Gov. John Hickenlooper earmarked $10 million in marijuana sales tax money in his proposed 2018-19 budget to address problems of hiring and retaining teachers in Colorado, where as many as 3,000 teaching jobs are unfilled.
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The Colorado opioid committee is reviewing legislative initiatives to combat the opioid epidemic, which fail to mention the use of cannabis as a potential treatment for addiction, and at minimum a solution for pain management that is proven to be less deadly.
The nation’s drug epidemic kills someone in Colorado about every 9 hours and 36 minutes — in 2016, 912 deaths — a fact that rings like a siren for state leaders who are combating the leading driver: prescription and illicit opioids.
Chris Myklebust, the state bank and financial services commissioner who dreamed up a cannabis banking workaround for Colorado, is leaving his job at the end of next month.
The Denver City Council approved a public smoking and vaping ban on the 16th Street Mall 9-0 Monday night, ending a weeks-long debate about how best to ensure that police don’t enforce the new restrictions unfairly.
In remote communities across Colorado, business owners and economic-development types are seeding a more diverse economy with hemp cultivation.
A second judge ruled this week that the Denver Parks and Recreation’s temporary ban of drug users from parks violates the right to due process.
A proposed ban on smoking and vaping for the 16th Street Mall isn’t about public health, opponents allege, it’s about creating another means to push homeless and impoverished people out of Denver’s public spaces.
More than 365 marijuana plants, with an estimated street value of $1 million, were seized in Pueblo County Monday as evidence in illegal grow investigations.
Agents and deputies from several federal and county agencies arrested four immigrants who are living in the U.S. illegally, seized 4,213 marijuana plants and dismantled an elaborate grow operation constructed on San Isabel National Forest, authorities say.
A Denver man who shot two boys — killing one and paralyzing the other — when they attempted to steal marijuana from his yard was sentenced to 80 years in prison.
Colorado lawmakers’ abbreviated special session ended Tuesday in political finger-pointing without resolving a mistake by lawmakers that is costing RTD and other entities across the state millions of dollars.
Two decades after Drug Abuse Resistance Education was declared dead, it and similar drug and alcohol prevention programs are back in Colorado classrooms.
Native Roots, the largest U.S. marijuana dispensary, will donate $15,750 and collected supplies to aid those affected by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.
This week’s special legislative session effectively came to a screeching halt Tuesday afternoon, as Republican state senators rejected the second of two bills brought forth by Democrats to resolve a marijuana tax error costing RTD and other entities across the state hundreds of thousands of dollars in monthly revenue.
Two people have been arrested after authorities found an illegal marijuana grow and suspected butane hash oil operation inside a Pueblo West home.
Colorado lawmakers will be called back early next month for a special session to fix a small but significant error made in 2017 funding legislation.
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has called for a legislative special session to fix an error affecting significant marijuana tax revenue disbursements.
Excess marijuana tax proceeds would provide $10 million for transportation projects, park and recreation center fixes, and a new “community budgeting” program next year under a $2 billion budget proposal unveiled Tuesday by Denver Mayor Michael Hancock.
Denver Post editorial: Hemp as a crop holds boundless promise for farmers and doesn’t get anyone high, so why is the federal government holding back on hemp farming?
An Elbert County man was sentenced Tuesday to 144 years in prison for killing his former marijuana business partner and then setting a wildfire about 100 miles from the slaying to try and cover up his crime.
Denver Post editorial: While we wait for science to better measure impairment, lawmakers should consider revisiting laws, perhaps making offenses that involve both marijuana and alcohol impairment more severe
The evolving science of testing for marijuana, and the lack of consensus over what to make of the results in determining impairment, is a defining feature of the drug.
The number of drivers involved in fatal crashes in Colorado testing positive for marijuana use has risen sharply every year since 2013 and potency levels in driver testing also are rising — coinciding with the advent of recreational marijuana in Colorado.
Thieves smashed a vehicle into a Colorado Springs marijuana dispensary early Friday morning to gain entry and then took as much product as they could before making their getaway.
