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Colorado’s medical marijuana sales hit lowest point since legalization

Colorado’s medical marijuana sales fell to their lowest point since retail sales began — the latest signal that the state’s once-robust industry is facing headwinds as others crowd the U.S. market and new regulations take hold. In July, the state’s marijuana sales for both recreational and medical were shy of  $154 million, according to Colorado Department of Revenue figures, down from nearly $203 million a year earlier. Sales for the calendar year have passed the $1 billion mark. July’s medical marijuana sales reached a little more than $18 million – the lowest monthly number since January 2014, when retail sales were legalized in the state. Recreational marijuana sales fared better at more than $135 million – down from $168 million a year earlier, but higher than the numbers in April, Ma...

Bringing marijuana to Morrison — where Red Rocks concertgoers tailgate into the night — is harder than it seems

Published: Sep 10, 2022, 12:56 am • Updated: Sep 10, 2022, 1:01 am By John Aguilar Of the thousands of revelers who head up the hill from Morrison to Red Rocks Amphitheatre to catch a show on any given night, a portion is probably high, about to get high or at least thinking about getting high. But one thing’s for sure — they didn’t buy their weed in Morrison. That’s because this tiny town of fewer than 500 — for decades the gateway to mind-altering music shows at the famous concert venue where tailgating goes down on an epic scale — doesn’t have a single pot shop. Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.

LivWell to be Colorado cannabis giant after powerhouse PharmaCann plans to buy boutique chain

Cannabis retailer LivWell Enlightened Health is set to dominate the Colorado market with 26 dispensaries after PharmaCann announced its plan to buy The Clinic, a boutique dispensary chain in the Centennial State. LivWell is a cannabis brand owned by PharmaCann — one of the biggest privately-held, vertically integrated cannabis companies in the U.S. With its roots in Colorado, LivWell currently manages 22 stores throughout the state, giving it a slight lead over other major players in the local cannabis industry. Comparatively, The Green Solution — a Colorado-based cannabis company — lists 20 locations on its website. Established in 2010, independently-owned Native Roots Cannabis Co. also operates 20 stores throughout the state. Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.

Cannabis beverage business hit with $45K in fines for violations at Mile High 420 Festival

Published: Sep 5, 2022, 12:54 pm • Updated: Sep 5, 2022, 12:55 pm By Megan Ulu-Lani Boyanton A cannabis beverage business will pay $45,000 in fines after breaking rules at Denver’s Mile High 420 Festival held in April. The violations resulted in a $15,000 fine. An additional $30,000 will be held in suspension for a year, in case of future violations. Denver Packaging Co., which also operates as Keef Brands, admitted to seven violations on April 20, including unlawful acts, packaging and labeling, according to city documents issued Thursday. The business will have to pay the fines within 90 days. Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.

Deadheads, be grateful: Jerry Garcia-inspired cannabis lands in Colorado

Casey Jones may have driven that train high on cocaine, but soon fans of the Grateful Dead will have a different substance they can buy to celebrate the band. Garcia Hand Picked cannabis makes its Colorado debut this week with three strains of flower apt for pairing with live music. Good timing: The launch coincides with The Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on June 29, when the Colorado Symphony will play hits from the iconic jam band in honor of what would be Garcia’s 80th birthday later this year. As of that date, fans too can take a hit of Garcia Hand Picked flower, grown locally by Veritas Fine Cannabis. The company is rolling out a sativa strain called Morning in Marin, an indica strain called After Midnight and a hybrid called Love in the Afternoon. They’l...

Colorado’s cannabis industry prepares for tough times as U.S. recession looms

Colorado’s cannabis industry is preparing for tough times as marijuana sales drop and economic problems pile up. During the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns, weed businesses serviced consumers eager to stock up on their favorite edibles, concentrates and pre-rolls. That high has since given way to a low for the industry, as less consumer spending means sales are falling in both the recreational and medical markets, according to Headset, which provides insights into cannabis consumer trends. In Colorado, total sales for marijuana stood at $153 million in April – a 26% decrease compared to about $206 million sold that month last year, according to the Marijuana Industry Group, the trade association for the state’s cannabis industry. Medical sales specifically took a hit, plunging to about $20 mil...

Buddy Boy dispensaries will shutter their doors Friday as state’s weed sales tumble

Published: Jun 19, 2022, 12:54 pm • Updated: Jun 19, 2022, 12:54 pm By Megan Ulu-Lani Boyanton Buddy Boy Brands’ seven metro-area dispensaries will shutter their doors permanently on Friday, with the owner blaming a market downturn and high costs. John Fritzel took over Buddy Boy in June 2014. Buddy Boy’s locations dot the Denver area, selling flower, concentrates, edibles, topicals and more. Fritzel, who also owns dispensaries Lightshade and PotCo, initially said sales tumbled off of a cliff, forcing him to close Buddy Boy. However, he admits “a tax balance” is also a contributing factor. Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.

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...

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.

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.

On the fence about cannabis edibles? Try these low-dose gummies from Denver.

Editor’s note: Each week in Staff Favorites, we offer our opinions on the best that Colorado has to offer for dining, shopping, entertainment, outdoor activities and more. (We’ll also let you in on some hidden gems). It was mere months ago that I used this column to tout my favorite vape pen. I went so far as to tell you, dear readers, that my preferred way to consume cannabis was by vaporizing it. Since then, however, I’ve had numerous reasons to take a break from smoking weed, including a mild case of COVID-19 last September and another close call when my husband contracted the virus in December. While I still love my Seed & Smith vape pen – it’s seriously the only one I use – these breaks have inspired me to embrace another form of cannabis: edibles. Read the rest of this story on ...

Method Man announces new cannabis edibles, concentrates in time for 420 concert in Denver

When Method Man came to Colorado to perform with Wu-Tang Clan at Red Rocks Amphitheatre last August, the rapper and actor debuted an original line of cannabis flower that had fans lighting up with excitement. Method Man returned this week for two concerts, including a performance Wednesday at the stoner-focused 420 on the Rocks, bringing another smokeable announcement with him. Method Man is collaborating with two local companies to release TICAL edibles and several concentrates in the coming months. That includes three kinds of gummies with Dialed In, recently named the top cannabis brand to watch in Colorado by analytics firm BDSA, and three concentrate products with Soiku Bano, the best rosin manufacturer in Denver, according to Westword. Both companies are working with Vera Cultivation...

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