Three Colorado legislators are calling on Gov. John Hickenlooper to intervene in the state’s medical marijuana registry backlog, an issue that one lawmaker says is a matter of “life and death.”
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Some big-name firms in cannabis have formed a national advocacy and marijuana lobbying organization, New Federalism Fund, to spur change on Capitol Hill.
The majority of U.S. states now have a medical marijuana law in place, but the laws don’t yet go far enough, says advocacy group Americans for Safe Access.
The Colorado Medical Marijuana Registry is in the thick of a 6- to 8-week backlog for mailed applications, affecting thousands of patients.
Grow Depot, a Colorado grow-supply business in Northglenn, is paying a federal fine because of its pesticide packaging.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said this week that he wants to enforce federal marijuana laws in an “appropriate way” nationwide and is weighing options such as initiating Supremacy Clause and RICO prosecutions.
Colorado marijuana sales: Shops kicked off 2017 by selling nearly $109 million worth of cannabis in January, marking a 23 percent increase from January 2016.
The University of Denver is broadening its cannabis curriculum by delving into the business-specific facets of the marijuana industry.
Colorado legislation to add PTSD as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana is headed to the full House.
A convoluted dispute is forming around AG Jeff Sessions laying down the law on marijuana and state legalization. We ask experts to break down the role of the Supremacy Clause and states’ rights.
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Amid a time of unknowns surrounding federal marijuana policy, one thing is certain: The status quo is no longer sustainable.
Lists: Cannabis bills before the 115th U.S. Congress, including medical measures and a proposal for federal marijuana legalization, plus Cannabis Caucus members
Setting standards for the marijuana industry: ASTM International, a century-old organization, launches cannabis committee with eye on quality and safety.
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions reiterated his opposition to marijuana legalization while addressing a collection of the nation’s attorneys general on Tuesday.
Here’s a look at all Colorado marijuana legislation introduced in 2017, from pot-for-PTSD to private clubs and hemp bills. We’ll keep this list updated.
Recreational marijuana will face “greater enforcement” in the Trump era, the White House’s spokesman said Thursday, signaling an abrupt change in approach that was greeted in Colorado by a wait-and-see attitude.
Americans are increasingly in favor of legalizing some form of marijuana — especially medical — and a majority across the board think the federal government should leave legal states alone.
White House spokesman Sean Spicer says legal recreational marijuana states could be subject to “greater enforcement” from DOJ. Here are his comments.
U.S. marijuana sales could reach $24.5 billion in 2025, according to New Frontier Data, which also projects the industry could top 255,000 jobs by 2019.
A bill introduced this week in the Colorado Senate, SB 192, would open the door for home-delivered recreational and medical marijuana in the state.
“Monetizing Cannabis” will be a featured panel discussion at the 2017 Nightclub & Bar convention, running March 27-29 in Las Vegas.
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper played sage to California on Tuesday, warning lawmakers there’s a “steep hill” ahead in legalizing recreational marijuana.
A document that put the DEA under fire for disseminating misinformation about marijuana’s health effects has disappeared from the agency’s website.
More than 20 states, plus Washington, D.C. and two U.S. territories, have an allowance for medical marijuana to be used in treating PTSD.
Pueblo County is expanding its marijuana scholarships program through its excise tax on cannabis cultivation in the southern Colorado region.
In 2016, Colorado’s dispensaries bagged $1.3 billion in recreational and medical cannabis sales. To compare, Year One of the recreational era totaled $699.2 million and Year Two jumped up to $996.2 million. The trend should continue in Year Four, but beyond that? It’s a murkier proposition.
America’s marijuana industry could be in for major upheaval with Attorney General Jeff Sessions taking charge. Get a breakdown of federal enforcement options from drug policy expert John Hudak.
Israel could be on the verge of expanding its “significantly small” medical marijuana industry in a significant way.
Members of a newly formed bipartisan “Cannabis Caucus” are aiming to develop a united front to further congressional action on marijuana.
For the first time, Colorado health officials have issued a set of guiding principles for marijuana businesses to address occupational health and hazards.
Super Bowl ads: A different kind of bud got some big-game airtime on Sunday night thanks to Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg when the crack-a-lackin’ duo touted T-Mobile’s new mobile plan.
A bill to add PTSD as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana easily cleared the Colorado Senate on a 34-1 vote. The measure now moves to the House.
Three years into regulated sales of recreational cannabis, the Retail Marijuana Public Health Advisory Committee says calls to poison control and marijuana-related emergency room visits are down, even though overall consumption of pot remains steady — signs that existing policy and education efforts may be working.
As more states legalize marijuana, Scotts Miracle-Gro is increasing its focus on hydroponics, a sector that benefits from cannabis growers of all sizes.
A state Senate committee voted 5-0 on Monday afternoon to advance a bill that seeks to include PTSD as a qualifying condition for Colorado medical marijuana.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is in the final stages of scheduling three synthetic cannbinoids as Schedule I substances.
Wyoming’s relationship with weed could be a key theme in 2017.
2017 brings with it renewed pushes — legislatively and legally — to allow those diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder to seek a doctor’s recommendation for medical cannabis.
Canada has yet to formulate and implement cannabis legalization measures, but some cities already have begun preparations to adapt or brace for impact.
A look at how the Colorado marijuana tax hike may play into factors such as supply-and-demand, black market pull, pricing, end costs, and short- and long-term state fiscal strategies.
Federal appeals court judges on Tuesday reviewed the reach of racketeering laws, chewed over case law and opined over olfactory issues in a case that threatens to stamp out Colorado’s recreational marijuana industry.
The hemp industry has taken the DEA to court in the wake of a controversial new rule on marijuana extracts, including CBD oil.
A new assessment by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine analyzes 10,000 studies since 1999, quantifying the weight of scientific evidence, with recommendations for future study.
In a sweeping assessment on marijuana research, a U.S. scientific academy analyzed 10,000 studies conducted since 1999. Here are the findings.
Colorado reached just over $106 million in marijuana sales for November 2016, putting yearly sales totals near $1.2 billion with December stats still to come.
Under U.S. law, marijuana possession and distribution is illegal, but just how Sen. Jeff Sessions would enforce that law as the nation’s attorney general was not immediately clear Tuesday when the topic was broached in his Senate confirmation hearing.
A cyber attack on a burgeoning marijuana software company triggered an outage that hobbled point-of-sales and inventory systems for dispensaries scattered across the United States.
Marijuana activists are organizing a national “Day of Action” to protest the confirmation hearing of Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions for attorney general.
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