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Marijuana’s 4/20 holiday tied to rise in fatal car crashes

February 13, 2018 — CHICAGO — Marijuana users’ self-proclaimed holiday is linked with a slight increase in fatal U.S. car crashes, an analysis of 25 years of data found. The study lacks evidence on whether pot was involved in any of the April 20 crashes, but marijuana can impair

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CDOT survey: More than half of Colorado marijuana users think it’s safe to drive while high

November 13, 2017 — The public safety impacts of marijuana legalization in Colorado are still unclear, as most researchers say it is simply too early to draw conclusions.

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Basalt council stays neutral on Eagle County marijuana tax ballot question

October 26, 2017 — The Basalt Town Council declined to consider Tuesday night whether to endorse a ballot question by Eagle County to tax recreational marijuana sales to raise revenue for mental health services. Basalt officials said they want a commitment that 20 percent of the revenue from the

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Sign of the times: Rifle’s new K9 puppies will be trained to ignore marijuana

October 19, 2017 — Because marijuana is legal in the state, the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled in July that a dog alerting to drugs in general does not provide legally sound probable cause for a search.

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Marijuana index: Wholesale cannabis prices at all-time low in Colorado; good for consumers, bad for growers

October 3, 2017 — The lowest average wholesale marijuana price ever recorded by Cannabis Benchmarks came this year in Colorado, according to the market-research firm's 2017 mid-year report. Cannabis Benchmarks has been tracking sales of the new commodity across the U.S., much like other market-research firms do for corn,

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New Colorado rules prohibit marijuana edibles from taking shape of humans, animals or fruits; aim to curb accidental use by kids

September 20, 2017 — New marijuana rules that go into effect Oct. 1 aim to keep marijuana products from getting into the hands of children. “These regulations reflect extensive stakeholder input focused on public safety and legislative intent,” Colorado Department of Revenue Executive Director Mike Hartman said in a

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With a nod to the free market, Carbondale officials consider eliminating cap on recreational marijuana shops

September 20, 2017 — Carbondale trustees are leaning toward eliminating the town's cap on recreational marijuana shops, while also tightening the time frame that newly licensed shops have to get up and running. This discussion came up during a Tuesday work session after a couple instances of marijuana businesses

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A new milestone for Colorado marijuana: $100M in monthly recreational sales

September 13, 2017 — The trend of summer highs for Colorado’s cannabis industry continued in July as monthly recreational sales surpassed the $100 million mark for the first time since legalization. The Cannabist’s calculations of the latest Colorado marijuana tax data show that the state’s cannabis shops sold nearly

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Social use marijuana clubs will soon be legal in Denver, but how many will open?

August 22, 2017 — DENVER — Colorado’s largest city is on the brink of licensing some of the nation’s first legal marijuana clubs. But Denver’s elaborate hurdles for potential weed-friendly coffee shops and gathering places may mean the city gets few takers for the new licenses. Denver voters approved bring-your-own-pot

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High Country Crime: Police investigate burglary at Steamboat marijuana shop; cocaine and Fireball fuel 111-mph chase

August 14, 2017 — The Steamboat Springs Police Department is investigating a burglary at one of the city’s pot shops. Police sent out a vague news release about the burglary that occurred early Wednesday morning, Aug. 9, at Golden Leaf, 1755 Lincoln Ave. Commander Annette Dopplick said she did not want

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Marijuana legalization puts role of drug-sniffing dogs in the Colorado spotlight

August 12, 2017 — Can you teach an old drug-sniffing canine a new trick — that is, to ignore the smell of cannabis? A Colorado Appeals Court ruling is forcing law enforcement agencies to rethink how they use dogs.

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Colorado’s marijuana sales surpass $750M for first half of 2017

August 11, 2017 — Halfway through 2017, Colorado’s marijuana retailers amassed more than $750 million in sales, according to The Cannabist’s extrapolations of the latest tax data released by the state. Covering both the medical and adult-use markets, the sales of flower, edibles and concentrates through June 2017 are

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Lake Tahoe’s first — and only — marijuana dispensary opens to huge crowds

August 10, 2017 — History was made on Lake Tahoe's North Shore on Saturday, when NuLeaf Tahoe opened its doors to recreational marijuana customers, becoming the first dispensary on the lake to sell marijuana to anyone 21 years and older. Customers began showing up at 9 a.m. for the

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First $1.2 million of countys proposed pot tax would fund mental health programs

August 8, 2017 — The tax question likely will go to Eagle County voters this November. Not all dispensary owners and growers are pleased with the proposal.

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Pot poll sees support for retail reefer tax that could generate $2M a year

August 3, 2017 — EAGLE COUNTY — Eagle County does not have its own marijuana tax, but the estimated $2 million it could generate locally has the county commissioners eager for one. A poll by Boulder-based Magellan Strategies told the commissioners that up to three-quarters of likely voters would

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Marijuana tied to more collisions but not fatalities, pair of studies says

June 26, 2017 — Late last week, two new studies received a flurry of news coverage and at first blush appeared contradictory: An insurance-industry nonprofit found that collision claims had increased in states that legalized marijuana compared to others, while a paper published in an academic journal found no

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Vail, Beaver Creek hotel concierge services assisting with pot-related questions

March 16, 2017 — The Vail Daily caught up with four local hotels and members of their concierge services to ask what life's like with the cheeba chasers coming to Colorado. From 70-year-olds inquiring about marijuana to housekeepers throwing the extras away after the guests leave, here's some questions

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District Attorney Bruce Brown: Marijuana legalization not a threat to public safety

February 28, 2017 — Attorney General Jeff Sessions signaled on Monday that his Justice Department might take a tough line on federal enforcement of marijuana laws, claiming that violence was increasing because of the legalization of pot at the state level. "We're seeing real violence around that," Sessions said.

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Tourists continue visiting ER for marijuana use

February 27, 2017 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — A new report shows a correlation between the legalization of recreational marijuana and an uptick in emergency room visits for complications associated with the drug’s use, particularly in Routt County. The Colorado Department of Health and Environment's report, "Monitoring Health Concerns related

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Paranoia over pot policy? Pot crackdown talk spooks marijuana industry

February 25, 2017 — WASHINGTON — The White House press secretary's response to a Skype question Thursday sent shockwaves through Colorado's marijuana industry. White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Thursday to expect "greater enforcement" of federal recreational marijuana laws. Spicer's statement flies in the face of the national will.

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