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1US CO: Keeping Candies Away From KidsSat, 06 May 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Kane, Laura Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:05/08/2017

Colorado's edible pot industry goes from public enemy to public-health leader, and wants Canada to take note

BOULDER, Colorado - A tray of tempting pastel-coloured candies sits on a countertop inside AmeriCanna's production facility. Although shaped like pot leaves and stamped with Colorado's universal symbol for the mind-altering ingredient in cannabis - a diamond containing the letters "THC" - the gummies would only provide a sugar high at this point.

Working with precision and speed, the kitchen supervisor uses a device to soak each candy with marijuana extract, so that each piece contains exactly 10 milligrams of THC, a single dose under the state's regulations.

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2 US CO: PUB LTE: Be Choosy When Buying BeerThu, 26 Jan 2017
Source:Boulder Weekly (CO) Author:White, Stan Area:Colorado Lines:42 Added:01/31/2017

If consumers are going to purchase and consume beer and other alcohol products [Re: Cannabis Corner, "Are People Switching From Booze To Pot?," Jan. 19], consider purchasing them from companies who do not support or enable cannabis (marijuana) prohibition. That's not always easy to do.

In the past, large beer producers contributed to the Ad Council, which aired anti-cannabis rhetoric using lies, half-truths and propaganda in order to perpetuate cannabis prohibition, in part to eliminate competition. Another thing making it difficult to know which companies are harmful is the way large breweries are purchasing small craft breweries.

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3 US CO: Are People Switching From Booze To Pot?Thu, 19 Jan 2017
Source:Boulder Weekly (CO) Author:Danish, Paul Area:Colorado Lines:87 Added:01/19/2017

It's a question people have been wondering about for years: Would marijuana be a competitor to alcohol if it were legal?

Now a new study is out suggesting it might.

The Marijuana Times recently reported that according to a study conducted by the research firm Cowen and Company, beer markets in Colorado, Oregon and Washington have "collectively underperformed" over the past three years.

All three states have both legal recreational marijuana and a popular craft beer culture.

"With all three of these states now having fully implemented a marijuana retail infrastructure, the underperformance of beer in these markets has worsened over the course of 2016," according to the report.

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4 US CO: Trump And Marijuana - The Un-Rosy ScenarioFri, 30 Dec 2016
Source:Boulder Weekly (CO) Author:Danish, Paul Area:Colorado Lines:98 Added:12/31/2016

A study of Washington high school students out Tuesday examining marijuana use among students in the state two years before and after the vote to legalize in 2012 finds that marijuana use increased by about 3 percent among 8th- and 10th-graders over that period.

Conventional wisdom, based on results since marijuana was legalized three years ago in Colorado, is that availability of legal weed is having little or no effect on teen's use of the drug.

However, a study of Washington high school students out Tuesday flies somewhat in the face of prevailing opinion. Examining marijuana use among students in the state two years before and after the vote to legalize in 2012, it finds that marijuana use increased by about 3 percent among 8th- and 10th-graders over that period.

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5 US CO: City Of Pueblo Ends Years Of Delay By Licensing Pot StoresWed, 28 Dec 2016
Source:Pueblo Chieftain (CO) Author:Roper, Peter Area:Colorado Lines:106 Added:12/29/2016

It was the summer of 2009 when City Council started getting questions and calls about just when Pueblo was going to start allowing medical marijuana stores.

It was unknown territory for that council, who were just starting to come to grips with the idea that marijuana could be a legal business, let alone one that city officials would license and tax, like taverns.

"Once voters legalized it, Colorado had the opportunity to lead on the issue," recalled Randy Thurston, who was on council at the time. "I really thought we would move faster than we did."

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6 US CO: Marijuana And The Thinking TeenagerThu, 15 Dec 2016
Source:Boulder Weekly (CO) Author:Danish, Paul Area:Colorado Lines:97 Added:12/18/2016

The anti-marijuana-legalization movement has made the claim that legalization will lead to an eruption in teenage marijuana use a central part of its narrative.

But it turns out that the kids didn'€™t get the memo.

The University of Michigan'€™s Institute for Social Research is out with its latest national survey of teenage drug use, including marijuana use, and what it found was that since 2012, the year that Colorado and Washington state legalized pot, teenage drug use is down, not up.

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7 US CO: Editorial: Retail Marijuana: Yes Or No?Sat, 29 Oct 2016
Source:Pueblo Chieftain (CO)          Area:Colorado Lines:228 Added:11/03/2016

The legalization of retail marijuana stores two years ago has had profound impacts on the city and county of Pueblo. Some good. Some bad.

Now, the time has come for Pueblo voters to decide whether the benefits outweigh the negatives.

