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Colorado’s new medical marijuana law hasn’t even gone into effect and police, attorneys and lawmakers are already identifying dozens of problems that could hamper regulation and enforcement. Authorities say it’s hard to investigate compliance, the correct dosages are unknown and it’s difficult to locate potentially dangerous growing operations. They also say the fact that the… Continue Reading Colo. marijuana law fraught with legal issues

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At a time when most industries are still struggling, businesses that supply goods and services to medical marijuana dispensaries are flourishing. Landlords were among the first to benefit from the dispensaries. Now lawyers, accountants, nurseries, builders, security companies and others are all reporting a brisk business as a result of the rising tide of dispensaries.… Continue Reading Reefer madness: good for business

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The number of people filing new claims for jobless benefits jumped last week after three straight declines, another sign that the pace of layoffs has not slowed. Initial claims for jobless benefits rose by 12,000 to a seasonally adjusted 472,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. It was the highest level in a month and overshadowed… Continue Reading New claims for jobless benefits rise sharply

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The Boulder County town of Superior is the first in Colorado to ban medical marijuana shops after a state law last week allowed such actions. Superior town council members voted 6-0 Monday to ban dispensaries. Other towns, including Vail, are moving quickly toward banning marijuana dispensaries. Gov. Bill Ritter signed a law last week that… Continue Reading 1st Colorado city bans pot shops

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Colorado’s medical marijuana industry will now have to follow new statewide regulations.

Gov. Bill Ritter on Monday signed two bills passed by state lawmakers this session to rein in the growing number of marijuana dispensaries and growers. Continue Reading Ritter signs medical marijuana regulations

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A municipal judge has convicted a Windsor medical marijuana dispensary owner of operating despite a town moratorium on new dispensaries. A town ordinance enacted the moratorium Dec. 16, two days after MediGrow opened. The ordinance said a dispensary had to have been open for at least five days to avoid being closed during the moratorium.… Continue Reading Judge: Windsor pot dispensary violated moratorium

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The Glenwood Springs City Council is backing a moratorium restricting new medical marijuana dispensaries in town for six months. The Council voted 4-3 last week on first reading to approve the moratorium on processing applications for new dispensaries. It would take effect June 17. Bills awaiting Gov. Bill Ritter’s signature would impose statewide regulations on… Continue Reading Glenwood Springs backs pot dispensary moratorium

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Colorado’s medical marijuana industry is complex, confusing and in need of regulation, but a pair of bills that passed the state legislature last week and which Gov. Bill Ritter has indicated he intends to sign are only going to make matters worse. House Bill 1284 and Senate Bill 109 seek to regulate the distribution of… Continue Reading Here’s an idea: Set fire to new med marijuana bills

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Voters in the western Colorado town of Fruita were deciding today whether to make their town the first in the state to tax medical marijuana. The City Council decided to ask voters whether to impose a 5 percent sales tax on medical marijuana to help the town of about 11,000 cover costs of regulating dispensaries.… Continue Reading Fruita voters decide on sales tax for marijuana

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A Pueblo lawmaker wants veterans suffering from post traumatic stress disorder to be able to use medical marijuana. Continue Reading Pueblo lawmaker says marijuana should be allowed for PTSD

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