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National Report Shows EPA Regs Would Hurt Colorado Economy

EPA-300The National Association of Manufacturers last week issued a national report that laid out the projected economic impact to each state if the restrictive ozone regulations proposed last November by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are implemented. For Colorado, the study estimated that the rules would cost the Continue reading

YVDP Releases Economic Forecast

YVDPYampa Valley Data Partners has released their first-quarter edition of their Regional Economic Forecast. Some of the highlights include: Unemployment rates for the tri-county Continue reading

Lawmakers Advance Bill to Ban Palcohol

palcoholLegislation to put the sale of powdered alcohol on hold in Colorado advanced in the state Senate as lawmakers grapple with how to regulate a product that’s not in stores yet. The product called Palcohol is still awaiting federal approval. It Continue reading

Students Drive Campaign to get CU to Stop Investing in Fossil Fuels

cuA campaign to get universities to stop investing in fossil fuels has come to energy-rich Colorado. Students asked the University of Colorado Board of Regents on Friday to divest from coal and petroleum companies. The board isn’t expected to decide any time soon. Getting CU to shun those industries would be a prize for the “fossil-free” Continue reading

State Faces Yet Another Lawsuit over Marijuana Laws

MARIJUANA-300Colorado is facing first-of-its kind lawsuits from marijuana opponents who are asking a federal judge to order the new recreational industry to close. The owners of a mountain hotel and a horse farm argue in lawsuits filed yesterday that Colorado’s 2012 marijuana-legalization measure has hurt their property. The lawsuits say that the Continue reading

Colorado Faces 2nd Lawsuit over Marijuana Legalization

MARIJUANA-300Colorado is already being sued by two neighboring states for legalizing marijuana. Now the state faces an additional federal lawsuit. Plaintiffs who oppose legal weed are appealing to federal courts to try to shut down Colorado’s $800-million-a-year marijuana industry. They plan to announce details of the claim today at the Continue reading

Lawmakers Renewing Marijuana Rules

MARIJUANA-300Colorado is moving ahead with its medical marijuana regulations – but questions remain about how far the state plans to go to drive medical pot users to the new recreational market. Colorado is the only state that regulates the sale of pot for both medical and recreational purposes. A bill to renew the medical rules won Continue reading

State Could Pay More for Local Food in Schools

SCHOOL FOODA Colorado bill to spend about $5 million to put more local produce in school cafeterias has passed its first test at the Colorado Legislature. But the bill passed narrowly after complaints that it takes money away from classroom instruction. The bill sets up a grant program to make Colorado the 17th state to chip in grant money in addition to federal programs to help get more locally grown foods on Continue reading

Oil and Gas Commission Addresses Flooding

oil-and-gas-industry-300Colorado regulators are holding a public meeting on proposed new rules to keep oil and gas wells safer after the 2013 Front Range flood was blamed for spills. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission met with interested parties yesterday. The commission is scheduled to vote on the proposals on March 2nd. The Continue reading

State Gets Extra Month to Prepare for Multi-State Marijuana Lawsuit

US SUPREME COURTColorado has been given an extra month to respond to a lawsuit that claims the state is inconveniencing neighboring states through marijuana legalization. Nebraska and Oklahoma filed the lawsuit. Kansas and Utah refused to join in. The states argue that Colorado’s marijuana stores violate federal law, and leak marijuana into the neighboring Continue reading

Colorado Marijuana Sales Reach Nearly $700 Million in 2014

MARIJUANA-300During the first full year of recreational marijuana sales, Colorado sold $700 million worth of product. That number includes both medical and recreational sales. The medical industry takes credit for about $385 million of that, while the recreational industry claims around $313 million. Those numbers are based Continue reading

Lawmakers Consider Banning Microbeads

MICROBEADSColorado may be the latest state to ban tiny plastic particles that are often included in soaps and cosmetic products. The so-called “microbeads” turn up in face scrubs, acne treatments and toothpaste. The particles are too fine to be caught in wastewater treatment plants, and the plastic bits can pollute lakes and rivers. A Continue reading