For months, The Pueblo Chieftain has been intensely studying this issue, both with special and ongoing news reporting, and also with private editorial board discussions with those for and against retail marijuana stores and grow operations.

It is an understatement to say the issue is complicated. So bear with us as we try today to discuss the essential concerns.

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8 US CO: OPED: Legalizing Retail Pot Has Been Big MistakeMon, 31 Oct 2016
Source:Pueblo Chieftain (CO) Author:Finn, Kenneth Area:Colorado Lines:100 Added:11/03/2016

Colorado has led the charge for legalization of marijuana and many states are following suit and are entertaining the legalization of marijuana in this year's elections.

What most people do not know is that Colorado has a public health problem directly related to marijuana and that 70 percent of Colorado municipalities have voted no to having legalized marijuana in their community.

Since de facto legalization in 2009 and by vote in 2014, Colorado has taken over the nation in youth use in 12- to 17-year-olds. The industry has evolved over the past several years and adolescents have evolved as well. They are receiving the message that marijuana is safe and natural, that it's an herb, and that its a medication.

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9 US CO: Dolores Continues Ban On Pot SalesThu, 27 Oct 2016
Source:Cortez Journal, The (CO) Author:Mimiaga, Jim Area:Colorado Lines:64 Added:10/27/2016

Controversial hillside subdivision plan dropped

The Dolores Town Board has continued the ban on retail marijuana shops by a vote of 5-2.

The pot-sales prohibition ordinance, enacted in 2014, was extended two years, until Dec. 31, 2018, to allow for more time to consider the matter.

Before the motion to continue the ban, town trustee Robert Dobry presented a motion that would have allowed the ban to be overturned by resolution of the board, which is less cumbersome than passing an ordinance.

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10 US CO: PUB LTE: Amendment 71 Doesn't Empower The PeopleMon, 17 Oct 2016
Source:Summit Daily News (CO) Author:White, Stan Area:Colorado Lines:83 Added:10/20/2016

Re: "Colorado Amendment 71 tries to cut down on constitutional red tape," Oct. 4.

I disagree with (County Commissioner) Dan Gibb's claim that Summit County voters "don't have a say" regarding the initiative process. Further, stating Amendment 71 has bipartisan support neglects the fact that opposition to Amendment 71 also enjoys bipartisan support, but more importantly includes the private sector, which is the vast majority of voters, rather than a list of inconvenienced politicians.

One of the clearest examples of potential harm Amendment 71 may cause comes from realizing it could have prevented Colorado voters from ending cannabis prohibition. Summit County and other rural mountain communities played an important part in that successful initiative process and we should continue having access to it, left unchanged, for when politicians fail citizens. Nationally, politicians either ignore this important issue or fight against it, frustrating the majority of citizens who want to end cannabis prohibition.

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11US CO: Playing High: Marijuana Led CSU Running Back To Quit FootballMon, 12 Sep 2016
Source:Fort Collins Coloradoan (CO) Author:Stephens, Matt L. Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:09/14/2016

If college athletes want to smoke marijuana, the NCAA probably won't catch them.

Treyous Jarrells is proof.

The running back signed with CSU because of Colorado's legalization of marijuana for recreational and medicinal purposes, and he was high in all but one game he played in across two seasons.

Jarrells, 23, left the Colorado State University football team early in the 2015 season due to concerns he'd fail a drug test and risk losing his financial aid.

Medical marijuana is legal in 25 states, and Jarrells has one of 102,620 medical licenses to legally grow the drug in Colorado.

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12 US CO: In Colorado, a County Revolts Against LegalizedTue, 06 Sep 2016
Source:Boston Globe (MA) Author:Miller, Joshua Area:Colorado Lines:225 Added:09/06/2016

PUEBLO WEST, Colo. - Out here, in this unincorporated community of 30,000, there are miles of barren scrub-brush dotted with wild sunflowers. Low-slung houses sit on East Gun Powder Lane and North Cougar Drive. There's a Walmart Supercenter, a Little Caesars, a Safeway with a small Starbucks tucked inside.

And, throughout the area, a revolt against retail marijuana sales smolders in a state awash in $1 billion of legal pot.

Four years ago, Coloradans voted to legalize marijuana for adults, and gave individual localities the opportunity to decide if they would allow retail marijuana shops.

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13US CO: Marijuana Initiative Gets ApprovedFri, 02 Sep 2016
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Murray, Jon Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:09/02/2016

Denver Voters Will Determine Social Use at Some Businesses.

Days after rejecting a competing measure for the November ballot, the Denver Elections Division on Thursday approved a proposed initiative that would allow social use of marijuana in some businesses.

