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A medical marijuana bill that drew a warning from a U.S. Attorney appears set to pass both chambers of the General Assembly in the waning days of the session. But whether it helps the fledgling industry — or threatens it — is open to debate. House Bill 1043 loosens some restrictions on the state’s medical… Continue Reading Marijuana industry undaunted by federal threats, regulations

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By Robert S. “Sam” Arthur Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons Regardless of your personal views on the issues of medical marijuana, it is clear that the growing and dispensing of MMJ has impacted the real estate market in Denver and the Front Range. As the retail and warehouse real estate markets became more depressed over the… Continue Reading Marijuana holds risk for both lenders and landlords

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The federal government vs. online poker

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Looking for some quiet work time a few weeks ago, I popped open the laptop at a workstation in a local public library. A few minutes later, a lady sat down at the table next to me, and set up two rather large laptops. I was curious, but dutifully kept to my own business of… Continue Reading The federal government vs. online poker

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Don’t just compromise — collaborate

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The Colorado Senate — just like the U.S. Congress — recently adopted the “budget that nobody wanted.” Compromise was needed to keep government running, but neither Democrats nor Republicans were satisfied with the results. “The really good (budgets) are the ones that all people hate,” said Sen. Bill Cadman, R-Co Springs, as reported April 12th… Continue Reading Don’t just compromise — collaborate

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Gold Hill Mesa’s heart beating again

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The scene outside the community center in the center of the Gold Hill Mesa housing development is a bit of a mess — dusty roads busy with workers and filled with the sound of hammers and drills and saws. It wasn’t supposed to be like this right now. It was supposed to be full of… Continue Reading Gold Hill Mesa’s heart beating again

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Doctors, hospitals reunite over finances

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Hospitals and doctors are seeking greater commitments from each other as a way to gain economic security — but don’t call it a marriage yet. Newfound hospital and doctor commitments are likely to take several different forms — joint ventures, partnerships, employment — as the way health care is delivered changes nationwide, thanks to a… Continue Reading Doctors, hospitals reunite over finances

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Charles and Donna Schwers are selling fun. At their newly opened Splash — a downtown Colorado Springs studio that combines group painting lessons and a party atmosphere for $35 a pop — they’re selling opportunity for first dates, girls’ night out, birthday parties and even a little therapy. And people are buying. This painting and… Continue Reading Wine, beer, paint splashing around at downtown business

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A while back, Laddie was approached by a business owner who had the chance to buy another business that would complement the current operation. He was in a quandary because it looked like a great opportunity but it also carried substantial risk that would impact his existing business. He hated to lose the opportunity but… Continue Reading Opportunity might be tempting, but weigh the risks

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Mark Volcheff became executive director of the National Homeland Defense Foundation in March, after the merger of two nonprofits focused on national security and homeland defense. The foundation’s main event is the National Security Innovation Competition, held April 29 at the Air Force Academy. The group seeks to highlight the latest research into national security… Continue Reading Volcheff overseeing homeland’s Security Innovation Competition

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Legislation to create health insurance exchanges has overcome partisan perceptions and is on its way to Gov. John Hickenlooper’s desk. Now the stage is set for the hard work — assembling a nine-member board that will create the exchange blueprint within two years. The exchanges are clearinghouses of information for small business owners and individuals… Continue Reading Insurance exchange bill on its way to Gov.’s desk

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