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Colorado Supreme Court to hear arguments in case that will decide future of pot-sniffing police dogs

On Wednesday, the Colorado Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a case that will set standards for the use of police dogs' drug-detection skills in this state -- and could have repercussions across the country.

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Six alleged illegal retail pot shops busted in Colorado Springs; $1.375M seized, police say

Business was booming at several Colorado Springs marijuana shops, despite local ordinances that prohibit the retail sale of marijuana and pot products. Following a lengthy investigation, multiple executed search warrants, an arrest and additional arrest warrants issued, police on Tuesday said cash seized from the alleged illegal businesses came out…

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Marijuana education or illegal drug-selling? Instagram's not sure

The federal prohibition on buying and selling marijuana puts radio and television ads out of reach, which is why sellers rely on social media to boost their brands.

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Does cannabis cost, or pay? CCU study claims marijuana costs $4.50 for every $1 it generates

Coloradans spend $4.57 to mitigate marijuana's effects for every tax dollar it generates, claims a recently released study.

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The Spot: Denver politics are about to take center stage and what's coming in 2019 for marijuana

What’s on the legislative agenda in 2019 for the Denver metro area?

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Pot delivery? It's one possibility as Colorado revisits marijuana laws

Colorado legislators will consider legalizing marijuana delivery and making it easier to invest in cannabis businesses.

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Canada's pot industry so hot it's importing workers

It was mid-summer, fewer than three months before Canada legalized recreational marijuana, and Vic Neufeld had a problem.

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Loveland illegal pot operation dismantled by police

The Northern Colorado Drug Task Force executed three search warrants Nov. 30 on warehouses in the 1500 block of Taurus Court, where authorities found 856 live cannabis plants, according to a Tuesday afternoon release.

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Colorado should wipe low-level marijuana convictions clean

Possessing small amounts of marijuana has been legal in Colorado now for six years, and yet convictions still haunt those who got caught with a small amount of pot or paraphernalia before voters approved Amendment 64 in 2012.

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Marijuana on your criminal record? Denver will help clear it, mayor says.

Colorado may be the mecca of legal marijuana, but the state's old drug laws still loom large. More than 10,000 people in Denver alone were convicted of low-level cannabis crimes between 2001 and 2013.

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"Capitalistic" United States faces Canada fight for cannabis supremacy

A key question has emerged as investors pour billions of dollars into the marijuana industry: Will it be U.S. or Canadian companies that win the race for cannabis supremacy?

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Boulder County district attorney wants to toss 4,000 past marijuana convictions

The Boulder County District Attorney's Office is preparing to vacate and seal thousands of marijuana possession convictions in light of voters legalizing marijuana in 2012.

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Recall issued for Boulder-grown marijuana after pesticide residues detected

The Colorado Department of Revenue has issued a safety and health advisory after potentially unsafe pesticide residues were found on certain medical marijuana plant material and products.

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Boulder-based Vera aims to take high energy use out of marijuana cultivation equation

Alex Park and his two partners wanted to grow cannabis commercially without using an excessive amount of energy, a problem that has plagued indoor marijuana cultivation.

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Marijuana movement energized with Sessions out as attorney general

He described marijuana as a “very real danger” and has said its effects are “only slightly less awful” than those of heroin.

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Marijuana is getting cheaper. For Colorado and some states, that's a problem

Although falling marijuana prices imply that some entrepreneurs are going to go bankrupt, the bigger financial hit will be felt by states that tax marijuana based on its price.

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Gov. John Hickenlooper issues health warning on marijuana cultivated by Colorado Wellness Centers

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper [cq comment="cq"]issued an executive order along with a health and safety advisory Wednesday warning people not to use marijuana cultivated by Colorado Wellness Centers [cq comment="cq"]because the company used unapproved pesticides.

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First recreational marijuana dispensary opens in Longmont city limits

Legal recreational pot sales within Longmont city limits began Monday morning with Black Hawk resident Tyler Worley's purchase of 28 pre-rolled joints from Boulder-based Terrapin Care Station at its new store at 650 20th Ave.

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Man sentenced to 3 years in prison for illegal marijuana operation in San Isabel National Forest

Agents found approximately 13,800 marijuana plants and at least 120 pounds of processed marijuana on 12 acres of federal land.

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Hemp taking off as viable product, and Colorado entrepreneurs are at the forefront of industry

Like with marijuana, Colorado entrepreneurs have been at the forefront of building up hemp as a viable undertaking.

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Alt-rock icon Dean Ween pitches marijuana-friendly concert venue in downtown Denver

Dean Ween has big plans for Denver. The guitarist, best known for his work in the iconic alt-rock band Ween, hopes to open a Denver concert venue where the audience will be allowed to use marijuana -- without hiding from security.

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Edgewater's $13 million civic center, partly funded by cannabis cash, opens Sunday

This weekend, thanks to its bustling marijuana trade, this tiny city on the western shore of Sloan's Lake will forge a new civic identity with the opening of a $13 million municipal complex complete with library, police station, fitness center and city offices.

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Man in Henderson marijuana dispute murder gets life sentence

A man who shot and killed another man in Henderson over a marijuana dispute has been sentenced to life in prison.