City voters will decide whether regular businesses, such as bars or cafes or even yoga studios, should be able to create indoor or outdoor consumption areas for bring-your-own marijuana products, under certain conditions. The most significant condition would require that an application for an annual or temporary permit receive backing from a neighborhood group, such as a city-registered neighborhood organization or business improvement district.

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14 US CO: Column: Council Cracks Down on Homegrow Operations -Wed, 31 Aug 2016
Source:Colorado Springs Independent (CO) Author:Stein, Nat Area:Colorado Lines:102 Added:09/01/2016

Last week, Colorado Springs City Council passed another new ordinance that will affect home growers of all stripes.

"I didn't say the word..." Fire Marshal Brett Lacey joked while presenting it, straightening up to clarify that "this came out of our dealings with marijuana home grows."

Specifically, the new ordinance, which passed unanimously, targets intensive indoor grow operations in residential single-family dwellings and townhomes. Any home grow "utilizing grow lighting shall be limited to areas of the residence other than kitchens, bathrooms and/or bedrooms/sleeping rooms" - with an exception for bedrooms as long as there's another code-compliant one elsewhere in the unit - and that "a room or an enclosure with grow lighting used for flora grow, propagation, consumption, or selling shall be limited to 150 square feet aggregate in size per premises."

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15 US CO: Column: Dear Stoner: I Need Something to Help Me SleepThu, 01 Sep 2016
Source:Westword (Denver, CO) Author:Fuego, Herbert Area:Colorado Lines:62 Added:09/01/2016

Dear Stoner: I'm in the midst of a devastating family situation and am so blindsided by grief and stress that I need something to calm me down and help me fall asleep. I don't wish to smoke, but am open to other suggestions.

Elizabeth

Dear Elizabeth: If this situation is temporary, using cannabis to help you calm down and sleep is a great idea - but don't form a dependency. Marijuana isn't an addictive substance like cocaine or opiates, but the more you can avoid using it regularly for stress relief, the better. That said, sometimes exercise, hobbies and self-reflection aren't enough, and when you're wide awake at night trying to hold back tears, something as simple as a pot cookie can help you fall asleep, regroup and move forward.

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16 US CO: Column: From Weed to Wine: Keeping the Marijuana FarmThu, 25 Aug 2016
Source:Boulder Weekly (CO) Author:Stoa, Ryan Area:Colorado Lines:135 Added:08/26/2016

In November, voters in as many as 12 states will see a marijuana legalization initiative on their ballots.

Marijuana is already legal for recreational use in Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington and Washington, D.C. Another 25 states have legalized medical marijuana, including Hawaii. The era of marijuana prohibition is rapidly coming to a close.

Unfortunately, lawmakers lack easy answers to tough questions facing the marijuana industry. Legalization presents challenges on a number of fronts, including distribution, taxation, consumption, security and public health.

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17 US CO: Column: Treating Marijuana Producers Like DirtThu, 25 Aug 2016
Source:Boulder Weekly (CO) Author:Danish, Paul Area:Colorado Lines:105 Added:08/26/2016

On Nov. 6, 2012 the people of Colorado decisively voted to legalize recreational marijuana. Amendment 64 passed with 55.3 percent of the vote.

In Boulder County Amendment 64 received 66.4 percent of the vote. The margin in the City of Boulder was even higher.

But you would never know it by the cavalier way County and City elected leaders have chosen to "regulate" marijuana growers in the ensuing four years.

Start with Boulder County. Shortly after the passage of Amendment 64 the Boulder County Commissioners voted to ban commercial marijuana production in the agricultural areas of Boulder County. The ban applied to both outdoor and indoor production.

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18 US CO: Column: Dear Stoner: Do True Hybrids Still Exist?Thu, 25 Aug 2016
Source:Westword (Denver, CO) Author:Fuego, Herbert Area:Colorado Lines:57 Added:08/25/2016

Dear Stoner: I've tried sativas and indicas, and they're all fine and dandy, but I'm looking for something more in the middle. What are some good hybrids that are actually hybrids?

Happy Jack

Dear Jack: All hybrids are actually hybrids. In fact, nearly all of the strains you'll find nowadays are hybrids, but it's easier for people to label something that's 80 to 90 percent indica as "indica" instead of "indica-dominant hybrid" and then have to explain what that means. But I'm guessing you mean something like a 50/50 hybrid, many of which you've probably seen or tried around town.

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19US CO: Thornton Votes 5-4 to Allow Four Retail Marijuana ShopsWed, 24 Aug 2016
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Aguilar, John Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:08/24/2016

The City Officials Voted 5-4 to Allow a Maximum of Four Retail Shops to Open.

