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

A 19-year-old medical marijuana patient has filed a lawsuit seeking to block a new Colorado law limiting how much marijuana concentrate medical cannabis patients can buy, alleging the measure violates the state constitution.  House Bill 1317, which passed the legislature with unanimous support from the state Senate and with the objections of only eight of […]

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

A 4-year-old child has died after finding a gun in a car outside a Colorado marijuana dispensary and accidentally shooting themselves, police said. The Gazette reports that 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, […]

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

The federal ban on marijuana may not be necessary — or appropriate — given the government’s “contradictory and unstable” approach, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas wrote in a strongly-worded statement Monday.  “A prohibition on intrastate use or cultivation of marijuana may no longer be necessary or proper to support the federal government’s piecemeal approach,” […]

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

Earlier this year, proposed legislation intended to protect Colorado teenagers from illegally obtaining marijuana was introduced in the state legislature. The bill, however, was so broad and far reaching, it jeopardized the continued existence of the cannabis industry and the ability of adult consumers and medical patients of all ages to legally obtain marijuana products. […]

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Proponents of a tax hike on recreational cannabis get bipartisan endorsements

By James Anderson, The Associated Press Former Democratic and Republican governors have endorsed a coalition that wants to ask Colorado voters to approve higher taxes on recreational marijuana to help children make up for learning losses during the pandemic and address special needs for low-income and disadvantaged students, the group said Wednesday. Learning Opportunities for […]

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21 people indicted in illegal Colorado marijuana operation with ties to China

By Patty Nieberg, The Associated Press/Report for America A group of 21 people accused of illegally growing and distributing marijuana in Colorado has been indicted in an alleged money-laundering scheme, county and federal officials said Thursday. They grew and distributed marijuana throughout the Denver metro area, with facilities to grow and stash the drugs across […]

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Colorado lawmakers’ effort to curb illegal use of high-potency marijuana by teens is stoking privacy concerns

State lawmakers and medical marijuana patient advocates are concerned that a bill at the Colorado state Capitol to regulate cannabis concentrates, in part by tracking purchases, could compromise patient privacy.  Colorado uses “seed-to-sale” software known as METRC to track cannabis production from the moment a seed is planted to when it’s harvested, turned into a […]

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Marijuana legalization forces police K-9s to retire across the U.S.

By Denise Lavoie, The Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. — Asking dogs to follow their noses won’t work anymore in states that have legalized marijuana. As Virginia prepares to legalize adult possession of up to an ounce of marijuana on July 1, drug-sniffing police dogs from around the state are being forced into early retirement, following […]

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Governor to issue more pardons now that Coloradans can legally possess up to 2 ounces of marijuana

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis said Thursday that he will issue additional pardons to Coloradans convicted of low-level marijuana possession crimes now that he’s signed a bill into law allowing people to have up to 2 ounces of cannabis.  House Bill 1090, which Polis made a law on Thursday, doubles Colorado’s recreational marjuana possession limit to […]

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Colorado lawmakers aim to enact strict new regulations on marijuana concentrate, medical cannabis

Marijuana concentrate and medical marijuana would be subject to strict new regulations under a bill introduced Friday in the Colorado legislature that’s aimed at curbing teen use and adult overconsumption of high-potency cannabis. House Bill 1317 would require that dabs —  concentrated cannabis that comes in a wax form and is made by extracting THC […]