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Robberies, deaths renew calls for Congress to pass legislation letting cannabis businesses access banking

Although 18 states have legalized the recreational use of marijuana, and 37 allow its medical use, it remains illegal under federal law. Because of that, big banks and credit card companies have long been reluctant to work with the industry.

Marijuana

Zornio: Weed tropes should not be marketed on Colorado license plates

Colorado’s second annual 420 license plate auction, including "BONGWTR" and "BLUNT," makes a mockery of safe driving

Opinion Columns

Burglaries at cannabis dispensaries prompt Denver to adopt strict security rules. Not everyone is happy about them.

The new safety and storage requirements, which went into effect Jan. 1, are drawing a divided response from weed advocates and cannabis prohibitionists.

Business

Colorado lawmakers reject bill seeking to prohibit employers from firing workers for cannabis use

House Bill 1152 was rejected on a 12-1 vote in the House Business Affairs and Labor Committee on Thursday afternoon even after it was dramatically scaled back to simply study the issue

Marijuana

Opinion: 10 years in, Marijuana legalization hasn’t changed the youth usage rate

The naysayers were wrong. The Colorado system is safe and a model for the rest of the country

Opinion Columns

Colorado gets C+ grade for medical cannabis access, report says

The state's crackdown on high-potency THC could lead to "crisis of access" for patients, medical cannabis-rights group Americans for Safe Access warns

Politics and Government

Colorado employers would no longer be able to fire their workers for using cannabis if a new bill passes

House Bill 1152 would also require employers to let their employees consume medical marijuana while at work, though there are exceptions for people whose jobs are in dangerous fields

Marijuana

Colorado aimed to crack down on youth access to cannabis concentrates. Doctors say their jobs are being threatened instead.

Vibrant Health, a clinic in Colorado Springs, has shut down after 12 years, citing a bill passed by lawmakers last year. Other doctors say they will no longer see cannabis patients.

Politics and Government

Opinion: Some doctors might not consider marijuana to be medicine, but Coloradans do

That includes the governor

Opinion Columns

Proposition 119, which would have raised Colorado marijuana taxes to pay for out-of-school learning, fails

Backers of the ballot measure, which split high-profile Democrats, admitted defeat Tuesday night

Politics and Government

Proposition 119: Colorado voters will decide whether to raise marijuana taxes to pay for out-of-school learning

Supporters say it will help close the achievement gap while opponents see it as a slippery slope toward privatizing education

Politics and Government

Weed helped turn him into an ultrarunner — and he’s far from the only one

Denver author Josiah Hesse explores the open secret of stoned athletes in his new book “Runner’s High”

Outdoors

Colorado launches Cannabis Business Office to promote social equity

The office was authorized by legislation passed during the Legislature's 2021 session that provides an initial $4 million from the state's marijuana cash tax fund for its operations

Marijuana

Colorado just released a big report on how cannabis legalization is going. Here’s what it found.

As expected, marijuana-related arrests are down and tax revenue is up, but other trends are less clear.

Marijuana

Leading U.S. Senate Democrats are pushing for federal marijuana legalization. A Colorado-led cannabis banking bill could be collateral.

The marijuana legalization push comes as Colorado's U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, an Arvada Democrat, has been working for years to grant the legal marijuana industry access to banking through the SAFE Banking Act

Politics and Government

Lawsuit challenges constitutionality of Colorado law limiting the sale of medical marijuana concentrates

House Bill 1317, which passed the legislature with broad bipartisan support, is aimed at curbing illegal teen use of cannabis products that are high in THC

Politics and Government

4-year-old dies after finding gun, shooting self outside El Paso County marijuana dispensary

The child's mother and a younger sibling were in the car at the time of the shooting Tuesday, and the father was in the store in Manitou Springs

Crime and Courts

Clarence Thomas says federal cannabis ban “may no longer be necessary or proper” as Supreme Court rejects Colorado case

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a lawsuit involving a Denver medical marijuana dispensary that wanted the same federal tax breaks as other businesses

Politics and Government

Opinion: Colorado marijuana business leaders worked with lawmakers to shape bill to protect youth

But are there still significant shortcomings in the final bill that lawmakers passed? Yes. Many, in fact.

Opinion Columns

Proponents of a tax hike on recreational cannabis get bipartisan endorsements

Former Democratic Gov. Bill Ritter, former Republican Gov. Bill Owens and state lawmakers from both parties have endorsed the effort

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