Sweet Leaf case puts Colorado’s marijuana enforcement system to the test

By all appearances, Sweet Leaf Marijuana Centers was a cannabis success story. In early December, Sweet Leaf had grown to 300 employees, brought in upward of $ 5 million in sales monthly, and expanded across Colorado’s Front Range with an eye on markets such as Nevada and Massachusetts. The burgeoning…

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Marijuana industry needs protection from federal enforcement policies

Last week, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock – a former opponent of legalizing marijuana in Colorado – rallied colleagues from other cities to form a coalition supporting a bill introduced by Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, who also opposed marijuana legalization. The bill would ensure states like Colorado have the right…

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You might feel paranoid visiting the Drug Enforcement Administration museum

WASHINGTON – Two kinds of people visit the Drug Enforcement Administration Museum and Visitors Center: those who could pass a DEA background check, and those who could not and become increasingly paranoid that they are about to be unmasked and arrested, perhaps by the gift shop cashier. Both kinds of…

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Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division unveils universal symbol for medical and retail cannabis

Published: Mar 12, 2018, 4:07 pm • Updated: Mar 12, 2018, 4:07 pm By Alex Pasquariello, The Cannabist Staff Colorado’s Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED) Monday released a new symbol to be included on packaging and labeling for all medical and retail cannabis products sold in the state. “The adoption of…

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What Trump said about marijuana enforcement while campaigning in Colorado

Published: Jan 19, 2018, 8:13 am • Updated: Jan 19, 2018, 8:16 am By Vince Bzdek, The Gazette Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recent decision to clear the way for possible enforcement of federal laws that outlaw marijuana contradicts what Donald Trump told The Colorado Springs Gazette during his presidential campaign.…

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Oregon’s U.S. Attorney says he has “significant concerns” about state’s marijuana regs and enforcement

Published: Jan 12, 2018, 10:12 am • Updated: Jan 12, 2018, 10:21 am By Polly Washburn, The Cannabist Staff Billy J. Williams, the United States Attorney for the District of Oregon, said in an editorial published Friday that he has concerns about the state’s marijuana regulatory structure, and current enforcement…

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Americans strongly oppose enforcement of federal marijuana laws, few approve of Jeff Sessions: new Quinnipiac poll

Published: Jan 11, 2018, 10:45 am • Updated: Jan 11, 2018, 11:06 am By Polly Washburn, The Cannabist Staff Voters overwhelmingly oppose enforcing federal marijuana laws in states that have legalized medical or recreation marijuana, according to a new Quinnipiac poll released Thursday. By a margin of 70 – 23…

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Top marijuana regulator says California’s enforcement needs to be flexible at first

Published: Dec 26, 2017, 10:29 am • Updated: Dec 26, 2017, 10:32 am By Michael R. Blood, The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — California’s legal cannabis market opens for business on Jan. 1. The day will be a milestone, but what exactly will happen then and, especially, in the weeks…

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Sessions says DOJ just talked “at some length” about marijuana enforcement

Published: Nov 29, 2017, 6:09 pm • Updated: Nov 29, 2017, 7:31 pm By Alex Pasquariello, The Cannabist Staff Even as the U.S. Justice Department and Drug Enforcement Administration make major moves to stem the opioid crisis, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has marijuana enforcement on his mind. During a press…

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Top law enforcement urge Trump, Sessions not to lock up low-level drug offenders

Published: Oct 19, 2017, 8:48 am • Updated: Oct 19, 2017, 8:52 am By Tom Jackman, The Washington Post WASHINGTON – A coalition of police chiefs and prosecutors from the nation’s biggest cities implored the Trump administration Wednesday not to return to the “lock ’em all up” crime-fighting policies of…

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