Hickenlooper says he doesn’t see the benefit of rescinding marijuana policy for Trump Administration

After news broke earlier this week that Attorney General Jeff Session has rescinded the Cole Memo, changing how the government enforces federal marijuana laws, Gov. John Hickenlooper told CNN Saturday that he didn’t see how the move would help the Trump administration. Continue reading “Hickenlooper says he doesn’t see the benefit of rescinding marijuana policy for Trump Administration”

$10 million in pot taxes aimed at solving teacher shortage woes

State education officials are compiling a list of ideas on how best to spend $10 million in marijuana tax proceeds aimed at reversing Colorado’s teacher shortages.

The $10 million was earmarked to take on the problems of hiring and retaining teachers in Colorado by Gov. John Hickenlooper in his proposed 2018-19 budget released earlier this month. Continue reading “$10 million in pot taxes aimed at solving teacher shortage woes”

Going into its fourth harvest, industrial hemp industry still facing growing pains

The first hint that Damian Farris isn’t your typical farmer is the nickname of his mud-splattered white pickup truck: “Smoked Tofu.”

Four years ago he was a hippie with no farming experience and a passion for weed. Now he’s the co-founder of Colorado Cultivars, the self-proclaimed country’s largest hemp farm, just east of Eaton. The marijuana dispensary owner turned industrial hemp grower navigates the farm’s sprawling fields like an old pro. Continue reading “Going into its fourth harvest, industrial hemp industry still facing growing pains”

Hickenlooper: It’s unclear whether Trump could stop legal marijuana

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, as a guest on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, downplayed the possibility that the Trump administration would take aim at Colorado’s recreational marijuana industry, saying legalization’s inclusion in the state Constitution makes it unclear whether the federal government could shut it down. Continue reading “Hickenlooper: It’s unclear whether Trump could stop legal marijuana”

Marijuana industry keeps a wary eye on how Trump will respond to pot legalization

With the news of Donald Trump’s presidency settling in across Colorado and the nation, some marijuana advocacy groups and industry insiders are feeling anxious about recreational and medical pot under the uncertainty Continue reading “Marijuana industry keeps a wary eye on how Trump will respond to pot legalization”