Thornton - The state's largest city with an all-out ban on marijuana sales decided Tuesday to allow the nascent industry, but not before hearing an earful from members of the community.

The Thornton City Council voted 5-4 to allow retail marijuana shops - capped at four citywide - to open in this northern suburb of 135,000. The city, the sixth largest in Colorado, will start accepting applications from would-be dispensary owners Sept. 1.

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20 US CO: Yes, It's Legal But The Law's Still A DragTue, 23 Aug 2016
Source:Dominion Post, The (New Zealand)          Area:Colorado Lines:143 Added:08/24/2016

Colorado legalised marijuana sales two years ago. Ben Hoyle reports on the highs and lows of the decision.

The "bud tender" had shoulder-length black hair, a deep well of patience and a connoisseur's pride in his wares as he spread tray after tray of marijuana-based products on the glass counter top. There were fruit gums, chocolate caramels, granola packets, medicated sugar to drop in your coffee or tea in the morning, Rosemary Cheddar Crackers for a savoury taste, a bath soak and even sensual oil for the bedroom, Charles Watson explained.

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21 US CO: Dizzying Highs and Lows of Life in the Metropolis ofSun, 21 Aug 2016
Source:Sunday Star-Times (New Zealand)          Area:Colorado Lines:132 Added:08/21/2016

The 'Green Rush' Has Proven to Be a Mixed Blessing for Colorado and Its State Capital.

At Bruce Randolph School in a tough inner-city part of Denver, the staff and pupils used to breathe fumes from a nearby dog food factory. Now they get a regular whiff of something much more controversial.

"I smell weed, oh, all day long," says Darlicia Campbell, the school campus safety officer.

At first, teachers who kept smelling marijuana in their classrooms summoned her to sniff out the pupil who had brought it. "I was going crazy for a couple of weeks," she recalls. Eventually, the children explained to her that fumes from a nearby marijuana growing centre had entered the school ventilation system.

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22 US CO: Column: One In Eight Adults Consume CannabisThu, 18 Aug 2016
Source:Boulder Weekly (CO) Author:Haas, Sarah Area:Colorado Lines:106 Added:08/18/2016

A new Gallup poll released earlier this week finds that self-reported cannabis consumption nearly doubled in the last two years. Thirty-three million people, or 13 percent of U.S. adults, report currently using marijuana, up from 7 percent in 2013.

The number of adults that report having used marijuana at some point in their lives also rose slightly from 38 percent in 2013 to 43 percent in 2016.

Considering that cannabis is still federally illegal, this is remarkable growth, but it is hard to determine if it is a function of state level decriminalization and legalization efforts or of a decrease in stigma surrounding cannabis consumption.

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23 US CO: Column: Marijuana's Reschedule ReduxWed, 17 Aug 2016
Source:Colorado Springs Independent (CO) Author:Stein, Nat Area:Colorado Lines:104 Added:08/17/2016

It's possible the result still could be a happy ending.

When the "first half of 2016" came and went without a marijuana rescheduling announcement, it became clear the Drug Enforcement Agency didn't feel overly obligated to meet its own self-imposed timeline.

But now the DEA has rejected two petitions - one from the governors of Rhode Island and Washington, one from a New Mexico resident - for the removal of cannabis from Schedule I under the Controlled Substances Act. The federal government will continue to consider cannabis as dangerous as heroin, though it will end the monopoly on research-grade cannabis production.

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24US CO: OPED: Why Pot Taxes Can't Solve Colorado's BudgetSun, 14 Aug 2016
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Stiffler, Chris Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:08/15/2016

"What do you mean the state has budget troubles? What about all the tax money from marijuana? Wasn't that supposed to solve everything?"

As a nonprofit devoted to educating Coloradans on the state's unique fiscal challenges, we get that question almost every time now. It doesn't matter what group we're talking to about the state budget or which community in Colorado we're visiting.

Ever since recreational marijuana became legal, there has been a seemingly unstoppable urban myth going around that the state is positively swimming in tax revenue from pot sales.

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25US CO: Editorial: Cannabis Ruling Is A Step ForwardFri, 12 Aug 2016
Source:Denver Post (CO)          Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:08/12/2016

The Obama administration's decision to expand opportunities for scientific research of medical marijuana, while leaving cannabis classification under its longtime most-dangerous-drug status, strikes us as an important step, but hardly a solution.

The decision is hopeful in that it signals an attempt to end the bureaucratic hurdles that prevent scientific study of the drug that so many advocates claim has curative powers. But leaving in place the stigma and legal problems that a Schedule I designation creates makes the administration's attempt to find some middle ground difficult to truly appreciate.

