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Cannabis beverage business hit with $45K in fines for violations at Mile High 420 Festival

Published: Sep 5, 2022, 12:54 pm • Updated: Sep 5, 2022, 12:55 pm By Megan Ulu-Lani Boyanton A cannabis beverage business will pay $45,000 in fines after breaking rules at Denver’s Mile High 420 Festival held in April. The violations resulted in a $15,000 fine. An additional $30,000 will be held in suspension for a year, in case of future violations. Denver Packaging Co., which also operates as Keef Brands, admitted to seven violations on April 20, including unlawful acts, packaging and labeling, according to city documents issued Thursday. The business will have to pay the fines within 90 days. Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.

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...

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...

This tiny Colorado town may change its name to “Kush.” Seriously.

Published: Jun 7, 2022, 12:54 pm • Updated: Jun 7, 2022, 12:57 pm By Sam Tabachnik It’s easy to miss Moffat — a 120-person town in southern Colorado’s San Luis Valley that long has been known for its agriculture and ranching history. But if Mike Biggio has his way, this tiny outpost on the edge of Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve soon will be rebranded to reflect what he views as the future of a dying valley. Welcome to Kush, Colorado. 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.

Colorado marijuana company to expand into Africa through Tanzanian medical clinics

A Colorado marijuana company with global ambitions aims to expand into Tanzania, with the goal of eventually breaking into the European market. Oak Creek’s Honest Marijuana Company, which specializes in organic marijuana, is partnering with a new chain of medical clinics in Tanzania to set up an African base for medical marijuana production and sales. While cannabis production is outlawed in the East African country, the plant is still cultivated, company Empower Africa reports. Should the Tanzanian government decide to ease its laws around medical marijuana in the future, it would follow a trend growing across the continent, with Lesotho, South Africa, and other nations permitting select cannabis ventures. Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.

Breckenridge Distillery sold to Canadian cannabis company

Published: Mar 3, 2022, 11:55 pm • Updated: Mar 3, 2022, 11:57 pm By The Summit Daily Canadian-based cannabis company Tilray purchased the Breckenridge Distillery at the end of 2021. Tilray, which also owns the Sweetwater Brewing Co., will seek to develop cannabis-infused, nonalcoholic spirits with the distillery, including bourbon alternatives, according to The Spirit Business. The company will also look to expand the Breckenridge Distillery’s brand across the U.S. Distillery CEO Bryan Nolt opened the distillery in Breckenridge in 2008. Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.

Colorado sets record with $2.22 billion in marijuana sales last year

Colorado’s marijuana industry can celebrate 2021 as a record-breaking year with over $2.22 billion in sales. The new milestone follows a trend that’s grown since marijuana sales started in January 2014. Each calendar year has welcomed higher numbers, with the latest bar set in 2020 at over $2.19 billion, the state’s Revenue Department reports. “We’ve hit a record each year since sales began,” said Shannon Gray, marijuana communications specialist at the department’s Marijuana Enforcement Division. Thursday’s announcement “isn’t really out of the ordinary, but more notable that we continue year after year to see an increase.” Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.

Colorado marijuana companies take a hit from global supply-chain issues

Colorado’s marijuana companies aren’t immune to the supply chain disruptions testing industries worldwide, with some feeling the squeeze on packaging, nutrients and more. “Cannabis is no different than any other industry,” said Matt Jacobs, vice president of operations at Veritas Fine Cannabis. “We’ve got the same issues that other people do when it comes to the supply chain right now.” The coronavirus pandemic thrust the global supply chain into disarray, with overloaded warehouses, backlogged ports and labor shortages intensifying shipping delays. And the U.S. inflation rate continues to rise after hitting a 40-year high in December, the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Price Index reports. Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.

3 ways to infuse cannabis into your favorite Thanksgiving recipes

Since marijuana was legalized in Colorado, edibles have become an increasingly popular choice for buyers. In fact, edibles — a category that includes infused gummies, chocolates, cookies, candies and even beverages — accounted for 13.9% of sales in Colorado between July 9 and Oct. 7 (the most of any state, according to analytics firm Headset). But you’re not just limited to what’s sold at the store. As the variety of edibles has increased, so too have the ways consumers can make their own at home. With Thanksgiving on the horizon, we tested three different infusion methods with popular holiday dishes — using cannabutter, marijuana concentrate and flower — so everyone can gather and giggle around the dinner table this year. Before we dive in, let’s start with a few disclaimers: Cannabis use...