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1 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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2 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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3 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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4 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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5 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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6US 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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7 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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8 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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9 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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10 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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11 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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12US 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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13 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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14US 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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15 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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16 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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17 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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18US 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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19 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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20US 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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21 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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22 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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23 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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24 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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25 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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26US 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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27US 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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28US CO: Star Musicians In Tune With Signature PotMon, 11 Jul 2016
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Blevins, Jason Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:07/11/2016

Latest Innovation From Weed Growers Is More Partnership Than Endorsement Deal.

Pot is going the way of sneakers and snowboards.

As cannabis fights for a foothold in the U.S. economy, innovative weed growers are taking cues from a variety of industries - footwear, musical instruments, skis and snowboards, for example - and working with superstar musicians to develop signature marijuana strains, pro-model cannabis that sails off the shelves.

Colorado's growers - captains of the state's maturing cannabis scene - - are leading the charge in this next stage of marijuana marketing that's more partnership than endorsement deal.

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29 US CO: Column: With Plant Limit in Effect, Patients Speak OutWed, 06 Jul 2016
Source:Colorado Springs Independent (CO) Author:Stein, Nat Area:Colorado Lines:95 Added:07/06/2016

Crouse worries new local law will lead to another years-long legal battle.

Bob Crouse didn't think he'd still be fighting. Standing outside the City Administration Building downtown with a cardboard sign and a cadre of medical marijuana supporters on Wednesday, June 29, he remembers this exact day four years ago. It was 4:20 p.m., he says, that a jury decided he was not guilty on charges of felony possession with intent to distribute.

That moment of elation contrasted the nightmarish events leading up to it. Diagnosed with leukemia in 2007, Crouse says his prospects looked grim until he started medicating with homemade "phoenix tears" - - a concentrated oil extracted from cannabis flower. That regimen started killing his cancer cells, but in May 2011, local police cut down and confiscated his 55 marijuana plants and pounds of processed flower. After being acquitted, he sued to get his medicine back - some $300,000 worth - plants that ultimately were returned dead and unusable.

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30US CO: State Has $ 2.4m For Research On MarijuanaSat, 02 Jul 2016
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Ingold, John Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:07/02/2016

Colorado's Health Department has $ 2.4 million to put toward studies about marijuana use, and now it is looking for researchers to help spend it.

The department this week began accepting grant applications for its Retail Marijuana Health Monitoring Program. The department already has a historic research program to fund studies on medical marijuana. The new grants, funded by the legislature this spring, will go toward studies about the health effects of marijuana use more generally across the state post-legalization. Money for the grants comes from marijuana taxes.

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31 US CO: Column: All Cash, No Banks For DispensariesWed, 29 Jun 2016
Source:Colorado Springs Independent (CO) Author:Stein, Nat Area:Colorado Lines:110 Added:06/29/2016

At around 5 p.m. on Monday, June 20, a medical marijuana center on the north side of Colorado Springs was the target of an armed robbery. According to the police blotter, "a male with a light complexion wearing dark clothes" entered the business, weapon in hand, demanding cash. He made away with an undisclosed amount of money and merchandise.

Lt. Timothy Stankey, police department spokesman, says that because the suspect is still at-large and an investigation is just getting underway, the full case report is unavailable.

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32 US CO: Pot Foes Dismiss Study ResultsSat, 25 Jun 2016
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Evans, Erica Area:Colorado Lines:85 Added:06/26/2016

When Colorado legalized marijuana for recreational use in 2012, opponents of the new law warned that more teenagers would start using the drug.

But teen use of marijuana has held steady, according to a new survey of nearly 17,000 high school and middle school students by the state Department of Public Health and Environment.

The study, released this week, also found that "Colorado does not significantly differ from the national average in lifetime or current marijuana use."

Colorado, which has some of the most liberal marijuana laws in the country, is something of a test case for legalization, as 25 states now allow medical or recreational use of the drug to varying degrees. Legalization advocates have seized on the findings to bolster their position.

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33US CO: Editorial: The Good News On Teen Pot UseThu, 23 Jun 2016
Source:Denver Post (CO)          Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:06/23/2016

The biggest single risk in legalizing marijuana in 2012 - with no other issue even close - was the effect it might have on adolescents.

Would usage skyrocket among this group? Teens who use drugs are more likely than adults to end up dependent on them and to suffer other long-term consequences, such as academic failure. If it can be shown for sure that legalization pushes more kids into pot use, most arguments on behalf of legal pot would be overwhelmed.