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Marijuana is emerging among California's vineyards, offering promise and concern

Marijuana is emerging among the vineyards, not as a rival to the valley’s grapes but as a high-value commodity that could help reinvigorate a fading agricultural tradition along the state’s Central Coast.

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A cannabis Coke and a smile? Colorado companies hoping to tap infused beverage craze

When Coca-Cola publicly announces it is sizing up business opportunities in a specific industry, people tend to take notice.That was the case with in mid September, when Coke -- the world's largest beverage company, said it was keeping an eye on cannabis infused drinks, with a particular focus on beverages containing the non-psychoactive compound CBD.

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“MAPLE” Act Looks To Tackle Cannabis & Border Issues

Marijuana Moment write....The new legislation, the "Maintaining Appropriate Protections For Legal Entry Act", would provide exceptions for conduct that “was lawful in the State, Indian Tribe, or foreign country in which the conduct occurred” or that was “subsequently made lawful under the law or regulation of such jurisdiction,” according to a draft obtained by Marijuana Moment. The bill, known as the MAPLE Act for short—surely a nod to the leaf on Canada’s flag—is being filed on Wednesday by Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR).

Press Release: Portland’s Green Light Law Group Moves Offices

They write, Our new space will accommodate Green Light’s rapidly growing team and allow us to better serve our clients. We hope to see you there soon.

Former UK health minister defiant as UK rejects cannabis legalisation vote

Liberal Democrat MP Norman Lamb said he would continue fighting to overturn the ban following the rejection of his 10-minute-rule bill in the House of Commons by 66 votes to 52 on Tuesday.

UK Parliament Votes Down Lamb’s Cannabis 10-minute-rule bill by 66 votes to 52.

We'll have a more detailed analysis as soon as we can. The BBC reports. "The Liberal Democrat told MPs: "It is clear the recent reforms are not working," as he called for a "more enlightened approach". He said prohibition had not worked in any part of the world, adding cannabis was "available everywhere". Mr Lamb said his bill offered a "more rational alternative to this mess" and claimed that many of those opposing his bill would have used cannabis at some stage.

Breaking News Senate Passes Farm Bill

US Hemp Roundtable reports .... "So, imagine our surprise to report that the Senate just passed the Farm Bill with permanent hemp legalization!  By an overwhelming 87-13 vote."

Jonathan Miller General Counsel Us Hemp Roundtable. “What Does The Farm Bill Do?” Analysis By The US Hemp Roundtable GC Jonathan Miller

Late in the evening of December 10, 2018, the 2018 Farm Bill House/Senate Conference Committee released its Conference Report. The 807-page document is nearly half a foot tall. Hemp is discussed in only a few handfuls of pages. But the impact on the industry is monumental.....

Mitch & His Magic Hemp Pen

Mitch McConnell uses hemp pen to sign off on farm bill.

Marijuana Moment Say Watch Out 2019 Is Going To Be A Big Year For Cannabis Legislation

They write "If you thought 2018 was a big year for marijuana, gear up for 2019. Before the next legislative session has even started, lawmakers in at least four states have already pre-filed a wide range of cannabis reform bills."

Hemp Roundtable – Farm Bill Update, “We are one step closer to permanent legalization of hemp”

CLR spoke with Jonathan Miller the US Hemp Roundtable GC on Sunday and he has primed us for the big week ahead. We will be staying on top of the developments as they come in hour by hour. Here's the first missive from the Roundtable to start off our week

The New AG, NCBA Says “Barr.. Nobody Knows”

They write, " He does not bring the type of historical animus or agenda that we saw from his predecessor, Jeff Sessions" We're sure to be seeing much more on what he thinks when he goes in for his confirmation hearings.

Greenspoon Marder Publish Blog Post On Harborside 280E Ruling

Rachel Gillette and James Mann write.... The Tax Court’s decision yesterday in Harborside Health v. Commissioner, 151 TC No. 11 (2018) is another loss for a cannabis sector taxpayer.

Utah Legislature Replaces Voter Backed Proposition 2 With The Utah Medical Cannabis Act (UMCA)

Ganjapreneur reports... "The replacement, designed by the state of Utah, passed both houses by a wide margin in a single-day special legislative session. Some supporters of Prop. 2 agreed before Election Day to a potential compromise bill, though others — such as advocacy organizations Together for Responsible Use and Cannabis Education and Alliance for a Better Utah — have taken issue with the replacement legislation."

UNITED STATES TAX COURT PATIENTS MUTUAL ASSISTANCE COLLECTIVE CORPORATION d.b.a. HARBORSIDE HEALTH CENTER, Petitioner v. COMMISSIONER OF INTERNAL REVENUE, Respondent

Full judgment (62pp)

Cannabis Business Times Chimes In On Harborside Decision

They lead with the tag line, "Cannabis dispensaries are no different than drug traffickers in the eyes of the IRS, according to U.S. Tax Court."

Maine Names Appointments To State “Marijuana Advisory Commission” Stacked With Lobbyists

The first appointments to Maine’s Marijuana Advisory Commission are lobbyists with ties to the state’s largest medical cannabis dispensary and the Yes on One campaign. Reports The Press Hereald.

Grow Training with Jorge Cervantes

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