Alicia Wallace

Alicia Wallace

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.

Recent posts by Alicia Wallace

Colorado lawmakers urge governor to step in on medical marijuana registry backlog

Three Colorado legislators are calling on Gov. John Hickenlooper to intervene in the state’s medical marijuana registry backlog, an issue that one lawmaker says is a matter of “life and death.”

Synthetic THC drug Syndros poised for Schedule II classification

A synthetic THC drug made by Insys Therapeutics just cleared a federal regulatory hurdle to commercialization. Syndros is an oral solution containing dronabinol.

Powerhouse cannabis firms form lobby group to protect state-based weed laws

Some big-name firms in cannabis have formed a national advocacy and marijuana lobbying organization, New Federalism Fund, to spur change on Capitol Hill.

Thousands of Colorado medical marijuana patients caught in registry backlog

The Colorado Medical Marijuana Registry is in the thick of a 6- to 8-week backlog for mailed applications, affecting thousands of patients.

Map: How do state medical marijuana laws compare? Advocates give report card

The majority of U.S. states now have a medical marijuana law in place, but the laws don’t yet go far enough, says advocacy group Americans for Safe Access.

EPA fines Colorado hydroponics shop for sale of unlabeled pesticides

Grow Depot, a Colorado grow-supply business in Northglenn, is paying a federal fine because of its pesticide packaging.

Jeff Sessions says fed marijuana approach “more complicated than one RICO case”

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said this week that he wants to enforce federal marijuana laws in an “appropriate way” nationwide and is weighing options such as initiating Supremacy Clause and RICO prosecutions.

Colorado marijuana sales holding steady with $109 million in January 2017

Colorado marijuana sales: Shops kicked off 2017 by selling nearly $109 million worth of cannabis in January, marking a 23 percent increase from January 2016.

Medical marijuana for PTSD legislation heads to Colorado House for debate

Colorado legislation to add PTSD as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana is headed to the full House.

Weed 101: This Colorado university’s cannabis classes keep growing

The University of Denver is broadening its cannabis curriculum by delving into the business-specific facets of the marijuana industry.

What is the Supremacy Clause and what does it mean for states’ rights to legalize marijuana?

A convoluted dispute is forming around AG Jeff Sessions laying down the law on marijuana and state legalization. We ask experts to break down the role of the Supremacy Clause and states’ rights.

Federal marijuana law enforcement: What you need to know

Marijuana in the age of Trump, Part 2: The Cannabist talked with several law and drug policy experts, industry observers and state officials about what changes in federal enforcement could look like — from the threat of raids on cannabis businesses and seizure of state-collected pot taxes to court issues and the ways Colorado regulations have developed.

‘Something’s going to have to give’: An untenable conflict between feds, legalized states

Amid a time of unknowns surrounding federal marijuana policy, one thing is certain: The status quo is no longer sustainable.

Guide to current federal marijuana and hemp bills (updated 1/5/18)

Lists: Cannabis bills before the 115th U.S. Congress, including medical measures and a proposal for federal marijuana legalization, plus Cannabis Caucus members

Global standards group wants to guide marijuana industry

Setting standards for the marijuana industry: ASTM International, a century-old organization, launches cannabis committee with eye on quality and safety.

Jeff Sessions to AGs: “We don’t need to be legalizing marijuana”

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions reiterated his opposition to marijuana legalization while addressing a collection of the nation’s attorneys general on Tuesday.

2017 Colorado legislation: See which marijuana laws and hemp laws passed (list updated 6/9/17)

Here’s a look at all Colorado marijuana legislation introduced in 2017, from pot-for-PTSD to private clubs and hemp bills. We’ll keep this list updated.

Transcript: Here’s everything Sean Spicer said about marijuana

White House spokesman Sean Spicer says legal recreational marijuana states could be subject to “greater enforcement” from DOJ. Here are his comments.

Trump administration puts recreational marijuana in crosshairs

Recreational marijuana will face “greater enforcement” in the Trump era, the White House’s spokesman said Thursday, signaling an abrupt change in approach that was greeted in Colorado by a wait-and-see attitude.

Poll: Majority of Americans support legalization, want feds to step off

Americans are increasingly in favor of legalizing some form of marijuana — especially medical — and a majority across the board think the federal government should leave legal states alone.

Report: America’s marijuana industry headed for $24 billion by 2025

U.S. marijuana sales could reach $24.5 billion in 2025, according to New Frontier Data, which also projects the industry could top 255,000 jobs by 2019.

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.

Nightclub & Bar Show in Vegas to feature panel on cannabis

“Monetizing Cannabis” will be a featured panel discussion at the 2017 Nightclub & Bar convention, running March 27-29 in Las Vegas.

Colorado gov’s weed advice for California: Focus on edibles, home grows, pesticides

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper played sage to California on Tuesday, warning lawmakers there’s a “steep hill” ahead in legalizing recreational marijuana.

DEA website refresh? Document on marijuana health risks no longer listed

A document that put the DEA under fire for disseminating misinformation about marijuana’s health effects has disappeared from the agency’s website.

