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Denver officials want to save struggling cannabis delivery businesses

Weed delivery has yet to catch on in Denver, but government officials are pushing dispensaries to drop their resistance to save the transporter businesses of marginalized entrepreneurs. “Delivery has not taken off in the way that we had hoped that it would,” said Molly Duplechian, Excise and Licenses Department director. “We’re hearing that they’re struggling.” At a marijuana industry check-in meeting on Tuesday, the department proposed a bill that would permanently limit store deliveries to licensed transporters owned by social-equity applicants. Stores wouldn’t be allowed to do their own delivery. Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.

Deadheads, be grateful: Jerry Garcia-inspired cannabis lands in Colorado

Casey Jones may have driven that train high on cocaine, but soon fans of the Grateful Dead will have a different substance they can buy to celebrate the band. Garcia Hand Picked cannabis makes its Colorado debut this week with three strains of flower apt for pairing with live music. Good timing: The launch coincides with The Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on June 29, when the Colorado Symphony will play hits from the iconic jam band in honor of what would be Garcia’s 80th birthday later this year. As of that date, fans too can take a hit of Garcia Hand Picked flower, grown locally by Veritas Fine Cannabis. The company is rolling out a sativa strain called Morning in Marin, an indica strain called After Midnight and a hybrid called Love in the Afternoon. They’l...

Colorado’s cannabis industry prepares for tough times as U.S. recession looms

Colorado’s cannabis industry is preparing for tough times as marijuana sales drop and economic problems pile up. During the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns, weed businesses serviced consumers eager to stock up on their favorite edibles, concentrates and pre-rolls. That high has since given way to a low for the industry, as less consumer spending means sales are falling in both the recreational and medical markets, according to Headset, which provides insights into cannabis consumer trends. In Colorado, total sales for marijuana stood at $153 million in April – a 26% decrease compared to about $206 million sold that month last year, according to the Marijuana Industry Group, the trade association for the state’s cannabis industry. Medical sales specifically took a hit, plunging to about $20 mil...

Buddy Boy dispensaries will shutter their doors Friday as state’s weed sales tumble

Published: Jun 19, 2022, 12:54 pm • Updated: Jun 19, 2022, 12:54 pm By Megan Ulu-Lani Boyanton Buddy Boy Brands’ seven metro-area dispensaries will shutter their doors permanently on Friday, with the owner blaming a market downturn and high costs. John Fritzel took over Buddy Boy in June 2014. Buddy Boy’s locations dot the Denver area, selling flower, concentrates, edibles, topicals and more. Fritzel, who also owns dispensaries Lightshade and PotCo, initially said sales tumbled off of a cliff, forcing him to close Buddy Boy. However, he admits “a tax balance” is also a contributing factor. Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.

How you — yes, you — can be a judge for the Colorado Cannabis Cup

Have you ever dreamed of judging a cannabis competition? Good news: You’re high-ered! The High Times Cannabis Cup has returned to Colorado and is currently seeking judges to try locally-made products, including flower, topicals, edibles and concentrates and help determine the best of their kind available in the Centennial State. (See the full list of categories below.) Entries into The Cannabis Cup, started in Amsterdam in 1988, were traditionally judged by panels of experts, but in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, “High Times” reshaped the event into a virtual format and opened judging to the general public. It’s now billed as a “People’s Choice” competition and anyone 21 years or older is eligible to judge. In addition to Colorado, competitions are also taking place in Michigan, Illino...

Ticker: ‘Borat’ drops suit over pot billboard; Ringling Bros. announces comeback tour, no animals 

Published: May 21, 2022, 12:54 am • Updated: May 21, 2022, 12:55 am By Boston Herald Wire Services Actor Sacha Baron Cohen has dropped his lawsuit against a Massachusetts cannabis dispensary that used an image of his character Borat on a billboard without his permission. A document filed in Boston federal court Tuesday said the two sides have agreed to dismiss the case brought last year by the “Borat” star. The legal filing did not mention any settlement in the case. Emails seeking comment were sent Wednesday to lawyers for Baron Cohen and the dispensary, Somerset-based Solar Therapeutics Inc. Read the rest of this story on BostonHerald.com.

