David Migoya

David Migoya

David Migoya is a reporter for The Denver Post investigations team.

Recent posts by David Migoya

Colorado school police dispute notion that teen marijuana use is down

School resource police in Colorado say that marijuana use among students has increased in recent years, based on their observations, contradicting surveys.

DOJ secretly using IRS to investigate Colorado marijuana businesses, lawsuit says

The IRS is “working jointly” with DOJ to conduct unauthorized criminal investigations using state’s seed-to-sale database, federal lawsuit alleges.

IRS trawling state-run pot database to block Colorado marijuana companies from claiming tax deductions

The Colorado cannabis industry says the IRS is conducting an unauthorized criminal investigation using the state’s seed-to-sale database. FULL REPORT

Found: 13,450 plants from illegal pot grow operation in San Isabel National Forest

A team of federal forestry and homeland security agents with Huerfano County sheriff’s deputies this week found and destroyed a large illegal marijuana growing operation tucked inside the San Isabel National Forest.

House GOP nixes bid to open banking for cannabis businesses

Failing in an effort to match the success of their Senate counterparts, House members on Tuesday watched as Republicans killed a budget amendment that would have prevented federal regulators from penalizing financial institutions that worked with legitimate marijuana businesses.

Third time’s a charm? Marijuana banking effort passes Senate committee — again

Banks wishing to do business with the marijuana industry without fear of government reprisal inched closer to reality — again — when a Senate committee Thursday approved a measure — again — to do just that.

Inside story on the accidental origins of Colorado cannabis giant LivWell

New Zealander John Lord never really wanted to sell pot. It just sort of worked out that way. Now, one of Denver’s early pioneers of commercial marijuana growing and sales is among the most influential in an industry that’s quickly topping $1 billion in annual revenues.

Former Subway franchisee becomes one of Denver’s top marijuana moguls

John Fritzel talks being a power player in a quartet of Colorado cannabis businesses

Native Roots’ Rhett Jordan: ‘No one believed in cannabis back then. I did.’

How could two misfit thirty-something Colorado kids have grown up to create Native Roots, one of the largest legal-marijuana empires in America?

Special Report: The behemoths of Denver’s marijuana industry

Vail’s largest commercial developer. An owner of a car-detail shop. A former nonprofit event planner. A businessman who made a fortune in child car seats.

Colorado marijuana industry pushes back against pesticides crackdown

The Colorado marijuana industry is stepping up its fight against the state’s efforts to regulate the application of pesticides on cannabis. A bill seeking to codify the governor’s executive order about unapproved pesticides died in a state Senate committee after passing the House.

Colorado recalls 9 varieties of pot grown by Bud Cellar in Denver

State marijuana regulators on Tuesday announced the recall of nine varieties of retail pot grown by Bud Cellar in Denver over concerns they were cultivated with a pesticide not approved for use on cannabis.

Pesticide recall hits Life Flower medical marijuana dispensary

State marijuana regulators on Friday announced a large recall of medical cannabis grown with unapproved pesticides and sold by Life Flower Dispensary.

Caregivers For Life faces another recall over pesticide-tainted pot

Denver marijuana business Caregivers For Life is facing its second recall in four months over concerns its products are tainted with pesticides not approved for use on cannabis.

Pesticides: State’s 17th pot recall hits Acme Healing Center of Ridgway

Colorado cannabis regulators on Tuesday issued their 17th pot recall in seven weeks — placing on hold recreational cannabis grown by Acme Healing Center of Ridgway, over concerns the plants were grown with unapproved pesticides.

Colorado just issued two more pesticide recalls

Colorado cannabis regulators on Friday issued their 15th and 16th marijuana recalls in six weeks — placing on hold recreational and medical cannabis grown by two Sticky Buds locations and one former Sticky Buds location now owned by Northern Lights Cannabis Co., over concerns the plants were grown with unapproved pesticides.

State recalls FireHouse Organics’ medical pot over pesticide concerns

Colorado cannabis regulators last week issued their 14th marijuana recall in less than five weeks — placing on hold medical cannabis grown by FireHouse Organics, over concerns the plants were grown with unapproved pesticides.

City of Denver changing how it polices pesticide use on marijuana

More than a year after Denver started actively policing the marijuana industry’s use of pesticides, the city’s health department is changing its enforcement procedures.

Grower challenges Colorado officials’ massive recall of pot due to pesticides

State marijuana regulators Thursday announced a massive recall of retail pot treated with unapproved pesticides by MGI Inc. in Denver, whose cultivation facilities operate under the name Kindman. MGI owner Ryan Fox said his company “absolutely has not used this pesticide in production,” and is challenging the recall.

Colorado’s fourth pesticide recall: Rocky Mountain Organic Medicine

Colorado issued another pesticide-related recall of marijuana, its fourth in less than a week, affecting Golden pot shop Rocky Mountain Organic Medicine.