Marijuana businesses in compliance with Colorado law could face federal charges under new enforcement strategy

In an aggressive new tactic, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Denver says it’s shifting its marijuana enforcement from busting illegal grow operations to targeting dispensaries that use their licensed businesses and legal grows as fronts for the more lucrative illegal drug trade. This new approach also could lead to federal…

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California to Weedmaps: stop promoting illegal marijuana businesses or face criminal, civil penalties

Published: Mar 7, 2018, 3:43 pm • Updated: Mar 7, 2018, 3:43 pm By Brooke Edwards Staggs, Orange County Register California’s cannabis czar sent Weedmaps a cease and desist letter, ordering the Irvine company that maps marijuana dispensaries to immediately stop promoting businesses that don’t have state licenses. “You are…

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Oregon marijuana growers face lawsuit from vineyard owner over crop’s smell

Published: Nov 24, 2017, 11:26 am • Updated: Nov 24, 2017, 11:26 am By The Associated Press MCMINNVILLE, Ore. — A Yamhill County judge has denied a motion to dismiss a complaint filed by a vineyard owner against aspiring marijuana growers. The vineyard owner, Momtazi Family LLC, claims marijuana odors…

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Millions face pain, withdrawal as opioid prescriptions plummet

Published: Nov 24, 2017, 6:00 pm • Updated: Nov 24, 2017, 6:00 pm By Robert Langreth, Bloomberg Six months after surgery to repair a damaged urinary tract in 1998, computer technician Doug Hale woke one morning with excruciating, burning pain. Hale’s suffering persisted for years, despite all sorts of treatments.…

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Arkansas marijuana regulators face lawsuits over biz license rejections

Published: Oct 31, 2017, 5:40 pm • Updated: Oct 31, 2017, 5:40 pm By The Associated Press LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Applicants seeking to open medical marijuana businesses in Arkansas are suing the commission overseeing the proposals. The lawsuits were filed last week and placed under seal in Pulaski County,…

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Trump administration’s cannabis obsession in face of opioid epidemic is absurd

Published: Jun 14, 2017, 1:12 pm • Updated: Jun 14, 2017, 1:12 pm By Froma Harrop, Creators Syndicate Police near Daytona Beach, Fla., recently came upon an SUV with the motor running and three little kids in the back. The parents were dead in front from a fentanyl overdose. The…

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Colorado towns face lawsuits over points-based marijuana licensing systems

Published: Apr 27, 2017, 6:04 am • Updated: Apr 27, 2017, 7:40 am By John Aguilar, The Denver Post Cities and towns in Colorado have devised all sorts of ways to decide how many pot shops can open and where, but two communities using a points-based system to evaluate and…

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Why sling pizza when you can sling weed? Denver restaurants face labor competition

Published: Mar 29, 2017, 5:08 pm • Updated: Mar 29, 2017, 5:21 pm By Kate Krader, Bloomberg It’s hard to think of an American city that isn’t experiencing a restaurant boom these days. Put Denver at the top of that list: By some accounts, 30 new spots will open this…

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