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26 US CO: Column: Dear Stoner: What Are Some Landrace Strains toThu, 11 Aug 2016
Source:Westword (Denver, CO) Author:Fuego, Herbert Area:Colorado Lines:62 Added:08/11/2016

Dear Stoner: I saw your profile on Durban Poison and the pure effects of landrace strains. Are there any others to look out for? I like to know what to expect when I smoke.

Taylor

Dear Taylor: Landrace strains like Durban Poison come from pure genetics, but they don't have pure effects. That means that while Durban Poison is a pure sativa (if the genetics are legitimate), not everyone feels the same type of high after ingesting it - though the highs are generally similar. But that's how it works for all strains.

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27 US CO: Column: The Cannabis Industry And The Golden RuleThu, 11 Aug 2016
Source:Boulder Weekly (CO) Author:Haas, Sarah Area:Colorado Lines:104 Added:08/11/2016

Every week in the world of cannabis there are timely happenings - new legislation, new businesses, new dimensions of social justice implications - but there are also more lasting phenomenons, subtly evolving undercurrents to the headlines of the ongoing narrative.

One of which is the way social media spaces both accommodate and deny cannabis consumers and businesses. Currently Google, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram all have bans on cannabis-related advertising.

This represents a change in policy that, as little as two years ago, took a much harder stance against cannabis in general and frequently blacked out accounts for merely associating with the plant.

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28 US CO: Column: Former Employees Speak Out Against Accused 'PotWed, 10 Aug 2016
Source:Colorado Springs Independent (CO) Author:Stein, Nat Area:Colorado Lines:109 Added:08/10/2016

Allegations without due process are nothing but allegations. And at this point, that's all there is in the case of the four medical marijuana doctors whose licenses hang in legal limbo since the state medical board suspended them last month. But as those doctors wait for their day in court, former employees of MedEval in Colorado Springs - where one of them, Dr. William Stone, practices - are speaking out against their former boss.

Assistant operations manager Lisa Moss who was hired in December and quit June 30, says "it was a clinic for profit, not for patients." She describes a get-them-in-get-them-out kind of attitude toward consultations, with little regard for verification or follow-ups. "Half the time [patients] would only fill out half their intake form, then doc would just sign off on it and that's that," she tells the Indy. "And sometimes, they'd come just straight from the DMV with temporary licenses [to prove residency] and no medical history whatsoever."

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29US CO: Editorial: DEA Dragging On Pot DecisionSun, 07 Aug 2016
Source:Denver Post (CO)          Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:08/07/2016

Colorado's now years-long experiment with legal medical and recreational cannabis markets has been mostly positive and fascinating, and yet the federal government has been slow to rethink its decades-long prohibitionist position.

We hope the Obama administration takes advantage of its historic opportunity to end or take steps toward dismantling the destructive war on pot. What an irony it would be if Obama, who has openly admitted to pot use in his early years, and who has shown great tolerance toward local legalization laws, left office without having moved the nation away from the antiquated reefer-madness enforcement of past presidencies.

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30 US CO: Column: Reading the Entrails: The Latest Marijuana PollsThu, 04 Aug 2016
Source:Boulder Weekly (CO) Author:Danish, Paul Area:Colorado Lines:107 Added:08/04/2016

The latest marijuana legalization polls are out, and they contain bad news and good news.

First, the bad news.

Recent polls in both Massachusetts and Arizona - two of the five states that will be voting on legalizing recreational marijuana this November - show the initiatives losing.

In Massachusetts, a poll conducted by Gravis Marketing found that 51 percent of those surveyed planned to vote against the legalization initiative, while 41 percent planned to vote for it.

In Arizona, a poll conducted by OH Predictive Insights, found the initiative losing 52.5 percent to 39.1 percent.

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31 US CO: Column: Dear Stoner: What Can You Do With a Broken VapeThu, 04 Aug 2016
Source:Westword (Denver, CO) Author:Fuego, Herbert Area:Colorado Lines:56 Added:08/04/2016

Dear Stoner: I bought a disposable hash pen, and it broke. I took it back to the dispensary (they were great about it and gave me a new one), but the budtender said I could keep my old one and use the liquid for topicals. What did he mean by that? J Money

Dear Money: Let's hope that one day these hash pens reach a true level of consistency; I occasionally get one that leaks, too.

You have several options with a leaky pen. If you want to vape the oil, you can buy a pen battery and refillable cartridge at a vape shop and try to siphon the oil from your disposable pen into the empty cartridge. If the budtender suggested using the liquid as a topical, he probably meant that you could mix it with something to rub on your aching joints or muscles for pain relief. The topicals you see at dispensaries are all infused with cannabis oil, which is pretty much the same stuff in your pen (without the vaping liquid), but they come in the form of balms and lotions for easy application, as rubbing hash oil on your body can get messy. However, topicals infused with cannabis oils are high in CBD, not THC. CBD doesn't get you stoned; it's used for sleep aid, pain relief and inflammation. So unless you bought a high-CBD pen, rubbing concentrated THC on your skin probably won't do much more than make it glisten and smell like hash. Perfect hippie bait.