List: U.S. states and territories that allow medical marijuana for PTSD (updated 11/13/17)

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.

Colorado county using $425K in local pot taxes for college scholarships

Pueblo County is expanding its marijuana scholarships program through its excise tax on cannabis cultivation in the southern Colorado region.

Colorado cannabis: $1.3 billion worth of marijuana sold in 2016

In 2016, Colorado’s dispensaries bagged $1.3 billion in recreational and medical cannabis sales. To compare, Year One of the recreational era totaled $699.2 million and Year Two jumped up to $996.2 million. The trend should continue in Year Four, but beyond that? It’s a murkier proposition.

What will be AG Jeff Sessions’ first move on marijuana?

America’s marijuana industry could be in for major upheaval with Attorney General Jeff Sessions taking charge. Get a breakdown of federal enforcement options from drug policy expert John Hudak.

Israel ups ante on cannabis with plans for exports, decriminalizing

Israel could be on the verge of expanding its “significantly small” medical marijuana industry in a significant way.

Colorado puts new focus on worker safety in cannabis industry

For the first time, Colorado health officials have issued a set of guiding principles for marijuana businesses to address occupational health and hazards.

How Congress is getting serious about cannabis amid White House uncertainty

Members of a newly formed bipartisan “Cannabis Caucus” are aiming to develop a united front to further congressional action on marijuana.

Snoop Dogg, Martha Stewart dish out weed puns aplenty in Super Bowl ad

Super Bowl ads: A different kind of bud got some big-game airtime on Sunday night thanks to Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg when the crack-a-lackin’ duo touted T-Mobile’s new mobile plan.

Colorado bill allowing medical marijuana for PTSD sails through Senate

A bill to add PTSD as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana easily cleared the Colorado Senate on a 34-1 vote. The measure now moves to the House.

Colorado data: Fresh report looks at cannabis health effects, trends

Three years into regulated sales of recreational cannabis, the Retail Marijuana Public Health Advisory Committee says calls to poison control and marijuana-related emergency room visits are down, even though overall consumption of pot remains steady — signs that existing policy and education efforts may be working.

Scotts Miracle-Gro reports success in hydroponics sector, keeps cannabis plans at forefront

As more states legalize marijuana, Scotts Miracle-Gro is increasing its focus on hydroponics, a sector that benefits from cannabis growers of all sizes.

Bill adding PTSD to Colorado medical marijuana list clears Senate committee

A state Senate committee voted 5-0 on Monday afternoon to advance a bill that seeks to include PTSD as a qualifying condition for Colorado medical marijuana.

DEA eyes Schedule I classification for a batch of synthetic cannabinoids

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is in the final stages of scheduling three synthetic cannbinoids as Schedule I substances.

Here’s a look at the new face of Wyoming marijuana reform

Wyoming’s relationship with weed could be a key theme in 2017.

Colorado lawmakers push PTSD bill to address pleas for medical marijuana

2017 brings with it renewed pushes — legislatively and legally — to allow those diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder to seek a doctor’s recommendation for medical cannabis.

Cities in Canada weigh bans, new regs in march toward cannabis legalization

Canada has yet to formulate and implement cannabis legalization measures, but some cities already have begun preparations to adapt or brace for impact.

Tax hike: What it could mean for consumers, industry in Colorado

A look at how the Colorado marijuana tax hike may play into factors such as supply-and-demand, black market pull, pricing, end costs, and short- and long-term state fiscal strategies.

Bid to take down Colorado marijuana laws revived in court

Federal appeals court judges on Tuesday reviewed the reach of racketeering laws, chewed over case law and opined over olfactory issues in a case that threatens to stamp out Colorado’s recreational marijuana industry.

Legal challenge filed against DEA’s new marijuana extract rule

The hemp industry has taken the DEA to court in the wake of a controversial new rule on marijuana extracts, including CBD oil.

Assessing the scientific evidence: What is known about cannabis and health effects

In a sweeping assessment on marijuana research, a U.S. scientific academy analyzed 10,000 studies conducted since 1999. Here are the findings.

Marijuana research: Massive report details knowledge base with eye on future

A new assessment by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine analyzes 10,000 studies since 1999, quantifying the weight of scientific evidence, with recommendations for future study.

Colorado marijuana sales top $106M in November

Colorado reached just over $106 million in marijuana sales for November 2016, putting yearly sales totals near $1.2 billion with December stats still to come.

Jeff Sessions vague about marijuana strategy at AG Senate hearing

Under U.S. law, marijuana possession and distribution is illegal, but just how Sen. Jeff Sessions would enforce that law as the nation’s attorney general was not immediately clear Tuesday when the topic was broached in his Senate confirmation hearing.

Cyber attack cited by MJ Freeway after system failure stymies marijuana shops

A cyber attack on a burgeoning marijuana software company triggered an outage that hobbled point-of-sales and inventory systems for dispensaries scattered across the United States.

Marijuana advocates mobilizing in advance of Sessions confirmation hearing

Marijuana activists are organizing a national “Day of Action” to protest the confirmation hearing of Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions for attorney general.