LAFAYETTE, Colo. - The political rise of Colorado's cannabis industry
is, in essence, the story of Garrett Hause's alfalfa farm.
Mr. Hause, a broad-shouldered, 25-year-old horticulturist who tills
his family's land in the shadow of the snow-capped Rocky Mountains,
said he was never particularly interested in politics - that is, until
voters legalized cannabis in 2012. He started familiarizing himself
with the stringent state regulations that govern the industry. He and
a friend then created Elation Cannabis Company, which uses a section
of the family's soil to grow hemp.
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It's a common stereotype that people who smoke weed are a bit
foggy-headed and missing a few brain cells.
But a new study from researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder
found that alcohol is much more damaging to your brain than marijuana.
In fact, the study - which was published in the journal Addiction -
suggests that weed use doesn't seem to alter the structure of a
person's brain at all.
Kent Hutchison, a co-author of the study, told Medical News Today that
he wanted to examine what effect pot has on a person's brain because
there isn't a conclusive answer to the question.
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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
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
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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
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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
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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