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32 US CO: Column: Is Marijuana Legalization Just As Racist AsWed, 03 Aug 2016
Source:Colorado Springs Independent (CO) Author:Stein, Nat Area:Colorado Lines:96 Added:08/03/2016

Where there's money, novelty and potential fame, people want in. For some, though, actually getting into Colorado's burgeoning cannabis industry is more difficult than for others.

Take the experience of Taneesha Melvin, a 28-year-old Colorado Springs native. This spring, she says, she left her job at Cheyenne Mountain Resort in search of new employment. As a medical marijuana patient herself, Melvin figured her knowledge of strains, experience volunteering at a local dab lounge and service background positioned her well to be a budtender at one of the city's 133 dispensaries. So she dropped $150 on a background check and other licensing fees and set out on the job hunt.

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33 US CO: Column: Dear Stoner: Which Is Better for CBD ExtractionThu, 28 Jul 2016
Source:Westword (Denver, CO) Author:Fuego, Herbert Area:Colorado Lines:62 Added:07/28/2016

Dear Stoner: I want to try my hand at making CBD-extracted products. Is it better to use hemp or real marijuana for it?

C-Mac

Dear Mac: It depends on your experience with marijuana and cannabinoid extraction. Most cannabidiol (CBD) users and product-makers use industrial hemp, because it's easier to grow legally and naturally higher in CBD cannabinoids than most flowering marijuana plants, which generally have more THC. If you want to start creating personal CBD products in Colorado, all you have to do is make sure your hemp plants or oils have less than 0.3 percent THC, and you can make all the CBD-infused balms, lotions and foods you like - as long as your home-extraction methods don't involve butane or any other explosive solvent.

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34 US CO: Colo. Kids Accidentally Ingesting PotWed, 27 Jul 2016
Source:Chicago Sun-Times (IL) Author:May, Ashley Area:Colorado Lines:47 Added:07/27/2016

Medical Study Shows 34% Rise in Cases of Pediatric Marijuana Exposure

As more Colorado adults become comfortable with marijuana in their homes, more young children are ingesting the drug, a new study reports.

The JAMA Pediatrics report notes Colorado saw an increase of pediatric marijuana cases by 34% annually, compared with 19% for the rest of the USA.

Coloradans are baking marijuana into chocolate chip cookies, brownies and pies and adding it to candy fruit chews and chocolate bars - all sweets that toddlers find irresistible. And, the edibles market is still in its infancy.

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35 US CO: Study: Edible Pot Sickens More KidsWed, 27 Jul 2016
Source:Boston Herald (MA) Author:Kalter, Lindsay Area:Colorado Lines:54 Added:07/27/2016

A new study shows marijuana poisoning in young children has risen 150 percent in Colorado since the substance was legalized in 2014 - a frightening statistic that has opponents of the Bay State legal marijuana ballot initiative warning that the same could happen in Massachusetts.

"The edible products for the marijuana industry are a huge part of the profit and growth model," said Rep. Hannah Kane, of the Campaign for a Safe and Healthy Massachusetts' steering committee. "Children are highly susceptible to these products."

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36US CO: Editorial: Docs Gone Wild On Pot ReferralsWed, 27 Jul 2016
Source:Denver Post (CO)          Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:07/27/2016

It would be impossible to argue these days in Colorado that patients who use medical marijuana aren't getting a pretty good deal.

As in the earliest days of legalization, most Coloradans are comfortable giving patients or their caregivers the right to grow several plants. For years now, dispensaries catering to patients have been plentiful, as are a variety of products intended to address particular ailments and issues. And the state doesn't collect a sin tax on medical marijuana patients.

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37 US CO: Column: Weed Doctors Sue Medical Board Over 'Arbitrary'Wed, 27 Jul 2016
Source:Colorado Springs Independent (CO) Author:Stein, Nat Area:Colorado Lines:99 Added:07/27/2016

Last week, the Colorado Medical Board suspended the licenses of four doctors for allegedly recommending too much marijuana to patients. The doctors turned around and sued the health board, winning a temporary stay on the suspensions while they decide whether to proceed in administrative court or district court. This is the most sweeping punishment doled out to medical marijuana doctors in the system's nearly 20-year existence.

