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More than 40 Colo. jurisdictions to vote on pot

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The hottest political question this year for many Colorado voters isn’t about candidates but rather medical marijuana. More than 40 Colorado jurisdictions are considering local rules on medical marijuana. Some voters will decide whether to ban marijuana dispensaries or commercial pot-growing operations. Others will be asked whether to set new tax rates for medical pot.… Continue Reading More than 40 Colo. jurisdictions to vote on pot

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Marijuana-ban opposition holding forum

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A public forum sponsored by those opposing ballot question 1A, which would ban medical marijuana centers in the unincorporated areas of the county, is scheduled from noon to 1 p.m.  Wednesday at the Carnegie Room at the Penrose Library. Citizens for Safer Communities is sponsoring the event. It claims the ban will destroy jobs, cause bankruptcies, decrease government… Continue Reading Marijuana-ban opposition holding forum

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Poor medical marijuana patients in Colorado won’t have pay state marijuana registration fees or sales tax on the pot they buy. The Colorado Board of Health approved a plan Wednesday to waive the $90 registration fee for indigent medical marijuana patients, starting Dec. 1. Patients who want their fees waived will have to show that… Continue Reading Colorado waives pot fees for the poor

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Medical marijuana cards in Colorado cost $90 – but state health officials are hearing testimony Wednesday on lowering that rate for the poor. The Colorado Board of Health is planning to drop the fee for marijuana cards for patients in poverty. The new indigent rates come after complaints that some sick people can’t afford the… Continue Reading Pot cards could get cheaper for the poor

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Pot backers to release Colo. voters’ guide

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There’s the so-called “blue book,” a voter’s guide approved by Colorado lawmakers. Now, advocates of legalizing marijuana are offering their own voters’ guide. The group SAFER Voter Education Fund will release the results Wednesday of a marijuana-specfic guide for the upcoming election. The group says it asked candidates running for governor, attorney general and the… Continue Reading Pot backers to release Colo. voters’ guide

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A coalition of 15 marijuana dispensary owners and growers and companies associated with the medical industry have filed suit against the El Paso County Commissioners. Claiming that the medical marijuana ballot question placed by the commissioners on the November ballot violates Colorado law, the plaintiffs have asked the court to declare the question illegal on… Continue Reading Marijuana coalition sues over proposed El Paso County ban

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Grand Junction votes to close dispensaries

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The Grand Junction City Council has passed a measure to close medical marijuana businesses in the city. The council voted 6 to 1 to pass the ordinance Monday night. Mayor Teresa Coons was the only member to vote against it. The ordinance requires that all dispensaries and other pot businesses shut their doors by Jan.… Continue Reading Grand Junction votes to close dispensaries

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Colo. pot grower in court before federal trial

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A Colorado pot grower will be in court for a hearing before his trial scheduled for Sept. 20 on federal drug charges. Christopher Bartkowicz was charged with cultivating and distributing marijuana after federal drug agents raided his suburban Denver home this spring. The hearing in federal court Wednesday will focus on motions filed by his… Continue Reading Colo. pot grower in court before federal trial

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The Colorado Springs City Council has decided against asking voters in November to weigh in on what to do about the 176 medical marijuana dispensaries in the city. Councilman Darryl Glenn suggested Monday that voters should be asked whether to ban the centers, but his proposal didn’t get enough support. A new state law allows… Continue Reading Colo. Springs won’t put medical pot ban on ballot

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Federal court bars medical-marijuana defense

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A Colorado pot grower facing federal drug charges after he bragged about his marijuana business to a TV station won’t be allowed to use the state’s medical marijuana law in his defense. U.S. District Judge Philip Brimmer has sided with federal prosecutors in their case against Chris Bartkowicz. He was indicted in May with a… Continue Reading Federal court bars medical-marijuana defense

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