$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”

Colorado marijuana shops maintain $136M pace for third straight month

Colorado marijuana sales are holding steady.

Cannabis shops across the state sold a little more than $136.6 million in flower, edibles, concentrates, and accessories for September 2017, according to The Cannabist’s calculations on tax statistics released Thursday by the state Department of Revenue. Continue reading “Colorado marijuana shops maintain $136M pace for third straight month”

Two arrested after detectives find 146 marijuana plants in Pueblo West home

Two people have been arrested after authorities found an illegal marijuana grow and suspected butane hash oil operation inside a Pueblo West home.

Reinaldo Castillo, 53, and Jose Castillo, 52, were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of multiple marijuana charges and conspiracy, according to the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office.

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Marijuana sales fund $9.2 million in school pot prevention, health care programs

School nurse Rhonda Valdez is on the front lines of student health at Wheat Ridge High School, treating myriad concerns — flu outbreaks, diabetes, severe allergies, body image issues, football-related concussions. Continue reading “Marijuana sales fund $9.2 million in school pot prevention, health care programs”

Denver Post launches series examining effects of marijuana legalization in Colorado

Four years after Colorado voters passed Amendment 64 legalizing the sale of recreational marijuana, which began in earnest at the beginning of 2014, The Denver Post is taking a deeper look into the impact the drug has had on the state. Continue reading “Denver Post launches series examining effects of marijuana legalization in Colorado”

Illegal fireworks bust in Pueblo uncovers 10 pounds of marijuana, guns

An illegal fireworks bust in Pueblo also uncovered 10 pounds of marijuana and three illegal firearms, police said. Investigators executed a search warrant about 3 p.m. Wednesday in the 400 block of Gaylord Avenue, according to Pueblo police. Continue reading “Illegal fireworks bust in Pueblo uncovers 10 pounds of marijuana, guns”

Hiker finds illegal marijuana grow worth $7 million in San Isabel National Forest

Pueblo County SheriffOfficials found two illegal marijuana grows, with more than 7,400 plants, on federal forest land near Rye, a town of about 200.

Officials found two illegal marijuana grows, with more than 7,400 plants, on federal forest land near Rye, a town of about 200. Continue reading “Hiker finds illegal marijuana grow worth $7 million in San Isabel National Forest”

Cannabis industry organization forms to “be ready” for national legalization

Cannabis is joining the ranks of the financial, advertising, real estate and alcohol industries with the formation of its first self-regulatory organization.

The National Association of Cannabis Businesses (NACB) launched Thursday with a powerhouse leadership team and an ambitious plan: Develop and enforce national standards that will increase compliance and transparency, spur growth, and shape future federal regulations. Continue reading “Cannabis industry organization forms to “be ready” for national legalization”

Battling the racial roadblocks to joining the legalized marijuana trade

Darryl Hill, hailed for integrating college football in his youth half a century ago, was a successful entrepreneur with no criminal record and plenty of capital when he applied for a license to grow marijuana in Maryland — a perfect candidate, or so he thought, to enter a wide-open industry that was supposed to take racial diversity into account. Continue reading “Battling the racial roadblocks to joining the legalized marijuana trade”

Colorado marijuana sales in April 2017 top $125 million

Colorado’s marijuana industry notched its 11th consecutive $100 million month in April.

But the month in which cannabis enthusiasts celebrate the “high holiday” of 4/20 fell short of setting a monthly high for the state.

The state’s pot shops raked in $125.2 million in medical and recreational marijuana sales of flower, edibles and concentrates during April, The Cannabist calculated by extrapolating Colorado marijuana taxes and fees data. Continue reading “Colorado marijuana sales in April 2017 top $125 million”