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Aurora reverses itself on pot hospitality measure when second vote comes up short

Aurora appeared to extinguish the idea this week of being the among the first cities in Colorado to allow people to light up a joint in smoking lounges, tasting rooms and rolling weed buses, with the City Council narrowly rejecting new pot hospitality rules it had embraced just three weeks earlier. The measure went down Monday night on a 5-5 tie, which by city rules means an ordinance fails. Mayor Mike Coffman, who is only allowed to vote to create or break a tie, cast the tying vote. Due to the tie, it must go before the council a third time — Sept. 27 — giving it one last opportunity to pass should any council member change their mind. Councilwoman Marsha Berzins was the flip vote on Monday, having initially supported the measure Aug. 23 when it passed 6-3. Read the rest of this story on...

Woman pleads guilty to role in pot delivery business

A Massachusetts woman who worked for an unlicensed marijuana delivery company that had millions of dollars in revenue has pleaded guilty, federal prosecutors said Monday. Tatiana Fridkes, who also goes by the name Sonya, 34, of Boston, was sentenced Friday to time served and two years of probation, and was also ordered to pay $82,000 in restitution, according to a statement from the U.S. attorney’s office in Boston. Fridkes was the office manager for Northern Herb and helped coordinate finances, marijuana suppliers, marijuana inventory, deliveries, workers and warehouse operations, prosecutors said. Read the rest of this story on BostonHerald.com.

A month after California created a Department of Cannabis, reforms and challenges take shape

Published: Aug 31, 2021, 7:59 pm • Updated: Aug 31, 2021, 8:01 pm By Brooke Staggs Over the summer, California made its biggest change to how cannabis is regulated since voters approved legalization half a decade ago, with Gov. Gavin Newsom merging three agencies that had been overseeing segments of the industry into one new Department of Cannabis. A month later, new strategies and challenges for the industry are taking shape. It’s taking longer for cannabis businesses to get licensed since the consolidation took place, according to multiple people who work in or advocate for the cannabis industry. Read the rest of this story on ocregister.com.

Marijuana tourism is evolving in Aurora and Denver with legal tour buses, lounges

Published: Aug 26, 2021, 6:29 am • Updated: Aug 26, 2021, 6:32 am By John Aguilar Aurora flung open the doors on the next — and perhaps final — frontier in the world of legal cannabis in Colorado, giving initial approval this week for smoking lounges, tasting rooms and tour buses filled with stoned customers. “I see this as a game-changer for the industry,” said Victoria Osler, an Aurora entrepreneur who plans to roll out a “party bus” called Dreamy Illusions, complete with a stripper pole, thumping music, strobe lights and, of course, mobile consumption. “You will be able to consume cannabis on the party bus,” she said. Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.

This weed vape pen may be the only one you’ll ever want, but not the only one you’ll ever need

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). Of all the myriad ways to consume cannabis, my favorite is smoking a vape pen. It wasn’t always. As someone who just moved to Colorado in late 2019, I didn’t have a robust selection of products to choose from in my prior years as a recreational smoker. And while I once thought I’d never grow out of the nostalgia of loading a bowl of flower, vaporizers give me the consistent experience I’m looking for without the need for a lighter or other equipment. Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.

As more licenses to grow cannabis are added, illegal growing has also risen in California

Recreational cannabis sales began in January 2018, and while many have played by the rules, the illegal growth and sale of the plant continues to undermine those following the rules. Licensed to grow, manufacture and sell State license issuance began in 2018, but data isn’t available for that initial year because they were issued as temporary licenses. Data sets begin in 2019, when 12-month annual and provisional licenses began to be issued, using the online licensing systems. Licenses remain active for one year, at which point they can be renewed for an additional 12 months. This list displays counts of when the licenses were first issued, but not each time one was renewed. Read the rest of this story on ocregister.com.

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 delivery in Denver could start as early as August

Ordering an eighth of marijuana from Strawberry Fields dispensary to your doorstep could soon be as easy as ordering a pizza. On July 20, the shop became the Mile High City’s first to receive a permit to deliver cannabis products. It’s working with a company called Doobba, the city’s first licensed delivery service provider, to offer customers a new way to buy. Rich Kwesell, co-owner of Strawberry Fields, expects both medical and recreational deliveries to begin in August, acknowledging there are logistical details to work through before launch. But for consumers, he doesn’t expect much to change. Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.

Sparked by pandemic fallout, homeschooling surges across U.S.

Although the pandemic disrupted family life across the U.S. since taking hold in spring 2020, some parents are grateful for one consequence: They’re now opting to homeschool their children, even as schools plan to resume in-person classes. The specific reasons vary widely. Some families who spoke with The Associated Press have children with special educational needs; others seek a faith-based curriculum or say their local schools are flawed. The common denominator: They tried homeschooling on what they thought was a temporary basis and found it beneficial to their children. “That’s one of the silver linings of the pandemic – I don’t think we would have chosen to homeschool otherwise,” said Danielle King of Randolph, Vermont, whose 7-year-old daughter Zoë thrived with the flexible, one-on-o...