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The expansion of legalized marijuana

screen-shot-2016-11-18-at-12-56-26-am11/14/16--This Policy Brief examines the continued expansion of legalized access to marijuana and changes in public opinion in favor of marijuana liberalization. The brief posits that, in light of this extraordinary movement, government at all levels must turn its attention to being proactive rather than reactive by adopting a systems approach to regulating this new industry and designing programs and policies that protect the public health and safety. Read

Not in my backyard: Mass. communities hope to shut out local pot shops

screen-shot-2016-11-18-at-12-39-51-am11/15/16--A number of cities and towns are exploring ways to limit or even snuff out marijuana shops in their communities, less than a week after voters legalized the drug for recreational use in Massachusetts. The law grants communities the opportunity to ban marijuana shops through local referendums. The emerging rebellion has marijuana advocates worried that municipal officials are acting rashly to restrain sales of the drug, even though voters statewide approved Question 4 by a decisive 54 percent to 46 percent. Read

Colorado voters approve, reject local pot sales ballot measures

screen-shot-2016-11-18-at-12-23-38-am11/9/16--Voters said yes to retail pot sales in Englewood and Palisade but no in Federal Heights, Del Norte, Palmer Lake and four other Colorado towns and cities on Tuesday. Marijuana-related measures have become a staple on ballots across Colorado since the debut of legal sales in 2014, and this year took another step toward cementing where adults can purchase weed legally in the state. Read

Californians vote to legalize recreational use of marijuana in the state

screen-shot-2016-11-18-at-12-02-32-am11/8/16--Voters approved Proposition 64, making California the most populous state in the nation to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. The approval of the ballot measure creates the largest market for marijuana products in the U.S. Activists said passage would be an important moment in a fight for marijuana legalization across the U.S. Read

Massachusetts approves recreational marijuana

screen-shot-2016-11-17-at-11-52-24-pm11/8/16--Voters have approved a ballot measure making Massachusetts the first state in the eastern U.S. to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. Massachusetts Democratic Senate President Rosenberg, who supported the question, said he looks forward to working with top lawmakers "to create a best-in-the-nation law that protects public safety while respecting the wishes of the voters." Read

California voters approve Proposition 64

screen-shot-2016-11-17-at-11-45-27-pm11/8/16--California voters passed Proposition 64 to legalize pot for adult recreational use. The passage of Proposition 64, leading by 56 to 44 percent Tuesday night, underscores a changing generational trajectory for marijuana in politics and culture, and stands to invigorate California’s teeming medical marijuana economy – already the largest cannabis marketplace on the planet from medical marijuana alone. Read

7 states legalize medical, recreational cannabis in historic election

screen-shot-2016-11-14-at-12-54-57-pm11/9/16--The cannabis industry scored a landslide victory Tuesday as California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada voted to legalize recreational marijuana, while Arkansas, Florida, and North Dakota approved medical cannabis initiatives. Montana, which legalized medical marijuana in 2004, also passed a measure to set up commercial cultivation operations and dispensaries. The developments could lead to $7 billion-$8 billion in additional annual retail cannabis sales, according to Marijuana Business Daily’s preliminary estimates. Read

Initiative 300 in Denver: The social pot use measure

screen-shot-2016-11-13-at-9-23-50-pm11/7/16--Initiative 300 would create a four-year pilot program allowing regular businesses, such as bars or cafes or even yoga studios, to seek permits for bring-your-own marijuana, over-21 consumption areas that are indoors (allowing vaping and edibles, but not smoking) or outdoors (allowing smoking). The Cannabist writer Ricardo Baca covers Initiative 300 to thoroughly inform voters about the social pot use measure. Read

New marijuana industry won’t change state fire code

screen-shot-2016-11-11-at-12-36-51-pm11/6/16--Alaska’s Fire and Life Safety Department says that fire codes will not be changed in Alaska despite marijuana becoming legal in the state. “It hasn’t changed what we do, we still have make sure the commercial building meet building code, fire code, and mechanical code just like any other commercial building,” said Plan Review Bureau Supervisor, Diana Brooks. Read

Gov. John Hickenlooper gives advice to states that legalize marijuana

screen-shot-2016-11-10-at-10-06-47-pm11/5/16--Although Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper remains skeptical about the long-term impact of legalization and encourages states to compile data on the pros and cons of marijuana reform, he acknowledges that many of the concerns expressed by opponents have not come to fruition. In an ATTN: article, Hickenlooper elaborates on how his perspective on cannabis has changed since Colorado's recreational marijuana system took effect, while providing advice to states that legalize marijuana. Read

