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Broomfield pauses lottery for marijuana licenses after outcry over application process

Broomfield has suspended a lottery it was scheduled to hold this month to award three retail marijuana licenses after the county received “considerable feedback” about who was applying and whether they were playing by the rules. The pause, which the county announced last week, came after Terrapin Care Station sued Broomfield and a number of competing applicants, claiming that several contenders among the 26 who applied used multiple versions of the same corporate name while at least three contenders are directly related to one another. Related Articles Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.

Battle for Broomfield’s three marijuana retail licenses spurs accusations, lawsuit

A mad scramble is on in Broomfield to score a trio of coveted licenses to sell recreational marijuana, with 26 applicants jostling for a spot in a city that until now has banned all weed sales. One established cannabis company is crying foul, charging that the lottery system Broomfield will use this month to award the licenses is essentially rigged to raise the odds for some contenders — and the city is doing nothing about it. “They’re allowing various individuals to submit multiple applications into the lottery through various shell companies,” Jordan Factor, attorney for Terrapin Care Station, told The Denver Post. “We’re baffled.” Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.

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...

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.

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.

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.

Amazon will stop marijuana drug testing for many job applicants

Amazon will no longer test many prospective employees for marijuana use prior to employment, as more states where the company operates continue to legalize the plant. In a blog post Tuesday, Amazon CEO Dave Clark said applicants for positions that are not regulated by the Department of Transportation — meaning those that do not require driving — will not be screened for cannabis. Instead, the company will treat the substance like alcohol, doing impairment checks on the job and testing after any incident. “In the past, like many employers, we’ve disqualified people from working at Amazon if they tested positive for marijuana use. However, given where state laws are moving across the U.S., we’ve changed course,” Clark wrote. Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.

Denver to issue new cannabis business licenses but not in some neighborhoods

Published: May 12, 2021, 6:19 am • Updated: May 12, 2021, 6:21 am By Cuyler Meade Denver begins accepting new applications for cannabis business licenses next month — but not for certain neighborhoods. The city’s Department of Excise and Licenses on Friday informed marijuana industry insiders of neighborhoods that the city feels already have an “undue concentration” of marijuana stores and/or cultivation facilities. Related Articles Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.

Social equity in marijuana industry still largely pipe dream

DENVER — Terrence Hewing was working for a package delivery company in 2007 when police approached his cargo van in suburban Denver. He was early for a pick up, and someone out for a walk called authorities after seeing him napping in the driver’s seat. Officers found about a pound of marijuana inside the vehicle. That led to a couple of days in jail, thousands of dollars in legal fees and a felony conviction for drug possession. Hewing lost his job and, because of his criminal record, for years struggled to find housing and a stable, well-paying career. “I felt like I was in a certain box in society,” he said. “There’s people that don’t have felonies and people that do. It makes you almost feel kind of outcast.” Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.

System crash snarls dispensary sales on 4/20, the biggest marijuana holiday of the year

Published: Apr 20, 2021, 5:32 pm • Updated: Apr 20, 2021, 5:32 pm By Tiney Ricciardi A point-of-sale system powering Colorado dispensaries went down Tuesday on the biggest marijuana holiday of the year. Denver-based FlowHub said an outage caused by a third-party authentication service caused the service to crash on April 20, colloquially known as 4/20. It’s unclear how many dispensaries in the state have been affected and a company representative was not immediately available for comment. Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.

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