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 >>
On March 22, two doctors practicing in northern Colorado were arrested by the Larimer County Sheriff's Office on charges of writing false medical marijuana prescriptions for undercover officers. If the charges against them are true, does that make them typical of MMJ physicians? Or the exceptions?
Yesterday, voters in the communities of Lyons, Fruita and Crawford voted about whether to allow medical marijuana retail sales -- and the results were mixed. Lyons okayed dispensaries, while Crawford and Fruita nixed them even though neither is home to such a business at this time.
Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett recently took issue with U.S. Attorney John Walsh's closure-threat letters to medical marijuana centers within 1,000 feet of schools. After Garnett sent a letter of his own on the topic, a U.S. Attorney's Office spokesman told us Walsh would respond directly to ... More >>
Update:This week, Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett wrote a letter to U.S. Attorney John Walsh asking him not to send seizure threats to any Boulder medical marijuana dispensaries conforming to state and local land use regulations. When asked about the note, Walsh's spokesman said his boss woul ... More >>
On Monday, a Senate committee passed a THC-driving limits bill that's broader than one that fell short last year. As Senator Morgan Carroll noted here yesterday, the proposal establishes zero tolerance for any Schedule I or Schedule II drugs, including many prescription medications. Cannabis activis ... More >>
The private information of as many as two dozen medical marijuana patients was improperly handled, according to 7News. The John Ferrugia report claims that "sensitive information in the medical marijuana registry, including names, dates of births and Social Security numbers" were sent out via mail, ... More >>
Steve King.Senator Steve King's proposed THC driving bill, which would set an intoxication standard of five nanograms of THC per milliliter of blood for medical marijuana patients and a zero-tolerance level for non-patients, is up for discussion on Monday. And opponents are gearing up for a ... More >>
For the first time in six months, Colorado medical marijuana patient registry numbers have gone up -- albeit by a very small amount. After a long delay between updates, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment finally released medical marijuana patient registry stats from Dec ... 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.
For the second year in a row, venerable pro-pot publication High Times will be hosting the Denver Medical Cannabis Cup at the Exdo Event Center. This time, the festivities fall on the annual 4/20 stoner holiday weekend.
Update:After the announcement that Budding Health medical marijuana centers are unionizing, we reached out to the Cannabis Business Association, whose president, Bob Hoban, had said last year it was premature to mandate labor pacts in such a young industry. We've now spoken to Shawn Coleman, interim ... More >>
At 11 a.m. today, a rally will take place outside President Barack Obama's local campaign headquarters. But the participants won't be calling for his reelection -- at least not yet. Instead, the charter members of the Patient Voter Project, made up of numerous prominent marijuana advocates, will be ... More >>
For months, Senator Pat Steadman has been talking about the need for a credit union for the medical marijuana industry. But yesterday, a proposed bill that could have paved the way for such an institution died in committee, leaving Steadman to wonder if the state can provide a solution to the MMJ in ... More >>
Last week, we told you about a court ruling that bans medical marijuana patients from using cannabis while on probation. The decision was praised in a Denver Post editorial, but George Yingling, the attorney who represented Leonard Charles Watkins, the man at the center of the case, believes it was ... More >>
www.ednewscolorado.orgOver the last four years, drug violations at Colorado K-12 schools have increased by roughly 45 percent. And according to a report shared by Education News Colorado about the issue, the rise can be squarely attributed to medical marijuana dispensaries.
The Colorado Court of Appeals has weighed in on the question of whether a medical marijuana patient can smoke while completing a probationary sentence that specifically nixes drug use. The judges' answer in a decision on view below? A resounding "no" justified in part by references to the case of Ja ... More >>
According to keynote speaker and DU prof Sam Kamin, "Marijuana at the Crossroads," a Sturm College of Law symposium that starts tomorrow (see the schedule below), aims to get beyond the usual pot palaver. Sample subject: Are attorneys breaking their professional oath simply by specializing in medic ... More >>
U.S. Attorney John Walsh's seizure letters to 23 dispensaries near schools -- and his promise that he's not bluffing -- has led to protests from national organizations like Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP). Now, local groups are staging a Medical Marijuana Day of Action, which includes a l ... More >>
The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) is the country's most powerful cannabis advocacy organization, and it's long had a close link to Colorado, which hosted its 40th anniversary conference last year. But relations between NORML and Colorado's medical marijuana community ... More >>
Last week, U.S. Attorney John Walsh sent letters to 23 medical marijuana dispensaries within 1,000 feet of schools, threatening seizure if they don't close by next month -- an act that caused centers to scramble for scarce new locations and made some owners consider shutting down for good. Ag ... More >>