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Give pot law a chance amid reefer madness

It isn’t often that the Business Journal reports on fatalities. But when a contributing factor for an apparent suicide and a marital homicide is marijuana intoxication, it’s simple to find relevance. It has been nearly five months since Amendment 64 went live in the state, allowing cities like Denver, Boulder and Pueblo to offer both… Continue Reading Give pot law a chance amid reefer madness

As you saw on the front page of this Business Journal, we have a story about the latest round of public discussion regarding the possible impact of Amendment 64, which legalized recreational marijuana in Colorado. At the annual Fort Carson town hall last week, and a Colorado Springs City Council meeting before that, various speakers… Continue Reading Is A-64 really hurting the area?

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Pentagon allays fears about local marijuana

Colorado Springs business leaders and retired generals have been waging a public-relations campaign, suggesting the military might cut back assets here if City Council doesn’t ban retail sales of marijuana, now permitted under Amendment 64. That’s news to the Pentagon. “I wouldn’t think so,” said Department of Defense spokesman Lt. Col. Tom Crosson. “Military personnel… Continue Reading Pentagon allays fears about local marijuana

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Marijuana: constant battle for acceptance

At first glance, KC Stark seems an unlikely figure to lead a revolution. A former medical marijuana dispensary owner who now serves as a marijuana consultant, Stark is challenging the Colorado Springs city government’s reticence about recreational marijuana use. He’s opened Studio A64, a members-only cannabis social club, inviting a potential firestorm of criticism from… Continue Reading Marijuana: constant battle for acceptance

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Marijuana task force struggles with issues

Employers should be able to fire workers who test positive for marijuana use — even if they aren’t working under the influence of the drug. That’s the biggest recommendation from the state’s Amendment 64 task force, a 24-member group charged with producing regulatory framework to allow recreational use of marijuana for adults 21 and older.… Continue Reading Marijuana task force struggles with issues

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Amendment 64 is now officially state law, allowing adults to grow up to six plants at home and possess small amounts of marijuana without fear of state criminal prosecution. But that’s about the only clear conclusion from the news earlier this week that Gov. John Hickenlooper certified the Nov. 6 election results. It’s not clear… Continue Reading News analysis: City examines local options for retail marijuana

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Colorado took an unprecedented stance in the November election, legalizing recreational use of marijuana. City leaders still are working through many unanswered questions before the amendment goes into effect. “At this point, there are still more questions than answers,” said City Attorney Chris Melcher, who will discuss options for regulations inside city limits at the… Continue Reading News analysis: City trying to sort out Amendment 64 issues

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After Tuesday’s election, marijuana is no more than 30 days from becoming legal for limited possession and recreational use by adults in Colorado — but the regulatory atmosphere is still hazy. Amendment 64 passed with a 53 percent majority statewide — although it failed by a 3,300-vote margin in Colorado Springs, actually just 50.6 to… Continue Reading Amendment 64: The real challenge lies ahead for legalized marijuana

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Amendment 64 could transform the business, legal and economic environment in Colorado — changing marijuana into a cash crop worth millions. Continue Reading Marijuana: Economic stimulant, or just a can of worms

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The Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance continues to flex its political muscle with further candidate endorsements and a strong “no” recommendation for the ballot initiative to decriminalize marijuana possession in Colorado.   The alliance is endorsing the following slate of candidates:   • Mark Scheffel, State Senate District 4 • Owen Hill, State Senate District… Continue Reading Business Alliance opposes Amendment 64, endorses state slate

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