Tag Archives: recreational marijuana

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

State Makes $76 Million in Marijuana Taxes

MARIJUANA-300Colorado finally knows how much tax revenue it collected from recreational marijuana in the first year of sales, and the haul was below estimates – about $44 million. The year-end Colorado tax report was made public yesterday. Colorado is the first government anywhere in the world to regulate marijuana production and sale, so other Continue reading

Bloomberg Disagrees with Legalizing Marijuana

bloomFormer New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has sharply criticized Colorado’s decision to legalize marijuana and called it a terrible idea. Bloomberg said at a meeting at the Aspen Institute on Friday that marijuana is hurting the developing minds of children. He admitted to smoking a joint in the 1960s, but he Continue reading

Legislature Considers Complete Overhaul of Marijuana Regs

MARIJUANA-300Two years into recreational marijuana legalization, Colorado is taking a second look at its rules for medical marijuana. A panel of state senators is indicating the process could get messy. They voted yesterday to scrap most of the administration’s suggestions on updating the state’s regulations governing medical pot Continue reading

Police Chiefs Wrap up Marijuana Training Conference

MARIJUANA-300The final day of of the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police training conference on marijuana concluded last week with discussions of the Colorado marijuana industry perspective, the challenges of good data collection, and the importance of cross-collaboration with other public agencies. Discussions at the CACP’s Continue reading

Lawmaker Prepare to Revisit Medical Marijuana Rules

MARIJUANA-300Just as Colorado is settling in for a second year of recreational marijuana sales, state lawmakers have some big decisions to make about its older cousin, the medical marijuana market. The state’s medical-pot regulations are due for automatic renewal in 2015. That means that all the rules about growing, processing and selling medical pot Continue reading

Wyoming Survey Shows Low Support For Recreational Marijuana

marijuana-leaf-300Wyoming residents have mixed opinions on the use of marijuana, according to a recent University of Wyoming survey.  35% of those surveyed support personal use of marijuana by adults and 60% opposed. At the same time, 72% of Wyoming residents support adult use of marijuana if prescribed by a physician, while only 25% oppose. Continue reading

Marijuana Tax Collections Down for September

MARIJUANA-300Recreational marijuana sales in Colorado took a month-over-month dive in September for the first time since the drug was legalized. The Colorado Department of Revenue says retailers sold $31,626,965 in recreational marijuana in September – down 7.3 percent from August’s retail sales of $34,125,200. The sales of medical Continue reading

Local Election Results

Ballot-300Moffat County voters have said “no” to allowing marijuana growing operations within the unincorporated areas of the county. The vote is not surprising, as backers of the measure never offered any educational information as to what passing the measure would accomplish. Moffat County also voted “no” when the question came Continue reading

Pot Sellers Offer Less Potent Products

MARIJUANA-300Recreational marijuana sellers are reaching out to novice cannabis users with a raft of edible products that impart a milder buzz and make it easy for inexperienced customers to find a dose they won’t regret taking. The marketing shift is the pot-industry equivalent of selling beer and wine alongside higher-alcohol options such as Continue reading

Gubernatorial Candidates Talk Pot at Debate

JOHN-HICKENLOOPER-300BEAUPREZColorado Governor John Hickenlooper says state voters were “reckless” when they legalized recreational marijuana two years ago. The governor was asked about legalization during a debate yesterday Continue reading

State Lawmakers to Start Marijuana Tax Spending Discussions

MARIJUANA-300After months of uncertainty about marijuana and its tax potential, Colorado lawmakers start work today deciding how to spend pot taxes.  Voters have already decided to spend the first $40 million on school construction, but anything beyond that is up to lawmakers to appropriate.  Estimates vary widely Continue reading