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  1. 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...
  2. Ron Strider

    CO: Cannabis Attorney Rob Corry And Anti-Pot Activist Jeff Hunt Debate Today

    Nearly four years after Coloradans voted to legalize recreational marijuana, cannabis continues to be a divisive topic throughout the state, with pro and anti-pot supporters arguing about its effects on public health, youth, social infrastructure and more. Today, October 6, two public figures on...
  3. Ron Strider

    October Marks Eightieth Anniversary Of Cannabis Prohibition

    The federal government hasn't been very cool about this whole marijuana thing for a while now, but have you ever wondered how long these squares have been at war with the plant? Sunday, October 1, marked the eightieth anniversary of House Bill 6385: the Marihuana Tax Act becoming law, allowing...
  4. Ron Strider

    Beginning October 1st Marijuana Gummy Bears Will Be Illegal In Colorado

    By definition, recreational marijuana is intended to be fun (as opposed to "medical marijuana" or, possibly, "professional marijuana.") But since legalizing recreational marijuana back in 2014, officials in Colorado have realized that, though using marijuana might be alluring, trying to make...
  5. Ron Strider

    CO: Denver And Colorado Springs Residents Both High On Legalizing Cannabis

    Denver and Colorado Springs aren't going to be confused as twins anytime soon. Colorado's two largest cities have some glaring differences in political leanings and landscapes, and legal cannabis is definitely one of them. Nearly five years after Colorado voters decided to legalize recreational...
  6. Ron Strider

    Hemp A Highlight Of Associated Governments Of NW Colorado Economic Development Summit

    From hemp to coding schools, a diverse lineup of presentations at Friday's economic summit emphasized regional collaboration and innovation, including a presentation by the so-called Mister Hemp. Mister Hemp, also known as Jason Lauve, has spent years researching hemp and its industrial...
  7. Ron Strider

    CO: State, Stakeholders Discuss New Marijuana Research Licenses

    Cannabis's federally illegal status makes it difficult to conduct licensed clinical research on the plant and products made from it, hampering medical and commercial advancements in cultivation, extraction and ingestion. Colorado legislators got tired of waiting for the feds, and in May passed a...
  8. Ron Strider

    CO: Going Into Fourth Harvest, Industrial Hemp Industry Still Facing Growing Pains

    The first hint that Damian Farris isn't your typical farmer is the nickname of his mud-splattered white pickup truck: "Smoked Tofu." Four years ago he was a hippie with no farming experience and a passion for weed. Now he's the co-founder of Colorado Cultivars, the self-proclaimed country's...
  9. Ron Strider

    Colorado Schools Bulk Up Staff In Marijuana-Prevention Push

    Colorado has given 42 school districts and charter schools a combined $9.2 million to hire people and create programs to keep marijuana out of the hands of students. The Denver Post reports the money is going to schools located near legal pot shops and is funded by proceeds from marijuana...
  10. Ron Strider

    AK: Will Fairbanks Go To Pot

    A few years ago when Alaska had the marijuana initiative on the ballot, I was asked what I thought the impact of legalizing marijuana would be on our state. My response was to suggest that Alaska wait a year or two to see how the other states were faring under their new legalization laws...
  11. Ron Strider

    Colorado Defends Its Legal Marijuana Program In Strong Letter To Jeff Sessions

    Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) and Attorney General Cynthia Coffman (R) mounted a vigorous defense of their state's legalized and regulated marijuana program Thursday, replying to a critical letter from Attorney General Jeff Sessions that was directed at states that have legalized marijuana...
  12. Ron Strider

    CO: Calling All Marijuana Entrepreneurs: Shark Tank Of Cannabis Wants You

    Although more states have legalized recreational marijuana since Colorado became the first state to allow its sale, Colorado remains rich with some of the most innovative minds in the industry. On top of the nearly 1,500 licensed marijuana businesses in Colorado that actually touch the plant...
  13. Ron Strider

    West Virginia Leaders Get A Look At Marijuana Industry

    It takes a lot of light and power to grow a marijuana plant, and legalizing recreational cannabis in West Virginia could result in a boon to the state's coal and power industries, according to Delegate Shawn Fluharty. Fluharty, D-Ohio, was one of among 22 members of a delegation traveling...
  14. Ron Strider

    West Virginia Delegation Studies Colorado Medical Cannabis

    A group of 22 West Virginia business and government leaders has returned from a fact-finding mission to Colorado to learn best practices from Colorado leaders involved in that state's medical cannabis industry. West Virginia approved legalization of medical cannabis, with implementation...
  15. Ron Strider

    CO: Hemp Farmers Look To Bipartisan Effort By Congress To Fix Water Rights Problem

    Though it's legal to grow industrial hemp in Colorado, many farmers are breaking the law if they try to water their crops. In western states, water rights are governed by complex laws that determine how farmers irrigate their crops. Even rainwater that falls on land owned by a farmer may be...
  16. Ron Strider

    Colorado Marijuana Sales Jump 25 Percent To $750 Million In First Half Of 2017

    Colorado's marijuana retailers have already made more than $750 million in sales halfway through 2017, a 25.7 percent increase compared to the first half of 2016. More than $531 million of those sales were for recreational marijuana, and the rest, nearly $220 million, were for medical...
  17. Ron Strider

    CO: Pot-Sniffing Dogs Role Unclear With Marijuana Legalized

    Deuce, a German Shepard with the Aurora Police Department, is sniffing around tables and a barbeque at a picnic area outside a police station. After a few minutes, he sits and fixes his gaze on a plastic trash can. Deuce's handler, Sgt. Brandon Samuels, removes a one-pound bag of marijuana he...
  18. Ron Strider

    Dear USA Today: Marijuana Has Not Devastated Colorado

    Jeff Hunt, the vice president of public policy at Colorado Christian University, invited Westword and others to share his op-ed titled "Marijuana Devastated Colorado, Don’t Legalize It Nationally" earlier this week. Although we declined, USA Today obliged in spreading Hunt's reefer-madness...
  19. Ron Strider

    CO: New Information About Secret Marijuana Meeting

    New details are coming to light regarding a closed door meeting between several federal agencies, the Colorado Springs mayor and the chief of police. The meeting focused on marijuana regulation in Colorado. But while we know what they talked about at that meeting, it's still unclear what the...
  20. Ron Strider

    Black Market Marijuana Bust Leaves Bruises On Colorado's Marijuana Industry

    Owners of a marijuana head shop in Colorado Springs were allegedly running a criminal enterprise that illegally distributed about 200 pounds of marijuana. Thirteen people have been indicted in connection to the case, including Hoppz' Cropz owners Joseph Hopper, Dara Wheatley, Joseph Sergio...
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