Monthly Archives: March 2018

Op-ed: Hemp never belonged on the controlled-substances list

Attorney General Jeff Sessions does not like marijuana, and the feds could crack down on Colorado’s booming industry at any time. But hemp — marijuana’s non-intoxicating cousin — has a powerful ally in Washington. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is

From horse to hemp: Colorado rancher eyes second calling

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — After a long and successful career up on the saddle training horses and their owners across the country, John Lyons wanted nothing more than to retire, ride off into the sunset and sell his 70-acre

Utah governor to oppose medical marijuana ballot initiative

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Gov. Gary Herbert says he will work to oppose a ballot initiative to legalize medical marijuana in the state. The Republican governor said in a statement Thursday that he believe the proposal has major flaws

Colorado governor pardons 9 convicted of drug crimes

An Army staff sergeant who received a Purple Heart in combat, a social worker with a master’s degree, an aspiring firefighter and a couple who overcame domestic violence and saved their marriage are among those who received pardons this week

Watch: Canna Cribs goes inside Phat Panda’s Grow Op Farms in Spokane, Washington

The wait is over — Canna Cribs by Growers Network is back on The Cannabist. Episode 2 of Canna Cribs takes viewers to Phat Panda‘s Grow Op Farms in Spokane, Wash., a 60,000-square-foot facility growing and processing some of the

Nevada marijuana industry experts share tips on edibles consumption

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Open a pack of convenience store gummy candies and it’s hard not to grab a handful at a time to satisfy your craving. But doing the same for a tube of marijuana gummy candies purchased at

Is CBD the “wonder-elixir” for Generation Anxious?

In a lowlit room at Joy’s Spa in Washington, Dawn Franklin is smoothing a creamy white mask onto Jessica Osorio’s face. The mask, she says, is infused with chamomile and sage and aloe vera, plus one ingredient that she still

Marijuana-friendly states want meeting with Jeff Sessions

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California, Oregon and other marijuana-friendly states are seeking a meeting with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in hopes of resolving the conflict between federal and state laws that has left the nation’s cannabis industry in legal

Michigan closed 210 medical marijuana shops in the last 2 weeks. Most were in Detroit

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan regulators said Thursday that they ordered the closure of 210 medical marijuana businesses over a two-week period, largely because their owners failed to apply for a state license by a mid-February deadline or did not receive

Medical marijuana advocates react to ouster of VA chief, nomination of Dr. Ronny Jackson

Veterans organizations fighting for medical marijuana access reacted with both hope and skepticism to President Donald Trump’s latest shakeup at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Trump ousted VA Secretary David Shulkin via tweet late Wednesday and announced that he would

Here’s how much marijuana you’d need to be eligible for the death penalty under federal law

Last week Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo encouraging federal prosecutors to seek the death penalty for certain drug trafficking offenses. Federal law allows for capital punishment in drug trafficking cases involving murder or homicide. But the attorney general

Trump ousts Veterans Affairs chief David Shulkin in administration’s latest shake-up

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump fired his embattled Veterans Affairs secretary Wednesday and tapped as his replacement atop the chronically mismanaged agency the president’s personal physician, who gained prominence with his effusive praise of the 71-year-old’s physical and mental health.

Marijuana-focused co-working space becomes hub for 30 small businesses

Cultivated Synergy, a marijuana-focused co-working space in Denver’s River North neighborhood, serves as a hub for people starting up in the budding cannabis industry. By hosting cannabis-infused yoga and dab-and-dine events where industry partners can network, as well as offering

This Colorado dispensary has a 270-degree viewing window into its grow

If you’ve ever wanted a window into Colorado’s budding marijuana industry, this dispensary is for you. The Green Solution has carved a 270-degree viewing room out of the grow operation adjacent to its Denver recreational dispensary at 4400 Grape Street.

Cannabis-infused beer is coming to Colorado

The man behind Blue Moon Belgian White Ale wants consumers to drink more beer. So his new suds sub out alcohol for THC. Brewmaster Keith Villa on Wednesday unveiled his latest beer venture: Ceria Beverages, an Arvada, Colo.-based firm developing a

Synthetic cannabinoids send six in Illinois to hospitals for severe bleeding

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois Department of Public Health is issuing a warning about synthetic cannabinoids after six people who used them suffered severe bleeding. The substance is also referred to as “fake weed,” ”K2,” and “spice.” Dr. Nirav Shah

What the world can learn from the first country to legalize marijuana

Tiny Uruguay barely matches North Dakota in GDP, but with a few tweaks it could be the blueprint for the roll out of cannabis legalization in other nations. A new policy paper released by the Brookings Institution shines the spotlight

Plans for California marijuana resort “on the back burner” after town sold to oil company

LOS ANGELES — Nipton’s new swimming hole is under construction, booze is returning to the restaurant and lottery tickets are being sold again at the ghost town’s general store. But it likely will be some time before those buds of