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 >>
Following Amendment 64's passage, marijuana reformers have pushed for similar measures beyond Colorado's borders -- the idea being that if cannabis is legalized in more states, the federal government will have to change policies making pot illegal under all circumstances. That's precisely what's hap ... More >>
After a significant dip in patient numbers from October to November 2012, we questioned whether the number of registered medical marijuana patients would decline steadily over the coming months, as some critics and activists have surmised. But new statistics released this week show the decline in a ... More >>
Tickets are on sale for what is being billed as the first-ever High Times Cannabis Cup on American soil, here in Denver over the 4/20 weekend. Since our first post on the event, the folks at High Times magazine have decided to include everyone in the festivities -- almost. Unfortunately for Colorad ... More >>
By 9 a.m. today I had received at least three e-mails asking how I felt about my "real identity" as Craig Claiborne being outed in a New York Times opinion piece today by Frank Bruni. Last I checked, though, I'm not a long-dead Times food critic. Or am I? Nudge nudge, wink wink.
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 >>
Could Amendment 64 be the reason that the Colorado Medical Marijuana registry saw the first decline in active patient numbers in almost a year? Like a late holiday gift from a strange uncle who only sends sensible socks, the Colorado health department posted the figures for October and November late ... More >>
Since the passage of Amendment 64, which legalizes adult possession of an ounce or less of marijuana, have you been getting questions about how it will work? So have we. To help clear the foggy air, we've asked medical marijuana dispensary critic William Breathes to follow in the footsteps of the OC ... More >>
After the passage of Amendment 64, opportunities abounded for its main proponents, Mason Tvert and Brian Vicente. But while Tvert said he had no immediate plans to spread the gospel about the measure to other states, despite being invited to do so in California by HBO's Bill Maher, Vicente is branch ... More >>
According to the Transportation Security Administration, if medical marijuana patients' paperwork checks out, they can board a flight with meds in tow as long as they are headed to a medical marijuana state that honors Colorado red cards. So...now that voters in Washington and Colorado have legalize ... More >>
Although Amendment 64 passed last week, Governor John Hickenlooper has told us not to bring out the Cheetos and Goldfish just yet. But apparently people need a firmer reminder that there are more hurdles to be surmounted -- and we're not just talking about the feds -- before pot shops can open in Co ... More >>
It's that time of the month again! No, not harvest time. Much less enjoyable than that. Yup, you got it: It's the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's update to the medical marijuana patient registry statistics page. And the numbers are going up...again.
Newsweek may be abandoning print at year's end, but the venerable magazine remains an actual publication -- and its current cover story, "The New Pot Barons," shines a light on a major player in the Colorado weed biz: the Medical Marijuana Industry Group. The resulting article doesn't always cast MM ... More >>
There are more dispensaries in Denver than locations of McDonald's and Starbucks combined, according to Sunday night's 60 Minutes report. But things are very different in New Jersey, the latest state to authorize retail cannabis sales.
We hear it all the time from the anti-cannabis crowd: "We've got to think of the kids!" It's the chief argument behind federal letters sent out over the last year shutting down dispensaries within 1,000 feet of schools. But what about the other, much more pressing risks that can be found just as clo ... More >>
New data released by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment shows that in July, the number of medical marijuana patients in this state finally climbed back over the 100,000 mark. That's the first time this has happened since September 2011.
Update: On Friday, we shared with you part one of a video capturing a debate about Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act -- one that pitted a proponent of the measure against another activist who wants recreational cannabis use permitted, but not the way the ballot measure proposes. ... More >>
The powers-that-be in Douglas County really, really oppose Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act. Yesterday, the Dougco commissioners passed a strongly worded resolution against the measure, while Sheriff David Weaver launched a salvo that paints a world in which Amendment 64 is law ... More >>
The start of fall this past weekend brought relief not just for heat-stricken Colorado residents, but for their indoor medical marijuana gardens as well. Cannabis grows across the Front Range have been suffering from heat stress, bug issues and mold problems, resulting in a decrease in summer produ ... More >>
Want a job working in the MMJ industry in Colorado? Well, get comfortable, because it might be a while before you can even start. In yet another sign of the struggles afflicting the Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division, the department is now informing potential new employees that there are no appo ... More >>
Despite the pleas of patients, dispensary owners and infused-product entrepreneurs, Denver City Council members unanimously approved going forward with a ban on all outdoor medical marijuana advertising in the city -- a more draconian measure than the original proposal for a ban near schools, parks ... More >>
Update below: Last week, our William Breathes noted that a Denver City Council-proposed outdoor medical marijuana advertising ban is up for public discussion tonight -- but advocate Rico Colibri isn't waiting. During the wee hours, he sent an open letter to the council (read it below) threatening to ... More >>
For the past several months, the Denver City Council has been debating outdoor medical marijuana advertising. The main question: Should it be prohibited near schools or banned entirely? Now, a ban seems to have the momentum, and could be approved in the next several weeks.