That's why the recent data from the state's Healthy Kids Colorado Survey, which shows marijuana use among high school students has not increased and is roughly the same as the national average, is so heartening. Even the most ardent opponents of legalization ought to pleased, since the prospect of repealing Amendment 64 in the near future is approximately zero. We're going to be living with the consequences of legalization for the time being, both good and bad.

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34 US CO: Column: Challenging Retail Pot In PuebloWed, 22 Jun 2016
Source:Colorado Springs Independent (CO) Author:Stein, Nat Area:Colorado Lines:111 Added:06/22/2016

The initiative against pot in both the city and county of Pueblo supposedly leaves the medical side alone. Indeed, the language of the submitted ballot question specifies "retail" marijuana facilities and the campaign for its passage focuses on the ills of legalizing recreational use. But, in effect, the two sides of the industry are so intertwined that banning one could pose a serious threat to the other.

According to the state Marijuana Enforcement Division's records, 17 of Pueblo County's 22 licensed retail marijuana dispensaries have a corresponding medical center - nearly all in the same location.

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35US CO: Survey: Pot Use Among Colo. Teens FlatTue, 21 Jun 2016
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Ingold, John Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:06/21/2016

One out of every five Colorado teens admits having used marijuana in the past month, but that rate has not increased since pot was legalized in the state and is in line with the national average, according to a new report from the state Health Department.

Among the other findings of the 2015 Healthy Kids Colorado Survey, released Monday:

The large majority of Colorado middle and high school students - 62 percent - say they have never used marijuana.

Alcohol is the drug of choice among Colorado teens, with 30 percent of kids surveyed saying they drank within the previous month.

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36US CO: Column: How DEA Should Classify PotSun, 19 Jun 2016
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Downey, Tom Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:06/19/2016

A Three-Part Approach Can Satisfy State, Feds Alike

This summer may be a big moment in the national conversation about marijuana. With a decision coming by July 1, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency could partially legalize medical marijuana, and the federal government could usher in a new era with a comprehensive and multi-structural approach to pot policy.

Just don't expect to fill a marijuana brownie prescription at your local drug store any time soon.

Marijuana has been a Schedule I narcotic since 1970. That means, in the eyes of the federal government, marijuana has no medicinal value and is highly addictive.

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37 US CO: Column: Dear Stoner: Does MMJ Do Anything for Migraines?Thu, 16 Jun 2016
Source:Westword (Denver, CO) Author:Fuego, Herbert Area:Colorado Lines:62 Added:06/16/2016

Dear Stoner: I've been dealing with migraines for years, and my prescribed medication rarely works. I've been thinking about medical marijuana as an alternative treatment. Does it do anything for migraines?

Ken

Dear Ken: They say that those who deal with migraines and insomnia are the most intelligent and creative people; I am neither, but my dumb ass still dealt with the same issue growing up. I tried all sorts of treatments - aspirin, prescription ibuprofen and Imitrex, multiple MRIs, even locking myself in a dark, silent room - but nothing worked. I've also gotten so stoned that I've forgotten I even had a migraine - but that put me out of commission longer than the headache ever did. Finally, I spoke with a medical marijuana doctor about my condition, and he recommended tinctures and edibles.

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38 US CO: Column: Canna Activists to Obama: Deschedule NowWed, 15 Jun 2016
Source:Colorado Springs Independent (CO) Author:Stein, Nat Area:Colorado Lines:105 Added:06/15/2016

Advocates call for descheduling.

Last week, CannaBiz covered local activists' demonstration outside the Air Force Academy before President Barack Obama's widely watched commencement address. As cars from all over the country poured in, the loosely affiliated Cannabis Patient Rights Coalition spoke out - asking the mayor to stop tightening local regulations and the president to stop classifying cannabis as an illegal narcotic.

That federally illegal status is cause for much consternation in Colorado's burgeoning industry and all those who operate, regulate, litigate, finance and insure it. But, as the activists lining the road into the Air Force Academy on the morning of June 2 readily admit, changing that status has to be done properly.

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39 US CO: Column: Dear Stoner: Can I Use My MMJ Card In Vegas?Thu, 09 Jun 2016
Source:Westword (Denver, CO) Author:Fuego, Herbert Area:Colorado Lines:58 Added:06/09/2016

Dear Stoner:I'm going to Vegas in October and wonder if I can use my Colorado medical card to pick up a little medicine while I'm there. Rich

Dear Rich: Nevada is one of the few medical marijuana states with a reciprocity law that allows out-of-state patients to possess and purchase cannabis while they're visiting. Although the state might not have as many dispensaries or options as you'll find in Colorado, Nevada has become a haven for patients coming from states with more restrictive regulations - and those coming from states with no MMJ. A February article in the Las Vegas Sun detailed how pre-screened tourists with a valid California ID or U.S. passport boarded a California-bound bus in Vegas and were connected with a doctor, who evaluated the tourists for a California medical card. If the tourists were approved, a medical marijuana recommendation was printed on the bus in Vegas, where the new patients were then free to visit dispensaries and carry and consume cannabis.

