Colorado employees and employers are caught in a legal tug-of-war between Colorado state laws that say medical and recreational marijuana is legal, and the federal laws that still prohibit it. This raises many difficult questions, both for working professionals and for employers.
The state agency overseeing Colorado’s historic experiment in marijuana legalization is adding enforcement agents, data analysis and undercover operatives — steps officials say will help them better hold businesses accountable.
So what’s happening on 4/20 in Colorado? A lot — so much that you might need this handy Colorado 4/20 guide. We’ve been keeping a running list of happenings, and we’ll keep this updated.
Readers have marijuana questions, and here are answers. In this installment, topics include buying seeds in Colorado, when is good time to start growing outdoors and a disappointing recreational shopping experience.
People are always asking for recommendations for good daytime smoke that won’t knock them out, and Agent Orange definitely delivers in that regard. “As we stepped into the coffee shop equivalent of the feminist bookstore in ‘Portlandia,’ I knew two things: we were in Boulder and I wasn’t nearly high enough.”
As cannabis workers carry cash by the briefcase throughout Colorado, the lack of interest in Washington suggests that federal legislation to green-light banking practices for the marijuana industry is headed nowhere fast.
Denver chef Tom Coohill is talking about it all. Having sex while high. Cooking while stoned. Understanding prog rock band Rush more thoroughly via chemistry. No topic is taboo as Coohill sits in his popular LoDo restaurant’s fashionable bar listening to Radiohead and sipping on a pint.
This edible has a higher level of cannabidiol for pain relief without the “high” feeling. “My hopes for this experience were fairly reasonable. My checklist: the edible must be edible; it needs to kick in within a sensible amount of time; and it should actually target my lower back pain.”
Leave it Martha Stewart, arguably the grande dame of contemporary American nesting, to find a mainstream application for hemp fibers with a hemp-cotton yarn blend.
Of course there’s the parade, and many other things to do, including conventional stuff (kegs and eggs) — and extremely unconventional (dream interpretation?) “Would you believe me if I said the parade is the least exciting thing going on this weekend?”
It’s 4:20 p.m. on March 13, 2014, and here are a few of the things we’re talking about at Cannabist HQ.
Club Ned is set to be the only cannabis cafe — a private club where members can go to smoke marijuana — in Boulder County when it opens sometime in the next few weeks.
A month after The Canary’s Song appeared on track to be the first recreational marijuana shop in Boulder County, the Nederland dispensary announced it will open for recreational marijuana sales on Saturday, March 8.
Curiosity alone may not be enough to recast the marketing image of pot consumers as connoisseurs rather than loopy stoners, advertising pros say. And while pot businesses may want to attract a wider range of consumers, they can’t afford to offend their existing customer base.
It’s 4:20 p.m. on February 27, 2014, and here are a few of the things we’re talking about at Cannabist HQ.
NBC News contributor Harry Smith returns to his old Colorado stomping grounds to lead a proper tour of the local pot industry. “Marijuana in America: Colorado Pot Rush,” premieres Feb. 26 at 8 p.m. MST on CNBC. It’s either the end of Prohibition II or the beginning of a dangerous social experiment. Viewers will decide.
It’s 4:20 p.m. on February 20, 2014, and here are a few of the things we’re talking about at Cannabist HQ.
The federal government has identified a dozen people in the ongoing investigation stemming from November raids on Colorado medical marijuana businesses. All but one is connected to a chain of five medical marijuana dispensaries and about a half-dozen marijuana grows controlled by Gerardo Uribe, his relatives or associates, records show.
Colorado company Happy Heart Hemp Coffee blends hemp seeds with coffee beans for health- and heart-minded people. This is a mellow brew, and that may be a turn-off for hard-boiled coffee drinkers.
Though the historic step brings marijuana businesses closer to legitimacy in states where pot is already legal, it falls short of the legislative action many banks want to see before doing business with marijuana operators.
This year, powerful GOP lawmakers in Georgia and Alabama are putting their weight behind bills that would allow for the limited use of cannabis oil by those with specific medical conditions. The key to swaying the hearts of conservative lawmakers has been the stories of children suffering up to 100 seizures a day whose parents say they could benefit from access to cannabidiol (CBD), which would be administered orally in a liquid form.
There is currently no comprehensive way to track instances of marijuana-impaired driving in Colorado. Such cases are charged in court under the same law as alcohol-impaired driving cases, meaning the two can’t be separated in judicial data.
Longmont resident Ashley Weber learned on Thursday that she won’t lose her home because she uses medical marijuana to treat pain and spasticity she suffers as a quadriplegic. Under a new policy, Longmont Housing Authority officials will look at individual cases regarding both medical and recreational marijuana.
Remember when Colorado voters legalized recreational marijuana? Here are 10 moments that helped define Jan. 2014, the first month of legal weed sales. Click here.
In honor of reggae great Bob Marley’s birthday on Thursday, (he would have been 69), we caught up with some local and national reggae bands to ask if Colorado’s legalization has affected their work and art, and what’s next in this new weed reality.