s office announced Thursday.

Last week, the state sent out licenses to 342 prospective retail marijuana businesses, all of which are existing medical marijuana centers that are now transitioning to the recreational market.

As of Monday, 42 of those applicants have been approved by the City and County of Denver; but officials expect that fewer than 10 stores may actually be ready to open when recreational marijuana officially becomes legal on Jan. 1.

Those applicants include stores, grow facilities, and infused product manufacturers.

Denver To Hand Out First Marijuana Business Licenses Friday

COLORADO: Denver’s Department of Excise and Licenses will begin to administer approved retail marijuana business licenses on Friday, Mayor Michael Hancock’s office announced Thursday.

Last week, the state sent out licenses to 342 prospective retail marijuana businesses, all of which are existing medical marijuana centers that are now transitioning to the recreational market.

As of Monday, 42 of those applicants have been approved by the City and County of Denver; but officials expect that fewer than 10 stores may actually be ready to open when recreational marijuana officially becomes legal on Jan. 1.

Those applicants include stores, grow facilities, and infused product manufacturers.

Denver City Council Makes Move To Decriminalize Marijuana

COLORADO:  The Denver City Council has made a move to try and make sure kids who are caught with pot aren’t punished too harshly.

A law voters passed last year decriminalized marijuana possession for adults but it didn’t consider the legal repercussions for a minor.

People under 21 with pot were left open to criminal charges that would stay on their permanent record.

Denver city councilors want it to become a civil charge still enforced by a petty fine but with no lasting legal consequences.

Denver City Council Makes Move To Decriminalize Marijuana

COLORADO:  The Denver City Council has made a move to try and make sure kids who are caught with pot aren’t punished too harshly.

A law voters passed last year decriminalized marijuana possession for adults but it didn’t consider the legal repercussions for a minor.

People under 21 with pot were left open to criminal charges that would stay on their permanent record.

Denver city councilors want it to become a civil charge still enforced by a petty fine but with no lasting legal consequences.

Denver Pot Shops Won't Have Cops Working Security

COLORADO:  When recreational-marijuana shops open in Colorado in January, Denver police officers will stand outside for crowd control but won’t be allowed to step inside to provide off-duty security from within.

A departmental order issued this month bars Denver officers from moonlighting as security guards at marijuana shops while police officials observe how the burgeoning industry develops.

The legalization of recreational marijuana is posing many challenges for the police department as it drafts internal policy to deal with an industry that is still illegal on the federal level.

“We’re going to do everything we can to make sure those businesses are safe, but we’re not going to work inside those businesses,” said Sonny Jackson, a department spokesman. “It’s a new industry, and we’re not sure what it’s going to entail.” [Read more…]

Denver City Council Gives Initial Approval To Ban On Open Use Of Marijuana

COLORADO:  The Denver City Council approved a proposal on first reading Monday night that would ban the open use of recreational marijuana, even on private party.

Some council members argue that Colorado voters agreed to legalization of recreational use of marijuana, but not public consumption of it.

The council heard public comments Monday night. It also heard from police Chief Robert White who said enforcement of such an ordinance would be a low priority for the police department.

Denver City Council Gives Initial Approval To Ban On Open Use Of Marijuana

COLORADO:  The Denver City Council approved a proposal on first reading Monday night that would ban the open use of recreational marijuana, even on private party.

Some council members argue that Colorado voters agreed to legalization of recreational use of marijuana, but not public consumption of it.

The council heard public comments Monday night. It also heard from police Chief Robert White who said enforcement of such an ordinance would be a low priority for the police department.