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Commissioners to codify caucus feelings on pot

February 14, 2018 — Pitkin County commissioners took the first step Wednesday toward officially incorporating into law the differing views on marijuana represented by each caucus in the county. With the exception of the Snowmass-Capitol Creek Caucus, each caucus has until July 15 to inform county officials whether it

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Trial begins for lawsuit challenging classification of marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug

February 14, 2018 — NEW YORK — Army veteran Jose Belen says the horrors of the Iraq War left him with post-traumatic stress disorder, and the drug that helped him cope best with the symptoms was one his Veterans Affairs doctors could not legally prescribe: marijuana. “Once I did

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Colorado pot sales hit a record $1.5 billion in 2017

February 12, 2018 — DENVER — The Colorado Department of Revenue says marijuana shops in the state made a record $1.51 billion in sales of medical and recreational cannabis, edibles and concentrate products in 2017. The Denver Post reports data released Friday say adult-use sales topped $1.09 billion during the year,

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Colorado starts campaign to curb marijuana-impaired driving

February 9, 2018 — PUEBLO — The Colorado Department of Transportation has started a campaign to curb marijuana-impaired driving. The Pueblo Chieftain reports that the department announced the campaign called The Cannabis Conversation on Thursday. The initiative will gather residents’ opinions, behaviors and bits related to marijuana-impaired driving. Department officials will

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Aspen marijuana shops sold $11.3 million in 2017, topping liquor stores for first time

February 7, 2018 — There was plenty of green to go around among Aspen's marijuana dispensaries in 2017, and more than enough to top liquor stores in revenue, as well. Legal-pot purveyors hauled in $11.3 million in revenue last year compared with $10.5 million for liquor stores, marking the

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Cory Gardner’s siege of the Justice Department over marijuana enters second month

February 7, 2018 — WASHINGTON — It's been a month since the pot blockade began, and U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner is standing firm in his vow to jam all appointments to the Department of Justice until Attorney General Jeff Sessions softens his stance on marijuana. So far, his siege to

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Marijuana sellers butt heads in Pitkin County court

February 6, 2018 — A Snowmass Village man has been cited twice for contempt of court since he ignored a civil court order to stop fraudulently billing customers for marijuana products that are distributed by another company. Now he can't be found. Attorney James Fosnaught, who represents The Laughing

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Colorado governor is considering the release of nearly 40 inmates with marijuana convictions

February 6, 2018 — Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is exploring whether to release nearly 40 inmates convicted of nonviolent marijuana offenses. The desire to commute the sentences is a policy statement on marijuana from the Democrat's administration as well as a reflection of the state's overcrowded prisons. And it

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Gov. Hickenlooper: Colorado considering dismissing non-violent marijuana convictions

February 5, 2018 — Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper had a meeting Monday morning to discuss the state's efforts to dismiss marijuana convictions for non-violent convictions. The state's Democratic governor confirmed the meeting in an interview Monday with news network Cheddar. He also said he's had "informal" discussions with other

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Guns or marijuana? Firearm-owning cannabis users facing a choice

January 15, 2018 — HARRISBURG, Pa. — The federal government says grass and guns don’t mix, and that is putting gun owners who use marijuana — and the strongly pro-gun-rights administration of President Donald Trump — in a potentially uncomfortable position. As gun-loving Pennsylvania becomes the latest state to

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Cory Gardner meets with Jeff Sessions on marijuana, says neither giving ground

January 10, 2018 — WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner said Wednesday that a morning meeting with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions did little to settle their disagreement over marijuana policy — an impasse that makes it more likely that Congress will have to address the issue. Gardner told Denver7 that

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Cory Gardner to meet with Jeff Sessions after doubling down on threats over marijuana enforcement change

January 9, 2018 — WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner said he plans to press Attorney General Jeff Sessions on federal marijuana policy when the two Republicans meet Wednesday. In an interview, the Republican from Colorado emphasized that he is prepared, if he doesn't get his way, to block

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Colorado congressional members developing plan for federal marijuana protections

January 8, 2018 — Members of Colorado's congressional delegation on Friday began to hatch a plan to counter Attorney General Jeff Sessions' move to eliminate Obama-era guidance on marijuana enforcement. Legislative sources confirmed to The Cannabist that Colorado lawmakers, including Representatives Ed Perlmutter, Diana DeGette and Jared Polis, and Sen.

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Attorney General Sessions to end policy that let legal pot thrive in Colorado, U.S.

January 4, 2018 — WASHINGTON — Attorney General Jeff Sessions is rescinding an Obama-era policy that paved the way for legalized marijuana to flourish in states across the country, creating new confusion about enforcement and use just three days after a new legalization law went into effect in California.

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Colorado is using pot tax money to save programs funded by big tobacco settlement

December 29, 2017 — For more than two decades, Colorado has received hundreds of millions of dollars from its share of settlements with tobacco companies — money that has been used to support dozens of programs, including one that helps first-time moms — that came from lawsuits to recoup

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Denver DA charges 10 ‘budtenders’ for selling too much pot

December 29, 2017 — DENVER — Ten employees of a legal marijuana business shut down by Denver officials earlier this month face criminal charges for allegedly selling too much pot in repeated sales to the same people. Denver District Attorney Beth McCann announced Thursday that five Sweet Leaf “budtenders”

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Inside the first-ever Aspen High Summit, a meeting of music and marijuana masterminds

December 22, 2017 — "Connection, connection, connection," Steve DeAngelo stressed to the collection of 150 cannabis and music industry insiders gathered in the Colorado mountains for the inaugural Aspen High Summit. The first-of-its-kind conference held last week at Aspen's Limelight Hotel connected two of the legendary cannabis activist and

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New marijuana regulations ban cannabis cartoon characters, with intent to protect kids

December 14, 2017 — You know those Wile E. Coyote-looking marijuana edibles that popped up when Coloradans legalized pot? Marijuana remains legal, but reefer edibles shaped like humans, animals or fruit are not. New state regulations ban them. Also banned are edible marijuana-infused products that resemble or contain characteristics

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Teen marijuana use in Colorado down post-legalization

December 12, 2017 — Regular marijuana use among Colorado middle and high school students declined after the start of legal cannabis sales to adults in the state, new federal data show. The latest results from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health align with data collected thus far by

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Scientists call on feds to allow research on CBD for pets

December 7, 2017 — BEND, Ore. — Dr. Byron Maas surveys a supply of marijuana products for dogs that lines a shelf in his veterinary clinic. They're selling well. "The 'Up and Moving' is for joints and for pain," he explains. "The 'Calm and Quiet' is for real anxious

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