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$1.2 million in marijuana tax money to help repave Denver streets

DENVER — Get ready for more cone zones! Paving season is underway in Denver.  This year, the Mile High City will spend $27 million dollars to repave arterial and collector streets. Related Articles A chunk of that cash, $1.2 million,

Colorado lawmakers again say no to cannabis clubs

Colorado legislators this week doused the latest attempt to establish licensed cannabis consumption clubs in the state, but another social-use bid remains alive. A bill to establish a marijuana consumption club license and accompanying regulations for adult-use cannabis spaces failed

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

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

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

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

Federally legal hemp, a fruitful endeavor in Colorado, gets jolt from Republican Mitch McConnell

Colorado’s burgeoning hemp industry got a jolt Monday when Republican Mitch McConnell, the Senate’s Majority Leader, gave his full-throated support of shoring up federal laws around hemp. McConnell announced plans to introduce The Hemp Farming Act of 2018, which would remove

The U.S. Senate’s top leader wants to legalize hemp

FRANKFORT, Ky. — The U.S. Senate’s top leader said Monday he wants to bring hemp production back into the national mainstream by removing it from the list of controlled substances. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told a group of hemp

Medical marijuana protections land in must-pass federal spending bill

A bid to protect state recreational marijuana regimes was snuffed by Congress late Wednesday, but federal medical marijuana protections in place since 2014 remain attached to must-pass spending legislation. A $1.3 trillion spending bill that cleared the U.S. House today includes

Colorado lawmakers fail in bid to shield recreational marijuana from feds

CBD could be in the fast lane to Colorado pharmacies

Cannabidiol is available in Colorado health food stores, but the state’s marijuana laws prevent the cannabis compound from being sold in pharmacies. A bill moving through the Statehouse would open the doors for GW Pharmaceuticals’ CBD-centric Epidiolex drug to be

Pro-marijuana legalization Dem J.B. Pritzker wins primary for Illinois governor’s race

CHICAGO — The race for Illinois governor will be a battle between two deep-pocketed candidates who’ve already sunk more than $120 million of their own money into the contest, putting it on pace to become the costliest such campaign in

Marijuana church Reverend suspends county commissioner campaign

Published: Mar 20, 2018, 10:03 am • Updated: Mar 20, 2018, 10:03 am By Tyler Silvy, The Greeley Tribune Brandon Baker, reverend for a marijuana-based church, has suspended his campaign for Weld County commissioner at-large. Baker, 39, announced his candidacy

Alaska House to feds: Stay out of the state’s marijuana industry

Published: Mar 19, 2018, 5:30 pm • Updated: Mar 19, 2018, 5:31 pm By The Associated Press JUNEAU, Alaska — The Alaska House is asking the federal government not to interfere in state-authorized marijuana businesses. The House voted 38-0 Monday

Missouri Senate passes bill legalizing industrial hemp

Published: Mar 16, 2018, 1:56 pm • Updated: Mar 16, 2018, 1:56 pm By The Associated Press JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Senate has passed a bill to legalize industrial hemp. The measure to create a hemp-growing pilot

Sens. Lisa Murkowski, Jeff Merkley pinning new marijuana banking measure to SAFE Banking Act

Published: Mar 16, 2018, 12:16 pm • Updated: Mar 16, 2018, 12:16 pm By The Associated Press FAIRBANKS, Alaska — Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski and a bipartisan group of senators are pushing legislation that would allow legal marijuana businesses

New Jersey governor calls for recreational marijuana legalization, higher taxes for schools

Published: Mar 13, 2018, 1:29 pm • Updated: Mar 13, 2018, 1:29 pm By The Associated Press TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy wants to raise the state sales tax and extend its reach, hike income taxes

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