Colorado

Legalized Medical 2000
Legalized Recreational 2012

Marijuana & Legalization

Full spectrum hemp extract chemistry studies underway at Colorado State University’s College of Agriculture Sciences with Charlotte’s Web’s CW Labs

7/30/21--Charlotte's Web Holdings's CW Labs science division and Colorado State University's College of Agricultural Sciences ("CSU") have completed the first of three collaborative metabolomic hemp studies researching the complex chemical profile of full spectrum hemp extracts made from the Company's U.S. patented hemp cultivars. The collaboration examines cannabinoid profiles in hemp extracts under varying cultivars and conditions. Read

Impacts of marijuana legalization in Colorado

7/18/21--In 2013, following the passage of Amendment 64 which allows for the retail sale and possession of marijuana, the Colorado General Assembly enacted Senate Bill 13-283. This bill mandated that the Division of Criminal Justice in the Department of Public Safety conduct a study of the impacts of Amendment 64, particularly as these relate to law enforcement activities. This report seeks to establish and present the baseline measures for the metrics specified in S.B. 13-283 (C.R.S. 24-33.4-516). Read

Colorado Attorney General, marijuana laws enabled the rise of teenage use of high-potency THC

6/30/21--Colorado Attorney General, Philip J. Weiser states, "The rise of teenage use of high-potency concentration THC marijuana is a critical public health challenge that demands action." He believes House Bill 21-1317, Regulating Marijuana Concentrates is a necessary step in the right direction to decrease these devastating impacts and during a publicly expresses his gratitude to everyone involved in developing HB21- 1317. Read

Polis signs bill adding new restrictions to medical marijuana

6/24/21--Governor Jared Polis has signed House Bill 1317, an expansive bill that will add restrictions to Colorado's medical marijuana program and fund studies to research marijuana's impact on mental health. This bill has sparked controversy since its introduction, but still moved quickly through the Colorado Legislature with little opposition from lawmakers. Read

Black market grows are popping up faster than law enforcement can take them down. But is legalization the cause?

6/20/21--Cannabis experts say that as long as marijuana remains illegal at the federal level, and there are states where there’s no regulated market, illicit weed will have room to operate. And for many consumers in certain areas of the country, it’s still cheaper to buy their bud off the books. According to John Hudak, a cannabis expert at the nonpartisan Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., accepting law enforcement’s contention that a boom in black market marijuana is occurring as a result of legalization doesn’t hold water. Read

Marijuana & Health

Editorial: Colorado needs this THC potency bill

7/23/21--In an editorial published in The Gazette, the Editorial Board emphasizes that the House Bill 21-1317 will shine a bright light on the darker corners of the medical marijuana industry and believes Colorado needs it to treat the marijuana industry with the seriousness it deserves. Read

Editorial: Colorado needs this THC potency bill

6/23/21--The Gazette Editorial Board emphasizes the point that House Bill 21-1317 would treat the marijuana industry with the seriousness it deserves and strongly believes that Gov. Jared Polis should sign it into law. With a two-fold purpose, HB 21-1317 holds the marijuana industry to the same standard that are held for other potent medicines. Additionally, the bill’s purpose is research and education. Read

A Colorado Democrat wants to cap THC levels in marijuana products at 15%

2/4/21--State Rep. Yadira Caraveo, a pediatrician and Thornton Democrat, said she is still revising the bill she plans to introduce this month, but one of the main provisions would ban legal marijuana products above 15% THC — the psychoactive compound responsible for the marijuana high. The ban would apply to flower and edibles. THC in flower products can top off close to 30%, while concentrates generally run at 70-80%. Read

CDPHE releases latest Healthy Kids Colorado Survey data

8/3/20--Today, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) released the latest statewide and regional results from the bi-annual statewide Healthy Kids Colorado Survey (HKCS), the state’s only comprehensive survey on the health and well-being of young people, in middle school and high school. Read

Healthy Kids Colorado Survey data tables and reports

8/3/20--The purpose of the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey is to better understand youth health and what factors support youth to make healthy choices. The survey, conducted every two years, is supported by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the Colorado Department of Education, the Colorado Department of Human Services, the Colorado Department of Public Safety, and an advisory group of state and local stakeholders. Read

Marijuana & Safety

Growing cannabis indoors has a big climate impact. So why doesn’t the industry go outside?