But the initial batch of license requests for the first-of-its-kind program may not come in immediately, given the extensive process required to apply.
Cannabis consumers in the metro area are getting more and more hours to buy their weed, with Northglenn on Monday becoming the latest city to extend the closing time for pot shops.
The Colorado High Yield Fund, based in Longmont, makes no mention of the past legal problems of some team members on its website. That website states the fund will “seek to accrue and payout no less than a net 15 percent dividend” to investors.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said marijuana and its potential in treating pain is “a medical issue” the league is interested in researching further.
Colorado law enforcement say they’re seeing more and more houses that have been left with thousands of dollars in damage from marijuana grow operations.
The co-founder of Smart Colorado examines the difference between high-THC marijuana and high CBD strains, like cannabidiol oil for epileptic seizures.
An Agate man has been convicted of murder in the shooting death of a partner in a marijuana grow operation. Shawn Geerdes, 48, was convicted Wednesday by an Elbert County jury, according to a district attorney’s office news release. Geerdes was also convicted of second-degree arson and of setting a wildfire.…
A medical marijuana user objects to reporter Bruce Finley’s use of the phrase “dope growers” in a recent article published in the Denver Post.
Denver Water is asking for state permission to expand the uses of recycled water — to include irrigating crops such as marijuana and flushing toilets.
Cancer patients are using medical marijuana as part of their treatment, and researchers are working to discover how cannabis affects cancer.
Lawmakers are in a mad dash to correct an error in a recently passed law that is slicing off hundreds of thousands of dollars a month in Colorado pot tax revenue for several well-known Colorado institutions, including the Regional Transportation District, the Denver Zoo and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.
A Denver grand jury has indicted 62 people accused in a marijuana trafficking organization that reaped millions of dollars by illegally growing pot and then selling it out of state over a period of four years.
Denver Post editorial: State attorneys general are right to question whether prescription drug makers were cynical in promoting their medicines.
A Kentucky man was arrested for telling an undercover federal agent that he wanted 10 pounds of weed, plus an ounce of meth and an ounce of cocaine.
Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman is joining a bipartisan coalition of attorneys general across the country that is investigating whether, and possibly how, drug manufacturers broke any laws in marketing opioids.
Denver Post editorial: Colorado’s efforts to ensure its cannabis industry remains above suspicion suffered a blow. Officials need to act quickly to ensure our regulatory system is beyond reproach.
The Colorado Supreme Court this week declined to hear an appeal by Adams County over the validity of its recreational marijuana tax in three of its cities, raising questions about the fate of the nearly $2 million the county has brought in over the last two years from the levy.
Gov. John Hickenlooper on Friday signed into law a controversial bill that changes how state law enforcement seize money and property suspected of being linked to crimes, despite pressure from Colorado sheriffs and police chiefs who say the measure will hurt investigations.
Law enforcement in Colorado say hundreds of thousands of dollars a year could be lost if the governor signs legislation that changes how police seize money and property suspected of being tied to illegal activity.
The NFL Players’ Association proposal to alter the league’s substance-abuse policy and take a more “lenient” approach to marijuana will seek involvement from players’ families, too.
Cannabis cultivation, a driver of the industrial real estate market recovery, shows signs of stabilizing after Denver’s decision to cap the number of grow operations in the city.
The DEA says that in Colorado, law breakers are hiding in plain sight as they grow high-quality marijuana and ship it to states where weed remains illegal.
The organizer of Denver’s 4/20 rally in Civic Center filed an appeal on Friday of the city’s three-year ban, which was imposed after complaints about noise, trash, security, health and other issues.
Denver officials released rules for social marijuana use Thursday — and they likely will register objections in coming weeks from backers of last fall’s voter Initiative 300.
The question about where you can consume marijuana in Colorado continues to stress lawmakers, even as the state approaches five years of legalization.
Where a buzz hits you can tell you a lot about what you’ll be in for. Here, the 303 Kush sat in the center of my head — right behind my eyes — and camped out. This is the kind of “Magic Eye High” where you find yourself looking at something, but also through it at the same time. And, to be fair, this is exactly what I was looking for.
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