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  1. Ron Strider

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions Delivered Mixed Messages About Marijuana In 2017

    United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been squatting over state-legalized cannabis industries across the country, pinching out a grumpy loaf of reefer madness every so often. Reported to have said that he thought members of the Ku Klux Klan "were okay until I found out they smoked...
  2. Ron Strider

    Teen Drug Use Drops Across The Country, Thanks To Legal Marijuana

    Teen drug use has decreased in Colorado since marijuana was legalized for recreational use in 2014, according to a recently published national survey. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health reports that a little over 9 percent of Colorado teens between the ages of 12 and 17 used marijuana on...
  3. Ron Strider

    How One Machine Can Change Colorado Hemp Farming

    Hemp, marijuana's non-psychoactive counterpart, can be turned into a large variety of products. And in 2016, Colorado farmers produced half of the hemp grown in the United States. Even after more states started growing the crop in 2017, Colorado still planted over three times more of it than any...
  4. Ron Strider

    CO: Marijuana Doomsday Didn't Come

    It's been a little more than five years since Colorado's voters approved Constitutional Amendment 64, which legalized recreational marijuana in the state. Sales commenced four years ago this January. Although the amendment passed by a comfortable 10-point margin, the debate in Colorado has...
  5. Ron Strider

    This Colorado City Declined To Allow Pot Sales. Now It's Having Second Thoughts

    At the two malls in town you can buy key chains and Christmas ornaments shaped like marijuana leaves. Along a downtown shopping corridor, paintings of cannabis plants grace storefront windows. Even Kmart stocks its shelves with T-shirts and mugs decorated with the signature green leaf and...
  6. Ron Strider

    Falling Colorado Teen Pot Use Stats Hard For Jeff Sessions To Dismiss

    A new federal study shows that marijuana use among teens in Colorado has fallen below levels seen prior to the implementation of Amendment 64, the measure that legalized limited recreational cannabis sales in the state. Given the report's origins, attorney and activist Brian Vicente, who...
  7. Ron Strider

    Marijuana Prices Are Plunging In Colorado, And That Could Be Bad News

    Few industries are growing as quickly and consistently as legal marijuana, which is a big reason investors haven't been able to get enough of marijuana stocks in recent years. According to investment firm Cowen & Co., the legal U.S. cannabis market is expected to reach $50 billion in annual...
  8. Ron Strider

    10 Ways Marijuana Legalization Has Helped The United States

    Monday was the five-year anniversary of Colorado voters passing Amendment 64, which legalized recreational marijuana in the state. Since then, Alaska, Washington, Oregon and Nevada have all implemented their own recreational laws, and California, Maine and Massachusetts are in the process of...
  9. Ron Strider

    Colorado Recognizes 5 Years Of Legalized Marijuana

    November 4th marks five years since Colorado and Washington were the first states in the nation to legalize marijuana. Amendment 64 passed in Colorado in November 2012, legalizing marijuana for adults over the age of 21. Gov. John Hickenlooper formalized it as part of the state constitution...
  10. Ron Strider

    Here's How to Solve The NHS's Chronic Underfunding: Legalize Cannabis

    If there existed a lucrative industry, with proven success, that helps people get better and could save money for the NHS, shouldn't we be talking about it? After attending a cannabis conference in Denver, Colorado, it struck me that here was a real solution to some of the difficulties our...
  11. Ron Strider

    What You Need To Know About Visiting Denver's Dispensaries

    As one of the states pioneering the recreational cannabis movement, there is now one more reason (including the Rocky Mountains) to head to the so-called Mile High City in Colorado. Recreational marijuana was legalized in 2014, but pot tourism has only just started to take-off as a...
  12. Ron Strider

    Colorado Leads Country In Hemp Production, A Growing Field

    Dispensaries might get all the attention, but hemp farmers are getting the acreage — 23,343 acres to be exact, according to a new study by Vote Hemp, an organization dedicated to advancing the industrial hemp industry. And which state is leading the pack? Colorado, by far. Vote Hemp just...
  13. Ron Strider

    CO: Could Hemp Be The Next Viable Energy Source

    Hemp: It's a green, leafy plant that, with the exception of its rocky past, would seem to have very little in common with coal, Northwest Colorado's largest commodity. "Hemp Coal" is a registered trademark of the AXIM Biotechnologies company, "a business involved in the research and...
  14. Ron Strider

    Will 2018 Be The Year Marijuana Takes Over

    So far, all the states that have legalized marijuana have done so through grassroots petitions and ballot initiatives meant to bypass risk-averse lawmakers in state houses. California, Nevada, Maine, Massachusetts, Alaska, Oregon, and the District of Columbia have all followed Colorado and...
  15. Ron Strider

    The Enlightened State Of Colorado

    By the time the 19th amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified, ensuring women the right to vote, Colorado women had already been voting for over 25 years. Colorado voters were the first to grant women suffrage (Wyoming was the first territory, but by a legislative act). Colorado...
  16. Ron Strider

    Legalizing Cannabis And Opioid Deaths: How Marijuana Is Saving Lives In Colorado

    Of all the solutions that have been proposed for stopping the opioid epidemic, no health officials have suggested simply replacing opioids with another drug. But a new study indicates that very phenomenon may be decreasing painkiller overdoses in Colorado. Legalizing marijuana, it turns out...
  17. Ron Strider

    Opioid-Related Deaths Fell 6.5% After Recreational Marijuana Legalized In Colorado

    Opioid-related deaths fell by more than 6 percent in Colorado in the two years after the state started selling recreational marijuana, according to new research published in November's edition of the American Journal of Public Health. The researchers who conducted the study found the...
  18. Ron Strider

    Legal Marijuana Is Saving Lives In Colorado, Study Finds

    Marijuana legalization in Colorado led to a "reversal" of opiate overdose deaths in that state, according to new research published in the American Journal of Public Health. "After Colorado's legalization of recreational cannabis sale and use, opioid-related deaths decreased more than 6% in...
  19. Ron Strider

    CO: Local Law Enforcement, Community Leaders Hear Impact Of Marijuana Legalization

    Local law enforcement and community leaders gathered in Grand Traverse County on Tuesday as a statewide petition drive tries to get recreational marijuana legalization on the November 2018 ballot. The Traverse Narcotics Team brought in a speaker from Colorado, where it's already legal...
  20. Ron Strider

    How The Move To Unionize Cannabis Workers Stalled In Colorado

    April 4, 2016, was a big day for Matt Hobson – and it was very nearly a big day for Colorado's cannabis industry. That was the day that 29-year-old Hobson and other employees at Pueblo West Organics, a medical and recreational marijuana dispensary in Pueblo West, a municipal district just...