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 >>
Last week, the DEA and the IRS, aided by local officers, conducted raids on multiple marijuana businesses in Denver and Boulder. While the feds aren't sharing details of these actions, info has surfaced about a potential link to Juan Guardarrama, aka "Tony Montana, a Miami con who, until recently, ... More >>
Yesterday, we posted about a new video intended to reassure members of the cannabis industry about the new and controversial Marijuana Inventory Tracking system, shorthanded as MITs. Looks like this clip will have to be amended, however. According to the Marijuana Enforcement Division spokeswoman w ... More >>
We wrote about worries over Franwell seed-to-sale technology intended for use in the Colorado MMJ industry way back in 2011. Two years later, with the Marijuana Inventory Tracking system (MITs) finally going on line, the worries aren't over, with at least one advocate raising concerns about an alleg ... More >>
As of last week, there were 266 licensed dispensaries in Colorado, with the possibility for almost double that number by the time the state Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division finishes licensing. But there's no real telling when that will be.
The Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division confirms that an investigation is underway involving meat products infused with THC, the active ingredient of marijuana. In the meantime, multiple sources tell us that meat products like a jerky made by local firm Benjamin's Edibles are being removed from m ... More >>
This week, the Denver Post published a letter criticizing a recent study on mold in indoor marijuana grows from what appeared to be an employee of the Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division. Turns out he wasn't -- and as a result, the MMED asked the Post to publish a correction, which appeared today ... More >>
The Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is strapped for cash, and the bare-bones staff is just barely keeping up with the task the division was given in July 2010: to license dispensaries in the state.
In 2010, the Colorado Legislature outlined rules for the medical marijuana industry in this state with the passage of House Bill 1284. But vague language about patient plant limits could be putting at least two medical marijuana center owners in jeopardy of felony prosecution.
The Colorado Bureau of Investigations and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment are tentatively set to meet next week to discuss a computer system that tracks Colorado medical marijuana patients for law enforcement. The Medical Marijuana Technology Project came to light earlier t ... More >>
Rumors were flying over the weekend about a raid or some other type of law enforcement action going down at the Silver Lizard, a shop we reviewed last week. We've checked with the owners, who assure us there was no raid and the shop is still open for business.
Dispensaries that were operating in towns that have enacted local bans have had the option of moving within their existing city limits or to a new municipality that allows medical marijuana businesses, as dispensaries in Fort Collins have done. But centers that shut their doors after receiving let ... More >>
This week, the 25 medical marijuana dispensaries targeted in a second round of shut-down letters from the U.S. Attorney's office closed their doors, bringing the total number of shops that have done so to 47. But according to marijuana attorney Warren Edson, the majority of those MMCs have simply re ... More >>
The rumor going around the medical cannabis community that all seed sales have been suspended is not true. However, state Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division officials admit that they aren't quite sure how to regulate that part of the industry.
Letters from the U.S. Attorneys Office telling medical marijuana centers they have 45 days to shut down or face prosecution went out yesterday. Some shops are already receiving their ultimatums in the mail.
Last week, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Minnesota released information alleging that Boyd Ethan Wilkinson of Brighton, Robert Lee Bowker of Lyons, Mathew Martin Hecker of Evergreen and Anthony W. Raymond of Longmont had worked out a deal with two Minnesota men to ship pounds of marijuana from Color ... More >>
Earlier this week at the pseudo-monthly medical marijuana workgroup meeting, officials named the first five fully licensed Denver medical marijuana centers. Verde Wellness Center, Medicine Man, Colorado Alternative Medicine and both iVita Wellness locations got the go-ahead from the city and ... More >>
In August, the Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division awarded a $1.5 million contract to Franwell Inc. to institute a seed-to-sale marijuana tracking method for Colorado MMJ enterprises using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology. And while the system isn't expected to be in place ... More >>
Last week, medical cannabis testing facility Full Spectrum Labs shut its doors indefinitely, citing a lack of a state license to operate. But that news came as a surprise to Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division spokeswoman Julie Postlethwait, who says the lab could have remained open.
Big pic below.Update: According to the manager at the Cherry Top Farms medical marijuana center, a raid yesterday targeted a contract grower, not Cherry Top or any of its employees. But because federal officers were involved, they seized all of the dispensary's live plants, medicine and more, ... More >>
The Colorado Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division finally began licensing medical marijuana centers around the state this week. And while some activists say the licensing will likely bring more federal attention to Colorado dispensaries, several center owners say they feel more protected no ... More >>
Twirling Hippy Confections owner Jessica LeRoux says a Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division inspector with the state has been telling shops that her packaging doesn't meet state regulations, writing up at least one for a violation. But LeRoux says he's misinformed and mistakes like his could cost ... More >>
Corey Donahue.The war between activist Corey Donahue and the Department of Revenue over public records has flared up once again. This time, Donahue accuses DOR supervisor Matt Cook with improperly deleting e-mails shortly before leaving his post -- a charge denied by the Medical Marijuana En ... More >>
Despite rumors that state licenses wouldn't be issued until next year at the earliest, several medical marijuana clinic owners in the mountains say they have reached the final stages of the application process and are within weeks of getting the final okay from the Medical Marijuana Enforceme ... More >>
In a Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division inspections post, a security-camera provider noted that some of the specific (and pricey) DVR models that centers are required to use "are already being discontinued by the manufacturer." This is news to MMED spokeswoman Julie Postlethwait, but she ... More >>
Attorney Warren Edson didn't see anything too strange about the state fees for medical marijuana employee licensing when the Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division announced them in March. He noted then that they were equal-to, if not less-than, similar costs in the gaming industry. But he sa ... More >>
At 7 a.m. today, a source tells Westword, approximately 200 medical marijuana industry employees hoping to get their license applications processed by the July 1 deadline were lined up outside the Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division offices -- but around 140 of them were turned away. Why? ... More >>
Vasquez in 2001.Reps of the Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division say they want a positive relationship with the MMJ industry. But news that MMED enforcement chief Marco Vasquez accompanied a SWAT team on a recent grow raid raised concern among some advocates. And they likely won't be reass ... More >>
Last week, the Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division released a packet of compliance forms intended to help dispensaries determine if they're in line with the state MMJ law, which goes into effect on July 1. And while the forms were expected, some recipients say they contain details they wer ... More >>
Is the Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division using information from license applications to bust weed cultivators? A recent Associated Press story about an allegedly illegal grow raised such fears -- ones MMED spokeswoman Julie Postlethwait hopes to assuage.
Under Colorado's MMJ laws, patients aren't supposed to buy pot until 35 days after they've submitted their paperwork, because that's how long the state has to reject/return applications. In the past, however, most dispensaries would sell to patients before then because everyone believed they ... More >>
At 12:34 a.m. on May 9, an e-mail from Julie Postlethwait, PIO for the Colorado Department of Personnel Administration, arrived in the in-boxes of all state employees: This past Wednesday, Governor Ritter took time out of the last week of a busy legislative session to acknowledge all you do for o ... More >>