Among the four is Dr. William Stone, who practices at the MedEval Clinic on the northeast side of Colorado Springs. His suspension order, issued July 19, contains the written findings of the board's inquiry panel. The panel accuses Stone of signing more than 400 recommendations for possession of more than 75 plants. That, plus Stone's performing evaluations online rather than in person, led the panel to take "emergency action." The other three doctors are also accused of recommending more than 75 plants to hundreds of patients - what law enforcement professionals say is an abuse of the legal system that is feeding the black market.

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38US CO: Marijuana Edibles Reach Kids' Hands In ColoradoTue, 26 Jul 2016
Source:San Diego Union Tribune (CA) Author:Hoffman, Jan Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:07/26/2016

To a child on the prowl for sweets, that brownie, cookie or bear-shaped candy left on the kitchen counter is just asking to be gobbled up. But in states that have legalized marijuana for recreational use, notably Colorado, that child may end up with more than a sugar high.

A study published Monday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics says that in Colorado, the rates of marijuana exposure in young children, many of them toddlers, have increased 150 percent since 2014, when recreational marijuana products, like sweets, went on the market legally.

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39 US CO: It's Much More Than A Sugar HighTue, 26 Jul 2016
Source:New Mexican, The (Santa Fe, NM) Author:Hoffman, Jan Area:Colorado Lines:90 Added:07/26/2016

To a child on the prowl for sweets, that brownie, cookie or bear-shaped candy left on the kitchen counter is just asking to be gobbled up. But in states that have legalized marijuana for recreational use, notably Colorado, that child may end up with more than a sugar high.

A study published Monday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics says that in Colorado the rates of marijuana exposure in young children, many of them toddlers, have increased 150 percent since 2014, when recreational marijuana products, like sweets, went on the market legally.

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40 US CO: Edible Marijuana Is Getting into Hands of ColoradoTue, 26 Jul 2016
Source:Buffalo News (NY) Author:Hoffman, Jan Area:Colorado Lines:120 Added:07/26/2016

DENVER - To a child on the prowl for sweets, that brownie, cookie or bearshaped candy left on the kitchen counter is just asking to be gobbled up. But in states that have legalized marijuana for recreational use, notably Colorado, that child may end up with more than a sugar high. New York Times These brownie bites by Spot contain 5 milligrams of THC per serving. A study in JAMA Pediatrics says the rate of marijuana exposure in young children in Colorado has increased 150 percent since recreational use was legalized.

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41 US CO: Study: Colorado Children Trying Marijuana TreatsTue, 26 Jul 2016
Source:Palm Beach Post, The (FL) Author:Hoffman, Jan Area:Colorado Lines:53 Added:07/26/2016

To a child on the prowl for sweets, that brownie, cookie or bear-shaped candy left on the kitchen counter is just asking to be gobbled up. But in states that have legalized marijuana for recreational use, notably Colorado, that child may end up with more than a sugar high.

A study published Monday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics says that in Colorado the rates of marijuana exposure in young children, many of them toddlers, have increased 150 percent since 2014, when recreational marijuana products, like sweets, went on the market legally.

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42 US CO: Study: Colorado Children Trying Marijuana TreatsTue, 26 Jul 2016
Source:Austin American-Statesman (TX) Author:Hoffman, Jan Area:Colorado Lines:54 Added:07/26/2016

To a child on the prowl for sweets, that brownie, cookie or bear-shaped candy left on the kitchen counter is just asking to be gobbled up. But in states that have legalized marijuana for recreational use, notably Colorado, that child may end up with more than a sugar high.

A study published Monday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics says that in Colorado the rates of marijuana exposure in young children, many of them toddlers, have increased 150 percent since 2014, when recreational marijuana products, like sweets, went on the market legally.

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43US CO: More Kids In ER Due To MarijuanaTue, 26 Jul 2016
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Ingold, John Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:07/26/2016

Accidental Consumption Leading to Hospital Trips

Colorado's laws on labeling and child-resistant packaging have been unable to stop an increase of young kids ending up in the emergency room after accidentally consuming marijuana, according to a new study published online Monday in the medical journal JAMA Pediatrics.

The study - led by a doctor at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus - found that emergency room visits and poison-control calls for kids 9 and younger who consumed pot in Colorado jumped after recreational marijuana stores opened. About twice as many kids visited the Children's Hospital Colorado emergency room per year in 2014 and 2015 as did in years before the opening of recreational marijuana stores, according to the study. Annual poison-control cases increased fivefold, the study found.

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44 US CO: Study Finds Sharp Increase in Marijuana Exposure AmongTue, 26 Jul 2016
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Hoffman, Jan Area:Colorado Lines:117 Added:07/26/2016

To a child on the prowl for sweets, that brownie, cookie or bear-shaped candy left on the kitchen counter is just asking to be gobbled up. But in states that have legalized marijuana for recreational use, notably Colorado, that child may end up with more than a sugar high.

