It’s 4:20 p.m. on February 21, 2014, and here are a few of the things we’re talking about at Cannabist HQ.
RIHANNA HOTBOXES ASPEN: How much does R&B queen Rihanna love smoking spliffs, wearing bikinis and hot tubbing in Aspen? So. Damn. Much. Here’s the dl on Rihanna’s Rocky Mountain getaway — complete with hot-tubbing photos, of course.
IF ONLY LAUGHING AT POT JOKES WERE AN OLYMPIC SPORT IN SOCHI: Boulder-based Olympic skier Lyman Currier didn’t close out his time in Sochi the way he wanted to. But along the way he did score a 4.20 — something that elicited a hilarious laugh from the 19-year-old athlete. See the viral gif here.
“BUT I THOUGHT BANKS GOT A GREEN LIGHT FROM THE FEDS?” Marijuana businesses’ banking headaches aren’t going anywhere, regardless of last week’s “green light” from the Department of Justice and the Department of Treasury. Bankers with commercial loans on properties that lease to a marijuana business say they’re unlikely to refinance the loans when they come due — contrary to normal business practices — leaving some property owners scrambling for financing. In addition, Colorado’s two largest banks — Wells Fargo Bank and FirstBank — say they will not offer any new loans to landowners whose properties have a preexisting lease with a marijuana business. Real the full piece here.
ASK THE POT EXPERT: Clearly you have questions about marijuana, be it a legal concern, a health curiosity, a Colorado-centric inquiry or something more far-reaching. Check out our expansive, 64-question Colorado marijuana FAQ first, and if you’re still curious, e-mail your question to Ask The Cannabist at firstname.lastname@example.org. Read our recent Ask The Cannabist columns here.