At lunchtime today, there were a lot of disappointed people outside the locked doors of Zocalo Restaurant & Bar, the Mexican joint that some veteran employees of Benny's opened four years ago on East 11th Avenue. But no one was more disappointed than landlord Regas Christou, who'd stopped by to coll ... More >>
The demand for cannabis in Colorado this year has been stronger than anticipated, according to a recent state study on the industry. See also: Marijuana: State-approved labs can't test private pot samples
While Washington has yet to open a single retail marijuana store, Colorado marked its its six-month anniversary with recreational cannabis last week. And as with many committed relationships, there's more trust going forward. See also: See the 88 recreational shops that have opened in Denver since J ... More >>
State medical-marijuana testing labs licensed by the Marijuana Enforcement Division can no longer accept and test private samples dropped off by patients and caregivers. Legally, they're only allowed to test marijuana from state-licensed marijuana facilities. Officials say the move keeps the state ... More >>
The Colorado Department of Revenue's Marijuana Enforcement Division held a session on product potency yesterday at Children's Hospital Colorado in Aurora, where a working group discussed how to make sure that marijuana edible serving sizes are safe for consumers. Much of the talk focused on packagin ... More >>
It's been three-and-a-half months since the start of recreational cannabis sales in Colorado, but recent stats show that medical marijuana sales still far outpace recreational sales -- even with a patient base of fewer than 114,000 people. Retail sales tax collected in the state in March for retail ... More >>
In the wake of Amendment 64's passage, some officials worried marijuana sales tax revenues wouldn't pay for needed regulation. But at least in month one, such concerns proved to be unfounded. The retail pot sales launch resulted in a gusher of cash, with more than $3.5 million in tax revenues colle ... More >>
Even though Colorado received more than 40,000 new medical marijuana patient applications in 2013, the total number of active patients on the state's registry stayed about the same as in 2012, when voters went beyond MMJ to let adults 21 and over to use and possess small amounts of cannabis. As of ... More >>
The last All-V's has closed. Long before Subway, Quizno's, Snarf's or Heidi's were doing it, All-V's was dishing up hearty hoagies to the work-day crowd in its diner-like environment. At one point, there were several shops in metro Denver; the location on East Eighth Avenue was the last one left, an ... More >>
At 10:30 a.m., state officials will unveil the Marijuana Inventory Tracking Solution, or MITS, a system intended to keep tabs pot for sale in Colorado. But while the press is invited to the event, a number of medical marijuana patients coordinated by the Cannabis Therapy Institute have invited thems ... More >>
This month, state officials are hashing out just who can and can't make marijuana concentrates in Colorado -- setting safety guidelines for producers and consumers for both the recreational and medical marijuana industries. Most rules for the recreational and medical marijuana industries were set m ... More >>
The Colorado Department of Revenue has released its set of rules for the soon-to-be recreational marijuana industry. And there are a lot of them. The document is 144 pages long; see it below. Much of the language in the doc is taken from existing medical marijuana rules in Colorado (which also got ... More >>
Today, the Colorado Department of Revenue and the Marijuana Enforcement Division jointly released emergency rules for the marijuana industry. The agencies stress that these mandates are temporary, meant only as placeholders until permanent rules are adopted. Our William Breathes went over the edicts ... More >>
The Crooked Stave Barrel Cellar, which opened just a few weeks ago, has been ordered by the Colorado Department of Revenue to stop selling beer on draft. "They have a wholesaler's license, not a manufacturing license, so they can only sell alcohol for off-premises consumption," says Mark Couch, a s ... More >>
Marijuana, even of the medical variety, remains illegal at the federal level -- meaning that dispensary owners can't take business deductions on tax returns they submit to the feds. But since MMJ is legal in Colorado, shouldn't they be able to deduct legitimate business expenses on state forms? Mitc ... More >>
Last Friday, June 29, the Colorado Department of Revenue approved a complicated plan that would allow Breckenridge Brewery to grow beyond a 60,000-barrel limit in this state by using a provision known as an "alternating proprietorship." And Breckenridge has been rapidly approaching that limit, par ... More >>
DMV branches are often unpleasant, but the men's room at the central Denver branch, at 1865 West Mississippi Avenue, is off-the-charts. Aside from the questionable cleanliness of the facilities seen in the video below, virtually every surface has been tagged by graffiti, transforming the space into ... More >>
Last week marked the end of the Metropolitan Football Stadium tax, the ten cents residents have paid on every $100 since 1990. With the sales tax's end comes the news that Sports Authority Stadium at Mile High is officially paid off. But it hasn't reached the end zone quite yet: As the January 9 dea ... More >>
As mandated by state law, the director of the state Department of Revenue formally requested that the federal government reconsider their position on medical marijuana last week. Thanks to an often-forgotten clause in House Bill 1284, which laid the framework for the current regulatory system in pl ... More >>
From regulations changing and shops being raided, to pizza delivery guys calling the cops on tokers, it has been an interesting year for medical marijuana in Colorado. Below is our top ten list of Westword's most popular marijuana stories of 2011 as well as links to the original posts.