A study published on Monday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics says that in Colorado the rates of marijuana exposure in young children, many of them toddlers, have increased 150 percent since 2014, when recreational marijuana products, like sweets, went on the market legally.

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45US CO: Boulder Producing One Of Top Hemp StrainsSun, 24 Jul 2016
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Castle, Shay Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:07/24/2016

BOULDER, Colo. - The nondescript building in east Boulder is like many other in the city; is, in fact, identical to several surrounding structures. Passing motorists and pedestrians wouldn't know that there's a multi-million dollar manufacturing operation inside. And that's the way the folks at CW Hemp want it.

Even if someone did manage to peek inside the 18,000-square-foot lab, warehouse and office space, they wouldn't know that one of the most famous strains of hemp in the world is processed here, reported the Daily Camera.

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46US CO: State Lab Testing Shows No THC In Hugo WaterSun, 24 Jul 2016
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Robles, Yesenia Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:07/24/2016

Advisory Ends After Residents Were Told Not to Bathe, Drink or Cook With Their Tap Water

Hugo - the small town that made a sudden appearance in national headlines for nearly two days - is returning to normal after state laboratories determined that all six field tests that gave rise to suspicions about THC-contaminated water turned out to be false positives. Sandie Bailey and her 10-year-old daughter, JoHanna, said Friday that dishes were starting to pile up in their kitchen in Hugo because they were scared to use the town's water. The water was feared to be contaminated by THC, the main psychoactive compound in marijuana. Testing by the CBI, announced Saturday, eliminated that fear. Photos by RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post

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47 US CO: A Colorado Town's Water Tests Positive For MarijuanaSat, 23 Jul 2016
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Healy, Jack Area:Colorado Lines:61 Added:07/23/2016

DENVER - There are no marijuana dispensaries or greenhouses in the tiny railroad town of Hugo, where Theodore Roosevelt once ate breakfast with the local cowboys. But this week, Hugo's 740 residents were told to stop drinking the water after the town's water supply tested positive for THC, the psychoactive chemical in Colorado's most famous cash crop.

The trouble started when a local company trying to calibrate its employee drug tests pulled a positive reading from Hugo's tap water. The town's Public Works Department investigated and found signs of tampering and "forced entry" at one of the wells that supply the town's drinking water, a spokesman for the Lincoln County sheriff told reporters. The town sealed off the well that seemed to be the source of the tainted water.

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48US CO: THC Contaminates Hugo's WaterFri, 22 Jul 2016
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Ingold, John Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:07/23/2016

Hugo) This town on Colorado's Eastern Plains warned its residents not to drink, bathe in or cook with its tap water Thursday because officials said multiple preliminary tests of the water came back positive for THC, the main psychoactive compound in marijuana.

Residents were told not even to let their pets drink the water.

There have been no reports of illnesses or any symptoms of impairment from drinking the water, officials said at a news conference Thursday evening. Deeper tests, which could be completed Friday, are needed to verify the presence of THC and to determine the level of contamination, if any.

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49 US CO: Column: Dear Stoner: Does the Pot Industry Need CivilThu, 21 Jul 2016
Source:Westword (Denver, CO) Author:Fuego, Herbert Area:Colorado Lines:63 Added:07/21/2016

Dear Stoner: My dad has expressed an interest in getting in on all this marijuana business; as a supportive daughter, I'm wondering if there is any opportunity for a veteran civil engineer in the industry.

Marisa

Dear Marisa: Your dad is probably overqualified for 99.5 percent of the jobs in the marijuana industry at the moment - but he could still find ways to use his skills, and there may be more opportunities in the future. Depending on what sort of civil engineer he was/is, he could help design the exteriors of grow houses. With all of the energy that hydroponic systems use in warehouses, I'm sure commercial growers and environmentalists alike would be interested in maximizing efficiency and minimizing energy use.

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50 US CO: Column: Hemp Can Have Wider UseWed, 20 Jul 2016
Source:Colorado Springs Independent (CO) Author:Stein, Nat Area:Colorado Lines:87 Added:07/21/2016

The smoky sunsets of late make for an eerie reminder of the fires burning all around the Springs - to the west, up north and in our past. It's unwelcome deja vu, but it seems all but inevitable each summer.

Colorado is hot, dry and windy during the summer, making it fertile ground for ravaging fires. But research suggests this recent uptick may be attributable to insect outbreaks, drought and rising temperatures - all symptoms of manmade climate change. Innovators not resigned to that fate have found an unlikely tool for both surviving wildfires and preventing them at the same time: cannabis. (But not the kind that gets you high.)

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