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40 US CO: PUB LTE: No-Pot PetitionFri, 03 Jun 2016
Source:Pueblo Chieftain (CO) Author:Cantor, Bryan Area:Colorado Lines:54 Added:06/04/2016

This letter is not to start a debate or argue whether I'm pro-or anti-cannabis. Every person in Pueblo has the right to believe whatever they so choose, along with the right to vote on what's happening within their own county.

I am just informing the people who read The Pueblo Chieftain on what the petition really means and intends to do. There are four types of licenses for marijuana, and there are retail and medical licenses for each.

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41 US CO: LTE: Heroin And PotTue, 31 May 2016
Source:Pueblo Chieftain (CO) Author:Alsever, Robert N. Area:Colorado Lines:57 Added:06/04/2016

When it comes to the war on marijuana in Pueblo, pot proponents claim we should worry about "real" drugs like heroin and prescription drugs- not marijuana. My answer: We do worry. I believe making marijuana legal has only fueled heroin use.

Fifteen years ago physicians and hospitals were told they weren't managing pain adequately. Health care responded. What followed was a national prescription opiate epidemic.

The Center for Disease Control reports prescription opioid abuse leads to a 40-fold increase in heroin use. Yet Colorado opiate prescriptions per 100 residents have decreased (CDC 2014). Our state weighs in at 70, compared with 120 to 140 for the Rust Belt and southern states.

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42 US CO: Column: Lamborn Votes Against Vets' Access to MedicalWed, 01 Jun 2016
Source:Colorado Springs Independent (CO) Author:Stein, Nat Area:Colorado Lines:100 Added:06/01/2016

Third time was the charm for Congress to pass legislation to let Veterans Administration doctors discuss medical marijuana with patients in states where it's legal (like this one!). From a 195-222 failed House vote in 2014 to a narrower 210-213 loss in 2015, this month the House shifted to a 233-189 approval - reflecting the transformation in public opinion over those years.

Among the "no" votes that failed to stop the action, co-authored by Rep. Jared Polis, D-Boulder, was Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colorado Springs. Lamborn, who represents this veteran-laden district and sits on the House Veteran Affairs Committee, has long decried the shortcomings of what he terms "Obama's VA department." Many local vets are as familiar with those shortcomings - the bureaucratic bottlenecking of much-needed care - as they are with elected leaders' failure to effect meaningful reform. And that frustration has fueled the fight for expanded access to medical marijuana to treat the wounds of war, as detailed in the Indy's April 20 cover story "Aim to Heal."

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43 US CO: Column: Dear Stoner: Can You Smoke Melted PotThu, 26 May 2016
Source:Westword (Denver, CO) Author:Fuego, Herbert Area:Colorado Lines:62 Added:05/26/2016

Dear Stoner: My brother has cancer, and I think medical marijuana would be better for his pain than Oxycontin, which can be addictive. If you were looking for advice on what strains to use, where would you go?

Marge

Dear Marge: Opiate painkillers work for many people, but I've also seen the addictive effects firsthand: Several kids I went to high school with are now doing heroin because of their opiate addictions.

For cancer patients suffering extreme pain and nausea from their conditions and/or chemotherapy, potent and heavy strains are the way to go. Heavy indicas like Afghani, Alien Rock Candy, Bubba Kush or Grape Ape are all great candidates for insomnia and pain relief. Most strains with the word "Purple" in their names and any indica-leaning kush are also usually a safe bet. Sativa strains like Jack Herer, Tangerine Kush and anything Hawaiian are good for stimulating appetites, but they affect everyone differently.

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44 US CO: Column: Under Springs' Residential Plant LimitWed, 25 May 2016
Source:Colorado Springs Independent (CO) Author:Stein, Nat Area:Colorado Lines:69 Added:05/25/2016

Plant-count work-arounds

Last week, CannaBiz reported on the plight of Rebecca Lockwood - a local mom who grows marijuana at home to treat her severely autistic son, Calvin, and several other sick kids. Since City Council put a 12-plant limit on residential grows, caregivers like her will have to choose: stop making life-saving medicine or risk arrest. This week, CannaBiz breaks down that choice, because nothing's really ever that simple, is it?