Denver’s marijuana policy office merges with licensing agency

fb-square-english-spanish11/3/16--Denver’s Office of Marijuana Policy will be folded into the Department of Excise and Licenses. Ashley Kilroy, the city’s marijuana policy adviser, will head both departments, according to the Denver Business Journal. Since Denver initiated recreational cannabis sales in 2014, the two departments have collectively administered medicinal and adult-use marijuana rules. Read

Colorado politicians paint dark picture for marijuana legalization

screen-shot-2016-11-08-at-12-31-09-pm11/1/16--Some Colorado politicians, including a former governor and a sitting district attorney, are appearing in anti-marijuana campaigns in other states and offering dire warnings to voters as they blame pot for a host of issues ranging from murders to teen drug abuse to traffic deaths. But critics say those warnings are based on inaccurate and misleading information. Read

Denver ballot measure aims to curb possible loss of marijuana tourists

screen-shot-2016-11-08-at-6-57-57-am11/1/16--Supporters of a ballot measure to allow cannabis consumption in restaurants, bars, and other public venues in Denver hope to preempt a potential loss of marijuana tourists. Nevada and California, both major tourist draws, have adult-use legalization initiatives on their Nov. 8 ballots. If those measures pass, industry watchers in Colorado fret that Nevada – which is home to tourist mecca Las Vegas – and California will permit public marijuana use sooner rather than later. Read

The Pot Vote

screen-shot-2016-11-08-at-6-50-24-am10/30/16--As five states vote on whether to legalize recreational pot, Dr. Jon LaPook, chief medical correspondent for the CBS Evening News and "The Pot Vote," which aired on Oct. 30, visits Pueblo, Colorado, a town that knows firsthand the impact of the legal weed business, to uncover what's working and what's not. No community has felt the impact of legalization more powerfully than Pueblo. It is now home to over 90 pot-growing facilities, and deemed the heartland of legal marijuana in America. Read

How California would spend its expected marijuana tax revenue

screen-shot-2016-10-31-at-7-41-20-pm10/15/16--If Prop 64 is approved, it is estimated that marijuana sales in California could double, resulting in the state of California collecting more than $1 billion in annual tax and licensing revenue. Writer Sean Williams of The Motley Fool breaks down the distribution of funds into six distinct categories: cover regulatory costs, university oversight of implementation and regulation, law enforcement DWI protocols, social and medical programs, medical cannabis research, and educational and environmental programs. Read

Minimum age for buying legal marijuana should be 25

screen-shot-2016-10-27-at-8-37-46-pm10/13/16--Ottawa’s public health agency officials say sales should be limited to adults over the age of 25 if Canada were to legalize marijuana. Ottawa Public Health (OPH) also suggests the minimum should be Canada-wide and “must be coupled with rigorous enforcement and penalties for violations in order to be effective.” Read

Marijuana dispensary question goes to voters in three cities

screen-shot-2016-10-18-at-10-08-57-am10/7/16--Residents in the municipalities of Pendleton, Hermiston and Milton-Freewater will have the opportunity to vote on whether or not to allow both medicinal and recreational marijuana dispensaries into their communities on the November ballot. Read

Colorado marijuana has ‘permeated nearly all parts of Kansas’

fb-square-english-spanish10/10/16--According to the Kansas Attorney General’s Office, Colorado marijuana appears to be replacing marijuana supplies from Mexico and homegrown marijuana, and has “permeated nearly all parts of Kansas.” A report containing information from local law enforcement officials, surveyed county and district attorneys, sheriffs, and police departments on the topic offers a “data-based snapshot” of the situation," says Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt. Read

New guidelines in effect for marijuana products

screen-shot-2016-10-12-at-9-11-01-pm10/2/16--As of Oct.1 new guidelines are in effect for medical and recreational pot products. Packing on marijuana-infused products must say “Keep out of the reach of children, ” cannot say “candy” or “candies,” and every package must feature the universal symbol indicating the product contains marijuana. Read

Denver police need more money to handle seized marijuana

screen-shot-2016-10-12-at-9-04-57-pm10/2/16--The Denver Police Department is asking the city for more than $125, 000 so it can handle the thousands of pounds of marijuana that comes through its doors each year since the drug was legalized for recreational use. Read

Pot-infused alcohol could soon be sold nationwide

screen-shot-2016-10-12-at-8-40-15-pm10/3/16--Canna-Beer, an adult beverage brand, officially rolled out the first line of Drew's Brews packaged cannabis-infused beers back in 2015 and plans to sell their General Washington’s Secret Stash in stores across the United States. General Washington’s Secret Stash is a part of Dad and Dudes Breweria’s Canna-Beer Series, which features Sativa IPA and Indica Double IPA. Read

