The common colloquialism for the well-known stoner holiday of April 20 is to “light one up.” But if you’re not interested in smoking, the second most popular way to celebrate is eating some edibles infused with tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. I’m not speaking anecdotally. According to Louisville-based analytics firm BDSA, inhalable forms of cannabis such as flower and vaporizers accounted for 81% of dispensary sales (by dollar) in Colorado between February 2021 and February 2022, followed by edibles at 17% or about $380 million worth of purchases. RELATED: 10 new-ish cannabis terms every Colorado stoner should know, from adult-use to solvent-free Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.
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.
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.
On about 600 occasions in 2019, state marijuana industry regulators sent hired operatives, aged 18 to 20, into Colorado dispensaries to check that the law barring sales to people under 21 was being followed. Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit, and in 2020 state regulators reported only 118 of those checks. Last year, the number dropped to 80. This year, the Marijuana Enforcement Division says it’s on pace for 52 checks, having completed 14 through March. The reported compliance rate was above 95% each year, but some state lawmakers say the drop-off in total checks is alarming — and they told the division’s leaders that directly in a state Senate committee hearing late last month. Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.
Lawmakers in Washington late last week passed a bill through the House that would see marijuana declassified at the federal level. “The criminalization of marijuana is inherently racist in its enforcement, unscientific in its foundation, and out of step with public opinion and the law in 18 states,” U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark said in a release after the bill’s passage. Called the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment and Expungement Act (MORE) Act, the proposed law would remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act, require federal courts to expunge prior marijuana convictions, open small business administration funding to pot businesses and authorize a 5% federal tax on marijuana sales. Read the rest of this story on BostonHerald.com.
A federal judge on Monday pushed back the prison reporting date of a former Massachusetts mayor convicted of corruption charges for a seventh time, but denied a request to allow him to remain free pending his appeal. Former Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia II was supposed to report to a federal medium security prison in Berlin, New Hampshire, to start serving a six-year sentence on Tuesday. U.S. District Court Judge Douglas Woodlock said in a filing Monday that postponing the reporting date until April 22 would give Correia’s attorneys “a reasonable period” of time to go to the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to appeal Woodlock’s decision not to stay the reporting date indefinitely. Read the rest of this story on BostonHerald.com.
The state Senate passed a sweeping cannabis bill that aims to clarify some terms of a ballot initiative first passed by voters in 2016, while promoting equity in the industry. “Unfortunately, many barriers continue to prevent those historically harmed by marijuana prohibition from entering the industry,” said Senate President Karen Spilka, D-Ashland, adding that “guardrails” are now in place for the “Host Community Agreement process.” The bill, championed in part by state senator and gubernatorial candidate Sonia Chang-Díaz, would make several updates to the state’s existing cannabis laws, including a first-in-the-nation social equity program for cannabis entrepreneurs. Currently, only about 7% of cannabis businesses are considered “social equity” businesses, according to the Senate. Read ...
GORHAM, Maine — The robbery of an estimated $59,000 worth of weed products from a Maine marijuana business in October is just one of a string of weed-related burglaries in New England that police suspect are being organized by the same group. The group cut through the wall of a warehouse in Gorham and ran away with nearly 30 pounds of marijuana and 500 THC vaping cartridges, The Portland Press Herald reported Monday. Gorham police said the building’s security cameras caught video of a license plate, leading them to a potential suspect with an address in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Read the rest of this story on BostonHerald.com.
Published: Mar 16, 2022, 12:54 pm • Updated: Mar 16, 2022, 12:55 pm By Meghan Ottolini Heavyweight champ Mike Tyson’s ever-evolving life has taken an entrepreneurial turn: he’s touting a new line of marijuana products right here in Boston, which he credits with granting him serenity decades after leaving the boxing ring. “It’s put me in a frame of mind where I can be at peace with myself, my family, my dear friends,” Tyson told the Herald. Read the rest of this story on BostonHerald.com.
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.
A former Massachusetts post office manager who grew up in Quincy was sentenced to a year and a half in prison for intercepting a “brick of cocaine” and other drugs from the mail and selling them himself. “I’m disgraced at my decision to be coerced into doing this and truly am sorry,” Shawn Herron, who was the manager of customer service at the Fall River Post Office, hand wrote in a statement to the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General in February 2020. “I’ve been trying to get out of the Fall River Post Office in order to get out of this nonsense and to get a fresh start.” Herron, 47, of Whitman, was sentenced Monday by Chief Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV in U.S. District Court in Boston to 18 months in prison and three years of supervised release and to forfeit $4,000. On Oct. 22,...
Published: Mar 10, 2022, 11:54 am • Updated: Mar 10, 2022, 11:55 am By Barry Scanlon LOWELL — The news landed like a thunderous Mike Tyson right hook. Tyson, the youngest heavyweight champion in boxing history, is coming to Lowell. Word of Tyson’s visit to the city prompted a box office knockout: Tickets for the final night of the 75th annual Golden Gloves on Thursday are gone. A few standing room only tickets were available late Wednesday afternoon, but there won’t be any empty seats at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium when he’s introduced to the sellout crowd. Read the rest of this story on BostonHerald.com.