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Method Man brings cannabis line to Colorado just in time for Wu-Tang’s Red Rocks show

Provided by TICALWu-Tang Clan member Method Man is debuting three strains of marijuana flower in Colorado in August — just in time for the group’s performance at Red Rock Amphitheatre. The rapper’s TICAL brand includes Sweet Grease, Free MAC and Orange Cookie Kush flower. (Provided by TICAL) Rapper Method Man is debuting a line of cannabis flower in Colorado just as he is making a trip to the Rocky Mountains for a string of concerts. Method Man partnered with Boulder-based Vera Cultivation to grow three strains — Sweet Grease, Free MAC and Orange Cookie Kush — under the artist’s TICAL brand, which locals can buy starting Friday. That’s the same day Wu-Tang Clan hits Red Rocks Amphitheatre backed by the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, with support from Outkast rapper Big Boi. Read the rest of ...

Keef Brands launches a cannabinoid-infused water lineup

In 2010, Erik Knutson set out to create drinkable cannabis, beginning with an early concoction of “Keef Cola.” His official taste-tester? His 85-year-old grandmother, Dee. “Because if an 85-year-old woman who’s never smoked cannabis in her life loves it, then they might just be onto something,” Denver-based beverage company Keef Brands writes on its website. More than a decade later, the cannabis brand has set out on a new mission, one that incorporates minor cannabinoids and water. The new Life H2O line takes an overall wellness approach in addition to, well, getting high. Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.

Oklahoma is the new “Wild West of weed” — and Colorado marijuana entrepreneurs are helping fuel the green rush

Published: Aug 9, 2021, 6:06 am • Updated: Aug 9, 2021, 6:24 am By Sam Tabachnik RJ Sangosti, The Denver PostCrews head back to work after a lunch break in the fields at Tribe Collective in Okemah, Oklahoma, on July 27, 2021. OKEMAH, Okla. — Chip Baker surveyed a vast field on the outskirts of an old hay farm an hour east of Oklahoma City, his ponytail waving in the thick, humid air, his voice growing excited. “This is probably the largest collection of Squirt in the world!” he boasted, pointing to an array of neatly plotted cannabis plants before him that will soon flower pounds of the popular strain. Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.

Denver gets first marijuana retailer applicant under social equity program

Published: Aug 4, 2021, 6:20 am • Updated: Aug 4, 2021, 6:21 am By Eric Heinz A former University of Denver student who was cited for possessing marijuana in Wyoming 11 years ago has become the first applicant in the city for a marijuana retail store license under the new social equity program. Daniel Morgan, the owner of the business Social Cannabis, was prosecuted in 2010 for a cannabis-related crime that would have been at worst a small fine today in Colorado. Instead, his conviction made life difficult. Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.

Marijuana home delivery services launch in Massachusetts

Home-delivered marijuana has arrived in Massachusetts. At least two companies announced this week they have launched operations. Lantern, a sister company of the popular alcohol delivery service Drizly, says it’s now serving the Boston area. Your Green Package, meanwhile, says its driver teams have hit the road in the greater Northampton area in the western end of the state. The companies are among the first to benefit from the creation of new state licenses for recreational marijuana delivery companies. The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission said Friday that 11 companies have so far been licensed for deliveries, and three of them are now operating. Read the rest of this story on BostonHerald.com.

Teen lifeguard stabbed at Worcester pond; 4 arrested

Published: Jul 5, 2021, 7:45 am • Updated: Jul 5, 2021, 7:46 am By Associated Press Four people were arrested after a teenage lifeguard at a Worcester pond was beaten and stabbed, police said. Worcester officers responded to Bell Pond in the city at about 6:30 p.m. for a report of several males attacking the lifeguard on duty, police said in a statement. Upon arrival, the suspects were gone but officers found a 17-year-old male lifeguard suffering from stab wounds. The victim was given aid at the scene before being taken to the hospital. His condition was not disclosed. Read the rest of this story on BostonHerald.com.

Ticker: Pot smokers welcome, Amazon says; German biotech buys Cambridge rival for $1.7B

Published: Jun 2, 2021, 4:05 pm • Updated: Jun 2, 2021, 4:05 pm By Boston Herald Wire Services Amazon said it will stop testing jobseekers for marijuana. The company, the second-largest private employer in the U.S. behind Walmart, is making the change as states legalize cannabis or introduce laws banning employers from testing for it. In March, a New York man sued Amazon, saying the company rescinded his job offer at an Amazon warehouse because he tested positive for marijuana, even though the city banned employers from testing job applicants for cannabis in 2020. Read the rest of this story on BostonHerald.com.

Amazon will stop marijuana drug testing for many job applicants

Amazon will no longer test many prospective employees for marijuana use prior to employment, as more states where the company operates continue to legalize the plant. In a blog post Tuesday, Amazon CEO Dave Clark said applicants for positions that are not regulated by the Department of Transportation — meaning those that do not require driving — will not be screened for cannabis. Instead, the company will treat the substance like alcohol, doing impairment checks on the job and testing after any incident. “In the past, like many employers, we’ve disqualified people from working at Amazon if they tested positive for marijuana use. However, given where state laws are moving across the U.S., we’ve changed course,” Clark wrote. Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.

Marijuana regulation bill overwhelmingly passes in Colorado House

The Colorado House of Representatives passed the state’s most substantial marijuana regulation policy since legalization on Thursday, intending to crack down on youth access to high-potency THC products and tighten rules for the medical marijuana market. HB21-1317 passed overwhelmingly, 56-8, and moves on to the state Senate, where it is also expected to pass. The bill is a product of months of negotiations led by House Speaker Alec Garnett, and calls for the Colorado School of Public Health to analyze existing research “related to the physical and mental health effects of high-potency THC marijuana and concentrates.” The analysis could inform new restrictions in the coming years. Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.

Denver to issue new cannabis business licenses but not in some neighborhoods

Published: May 12, 2021, 6:19 am • Updated: May 12, 2021, 6:21 am By Cuyler Meade Denver begins accepting new applications for cannabis business licenses next month — but not for certain neighborhoods. The city’s Department of Excise and Licenses on Friday informed marijuana industry insiders of neighborhoods that the city feels already have an “undue concentration” of marijuana stores and/or cultivation facilities. Related Articles Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.

Social equity in marijuana industry still largely pipe dream

DENVER — Terrence Hewing was working for a package delivery company in 2007 when police approached his cargo van in suburban Denver. He was early for a pick up, and someone out for a walk called authorities after seeing him napping in the driver’s seat. Officers found about a pound of marijuana inside the vehicle. That led to a couple of days in jail, thousands of dollars in legal fees and a felony conviction for drug possession. Hewing lost his job and, because of his criminal record, for years struggled to find housing and a stable, well-paying career. “I felt like I was in a certain box in society,” he said. “There’s people that don’t have felonies and people that do. It makes you almost feel kind of outcast.” Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.

Cannabis industry says access to banking services ‘can’t happen soon enough’

Cannabis industry insiders say a push by federal lawmakers to allow banks to provide services to pot shops in states where they are legal “can’t happen soon enough.” “Access to banking and capital is probably the largest barrier of entry for getting into this industry,” said David Torrisi, president of the Commonwealth Dispensary Association. As a haze of marijuana legalization has spread across the nation, banks have generally been unwilling to do business with companies that sell marijuana or related products, which are still illegal under federal law. Read the rest of this story on BostonHerald.com.