Denver police running out of space for confiscated marijuana

screen-shot-2016-10-12-at-8-20-04-pm10/3/16--The Denver Police Department is confiscating more weed than they ever have before, and as a result they are running out of space to store it. There are two storage rooms at the department’s headquarters downtown, but they are quickly filling up with processed pot, plants and other evidence. Read

Reporter who quit on air to fight for pot legalization faces decades in prison

screen-shot-2016-10-12-at-10-28-34-am9/29/16--Former KTVA reporter Charlo Greene is facing 14 offenses of “misconduct involving a controlled substance” for a possible 54 years in prison following a series of undercover operations and raids at her club. Pending trial of Greene raises questions about the war on drugs and could have broader legal implications as more states move towards legalization. Read

Recreational marijuana forum Oct. 25 in Lebanon

fb-square-english-spanish9/26/16--On Oct. 25 at 5:30 p.m., the Lebanon Chamber of Commerce will host a community forum about recreational marijuana dispensaries at the River Center. Speakers will present information on both sides of the issue, followed by a question and answer session. Read

The man pushing for social pot use in Denver talks details

fb-square-english-spanish9/21/16--Kayvan Khalatbari is leading the charge for the Neighborhood-Supported Cannabis Consumption Pilot Program. According to Khalabari, in order to keep cannabis away from children, off the streets, and out of parks is to take it inside and into regulated spaces. Read

Do Coloradans regret legalizing marijuana?

screen-shot-2016-09-30-at-11-01-22-am9/19/16--Politicians and anti-pot groups are saying Coloradans have buyer's remorse when it comes to legal marijuana, but a new poll finds the opposite is true. Read

Colorado sets record for marijuana sales: $122.7 million in July

screen-shot-2016-09-28-at-9-12-23-pm9/14/16--Colorado’s legal marijuana shops set a monthly sales record in July by moving roughly $122.7 million in medical and recreational cannabis products, according to revenue data released by the state on Monday. Read

Alaska Legislature considers marijuana social clubs

screen-shot-2016-09-27-at-8-29-36-pm9/14/16--One of the largest topics of discussion for the Senate and House Judiciary Committees during a recent meeting was the existence of marijuana social clubs, which have been operating in Alaska for the past year and a half. Social clubs opened in the wake of Alaska's initiative legalizing recreational marijuana. Read

Denver DA speaks out about Nevada’s proposed marijuana law

screen-shot-2016-09-27-at-10-20-18-am9/14/16--Denver’s District Attorney Mitch Morrissey traveled to Reno and Carson City to talk about Colorado’s marijuana experience. Morrissey hopes Nevadans will wait to pass legislation to legalize recreational marijuana and continue to observe how similar laws are doing in other states. Read

Colorado school districts only receive fraction of marijuana tax dollars

9/9/16--Last year, a combination of medical and recreational pot taxes generated about $134 million for Colorado. But that’s just a fraction of the $2.73 billion eight of the largest school districts are seeking from voters in November. Read

Alaska’s first marijuana retail stores OK’d by state

screen-shot-2016-09-20-at-10-34-09-am9/8/16--Alaska's first marijuana retail stores and product manufacturers were approved by the state, the next step for the fledgling cannabis industry that is preparing to open for business. Read

Colorado marijuana industry finds veterans as protectors

screen-shot-2016-09-20-at-10-25-37-am9/8/16--In Colorado, a curious marriage has formed between the booming cannabis industry and its young war veterans, more than 200 of whom of have taken jobs protecting marijuana businesses across the state. Read

Report looks at the effects of marijuana legalization in Washington

screen-shot-2016-09-20-at-8-47-35-am9/7/16--The Snohomish County Department of Human Services and the Snohomish Health District worked on a report to look at the effects of marijuana legalization in the state. Read

Alaska’s government is feeling the strain with commercial marijuana

fb-square-english-spanish9/5/16--Some Alaska municipalities have many questions about rules for new marijuana businesses as the digital paperwork for new marijuana business applications just keeps rolling in. Read

Neighbors want Pueblo park littered with needles cleaned up

screen-shot-2016-09-19-at-10-35-19-pm9/7/16--The growing heroin epidemic is affecting all parts of the country including southern Colorado. Many discarded needles are being found in everyday public places like parks and trails, and neighbors would really like to see the needles get cleaned up in the area. Read

A Colorado county revolts against legalized marijuana

anti-marijuana activists in Pueblo County gathered enough signatures to force an unprecedented question on the November ballot: whether to terminate recreational marijuana sales and operations. Read