PHOTOS: Inside Colorado’s first cannabis “bar,” JAD’s Mile High Smoke in Denver

Since legal recreational marijuana sales began in 2014, Coloradans have had a plethora of places to buy weed — but not a ton of places to actually consume it. For many years, consumption spaces like Tetra Lounge and the Coffee Joint in Denver invited tokers to come and bring their own substances for use, but locals’ options were limited to just that — until recently. JAD’s Mile High Smoke opened in late April as the state’s first recreational sales and hospitality business in the state, a formal title meaning a lounge where consumers can both buy weed and smoke, eat or drink it onsite. That means you can literally belly up to a bar and order a non-alcoholic, THC-infused beer and a gram of marijuana served with a side of rolling papers. Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.

Four towns just said no to marijuana sales, but how strong is rural Colorado’s distaste for weed?

HOOPER — Charlie Williams doesn’t believe there should be stores selling pot in his tiny town deep in the San Luis Valley. The 67-year-old pastor isn’t alone. Two dozen of his fellow residents joined him last month in successfully turning down — 25 to 18 — a measure that would have allowed recreational and medical cannabis sales in this town of fewer than 100 just west of Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. “It’s a lot of conservative-minded people who really don’t want that in their town,” said Williams, who preaches at the non-denominational Church of the Living God in Hooper. “Some of us in Hooper wanted to draw a line and keep that out of here.” Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.

Ticker: FDA moves to ban menthols; Senate stonewalls pot in Granite State

Published: May 3, 2022, 12:57 am • Updated: May 3, 2022, 12:58 am By Boston Herald Wire Services The feds on Thursday moved on a long-awaited plan to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars, citing the toll on Black smokers and young people. “The proposed rules would help prevent children from becoming the next generation of smokers and help adult smokers quit,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra. The Food and Drug Administration said eliminating menthol cigarettes could prevent between 300,000 and 650,000 smoking deaths over 40 years. Read the rest of this story on BostonHerald.com.

Pot board chairman sparks concern over his departure

Published: May 3, 2022, 12:54 am • Updated: May 3, 2022, 12:55 am By State House News Service He left in a puff. The Cannabis Control Commission has been without a chairperson for a week as the agency acknowledged Monday that Chairman Steven Hoffman resigned from the job effective April 25. Hoffman’s departure comes about four months before his five-year inaugural term on the body that regulates legal marijuana in Massachusetts was due to expire and almost a year and a half after Hoffman became the only original CCC member left on the panel. Read the rest of this story on BostonHerald.com.

On the fence about cannabis edibles? Try these low-dose gummies from Denver.

Editor’s note: Each week in Staff Favorites, we offer our opinions on the best that Colorado has to offer for dining, shopping, entertainment, outdoor activities and more. (We’ll also let you in on some hidden gems). It was mere months ago that I used this column to tout my favorite vape pen. I went so far as to tell you, dear readers, that my preferred way to consume cannabis was by vaporizing it. Since then, however, I’ve had numerous reasons to take a break from smoking weed, including a mild case of COVID-19 last September and another close call when my husband contracted the virus in December. While I still love my Seed & Smith vape pen – it’s seriously the only one I use – these breaks have inspired me to embrace another form of cannabis: edibles. Read the rest of this story on ...

Opinion: Safe banking for cannabis industry needs to be carried cross finish line

Congressional cannabis champions clearly come from Colorado (how’s that for alliteration?). We saw this kind of leadership with Gov. Jared Polis when he was a congressman and co-founded the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, with former Republican Sen. Cory Gardner, and with our long-time current champion for SAFE Banking, Democrat Rep. Ed Perlmutter. With SAFE Banking voted on and approved now six times in the U.S. House of Representatives and still zero times in the Senate, getting this bipartisan and impactful piece of banking legislation to the president for his signature is not only vital, it’s actually do-able. Let me be clear for those who still don’t understand what SAFE Banking is or how it is significantly beneficial to Coloradans. And by doing so, let me share what it’s not. Read th...