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Legal pot a windfall for screening companies

Colorado recreational marijuana dispensaries aren’t the only businesses to benefit from Amendment 64. Local drug-testing centers also have seen more business since recreational pot’s retail debut at the beginning of the year. Lynette Crow-Iverson is CEO of Conspire in Colorado Springs, a local drug-screening company on Garden of the Gods Road that also specializes in… Continue Reading Legal pot a windfall for screening companies

You’ll be glad to know that the ever-vigilant folks at the Colorado Department of Health and Environment (CDPHE) have taken upon themselves the task of telling us about marijuana. Here’s an excerpt from a recent press release: “DENVER—The State of Colorado today lauched (sic) a new website to answer common questions about the legalization of… Continue Reading What is this state agency smoking, at $3.7 million a year?

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Manitou retail pot ballot question likely

Less than two months after Manitou Springs City Council approved the licensing of retail marijuana businesses on the city’s eastern edge, one band of disapproving opponents still hasn’t given up. Manitou business owner Tim Haas, who started the campaign known as “No Retail Marijuana in Manitou Springs,” said he estimates the group has gathered between… Continue Reading Manitou retail pot ballot question likely

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As Colorado Springs watches, county’s first retail shops could open by April. On Jan. 21, the Manitou Springs City Council voted on a second reading of an ordinance to allow two retail marijuana stores to operate within a narrowly defined commercial area of the city. Since the Council passed the ordinance on first presentation by… Continue Reading Manitou set to own pot market

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Fed action doesn’t change Council on pot

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Fed action doesn’t change Council on pot

New guidelines from the federal government haven’t moved Colorado Springs City Council from its original stance to ban retail sales of marijuana inside the city limits. At least, not yet. “Nothing’s ever totally dead,” said Councilor Val Snider, who ended up being the swing vote in a 5-4 decision for banning marijuana earlier this year.… Continue Reading Fed action doesn’t change Council on pot

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This time the pro-marijuana side lost a crucial battle. But that doesn’t mean the war is over regarding recreational marijuana in Colorado Springs. By a narrow 5-4 margin, the City Council voted Tuesday afternoon to ban retail sales and cultivation of marijuana within the city limits. The city joins Woodland Park, Fountain, Green Mountain Falls… Continue Reading City says no to selling rec pot; ballot coming?

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To start Colorado Springs City Council’s debate this week about whether to allow retail sales of recreational marijuana, Mayor Steve Bach took advantage of his position to go first. Everyone knew which side the mayor would take, and he soon confirmed his opt-out feelings, bluntly calling the idea of allowing retail (not medical) marijuana sales… Continue Reading Yes, mayor, we must cooperate

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As Colorado’s marijuana industry grows, cannabis advocates and policy experts have differing interpretations as to the response from the federal government. The Obama administration has been relatively passive in enforcing federal marijuana policy, but it’s unknown if that leniency will continue for the 18 states (and Washington, D.C.) that have legalized medical marijuana, as well… Continue Reading Will legalized marijuana hurt Colorado or not?

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Colorado Springs City Council narrowed its options in legislating retail sales of recreational marijuana to two: an outright ban or a moratorium of nine to 12 months. But city residents will have to wait a few more weeks to learn the outcome. That’s because some Councilors making the decision aren’t talking — at least not… Continue Reading Council’s pot sales options – none or maybe later

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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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