Federal agencies removed more than 71,000 marijuana plants from Colorado public lands in 2017

Federal agencies removed more than 71,000 marijuana plants from public lands during last year’s growing season, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Colorado office. The plants were growing illegally on about 38 acres, not including the islands of the Colorado River. These grows are ones that operate…

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Men in their 20s accounted for nearly a third of all Colorado DUI cases last year, report finds

Men in their 20s accounted for nearly a third of all DUI cases in Colorado in 2016, according to a first-of-its-kind comprehensive report on impaired driving in the state that also found most people charged with DUI are ultimately convicted. Young men were the largest group of defendants in a…

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Colorado medical marijuana companies embroiled in federal patent dispute

A Colorado cannabis company has filed a patent-infringement lawsuit in Denver federal court claiming a rival in Conifer filched its cannabinoid medical product formula. United Cannabis Corporation of Golden (UCANN) filed the lawsuit in Denver U.S. District Court Monday against Pure Hemp Collective Inc. of Conifer. The lawsuit seeks an injunction…

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Santa Rosa Hydroponics sold to Colorado retail chain GrowGeneration

During the Gold Rush, it was the merchants selling sifting pans who struck it rich and not the legions of 19th century fortune seekers looking for wealth in California’s rivers. Santa Rosa brothers Rick and Jason Barretta applied that wisdom to the nascent marijuana industry about 10 years ago when…

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Colorado denies widow half of late husband’s workers’ compensation due to his marijuana use

DENVER — The state of Colorado is denying half the workers’ compensation death benefits to a woman whose husband died while working on a ski lift because he had marijuana in his system. KMGH-TV reports Erika Lee’s husband, Adam Lee, was crushed to death in December underneath a ski escalator…

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Colorado names new director to oversee marijuana in the state

Dominique Mendiola has been named the state’s new director of marijuana coordination. Mendiola, who has worked with the state Department of Revenue’s Marijuana Enforcement Division since 2014, serving as the deputy director, replaces Mark Bolton. As director, Mendiola will manage marijuana policy issues for the state, including interaction between Colorado and the federal…

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Hemp products now regulated like food ingredients in Colorado

Colorado law now stipulates that hemp products will be regulated like food ingredients. Gov. John Hickenlooper on Wednesday signed House Bill 1295, which formalizes an 11-month-old state policy that applies existing food manufacturing guidelines to products such as hemp oil-infused coffees and hemp-derived extracts rich in the non-psychoactive compound cannabidiol.…

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500 tons of marijuana was produced for sale in Colorado last year

Colorado’s legal marijuana grows produced tons of cannabis last year — nearly 500 tons to be more exact. And Colorado’s cannabis consumers ate, smoked, vaped and dabbed that right up. Colorado’s marijuana shops sold 11.1 million edibles, 411,000 pounds of flower and a sharply increasing amount of marijuana concentrate last…

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