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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...

Colorado couple at center of state’s largest-ever black market marijuana ring reach plea agreement

Published: Jun 21, 2022, 12:54 pm • Updated: Jun 21, 2022, 12:55 pm By Sam Tabachnik A Colorado couple at the center of the state’s largest-ever black market marijuana ring has reached a plea agreement with federal authorities, court records show. Fayin Deng and Kelly Chuong were set to stand trial this week on felony charges related to the distribution of large quantities of marijuana. Late last month, attorneys for both individuals filed notices in federal court, saying agreements had been reached. Terms of the plea agreements were not specified in court documents. Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.

Bus diver passes out, says he didn’t know gummies snacks loaded with pot

A commercial bus driver has been charged with 38 counts of reckless endangerment after blacking out behind the steering wheel while snacking on gummies he says he didn’t know were infused with THC. Jinhuan Chen appeared Tuesday in Bridgeport Superior Court after being arrested at his home in Boston. Chen was driving 38 passengers from the Mohegan Sun Casino on March 13 when he stopped the bus on the side of Interstate 95 in Stratford. Police said they found Chen slumped unconscious in the driver’s seat, next to an open package of Smokies Edibles Cannabis Infused Fruit Chews. Read the rest of this story on BostonHerald.com.

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.

Germany moves ahead with plan to legalize cannabis sales

BERLIN (AP) — The German government is setting in motion plans to legalize the sale of cannabis for recreational purposes, aiming to have legislation ready later this year. The Health Ministry said Monday that it will start holding expert hearings on various aspects of the issue Tuesday. It said that more than 200 representatives from the medical, legal and other fields will take part, along with officials from various levels of government and unidentified international experts. The pledge to legalize controlled sales of cannabis to adults in licensed shops is one of a series of reforms outlined in last year’s coalition deal between the three socially liberal parties that make up Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s government. Read the rest of this story on BostonHerald.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.

Massachusetts lawmakers looking to strike unconstitutional Controlled Substances Act

Lawmakers are about to weed out a law that’s overgrown its usefulness. A seldom used and apparently unconstitutional part of the General Laws may soon be stricken, if an outside section of the state Senate’s fiscal 2023 budgets makes it past muster during Tuesday’s debate. “This court concluded that the assessment of the tax on essentially the same activity for which a dealer had received criminal sanctions was punishment prohibited by principles of double jeopardy,” the Supreme Judicial Court wrote in 1998, upholding a tax board’s decision to abate a dealer’s tax liability for their illegal drugs. Read the rest of this story on BostonHerald.com.

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.