In early December, Sweet Leaf had grown to 300 employees, brought in upward of $5 million in sales monthly, and expanded across Colorado’s Front Range with an eye on markets such as Nevada and Massachusetts.
Alicia Wallace is a business reporter who specializes in covering the cannabis industry for The Denver Post and, formerly, for its web vertical The Cannabist. In her 15 years as a business news reporter, her coverage has spanned topics such as the economy, Sports Authority, craft beer, airlines, biotech, technology and natural foods.
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The city of Denver’s Department of Excise and Licenses is considering suspending or revoking the liquor license of Cheba Hut’s store at 638 E.
Gov. John Hickenlooper on Wednesday signed House Bill 1295, which formalizes an 11-month-old state policy that applies existing food manufacturing guidelines to products such as hemp oil-infused coffees and hemp-derived extracts rich in the non-psychoactive compound cannabidiol.
Colorado’s marijuana shops sold 11.1 million edibles, 411,000 pounds of flower and a sharply increasing amount of marijuana concentrate last year, according to the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division’s 2017 annual report that was released Friday.
Colorado’s health department unveiled “Responsibility Grows Here,” the latest public education effort that will include four targeted campaigns addressing consumers, youth, trusted adults, and pregnant and breastfeeding women.
Boulder’s BDS Analytics, a leading data repository for the cannabis industry, just landed a cash infusion to fuel its ambitions of national and international expansion.
Under a four-company merger announced Tuesday, Baker will serve as a key ingredient of Tilt Holdings Inc., a newly formed provider of an assortment of cannabis services, technologies and products to feed the mushrooming multibillion-dollar global cannabis industry.
Colorado marijuana shops sold a record $106 million in recreational marijuana during March 2018. In total the stores tallied up $135.2 million in sales during the month, up 3.7 percent from March 2017.
A panel of judges for the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals shot down the hemp industry’s challenge of a U.S.
The city of Denver should revoke Sweet Leaf’s 26 retail, cultivation and manufacturing licenses, according to recommendations released Monday by Suzanne A.
The federal bill query was one of 11 marijuana-related questions on the survey, the largest number of cannabis questions posed to-date on a single Quinnipiac poll.
With the stroke of a pen, hemp could be treated like any other food ingredient under Colorado law. A bill is on its way to Gov. John Hickenlooper’s desk to apply existing food manufacturing guidelines to products such as hemp oil-infused coffee and CBD-rich extracts made from the non-psychoactive cannabis…
A bill that creates a lane for the prescribing of FDA-approved CBD medicines in Colorado is now on the road to the governor’s desk.
“Removing industrial hemp from the Controlled Substances Act is a commonsense move, which would create jobs and get the government out of the way of Colorado’s farmers and agricultural industry,” Sen. Cory Gardner said in a statement.
“We may have entered a historic moment where Congress and the president are poised to act to align our industry with our nation’s federalist ideals.”
That’s a lot of marijuana.
Colorado’s marijuana industry is booming and boisterous, but the burgeoning business sector is a mere blip on the state’s broader employment and revenue picture.
Efforts to test drive cannabis delivery in Colorado stalled out in a state legislative committee. Members of the Senate Judiciary committee on Wednesday voted 3 to 2 to kill House Bill 1092, which sought to create a marijuana delivery pilot program in the state. This was the second legislative effort…
“It is by far the most important product that we are developing today.”
More than $22 million of those losses were the value of stock-based compensation to former employees, board members and business consultants.
“I’m confident, after this discussion, that we have the protections that we were looking for” Gardner said.
As part of the deal, the Republican senator agreed to lift his blockade on U.S. Department of Justice nominees.
The bill, if successful, would end the debate that has picked apart the hemp plant.
The digital cash registers ringing up customers coffee shops and chic boutiques will soon stationed in marijuana dispensaries. Computer giant HP announced Wednesday it is packaging its point-of-sale ElitePOS hardware with cannabis compliance software from Flowhub, a Denver-based business that operates in eight states. The partnership addresses the growing need…
This is a trend.
