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

Denver writer Josiah Hesse was hungry for a new addiction when he picked up some running shoes and threw himself into the sport. He’d heard about the coveted runner’s high — and how health-conscious adults were willing to sacrifice sleep to experience it — and he wanted a taste for himself. He was instantly disappointed. […]

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CBD isn’t regulated by the FDA. Here’s why Colorado companies are pushing for that to (quickly) change.

Inside a nondescript office building in Englewood, a deafening alarm stops a team of workers in lab coats and hair nets. It’s a sensor alerting staff to a potential problem with the product, tiny bottles of cannabidiol moving along a conveyor belt at a swift pace.  The vials are headed to a fulfillment warehouse where […]

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Colorado’s plan to build a foundation for industrial hemp

“My name is Jared Polis and hemp — it’s everything.”  This was the message Colorado’s governor used to sign off on an order declaring June 6–13 Hemp Week in the Centennial State, and he is staking his legacy on the often-maligned plant that had been illegal to grow in the U.S. for nearly 50 years.  […]

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How much do we know about marijuana’s medical capabilities after 163 years of claims? Just a little.

It’s not so much the claims made about the magic qualities of cannabinoids that prick up the ears — curing tuberculosis, anxiety, chronic pain, liver disease. Pretty standard hype in a world of consumers slathering themselves inside and out with anything labeled CBD or THC. It’s the year. The advertising hype about miraculous treatment of […]

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Charlotte Figi, the Colorado girl who inspired the CBD movement, dies following illness suspected to be coronavirus

Charlotte Figi, the Colorado Springs girl who, as a gleeful and fragile child, launched a movement that led to sweeping changes in marijuana laws across the globe, has died from complications possibly related to the new coronavirus. She was 13. Charlotte’s death was announced by a family friend Tuesday night on the Facebook page of […]

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Colorado hemp farmers say they know more than the feds and want to keep regulation in state hands

As Colorado hemp growers ready their fields and greenhouses for an anticipated 120,000-acre crop this year, state policymakers are working on a plan to bypass proposed federal rules that threaten to wither the promise of the state’s hemp industry. Colorado has had its own successful hemp oversight program for six years, and the Colorado Department […]

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Some pet products touted as having CBD don’t actually have any, researchers say

By Mary Esch, The Associated Press Companies have unleashed hundreds of CBD pet health products accompanied by glowing customer testimonials claiming the cannabis derivative produced calmer, quieter and pain-free dogs and cats. But some of these products are all bark and no bite. “You’d be astounded by the analysis we’ve seen of products on the […]

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A hemp green rush is remaking agriculture in Colorado — complete with get-rich CBD dreams and flimflam profiteers

DELTA COUNTY — On a sunny fall day at the tail end of harvest season, wagons piled high with what looks like bushy, green tumbleweeds are rolling in caravans past a dry, rattling cornfield, heading toward a new hemp-processing plant near Delta. These loads are piled high with hopes. Growers are banking on hemp to […]

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Pueblo saw hemp as an economic opportunity, so it pounced with taxpayer dollars and hopes of growing big business

PUEBLO — In 2016, Steve Turetsky was looking to get into hemp, scouting around Colorado for the right place to build the farm he would use to feed the growing market for CBD. He needed cheap land, plenty of water and infrastructure for distribution.  Pueblo had all of those things — and wanted his business. […]