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Colorado dispensary offering 1-cent joint deal to voters until Election Day

Election Day is Nov. 2, and while you should vote to have a say in your local democracy, it never hurts to have an incentive. Native Roots Cannabis Co. is offering 1-cent joints to any customer who comes in with an “I Voted” sticker. The deal, which runs through Election Day, is good at any of the company’s 20 dispensaries in Colorado; no additional purchase is necessary. There’s a limit of one joint per customer. While I have you, check out The Denver Post’s comprehensive voter guide to local elections and statewide issues before you go out and light up the ballot box. 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.

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.

Colorado marijuana sales hit $2.2 billion in highest-selling year yet

Published: Feb 9, 2021, 12:12 pm • Updated: Feb 9, 2021, 12:12 pm By Tiney Ricciardi Despite a global pandemic that disrupted many facets of commerce, Colorado’s marijuana industry experienced its most lucrative year on record with $2.2 billion in sales in 2020. According to figures released Tuesday by the state Department of Revenue, dispensaries sold $186,343,208 in cannabis products in December, up 6.4% compared to the previous month. The state collected nearly $32.4 million in taxes and fees in December, pushing the annual tax total to $387.4 million in 2020. Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.

Marijuana delivery, social equity reform and other Colorado cannabis trends to watch in 2021

Colorado’s marijuana industry experienced a banner year in 2020 — not in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic, but because of it. Dispensaries across the state were declared essential businesses and allowed to operate while bars, restaurants and gyms were forced to close. That designation helped sales exceed analysts’ expectations. According to Roy Bingham, co-founder and executive chairman of Boulder data firm BSDA, the national market grew more than 45% to $18 billion in 2020, outpacing forecasts by about $2 billion, an increase attributable to “the COVID effect.” Cannabis consumers shopped less frequently but purchased more, including many newcomers with increased at-home time on their hands, he said. Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.

House votes to decriminalize marijuana at federal level

WASHINGTON — The Democratic-controlled House on Friday approved a bill to decriminalize and tax marijuana at the federal level, reversing what supporters called a failed policy of criminalization of pot use and taking steps to address racial disparities in enforcement of federal drug laws. Opponents, mostly Republicans, called the bill a hollow political gesture and mocked Democrats for bringing it up at a time when thousands of Americans are dying from the coronavirus pandemic. “With all the challenges America has right now, (Republicans) think COVID relief should be on the floor, but instead, the Democrats put cats and cannabis” on the House floor, said House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. “They’re picking weed over the workers. They’re picking marijuana over (providing) the mu...

Colorado cannabis sales hit new all-time high in May at more than $192 million

Published: Jul 13, 2020, 2:24 pm • Updated: Jul 13, 2020, 2:25 pm By Tiney Ricciardi Cannabis sales in Colorado set a new monthly record in May, hitting their highest level since recreational sales began in 2014. Dispensaries sold $192,175,937 worth of products in May, according to data from the Department of Revenue’s Marijuana Enforcement Division. That’s up about 29% from April and an increase of 32% from May 2019. Related Articles Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.

Weld County launches “marijuana is not harmless” campaign. But how accurate are its numbers?

Provided by Weld County Department of Public Health and EnvironmentBillboard being used in Weld County’s “Marijuana is Not Harmless” campaign. Weld County on Thursday launched a new campaign to warn the community about marijuana but it drew criticism for citing an annual report that critics have called biased and off-base. The “Marijuana is Not Harmless” campaign will include billboards along the county’s major highways and plans to pump out messaging on social media, seeking to counter the drug’s growing cultural acceptance since legalization. Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.