Federal law enforcement and drug policy administrators visited Colorado this week to ask state officials about marijuana regulation, enforcement and black market activities.
Alicia Wallace joined The Cannabist in July 2016, covering national marijuana policy and business. In her 14 years as a business news reporter, her coverage has spanned topics such as the economy, natural foods, airlines, biotech, retail, technology, craft beer and real estate. She serves as a contributor to the Denver Post's beer industry coverage.
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New indictment alleges businessman Scott Pack obtained 14 marijuana licenses and played a ‘pivotal’ role in massive trafficking ring broken up in March.
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Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has signed House Bills 1220 and 1221, which cap home-grow limits at 12 plants and allocate $6 million of marijuana tax revenue toward black market enforcement efforts, respectively.
It’s the 11th month in a row that sales have topped $100 million. The industry has brought in close to $492 million through April, according to The Cannabist’s calculations.
A three-judge panel for the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver on Wednesday largely upheld lower courts’ dismissals of several cases seeking to overturn major parts of Colorado’s marijuana laws, including efforts by two neighboring states.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is now a qualifying condition for doctor-recommended medical marijuana in Colorado, after years of lobbying by veterans.
If medical marijuana were legalized nationally for certain conditions, the pharmaceutical industry could lose more than $4 billion annually to the cannabis industry, a new study hypothesizes.
Despite the public policy adoption of medical marijuana as a treatment for PTSD, questions loom for some in the medical and mental health communities.
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.
A bill to add PTSD to the list of Colorado’s medical marijuana qualifying conditions is headed to the governor’s desk.
Veteran Stephen Otero’s PTSD symptoms led to a suicide attempt. Otero, now with a healthy lifestyle and marijuana as medicine, hopes to help other vets.
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock’s administration banned the organizer of this year’s 4/20 rally from hosting the event for three years citing a series of violations at the marijuana celebration.
Colorado federal lawmakers this week amplified efforts to protect state-enacted marijuana laws and cannabis businesses.
Cannabis products firms Wana Brands and AltMed have inked a deal that’s one part national expansion play and another part investment in a growing trend: pharmaceutical-quality medical marijuana.
A working group for the National District Attorneys Association decreed the U.S. Constitution’s Supremacy Clause should reign supreme in a time of rapidly shifting state marijuana laws, but stopped short of stating explicitly what enforcement should look like.
Who you gonna call with your pot questions? Denver now has a 24-7 hotline for marijuana health and safety queries: 1-877-741-3777.
In March 2017, licensed Colorado marijuana shops hauled in more than $131 million in sales; it’s the tenth month in a row sales have topped $100 million, and the sustained double-digit growth rate caught the attention of some analysts and economists contacted by The Cannabist.
Scotts Miracle-Gro CEO Jim Hagedorn underscores the firm’s “big vision” for hydroponics and its Hawthorne subsidiary as more state marijuana laws change.
A congressional spending bill to fund U.S. government through September includes provisions protecting industrial hemp and state medical marijuana programs.
A federal marijuana banking bill co-sponsored by U.S. Representatives in Colorado, Washington and Alaska would allow banks to serve cannabis businesses without fear of federal penalties.
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“We wanted to understand his frame of reference on both cannabis and immigration,” although cannabis dominated the conversation, Hickenlooper told The Cannabist.
Concentrates and edibles are grabbing more market share from traditional flower, and medical marijuana patients spend three times more than recreational users.
ASTM International, a century-old standards organization, gave the official go-ahead to establish a standards-writing committee for the cannabis industry, officials announced Tuesday.
Northglenn City Council had the right to deny a medical marijuana license because the new dispensary was deemed superfluous, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled Monday.
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A Colorado bill seeking to add post-traumatic stress disorder to the state’s list of qualifying conditions for medical marijuana has advanced to a House vote.
Denver is clamping down on CBD products that originate outside of Colorado. A bulletin issued Wednesday by Denver Environmental Health’s Public Health Inspections Division outlines a policy prohibiting out-of-state-made cannabidiol (CBD) products intended for human consumption. “It has come to DEH’s attention that some CBD products originate from unregulated manufacturing…
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In February 2017, licensed Colorado marijuana shops brought in nearly $126.1 million in sales; it’s the ninth month in a row sales have topped $100 million.
A bipartisan collection of nearly four-dozen U.S. House members want the feds to lay off enforcement in states with legalized medical marijuana.
The latest marijuana-centric bill before Congress would place cannabis as a Schedule III substance, a classification shared by Tylenol with codeine.
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