Dan Hartman.Update below: Last week's reports from industry sources that Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division director Dan Hartman would be leaving his post have now been confirmed. However, Hartman's not out of a job. He's been reassigned within the Department of Revenue, with another Reve ... More >>
Dan Hartman.Update: We've now received a response from Department of Revenue spokesman Mark Couch regarding persistent reports from multiple medical marijuana industry sources that Dan Hartman will depart as director of the state's Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division at day's end. Couch's ... More >>
This morning, the manager of Cherry Top Farms dispensary, raided yesterday by the DEA and other agencies, shared his version of the story, including his claim that the center was in compliance with all state regs. There's nothing to contradict this claim in info supplied by the U.S. Attorney' ... More >>
Former cop and current state investigator Joe Sandoval is still a candidate for city council in Commerce City, according to the city clerk's office. But if he stays in the race, he'll have some uncomfortable questions to answer about being busted for driving under the influence -- and the way a poli ... More >>
Driving in Denver gets more difficult every day. If it's not the construction and repair, then it's the badly synchronized lights or rush-hour traffic. If it's not the sneaky radar vans, then it's the real trouble-makers who weave in and out of lanes at twice the speed of everyone else. So ... More >>
Turn that frown upside down! If Senate Bill 60 passes out of the House, "on-premises" liquor licensees -- meaning restaurants and bars, and restaurants and bars only -- would be free, free to pour any beer they want to, even the 3.2 beer they're now prevented from serving by the state's arc ... More >>
Big pic below.Douglas Bruce has made no shortage of enemies over the years -- and plenty of them are likely grinning at the sight of his mug shot, released in conjunction with word that he's been indicted for failing to pay taxes he earned in 2005-2007. His alleged method of evasion? Funnelin ... More >>
Rob Corry.At 9 a.m., Colorado's Department of Revenue will begin two days of public hearings at the Jefferson County Justice Center, Hearing Room 1, about its draft regulations for the medical marijuana industry. Among those hoping to speak is MMJ attorney Rob Corry -- but he's already fired ... More >>
Update: Yesterday, Colorado's board of health rejected an emergency petition from the Cannabis Therapy Institute, on view below in an item first published yesterday morning. The reason? The board didn't believe the concerns outlined in the petition constituted an emergency. However, the topic ... More >>
Fern Epstein.Colorado's Department of Revenue unveiled draft regulations for the medical marijuana industry at a marathon meeting yesterday -- and most concerning for the Cannabis Therapy Institute's Laura Kriho was a plan to phase out the current MMJ registry and replace it with a database s ... More >>
David Zamzow."If you are looking for a blend of personal service and expertise, you have come to the right place!. I offer a broad range of services for business owners, executives and independent professionals." So reads the welcome message on Fort Collins CPA David Zamzow's website. No men ... More >>
Friday's MMJ meeting.On Friday, the Colorado Department of Revenue's medical marijuana advisory committee met at a session belatedly opened to the public -- and the folks at the Cannabis Therapy Institute were troubled by the draft regulations released in conjunction with the get-together. S ... More >>
Laura Kriho.Cannabis Therapy Institute's Laura Kriho and Colorado Coalition for Patients and Caregivers' Robert Chase succeeded in getting the Department of Revenue to postpone the first meeting of its new medical marijuana advisory working group because it wasn't open to the public. But they ... More >>
Laura Kriho.The first rule-making hearing of the Department of Revenue's Medical Marijuana Licensing Authority, slated for 10 a.m. this morning, has been deemed an emergency. But why it should be categorized as one puzzles the Cannabis Therapy Institute's Laura Kriho, who notes that this term ... More >>
Everyone has questions about the new medical marijuana laws. And one of the best people to answer them is Jill Lamoureux-Leigh, one of the most successful and respected people in the MMJ community.
Looks like candy to us....As of May 1, soda pop and candy -- "a preparation of sugar, honey, or other natural or artificial sweeteners in combination with chocolate, fruit, nuts, or other ingredients or flavoring in the form of bars, drops or pieces," according to the Colorado Department of R ... More >>
When is a dispensary like a casino?The medical marijuana legislation grinding through the Colorado House and Senate continues to fire up debate -- note these recent back-and-forths between Senator Chris Romer and MMJ advocate Rob Corry over the issue of licensing requirements for patients age ... More >>
The Star Bar, at 2137 Larimer Street, still hasn't reopened after it was busted for serving underage drinkers; after getting popped for its fourth underage violation in as many years, the Border, a University of Denver institution at 2014 South University, shut down altogether last fall. (It ... More >>
Early last week, India House, the curry den at 1514 Blake Street, was seized for non-payment of taxes. But owner Ghugi Singh was able to cough up the $12,739.91 demanded by the state, which he paid in full to the Colorado Department of Revenue. "The business was released back to the owner yes ... More >>
The Recovery Room, a longtime hole-in-the-wall bar at 819 Colorado Boulevard serving the east Congress Park neighborhood as well as the good doctors, nurses and health-care professionals from nearby hospitals and medical centers, has flatlined. The door is boarded up and a posted Colorado Departmen ... More >>
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