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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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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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Council to get direction about retail marijuana

Colorado Springs City Council will start work on regulations needed for the retail marijuana industry at a work session Monday, May 13. City Attorney Kyle Sauer will brief the city council on state legislation regarding retail marijuana licensing and regulation. Council will give the city staff direction for a public process to evaluate options to… Continue Reading Council to get direction about retail marijuana

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As our community faces tough questions about how we will choose to regulate the marijuana industry post-Amendment 64, it is important that we are aware of the little- discussed, long-term social costs that will impact us all. One of the greatest concerns is availability to adolescent users. Proponents of legalization frequently state that recreational use… Continue Reading With marijuana, the grass isn’t always greener

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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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Let’s be sensible on hot issues

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As the year of 2013 arrives, the Colorado Springs area faces two uncertain matters that must be addressed in the weeks and months ahead. Trouble is, both of them qualify as hot-button issues, far more volatile than filling potholes or maintaining parks. In fact, these two agenda items have become questions for each end of… Continue Reading Let’s be sensible on hot 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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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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