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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.

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.

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.

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 ...

Oklahoma is the new “Wild West of weed” — and Colorado marijuana entrepreneurs are helping fuel the green rush

Published: Aug 9, 2021, 6:06 am • Updated: Aug 9, 2021, 6:24 am By Sam Tabachnik RJ Sangosti, The Denver PostCrews head back to work after a lunch break in the fields at Tribe Collective in Okemah, Oklahoma, on July 27, 2021. OKEMAH, Okla. — Chip Baker surveyed a vast field on the outskirts of an old hay farm an hour east of Oklahoma City, his ponytail waving in the thick, humid air, his voice growing excited. “This is probably the largest collection of Squirt in the world!” he boasted, pointing to an array of neatly plotted cannabis plants before him that will soon flower pounds of the popular strain. Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.

Illegal marijuana grow uncovered in Pueblo West home

Published: Oct 23, 2020, 1:41 pm • Updated: Oct 23, 2020, 1:42 pm By Kieran Nicholson An illegal marijuana grow, with 76 plants worth about $76,000, was seized Thursday in Pueblo West, according to the sheriff’s office. Deputies responded to a report that tenants had altered the electrical system of a home, on the 1100 block of Camino Santiago, to bypass the meter, the sheriff’s office said in a news release. The residents could not be contacted Thursday, but a strong order of marijuana was noticeable near the residence. Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.

Seven indicted for allegedly running prostitution ring out of Denver massage parlors

A Denver grand jury indicted seven people and 12 businesses for running an alleged international human trafficking operation comprised of illicit massage parlors and black market marijuana grow operations, the Denver District Attorney’s Office announced Thursday. The seven individuals, indicted on 33 felony counts, are accused of “engaging in a pattern of racketeering in which the massage parlors were the nexus for running a complex pimping, prostitution, money laundering and tax evasion operation that generated millions of dollars,” the DA’s office said in a news release. “We believe that the defendants were hiding in plain sight as they trafficked women from China to engage in sex acts with customers of their massage businesses,” Beth McCann, Denver’s District Attorney, said in a stateme...

Family missing from Thornton is found crossing the U.S. border into Mexico

Published: Apr 3, 2020, 9:07 pm • Updated: Apr 3, 2020, 9:09 pm By Kieran Nicholson Parents and a toddler missing from Thornton have been found crossing the U.S. border into Mexico. Reported missing on Wednesday, the family is “safe and unharmed,” said Matt Barnes, a police spokesman. Missing Thornton Family Update. Preliminary details,the family of three has been located at the Mexico and California border. Investigation is on-going. Limited details at this time. We want to thank the public for their assistance. Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.

Aurora couple first to go to prison in connection with large-scale Colorado black market marijuana ring

An Aurora couple was sentenced in federal court this week for their role in a large-scale black market marijuana grow operation, the first people to be sent to prison as part of a massive Denver-area drug take-down announced last year. Huanyu Yan, 54, and You Lan Xiang, 50, received 36 months and 30 months in federal prison, respectively, for growing nearly 900 marijuana plants in their basement with plans to distribute the drug, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a news release. The two were found guilty in December of marijuana cultivation following a four-day trial. Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.

Colorado hopes to make cannabis industry more eco-friendly by recycling breweries’ carbon dioxide

In an effort to make Colorado’s cannabis industry more eco-friendly, the state’s health department and energy office launched two new pilot programs Wednesday focused on reducing carbon emissions and improving energy efficiency at local cultivations. Both programs support Gov. Jared Polis’ mission to cut greenhouse gasses 50% by 2030. For the first program, the Carbon Dioxide Reuse Project, the Denver Beer Co. is partnering with the Clinic dispensary to recycle carbon emissions. Brewing a 120-barrel batch of beer produces enough carbon dioxide naturally through fermentation to fill a 500-pound vessel, said Charlie Berger, co-founder of Denver Beer Co. Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.

Cross-pollination between marijuana and hemp is a budding conflict at outdoor grows

Published: Nov 15, 2019, 6:26 am • Updated: Nov 15, 2019, 6:27 am By The Associated Press By Bart Schaneman, Marijuana Business Daily DENVER — Outdoor marijuana growers are reporting an increase in cross-pollination from hemp farms, a development that could mean marijuana cultivators might lose upwards of tens of thousands of dollars if their plants become unmarketable as flower products. As the marijuana and hemp industries increasingly share the same cultivation territory, the number of conflicts is likely to increase, particularly in areas with thriving outdoor cannabis cultivation. Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.

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