Update: Earlier this morning, we shared an interview with Conley Hoskins, an indicted medical marijuana entrepreneur who decried the shuttering of two dispensaries by a state agency; see our previous coverage below. In the conversation, Hoskins mentions that about fifty employees went unpaid due to ... More >>
The Colorado Department of Public Health is looking to limit the number of patients that private medical marijuana caregivers can serve, as well as put a cap on the number of plants an individual may grow. Currently, caregivers can serve more than five patients by applying for a "medical necessity" ... More >>
Three entrepreneurs who made their bones in Colorado's marijuana industry are starting a new venture focusing on weed's sober stepsister, hemp. It's called Hemp Box and the idea is that subscribers will pay to receive one box per month filled with samples of hemp body-care and food products (as well ... More >>
Denver Relief Consulting's announcement of a new partnership with Laura Harris, former head of Colorado's Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division, instantly stirred controversy, with some members of the local cannabis community crying foul and at least one good-government activist citing potential et ... More >>
Despite a majority of the state voting to make marijuana legal for medicinal and recreational use, there are still Coloradans who do not want to see the plant manufactured or used in their vicinity. As a result, a multitude of cities have placed bans on medicinal and recreational businesses, but las ... More >>
In May, Governor John Hickenlooper signed several marijuana bills he said were "charting new territory" -- so new that emergency rules have been issued as placeholders until permanent regulations can be written and approved. But one of the people expected to be central to this process -- Laura Harri ... More >>
The Amendment 64 Shadow Task Force is made up of activists monitoring a governor-appointed group charged with making recommendations about the implementation of A64, which allows adults 21 and over to possess small amounts of marijuana. Now, the shadow task force is trying to beat the state to the p ... More >>
In March, Rocky Mountain Miracles owner Ali Hillery was hit with felony charges over alleged discrepancies in the Colorado Springs dispensary's plant count. She was cleared of these charges last month, and her attorney, Sean McAllister, issued a motion calling for material seized by authorities to b ... More >>
Getting a commission for setting up a transaction is completely legal in any number of legitimate industries, including stock trading, real estate and auto sales. So why not for medical marijuana? Because if we've learned one thing over the past several years in Colorado, it's that medical marijuana ... 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.
After months of confusion regarding the legality of seed sales at dispensaries, the Colorado cannabis community finally has an answer from the state. And though it doesn't technically ban seed sales, it's not exactly the one some plant breeders wanted.
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.
The number one spots in the 2011 High Times Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam last week for Best Seed Company indica, hybrid and sativa were all taken by Colorado-based companies. Even in Amsterdam, long known as the Mecca for cannabis cultivation and use, Colorado herb comes out on top.
Laura Harris.In recent weeks, news broke that Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division head Dan Hartman would be leaving that post in favor of Laura Harris, director of the Liquor and Tobacco Enforcement Division -- a controversial move that prompted plenty of speculation. Harris took charge o ... More >>
Bigger pic below.Although the Medical Marijuana Assistance Program of America (MMAPA) is a serious organization, the group recently sent out an apparently silly release -- a suggestion that marijuana advocates adopt as their mascot a photo illustration of incoming Denver Police Chief Robert W ... More >>
During the raid.It's been almost a month since authorities raided Cherry Top Farms dispensary, even though the center wasn't the target of an investigation. But the MMC remains closed, and while Cherry Top reps met with the Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division yesterday, there's still no ti ... More >>
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 >>
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