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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.

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.

Opinion: Safe banking for cannabis industry needs to be carried cross finish line

Congressional cannabis champions clearly come from Colorado (how’s that for alliteration?). We saw this kind of leadership with Gov. Jared Polis when he was a congressman and co-founded the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, with former Republican Sen. Cory Gardner, and with our long-time current champion for SAFE Banking, Democrat Rep. Ed Perlmutter. With SAFE Banking voted on and approved now six times in the U.S. House of Representatives and still zero times in the Senate, getting this bipartisan and impactful piece of banking legislation to the president for his signature is not only vital, it’s actually do-able. Let me be clear for those who still don’t understand what SAFE Banking is or how it is significantly beneficial to Coloradans. And by doing so, let me share what it’s not. Read th...

Marijuana edible trends: Where to find rapid onset and CBG/CBN gummies in Colorado

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.

Colorado’s first cannabis “bar” with THC beer opens this week in Denver

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.

10 new-ish cannabis terms every Colorado stoner should know, from adult-use to solvent-free

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.

Colorado marijuana industry regulators under fire as underage sales checks nosedive

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.

Free marijuana grow tour, cannabis pairing dinners and more stoner fun in Denver

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.

Colorado marijuana company to expand into Africa through Tanzanian medical clinics

A Colorado marijuana company with global ambitions aims to expand into Tanzania, with the goal of eventually breaking into the European market. Oak Creek’s Honest Marijuana Company, which specializes in organic marijuana, is partnering with a new chain of medical clinics in Tanzania to set up an African base for medical marijuana production and sales. While cannabis production is outlawed in the East African country, the plant is still cultivated, company Empower Africa reports. Should the Tanzanian government decide to ease its laws around medical marijuana in the future, it would follow a trend growing across the continent, with Lesotho, South Africa, and other nations permitting select cannabis ventures. Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.

Colorado sets record with $2.22 billion in marijuana sales last year

Colorado’s marijuana industry can celebrate 2021 as a record-breaking year with over $2.22 billion in sales. The new milestone follows a trend that’s grown since marijuana sales started in January 2014. Each calendar year has welcomed higher numbers, with the latest bar set in 2020 at over $2.19 billion, the state’s Revenue Department reports. “We’ve hit a record each year since sales began,” said Shannon Gray, marijuana communications specialist at the department’s Marijuana Enforcement Division. Thursday’s announcement “isn’t really out of the ordinary, but more notable that we continue year after year to see an increase.” Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.

Colorado marijuana companies take a hit from global supply-chain issues

Colorado’s marijuana companies aren’t immune to the supply chain disruptions testing industries worldwide, with some feeling the squeeze on packaging, nutrients and more. “Cannabis is no different than any other industry,” said Matt Jacobs, vice president of operations at Veritas Fine Cannabis. “We’ve got the same issues that other people do when it comes to the supply chain right now.” The coronavirus pandemic thrust the global supply chain into disarray, with overloaded warehouses, backlogged ports and labor shortages intensifying shipping delays. And the U.S. inflation rate continues to rise after hitting a 40-year high in December, the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Price Index reports. Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.

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