Colorado lawmakers have doused the latest legislative attempt to establish licensed cannabis consumption clubs in the state.
Colorado’s CW Hemp just inked a deal to sell their high-CBD hemp extracts at California organic-vegan food, juice and smoothie powerhouse Rawkin Juice, according to U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filings.
Beer aficionados and hemp advocates across the country can now toast a pint of New Belgium’s Hemperor HPA. Except in Kansas, where the craft brew — like hemp — is banned.
The planned transition has been a couple of years in the making, company leaders told The Cannabist.
Ceria Beverages, a Colorado firm started by the creator of Blue Moon Belgian White Ale, is developing a line of non-alcoholic, cannabis-infused craft beers.
“It’s always hard to go first, but it’s not as hard to go second and third,” said the Brookings Institution’s John Hudak.
Terrell Davis delivered the keynote address at the inaugural Minority Cannabis Business Association Opportunity Summit, an event aimed at improving minority participation in the cannabis industry.
Colorado’s burgeoning hemp industry got a jolt Monday when Republican Mitch McConnell, the Senate’s Majority Leader, gave his full-throated support of shoring up federal laws around hemp. McConnell announced plans to introduce The Hemp Farming Act of 2018, which would remove hemp from regulation as a controlled substance and treat it…
New Belgium Brewery debuts The Hemperor HPA on April 2. The hemp pale ale blends hemp and hops for an earthy take on the traditional IPA and smells like, “a loud bag of weed.”
A $1.3 trillion spending bill that cleared the U.S. Congress includes language that would continue shielding states’ medical marijuana programs from U.S. Department of Justice interference.
Little-known federal law makes it possible to execute people who grow more than 60,000 marijuana plants.
A new bill would give GW Pharma a lane to sell Epidiolex in Colorado, but hemp growers worry it paves a “superhighway” to monopoly.
Natural Products Expo West, the industry’s largest trade show, served as the coming out party for CBD and brands like Weller Snacks, makers of hemp extract-enriched coconut bites.
Indiana state lawmakers enacted a “strip and replace” procedure on House Bill 1214, replacing provisions to regulate the sale of low-THC, cannabidiol-rich extracts derived from hemp with language instead related to handgun regulations.
Cannabidiol stepped into the spotlight at Natural Products Expo West, where hemp industry experts said the U.S. CBD market could hit $1.9 billion by 2022.
The facility that’s the size of about 19 football field is “conservatively” expected to produce 75,000 kilograms, or about 165,350 pounds, of cannabis annually.
A bill advancing through the Colorado legislature would open the doors for out-of-state individuals and publicly traded companies to invest or have ownership interest in state-licensed cannabis businesses.
“This bill will help make sure people aren’t consuming more than they should and are doing it in an environment no different than what you would see at a winery or brewery,” sponsor Rep. Jonathan Singer said.
“I think people got the message loud and clear that they were not supposed to fly with the drug,” DIA spokesman Heath Montgomery said.
Eli Lilly & Co. made the declaration in response to a shareholder resolution that would require the company to support cannabis descheduling
Constellation Brands has their sights on developing marijuana-based beverages for sale in markets around the globe, COO Bill Newlands said.
DEA officials say a rule on CBD is innocuous and administrative. Hemp advocates claim it’s the opening salvo in a federal offensive against the American hemp industry.
“Although the ultimate impact is currently unknown, the emergence of legal cannabis in certain U.S. states and Canada may result in a shift of discretionary income away from our products or a change in consumer preferences away from beer,” the company wrote in its latest 10-K filing.
Colorado’s House Finance Committee advanced a bill which would establish a pilot project allowing for home delivery of medical and recreational cannabis.
The interstate traffic, notably visitors from New Mexico and Texas, are what drive sales to Las Animas County, said Trinidad City Manager Greg Sund.