Aleta Labak

Aleta Labak

This Colorado native joined The Cannabist in January 2014 as a digital producer, after working behind the scenes for The Denver Post since 1999 in News, Features and Sports as a copy editor and designer. These are fascinating times, friends.

Recent posts by Aleta Labak

66 Congress members make plea to extend protection for medical marijuana states

The letter, signed by 66 members of Congress, called for extending the “Rohrabacher-Blumenauer” provision that protects medical marijuana states from the DOJ.

How will the new rules released for the Colorado marijuana industry affect consumers?

Changes to the rules governing Colorado’s cannabis industry go into effect Jan. 1, including a groundbreaking path for in-state cannabis research.

Complete Colorado election results for 2017 cannabis issues

Get the unofficial 2017 Colorado election results for cities voting on allowing marijuana sales and the 14 municipalities that decided tax measures.

UPDATE: Colorado regulators extend deadline for public input on changes to marijuana regs

Colorado marijuana regulations are a-changing, and you have a chance to weigh in. There are a number of additions regarding Colorado cannabis research, including clinical applications and study of pesticide use.

Remembering the stony side of Tom Petty: His biggest weed hits

Tom Petty didn’t tiptoe around toking. As the music world mourns his passing, here’s a look at his famous weed songs, including “You Don’t Know How it Feels.”

Sen. Orrin Hatch pushes to ease marijuana research barriers with MEDS Act

There’s a bipartisan effort underway in the Senate for easing the path to marijuana research as Sen. Orrin Hatch introduces the Marijuana Effective Drug Study Act of 2017, or MEDS Act.

GOP-led House Rules Committee blocks voting on bipartisan marijuana amendments

The House Rules Committee rejected a number of marijuana-related amendments from a federal appropriations bill, most notably Rohrabacher-Blumenauer.

The Sessions Letters: Read the U.S. attorney general’s missives to the first four states to legalize marijuana

In April, the governors of the first four states to legalize recreational marijuana asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions to “engage with us before embarking on any changes to regulatory and enforcement systems.” Sessions responded at the end of July with four letters addressed to the governors of Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and…

Colorado Springs head shops accused of illegal marijuana sales; 13 indicted

The two Hoppz Cropz storefronts in Colorado Springs allegedly distributed nearly 200 pounds of marijuana via “free giveaways” of weed with other purchases and evaded taxes, officials say.

DEA seeks dismissal of hemp industry lawsuit fighting drug code for “marihuana extracts”

The legal distinctions between marijuana and hemp are at the center of a debate in a federal lawsuit. The Drug Enforcement Administration stands firm on its drug code for “marihuana extracts” in a brief filed Friday to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and seeks to have a federal…

Four governors team up, urge feds to keep marijuana enforcement status quo

In an open letter sent Monday, the governors ask Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin to “engage with us before embarking on any changes to regulatory and enforcement systems.”

Weed delivered to your front door could be reality under new Colorado bill

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.

Colorado sets record with $117M in weed sales for April

Colorado’s monthly cannabis sales have reached a new apex in the legal era with a record-setting $117.4 million worth of flower, edibles and concentrates sold in April 2016. Colorado has now exceeded $100 million in monthly marijuana sales three times. FULL REPORT

How to make pot brownies the easy way: a beginner’s guide to edibles

How to make pot brownies: If you’re not a whiz in the kitchen, that’s OK. You don’t need a fancy marijuana brownie recipe, just cannabutter. Here’s how to make special brownies.

GOP debate: Legal weed issues dodged in Colorado

The GOP debate hosted by CNBC on Wednesday in Boulder had been expected to dig into candidates’ views on marijuana, yet the topic barely got covered.

Where to buy weed in Oregon recreational marijuana shops

Oregon recreational marijuana: The state Health Authority has released a list of medical marijuana dispensaries that can sell to all adults starting Oct. 1.

Snoop Dogg rolls out a weed-friendly lifestyle website: Merry Jane

Snoop Dogg has a new weed-centric business venture: the Merry Jane media platform, which will cover the cannabis lifestyle and marijuana news.

Snoop Dogg rolls out a weed-friendly lifestyle website: Merry Jane

Snoop Dogg’s latest weed-centric business venture may sound familiar to those who visit The Cannabist. The rap mogul is teaming up with entrepreneur Ted Chung to launch the Merry Jane media platform, which will feature original videos and “a cross-section of cultural and lifestyle features, along with the latest cannabis policy,…

See the two pot ads a Denver TV station didn’t air over legal worries

Now’s your chance to see the marijuana ads that a Denver TV station had been set to air before putting that plan on hiatus.

One night only: See director’s cut of ‘Friday’ on its 20th anniversary

The classic comedy “Friday” will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a return to the big screen next month. See the director’s cut Monday, April 20 at select theaters nationwide.

Attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch against legalizing marijuana

U.S. attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch answered a barrage of questions Wednesday during her Senate confirmation hearing in Washington. Here’s what she said about federal marijuana policy.

Gov. Hickenlooper makes pot banking priority in State of the State speech

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper gave his State of the State speech on Thursday at the Capitol, and he focused on banking access for the marijuana industry, which has been hampered by federal hang-ups over how the businesses handle their finances.

Best of 2014: Here are 25 incredible true stories from Colorado & beyond

2014 was a year of fascinating marijuana developments: Innovative pot products hit the market, the global pot view is changing and unusual true stories abounded.

Best of 2014: The 15 most intriguing questions our readers asked this year

Here are 15 of the most intriguing questions readers had for Ask The Cannabist columnist Susan Squibb in the first year of recreational marijuana sales in Colorado. Queries ran the gamut from what’s now legal (and what’s still illegal) to the products for sale in pot shops to quests for 1970s strains and cooking with weed.

Jane’s Addiction in Denver: ‘Ladies and gentlemen, the brownie kicked in’

When Jane’s Addiction hit Denver’s Ogden Theatre for a show on Nov. 19, lead singer Perry Farrell was rather chatty. Maybe it was the pot brownie.

Coast-to-coast police warnings about pot candy getting ridiculous

What’s going on here? Numerous media outlets ran a report Oct. 31 about marijuana edibles seized in Prince George, Maryland, that had originated from Colorado, along with local police issuing warnings to area parents to be on the lookout for THC-laced treats.

Video: Tommy Chong cha-chas and ABC plays up the pot angle on “DWTS”

Tommy Chong made his “Dancing With the Stars” debut on Monday night in the premiere of the 19th season of ABC’s popular prime-time staple. The network certainly didn’t shy away from the stoney history of the comedian/actor/director (and Pueblo dispensary endorser).

Video: What happens in a roadside stoned driving test?

ABC News correspondent Clayton Sandell shadowed a Colorado State Patrol officer and was on hand to record what happened when one sandal-wearing, Mustang-driving motorist was put through the paces by CSP Cpl. Roger Meyers, a specially trained drug recognition expert.

Tommy Chong putting on his dank dancing shoes for “DWTS”

Septuagenarian stoner Tommy Chong isn’t kicking back just yet. Instead, he’ll be kicking up his heels in the 19th season of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.”

NFL players union wants to change testing for marijuana

Carefully cultivated marijuana has become increasingly potent, so is it time to change the strict testing standards for weed in the NFL?

Denver clothing company’s gift promo: Free weed with purchase

New Denver clothing company Hemp House has come up with an intriguing promotion, offering free eighths of weed to qualifying customers and spreading the word online.

Weedmaps, Uber teaming up for multiple sclerosis fundraiser

Online marijuana heavyweight Weedmaps is teaming up with on-demand ride service Uber and weed retailer The Clinic for a fundraiser to support multiple sclerosis research.

“Lab Rat” cage gets noticed at Denver skate park — and vandalized

The state of Colorado debuted its “Don’t Be a Lab Rat” youth campaign on Monday, Aug. 11, by dropping human-sized laboratory cages around the Denver area, including outside the Denver Public Library and the downtown skate park. Vandalized signs at the skate park installation were reported Monday evening.

Prison pot plan: Open house, forum Aug. 17

Prison tour: The plan to repurpose a former women’s prison in northeast Colorado for marijuana cultivation and recreational marijuana sales is certainly an original idea. To help shed some light on the plan, the new owner of the prison will hold an open house and forum on Sunday, Aug. 17.

New York Times eyes legalization blueprints for Colorado, Washington

The New York Times legalization series caps off with a look at what will be the foundation for the new national marijuana establishment: state regulation. How will the laws in Colorado and Washington need to change?

On sale: Colorado Symphony’s “High Note” concert at Red Rocks

Tickets are now on sale for “Red Rocks on a High Note” on Sept. 13 at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, the conclusion of the symphony’s fundraising series in collaboration with Colorado’s cannabis industry.

Five-band Cannabis Carnival in Denver on June 24

The National Cannabis Industry Association, in conjunction with its inaugural Cannabis Business Summit at the Colorado Convention Center, is hosting a concert fundraiser at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom.

Chat: WebMD hosts panel to talk marijuana and health

The online medical information clearinghouse WebMD is hosting a live chat about marijuana and health on Tuesday, April 8, starting at noon MDT.

4:20 Digest: Girl Scouts’ cookie selling, on watch for stoned drivers & more (2-25-14)

It’s 4:20 p.m. on February 25, 2014, and here are a few of the things we’re talking about at Cannabist HQ.