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  1. Ron Strider

    CO: Pueblo's Marijuana Museum Fizzles

    Nearly a year ago, voters in the city and county of Pueblo rejected efforts to roll back retail marijuana sales by margins greater than the vote to establish them in the first place. After a heated campaign, the decisive defeat of Propositions 200 and 300 sent a message that Pueblo voters were...
  2. Ron Strider

    Visit Colorado's Number-One Spot For Busting Foreign Marijuana Growers

    The headline of a post published in this space last year posed the question, "Is Pueblo the Drug Bust Capital of Colorado?" And in recent months, law enforcement in the community has answered this question with a resounding "Yes," particularly when it comes to marijuana crimes with an...
  3. Ron Strider

    CO: Two Large, Illegal Marijuana Grows, Worth $1 Million, Broken Up In Pueblo County

    More than 365 marijuana plants, with an estimated street value of $1 million, were seized in Pueblo County on Monday as evidence in illegal grow investigations. Four people, "all with ties to Cuba," were arrested. Five weapons and other equipment were seized at two properties in eastern and...
  4. Ron Strider

    CO: Pueblo City Council Race Gets A Cannabis Candidate, Ieshia Jiron

    Last year, two ballot initiatives seeking to undo the retail cannabis industry in both the city and county of Pueblo failed. It was the third time voters there indicated that they're OK with pot shops, rejecting a doomsday campaign adamant that legalization is to blame for crime, including gang...
  5. Ron Strider

    CO: An Abandoned Pepsi Factory Is Being Turned Into A Massive Marijuana Grow

    A former Pepsi factory that sat vacant for a decade is being reincarnated as an indoor marijuana grow – one of the largest in the pot-friendly state of Colorado. Doyen Elements, a holding company that leases real estate properties out to legal cannabis companies, bought an old bottling plant...
  6. Ron Strider

    Illegal Pot Grows: What Happens After Police Leave

    The elaborately rigged electrical systems present at many of the 29 homes in Pueblo West and other areas of the county that the Pueblo County Sheriff's Office raided for illegal marijuana grows last year have, with the exception of one, been removed and the homes brought back to standards...
  7. Ron Strider

    Colorado Supreme Court Won't Hear Adams County Marijuana Tax Case

    The Colorado Supreme Court won't hear a case that pits a Colorado county against three cities within its boundaries in a dispute over who has the authority to levy special sales taxes on retail marijuana. The decision, made June 19, means that the lower court's order against Adams County remains...
  8. Ron Strider

    CO: Marijuana Tax Pays Off For Pueblo High School Seniors In Scholarship Program

    In Pueblo, pot pays for college (well, some of it). On June 20, 210 high school seniors got $2,000 each from the Pueblo County Scholarship Fund and the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative. In total, $420,000 was disbursed. That is believed to be the first cannabis tax-funded scholarship...
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    CO: World's First Cannabis-Funded Scholarship Program Accepting Applications

    Pueblo is the first community in the world to provide a cannabis-funded scholarship to every graduating high school senior. Applications are now being accepted for the first full-year of funding of the new program. The Board of Pueblo County Commissioners on Monday approved a contract...
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    Colorado County Funds College Scholarship With Marijuana Money

    Denver ― Budding scholars, rejoice. Commissioners in Pueblo County, Colorado, on Monday signed off on what they're calling the "world's first cannabis-funded scholarship." The fund of approximately $475,000 will be available for high school students in Pueblo County who wish to attend...
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    CO: Pueblo County Marijuana Dispensaries To Use PSAs To Educate Consumers

    That request of responsible consumption is no longer just for those who drink alcohol. With the help of a Denver-based technology and software company, the Pueblo County commissioners are looking to create public service announcements that would not only convey that message, but also educate...
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    CO: CSU-Pueblo Student Benefits From Marijuana Excise Tax Scholarship

    It's plain and simple: College is expensive and any type of financial assistance can help. Just ask Brandon Barber, a Colorado State University-Pueblo freshman studying criminology with a minor in computer science. He's also taking advantage of one of Pueblo County's newest scholarships –...
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    CO: Pueblo County Marijuana Excise Tax Projects Roll On

    Until a pending Front Range court battle is resolved, Pueblo County has been forced to put on hold $1.5 million in marijuana tax-funded projects, but that doesn't mean all marijuana tax-related projects are in limbo. County officials said Friday that several other projects are moving forward...
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    CO: Pueblo Commissioner Encouraged By Sessions' Marijuana Comments

    President-elect Donald Trump's pick for U.S. attorney general did not provide a definitive plan during the first day of his confirmation hearing Tuesday for how he would direct the Justice Department to treat states' legalization of marijuana, but he said just enough to make Pueblo County...
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    CO: Pueblo County Planning To Fix Special Marijuana Tax Issue

    Caught in the crosshairs of a pending Front Range court battle, Pueblo County is taking the lead in crafting compromise legislation at the state level to preserve its authority to impose a special 3.5 percent marijuana tax in the county. "This is one of our top priority pieces of legislation...
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    CO: Pueblo County's Marijuana Sales Tax In Jeopardy

    This past election, Pueblo voters once again gave their seal of approval to the county's retail marijuana system and, implicitly, the earmarked tax revenue it generates. The pro-pot campaign drove the message, highlighting all the needed projects that would get support from the county's...
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    CO: Retail Marijuana License Fees In Pueblo Hit New High

    Pueblo - The price of doing business in Pueblo just got a lot higher for potential retail marijuana business owners. City council voted this week to up the annual licensing fee to $10,000, and $15,000 for the initial license fee. Prior to that, both fees were $6,000. "This is what we're...
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    CO: Pueblo Retail Marijuana Store Timeline

    Pueblo, Colo. - Fifty applications for marijuana dispensaries are sitting and waiting for business owners to pick them up at the Pueblo City Clerk's Office. "They can get licensed probably even like April, May if they pass all inspections," said Pueblo City Clerk, Gina Dutcher. The City...
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    CO: Metro Land Sales To Prohibit Marijuana Shops

    The Pueblo West Metropolitan District Board of Directors have placed restrictions on some Metro-owned parcels of land, noting that if sold, marijuana sales, processing or cultivation on the land would be prohibited. Board members have voiced their feelings — and heard concerns from many...
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    CO: Pueblo Braces For Flurry Of Recreational Marijuana Business Applicants

    The Pueblo City Clerk's Office is bracing for a rush of applications to open recreational marijuana stores. City Council is going to write the rules at its Dec. 27 meeting on how many stores it will allow and how those applications will be judged; the clerk's office is expecting a crush of...