4/6/21--A recent study from Colorado State University, conducted by Hailey Summers, a graduate student in the CSU Department of Mechanical Engineering, confirms cannabis cultivation has a significant climate impact in Colorado. Hailey Summers, a graduate student in the CSU Department of Mechanical Engineering, The research, published in Nature Sustainability, estimated indoor cannabis growing now accounts for 1.3 percent of the state’s total greenhouse gas emissions. Read

Cannabis-impaired driving issues and trends heading into 2021

2/1/21--Studies have shown that the pandemic has exacerbated risky driving behaviors – including impaired driving by alcohol and marijuana. According to a report released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in October 2020, while traffic fatality numbers decreased nationally in the first and second quarters of 2020, traffic volumes decreased more significantly than did the number of fatal crashes – meaning the traffic fatality rate per 100 million vehicle miles traveled actually went up significantly between the two quarters nationwide, from 1.10 to 1.4. Read

Colorado drugged driving data

1/11/21--DUID Victim Voices provides a summary of relevant data from 11 sources on Colorado's drugged driving problem. It has been reported that the percentage of drivers who admit to driving after marijuana use is the following: 18.6% of past-30 day adult marijuana users and 54.4%% of past-30 day high school student marijuana users (11.2% of students/20.6% of past-30 day users). Read

Health and Safety Advisory – Carrick-Harvest, LLC

1/8/21--The Colorado Department of Revenue (DOR), in conjunction with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), is issuing a health and safety advisory due to the identification of potentially unsafe levels of Total Yeast and Mold on Retail Marijuana flower (bud/shake/trim) produced by Carrick-Harvest, LLC. The CDPHE and DOR deem it a threat to public health and safety when marijuana is found to have levels of Total Yeast and Mold above the acceptable limits established in Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED) rule 4-115. Read

Marijuana industry wants easier pesticide testing for extracted products

8/19/20--A powerful faction of Colorado's cannabis industry is pushing for more tolerant testing requirements for marijuana concentrates. Representatives of marijuana extraction companies, trade organizations and a testing laboratory told MED and Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment officials that proposed pesticide testing levels for marijuana concentrates, such as wax, THC oil vaporizer products, bubble hash and live resin don't need to be so strict. Read

Marijuana & Commerce

Truss CBD USA plans expansion across Colorado

7/13/21--Truss CBD USA is expanding distribution of its Veryvell line into other parts of Colorado. After a strong start in the Denver metro under distribution from Molson Coors-owned Coors Distributing Company, the line of non-alcohol sparkling CBD beverages will roll out to other distributors and independent retailers across the state later this month and August. Read

Colorado has sold about $10 billion worth of marijuana

2/11/21--According to new data released by the state Department of Revenue, businesses in Colorado have sold about $10 billion of marijuana since it was legalized for recreational use in 2014. Marijuana sales in 2020 hit an all-time high for one year with $2.19 billion in total revenue, up from $1.75 billion in 2019. Marijuana revenue from 2020 surpassed figures from 2019 by the end of October. Read

U.S. opposes marijuana dispensary’s tax fight for SCOTUS review

2/12/21--The IRS has argued that the fight that Denver-based marijuana dispensary Standing Akimbo has presented over summonses related to possible business deductions shouldn’t be heard by the Supreme Court because the tax code explicitly bars such businesses from receiving deductions. Read  

Rockflowr has the ability to reduce THC levels in CBD flower

7/6/20-- CBD of Denver, Inc., a full-line CBD and Hemp oil company ("CBDD") selling Black Pearl CBD and hemp products and the owner of CBD Social Network announced that its wholly owned subsidiary Rockflowr GmbH, has access to a proprietary process to reduce the THC level in cannabis flowers. Read

Stanley Brothers launch ReCreate Brand and COVID-19 Relief Program

6/18/20--Stanley Brothers, the parent company of the Charlotte’s Web CBD brand, are launching a new brand for THC products. The brand is called ReCreate, and its products will contain THC and CBD, combined with botanicals and other ingredients. Read