One option for homegrowers is to buy from a dispensary. That is indeed viable if any of the 132 medical marijuana centers in town grow the appropriate strains at an affordable price point. But that's a big "if." Many patients grow at home precisely because those factors are prohibitive.

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45 US CO: PUB LTE: Marijuana BillMon, 16 May 2016
Source:Pueblo Chieftain (CO) Author:Martinez, Frank Jr. Area:Colorado Lines:38 Added:05/18/2016

I am writing in response to a recent article published on May 3 titled, "At the State Capitol: Marijuana bill headed to the governor." I understand this is a sensitive subject with many pros and cons; however, I feel that HB 1373 is a solid start to allowing children with various diseases or disorders to get there medical marijuana (nonsmokeable) medicine administered in school by a parent or guardian.

I realize this bill may come under some scrutiny from other student's parents and or teachers due to the risk of having marijuana on the premises, thus giving the impression that drugs are allowed at school. I feel that school staff and parents may communicate regularly that these adults will control this policy with sternness and follow the rules set forth by the government.

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46 US CO: Column: Parents of MMJ Patients Celebrate Win in D49Wed, 18 May 2016
Source:Colorado Springs Independent (CO) Author:Stein, Nat Area:Colorado Lines:118 Added:05/18/2016

Home groan

Clint and Rebecca Lockwood rushed to City Hall when they heard Colorado Springs City Council was about to limit home grows to 12 plants, but Council had already adopted the ordinance. So they went home worried sick about their son, Calvin, who's severely autistic and relies on homemade CBD oil to keep his aggression under control.

Without it, their home is hell. The Lockwoods say that, unmedicated, Calvin won't sleep, sweats, shakes, eats furniture, attacks his younger brother and bashes his head into the wall until he bleeds.

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47US CO: District Will Allow Medical Pot In SchoolFri, 13 May 2016
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Nicholson, Kieran Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:05/13/2016

A school district board in El Paso County approved Thursday a policy to allow therapeutic marijuana products at its schools.

The District 49 Board of Education, in Peyton, unanimously, in a five-to-zero vote, approved the "Compassionate Administration of Therapeutic Cannabinoid Products on District Property" policy, the district announced in a media release.

The policy, known as "Jaxs' policy," was approved as part of a regularly scheduled monthly meeting and is the first of its kind in the state, according to the district.

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48US CO: State Pot Shops Sell $270m In 3 MonthsThu, 12 May 2016
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Baca, Ricardo Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:05/12/2016

In the first three months of 2016, Colorado pot shops sold more than $270 million of cannabis and related products, according to new figures from the state Department of Revenue.

The state's latest data show that its marijuana shops sold nearly $90 million of cannabis in March.

The licensed stores sold more than $55 million of recreational marijuana and more than $33 million of medical cannabis in March, the latest month for which the department has released tax data for the industry. Totals for retail and medical marijuana dipped slightly in March after a bustling February, which was the state's fifth-most-lucrative month for sales since they began in January 2014, according to the Cannabist's calculations and state data.

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49 US CO: Column: A Hit and a Miss for Colorado MarijuanaThu, 12 May 2016
Source:Boulder Weekly (CO) Author:Haas, Sarah Area:Colorado Lines:93 Added:05/12/2016

In the week leading up to the end of the Second Regular Session of the State Legislature, two major pieces of marijuana legislation met their fates.

In the first week of May, a proposal to certify organic marijuana at the state level was rejected in a Senate committee by a vote of 4-3, while Jack's Law, a bill requiring Colorado schools to accommodate the use of non-smokeable medical marijuana by students, passed both the House and Senate.

These bills are small, but significant pieces of legislation. They were necessitated by conflicts between state and federal laws concerning the rights of cannabis patients and consumers.

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50 US CO: Column: Council Considers Year-Long Moratorium AfterWed, 11 May 2016
Source:Colorado Springs Independent (CO) Author:Stein, Nat Area:Colorado Lines:121 Added:05/11/2016

"The moratorium will not be extended" reads a line in the ordinance that the Colorado Springs City Council passed in late November, establishing a six-month moratorium on marijuana business licensing. Now, with that moratorium due to expire on May 25, Council is considering putting a new one in place - this time for a full year.

"I hear what you're saying, 'It's not an extension; it's a whole new ordinance.' I got you," Speakeasy Vape Lounge owner and City Council hopeful Jaymen Johnson said to Council at its April 26 meeting. "It seems you guys have figured out the loophole thing just as well as the clubs did, so congratulations. Glad we could show you how it's done."

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