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LivWell to be Colorado cannabis giant after powerhouse PharmaCann plans to buy boutique chain

Cannabis retailer LivWell Enlightened Health is set to dominate the Colorado market with 26 dispensaries after PharmaCann announced its plan to buy The Clinic, a boutique dispensary chain in the Centennial State. LivWell is a cannabis brand owned by PharmaCann — one of the biggest privately-held, vertically integrated cannabis companies in the U.S. With its roots in Colorado, LivWell currently manages 22 stores throughout the state, giving it a slight lead over other major players in the local cannabis industry. Comparatively, The Green Solution — a Colorado-based cannabis company — lists 20 locations on its website. Established in 2010, independently-owned Native Roots Cannabis Co. also operates 20 stores throughout the state. Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.

Opinion: Here’s a plan for Hancock’s last year in office — do no more harm

Mayor Michael Hancock was all about the future as in “our children’s future….save our future….a future full of possibilities….our bright future” in his final State of the City address. If Denver’s future is anything like the present, the past would be an improvement. There was a time when Denver was a great place to open a business, fix up an old home, or take a stroll in the park. Today’s Denver resembles the Mile High City of the late ’80s, early ’90s back when Larimer Square was an island in a sea of high-crime urban blight and people stuck to the burbs. I remember those days fondly. Thieves broke into my car. Someone stole a dead plant and a yellow macramé off my porch because it was the only thing not nailed down. The neighbors below me were small-time drug dealers. I’m not quite sure...

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...

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.

The city of Denver would like to remind you it’s illegal to smoke pot at 420 fest

After a social media post promoting Denver’s signature Mile High 420 Fest sparked backlash among locals, the city of Denver took to its official accounts Tuesday to remind tokers that smoking weed in public is against the law. This post, published April 18, sparked backlash among parents and youth advocates, who said it aimed to welcome kids at the all-ages Mile High 420 Fest. The original post published by the city and county of Denver on Monday encouraged Denverites to “fight the stigma surrounding marijuana and celebrate the booming cannabis industry here in Colorado!” That didn’t sit well with parents and youth advocates, who noted the Mile High 420 Fest is open to all ages and suggested the post was also inviting kids to join the party, which has historically turned a blind eye open c...

Method Man announces new cannabis edibles, concentrates in time for 420 concert in Denver

When Method Man came to Colorado to perform with Wu-Tang Clan at Red Rocks Amphitheatre last August, the rapper and actor debuted an original line of cannabis flower that had fans lighting up with excitement. Method Man returned this week for two concerts, including a performance Wednesday at the stoner-focused 420 on the Rocks, bringing another smokeable announcement with him. Method Man is collaborating with two local companies to release TICAL edibles and several concentrates in the coming months. That includes three kinds of gummies with Dialed In, recently named the top cannabis brand to watch in Colorado by analytics firm BDSA, and three concentrate products with Soiku Bano, the best rosin manufacturer in Denver, according to Westword. Both companies are working with Vera Cultivation...

Colorado’s first cannabis “bar” with THC beer opens this week in Denver

Coloradans will soon have a bar where they can belly up to enjoy a non-alcoholic, THC-infused beer and order a gram of marijuana served with a side of rolling papers. JAD’s Mile High Smoke is poised to be the first recreational sales and hospitality business in the state, a formal title meaning a lounge where consumers can come to buy weed and smoke, eat or drink it onsite. The business, located at 7667 Washington St. in Denver, is slated for an April 22 opening. Owner Josh Davis said he’s an appropriate person to open this first-of-its-kind business. As founder and CEO of Legacy 64, he’s spent five years helping other marijuana businesses in Colorado and beyond ensure they’re in compliance with state and local laws. Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.

10 new-ish cannabis terms every Colorado stoner should know, from adult-use to solvent-free

In 2014, The Cannabist, a subsidiary of The Denver Post, published a robust glossary of need-to-know marijuana terms like flower and dabbing to help ease local consumers into the newly legal recreational market. Since then, times have dramatically changed. You can buy edibles not just for getting high, but also for fitness and sleep aid. Cannabis “bars” where tokers can legally consume joints and THC-infused beers are on the precipice of opening. You can even score pre-made cannabutter and infused olive oil to stock your kitchen. As times have changed, so too has the vernacular. Here are 10 more recently adopted terms you should know. Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.

Free marijuana grow tour, cannabis pairing dinners and more stoner fun in Denver

Published: Mar 14, 2022, 12:54 pm • Updated: Mar 14, 2022, 1:19 pm By Tiney Ricciardi Denver locals and visitors know it’s not difficult to find a dispensary where they can purchase weed, though there are far fewer places at which to enjoy it. While businesses like Tetra Lounge, The Coffee Joint and soon the Patterson Inn offer folks 21 and up a space where they can indulge, there are a few other ways around town to experience the cannabis culture. Here are three elevated experiences to try in Denver. Kevin Mohatt, Special to The Denver Post Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.

Denver businesses seek hospitality licenses to let patrons smoke weed

A Cap Hill mansion-turned-B&B, an existing private club in RiNo and a new addition to South Broadway’s “Green Mile” are the first three businesses to apply for a marijuana hospitality license from the city of Denver. Denver has separate licenses allowing businesses to cultivate, transport and sell cannabis. But this new license — which opened up for applications in November — would allow businesses to let people consume cannabis products on site. Some establishments, including one of the three seeking a license, previously allowed patrons to do so. But Denver overhauled its cannabis laws last April, prohibiting private clubs from allowing on-site consumption without a license. Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.

Drinkable weed: The newest trend in craft brews

Published: Jan 21, 2022, 4:03 pm • Updated: Jan 21, 2022, 4:04 pm By Russell Haythorn DENVER — Inside a small garage near Golden is another potential budding American success story. “Apple computer started in a garage. Microsoft also started in a garage,” Keith Villa said. “This location is exactly 10 minutes to the front door of Coors. I drove it for 32 years.” Villa’s name might sound familiar. He founded Blue Moon Brewing Company under the Coors brand in 1995. Now, Villa is brewing up what could be the next big thing in the Colorado craft beer market. Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.