The presidential contest between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will likely be very tight in Colorado, a key swing state -- and a close vote is also expected for Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act. But could a big turnout for the latter undermine Obama in the state? This theory is b ... More >>
Medical marijuana advocates say THC is especially effective when it comes to reducing nausea for people who have cancer and are undergoing chemotherapy. Now, The Clinic and Flower of Life are offering a way of delivering that substance free of charge to medical marijuana patients on chemo -- with th ... More >>
As of the end of May, there were 98,910 red card-holding medical marijuana patients in the state according to MMJ registry numbers released by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. That's up from the previous report, released in June. But despite a steady increase over the past s ... More >>
U.S. Attorney John Walsh has sent out two waves of closure-threat letters to medical marijuana dispensaries near schools -- and his spokesman reveals that a third wave is coming. But could Walsh's targets in Colorado expand to so-called marijuana superstores, as has taken place in California? His of ... More >>
We've recently shared with you the story of Brandon Coats, a paralyzed medical marijuana patient fired by DISH Network for failing a drug test. Coats's appeal is moving forward -- but it turns out he's not the only MMJ patient with a case against DISH. Meet Sonny Meyers.
A statewide moratorium on new medical-marijuana businesses ended Sunday, but don't expect to see many new dispensaries popping up right away.
Last November, Fort Collins voters elected to shut down all medical marijuana dispensaries within city limits, with the MMCs closing by midnight on Valentine's Day. Now, a group of pro-dispensary supporters is hoping voters will bring the industry back to the northern Colorado town.
In April, we told you about the story of Brandon Coats, a paralyzed medical marijuana patient fired from DISH Network for failing a positive drug test. Coats's complaint lost in the first round, but it's under appeal -- and with the filing of a new brief, the case is entering a new phase. See the b ... More >>
Last week, we told you about 2011 documents uncovered by activist Corey Donahue that outlined using the proposed medical marijuana patient registry database to cross-check federal firearm databases. The reason: MMJ patients are not legally allowed to own guns. Now, however, a state official says su ... More >>
Two competing medical marijuana advertising bans have been proposed by Denver City Council members, and their concepts are very different in scope. The council's Debbie Ortega and Christopher Herndon have until August to find a compromise before their colleagues take a vote.
It's not really a consolation, but at least Colorado medical marijuana patients won't be treated like sex offenders in the proposed computer link between the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and law enforcement crime databases.
The medical marijuana patient registry saw an increase in patients for five straight months through April 2012, bringing the total number of Coloradans with medical marijuana cards to 96,709. According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the registry is still 32,000 names be ... More >>
Yesterday, the Denver City Council's Businesses, Workforce and Sustainability Committee voted in favor of an ordinance that would ban medical marijuana advertising within 1,000 feet of schools, daycares, parks and rec centers. It's a proposal Cannabis Business Alliance executive director Shawn Colem ... More >>
Representatives from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and Colorado Bureau of Investigations will meet today to discuss linking the medical marijuana patient registry with law enforcement computers. Not that you can hear what they have to say: A spokesman stresses that it is n ... More >>
Last year, marijuana activists asked the Colorado Supreme Court to hear the appeal of a precedent-setting case involving MMJ patient Jason Beinor, who was fired from his job for failing a drug test. Now, by a 3-2 vote, the Supremes have declined to take up the matter -- a decision the plaintiffs see ... More >>
Last month, we told you about a Medical Marijuana Industry Group-proposed citywide ban on outdoor MMJ advertising that was being kicked around by Denver City Council. That idea didn't materialize, but a bill banning advertising near schools and parks is moving forward.
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 >>
Both Pitkin and Summit County are finally getting around to making laws governing medical marijuana shops. This move comes more than two years after the first medical marijuana centers opened in the counties.
With about 55 percent of more than 93,000 medical marijuana patients with a red card designating someone to grow for them, finding a caregiver clearly isn't that hard of a task in Colorado. But how do people who aren't part of the cannabis community or simply don't have the right connections find s ... More >>
Representative Beth McCann's proposal to shift millions in medical marijuana patient registry fees from the Colorado Department of Health and Environment to the Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division, failed to pass through the Senate today. But the controversy it started regarding the nearly $10 mi ... More >>
With the Colorado General Assembly's regular session slated to end tomorrow, three marijuana related bills are still floating around with the possibility of passing. Below, we've put together a quick update about each piece of legislation and its status.
Could as many as 175,000 Colorado citizens lose their jobs based on a single court case? That's the contention of attorney Michael Evans, who believes every state-legal medical marijuana patient would be at risk of dismissal depending on the outcome of an appeal involving Brandon Coats, a paralyzed ... More >>
The Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division is in dire financial straits. However, Representative Beth McCann of Denver says she has a plan for medical marijuana patients to bail out the MMED using leftover money they paid to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
Today, eleven organizations associated with medical marijuana, including trade associations and the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7, have sent an open letter to U.S. Attorney John Walsh. How does Sensible Colorado's Brian Vicente describe the message at the heart of the document, on view ... More >>