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Steve Fox, who helped legalize marijuana in Colorado, has died at 53

One of the leaders of Colorado’s first-in-the-nation recreational marijuana legalization movement, Steve Fox, has died at the age of 53. Fox was the lead drafter of Colorado Amendment 64, which passed in 2012 with a little more than 55% of the vote, and he also lobbied for legal weed in the state capitol. “We are truly heartbroken to share news of the passing of our partner and dear friend Steve Fox,” wrote the cannabis law group Vicente Sederberg LLP, where Fox was a leader since 2010. Fox also served as a managing partner of VS Strategies since co-founding the group in 2013. Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.

Planet 13 hiring 250 ahead of cannabis superstore’s debut in Santa Ana

Published: Apr 13, 2021, 2:14 pm • Updated: Apr 13, 2021, 2:17 pm By Kevin Smith A Las Vegas cannabis dispensary is looking to hire 250 workers for a soon-to-be-completed superstore in Santa Ana as the company expands its operations amid a gradually improving COVID-19 economy. Planet 13 hopes to fill the Orange County positions by July. It also will be adding 40 cash registers and 80 additional employees at its Las Vegas store, boosting companywide staffing by 330. The 45,000-square-foot Santa Ana location at 3400 Warner Ave. will be called Planet 13 Orange County. Read the rest of this story on ocregister.com.

Denver could soon allow weed delivery, plus more recreational shops and consumption clubs

Denver is poised to overhaul the local weed industry with a pair of laws that would bring cannabis products to your door and make the lucrative business more equitable. The Denver City Council will first vote on the overhaul package Monday night. If it passes, the second vote and final vote will come hours before the unofficial cannabis holiday of April 20, when Mayor Michael Hancock is expected to sign it into law. Both bills have been in the works for several years, according to Eric Escudero, spokesman for the city’s Department of Excise and Licenses. Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.

Pot regulators launching online catalog of marijuana products

The Cannabis Control Commission is launching an online catalog of the myriad marijuana products available at the state’s pot shops and dispensaries to help cops, parents and regulators alike tell the difference between what’s legal, and what’s not. The first-in-the-nation regulators’ catalog won’t exactly compete with Leafly and Weedmaps — so don’t expect genetic information or flavor profiles. Instead, the idea is to compile basic information and photos in one place so that police, regulators, consumers, and parents can get a better sense of the type of products that are part of the still-young legal cannabis world, and can tell the difference between what’s legal and what’s not. Read the rest of this story on BostonHerald.com.

Grand Junction voters approve lifting 10-year moratorium on marijuana dispensaries

Published: Apr 7, 2021, 3:32 pm • Updated: Apr 7, 2021, 3:32 pm By Kieran Nicholson A 10-year moratorium on marijuana sales has been overturned by voters in Grand Junction. On Tuesday voters handily approved ballot questions 2A, Taxation on Regulated Marijuana, and 2B, Lifting Moratorium on Marijuana Businesses, according to voting results. On the 2A question: 9,235 voters said “yes”; with 7,309 voters casting a “no” vote. On the 2B question: 9,755 voters approved, with 7,055 voters disapproving. Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.

Study: California’s licensed cannabis shops aren’t selling to minors

California’s licensed marijuana shops are doing an excellent job at preventing sales to minors, according to a first-of-its-kind study commissioned by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. That means the industry is living up to a key promise advocates made when voters legalized cannabis for adults 21 and older nearly five years ago. “Licensed marijuana retailers are clearly keen to follow the rules,” said Angela Eichelberger, a research scientist with the Insurance Institute who authored the report with University of Chicago and University of Minnesota experts. “They’re aware that the industry hasn’t won everybody over yet, and they don’t want to get shut down.” Read the rest of this story on ocregister.com.

Marijuana-themed license plates are up for auction in Colorado

Published: Apr 6, 2021, 10:49 am • Updated: Apr 6, 2021, 10:51 am By Jake Shapiro If you wanted your high-country license plate to be even “higher,” now is your chance. Colorado motorists can buy the rights to marijuana-themed plates. The Colorado Disability Funding Committee is conducting a license plate auction that ends April 20. Some of the plates are “HEMP,” “GANJA,” “GREEN,” “BONG,” “HASH,” “INDICA” and “TEGRIDY.” Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.

New York legalizes pot

New York adults over the age of 21 can now possess and use marijuana — even in public — under a legalization bill signed Wednesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, though legal sales of recreational-use cannabis won’t start for an estimated 18 months until regulations are set. Passed after several years of stalled efforts, the measure makes New York the 16th state to legalize adult use of the drug, though South Dakota’s measure is in legal limbo. New York becomes the second-most populous state, after California, to legalize recreational marijuana. Legalization backers hope the Empire State will add momentum and set an example with its efforts to redress the inequities of a system that has locked up people of color for marijuana offenses at disproportionate rates. Read the rest of this story on Boston...

Editorial: White House in the weeds on pot use

Good help is hard to find. President Biden should keep that in mind considering dozens of White House staffers are being disciplined, released and asked to resign for past marijuana use, according to several press reports. Some of those facing discipline and expulsion are from states and localities where marijuana is legal. In addition, the administration had previously indicated that it would be loosening restrictions around past marijuana use, with NBC news reporting in February that waivers would be granted at the administration’s discretion for limited use of the drug in the past. Assured by transition staff that Biden’s team was more understanding of recreational marijuana use than past White Houses have been, young staffers had disclosed marijuana use in documents which were part of ...

Report: California needs to better track and test drugged drivers

Nearly five years after California voters legalized cannabis, a new state report is recommending a series of changes to better track and test for drivers impaired by marijuana and other drugs. Those recommendations from the California Highway Patrol’s Impaired Driving Task Force are expected to trigger a series of new and revived bills in the state legislature over the coming months. The CHP report calls for the state to start collecting and publishing data on the number of drivers arrested or involved in accidents with cannabis and other drugs in their system. There’s currently no central collection point for such data, and no statewide standards for the few city or county agencies that gather such data on their own. Read the rest of this story on ocregister.com.

Marijuana banking debate returns to Congress and Rep. Perlmutter is optimistic

Eight years after it was first introduced, federal legislation that would give cannabis companies in Colorado and across the country access to the banking system is back in Congress. And its co-sponsors, Democrat and Republican, are sounding bullish. The Secure and Fair Enforcement Banking Act, or SAFE Banking Act, has been introduced every Congress since 2013 by U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, an Arvada Democrat. It has passed the House on several occasions but never the Senate. Perlmutter expects that to change this year, he said during a conference call Friday. Sen. Sherrod Brown, an Ohio Democrat who chairs the Senate Banking Committee, has told Perlmutter that he expects the committee to debate and vote on the bill for the first time. Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.

Colorado hits $10 billion in marijuana sold since legalization

Published: Mar 11, 2021, 11:49 am • Updated: Mar 11, 2021, 11:51 am By Tiney Ricciardi Colorado’s marijuana industry hit a milestone in January, topping $10 billion in sales since the legal market got off the ground in 2014. Cannabis consumers purchased $151,734,324 in recreational products and $35,869,373 in medical products during the first month of the year, for a total $187,603,697, according to sales figures released by the Department of Revenue this week. While sales remained flat from December to January, they increased significantly year over year — up 34.8% compared to the same period in 2020. Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.