Marijuana & Culture

Democrat Jared Polis takes same stage as Donald Trump Jr. to tout bipartisanship amid shouts for “recall”

7/12/19--During the 10th annual Western Conservative Summit, Democratic Gov. Jared Polis extended a hand to his political rivals by stating, “our state of Colorado is big enough for all of us to live our lives according to our values” even as his critics responded with shouts for a “recall.” Polis is a prominent advocate for “Medicare for All.” He signed legislation this year to expand access to marijuana. Read

U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, staunch marijuana legalization supporter, to run for Colorado governor

6/12/17--U.S. Representative Jared Polis plans to join the race for Colorado governor this week. Polis is a founding member of Congress’ Cannabis Caucus, a bipartisan group dedicated to promoting and protecting the marijuana industry. In joining the race for governor, the Boulder Democrat will advocate a vision for Colorado that tests how far to the left the state has shifted politically in the last decade. Read

Federal bills from Colorado legislators seek to shield state marijuana laws, open banking

5/18/17--Colorado federal lawmakers this week amplified efforts to protect state-enacted marijuana laws and cannabis businesses. Reps. Diana DeGette and Mike Coffman introduced the Respect States’ and Citizens’ Rights Act of 2017, which would add a provision to the Controlled Substances Act that would prevent federal preemption of state law. Colorado’s two senators are also supporting banking legislation for the marijuana industry. Read

The Cannabist honored with journalism awards for health, business coverage

4/24/17--The Cannabist reporter Alicia Wallace, who covers national business and policy matters along with Colorado-based topics, was recognized for her in-depth reporting, including PTSD in Colorado and lawn-and-garden giant Scotts Miracle-Gro expanding into cannabis sector. The Denver Post, which oversees The Cannabist, also picked up a number of awards for topical marijuana coverage. Read

For Colorado veterans, marijuana a controversial treatment

11/5/16--For members of the U.S. military, admitting to using marijuana could result in an investigation and in most cases, punishment or separation from the military. Attorney Will M. Helixon, an expert in military law, said the military still considers marijuana a controlled substance. Someone in active duty caught using the drug could be punished and in most cases, processed for separation from the military. For someone who is not on active duty, it could still result in a discharge, which could close the door for future benefits and career options. Read

Marijuana & Enforcement

Colorado sues Juul for marketing to minors

7/7/20--Colorado has filed a lawsuit against an e-cigarette manufacturer Juul Labs Inc., saying the company marketed products to children and downplayed health risks. State Attorney General Phil Weiser said Juul falsely suggested its vaping products are a healthy smoking alternative and can help people quit using cigarettes. Read

El Paso County breaks up three illegal marijuana grows

4/30/20--Three illegal marijuana growing operations were uncovered and raided in El Paso County on Wednesday, with more than 700 plants, worth an estimated $700,000, seized. Investigators also seized $28,000 and five firearms while serving search warrants at three locations, according to a sheriff’s office news release. Read

Denver lawyer Robert Corry arrested on suspicion of DUI, his third arrest since June

10/2/19--Prominent Denver attorney Robert Corry was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence last week, his third arrest since June. Corry, who represents the Texas truck driver charged in April’s deadly Interstate 70 crash, was also cited for failing to report an accident, careless driving and leaving the scene of an accident involving injury, according to a Denver police probable cause statement. Read

Twenty years after Columbine, Colorado schools are assessing an astonishing number of student threats

4/10/2019--Colorado Sun investigation to mark the 20th anniversary of the 1999 Columbine shooting found the number of threat assessments at Colorado school districts has surged in recent years, multiplying more than tenfold in some districts. School officials say they are a necessary step to prevent student violence of all types, including the worst-case scenario, a mass shooting like Columbine, which left 13 victims dead and woke the nation to the possibility that classrooms could become killing grounds. Read

Violent crime up 25 percent in Colorado since 2013, latest CBI report shows

9/28/18--All forms of violent crime in Colorado steadily increased over the past five years, according to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation’s latest annual report on statewide crime statistics. In 2017, 23,098 violent crimes were reported, a 25 percent increase from 2013, according to the report released Thursday. Read