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1 year 4 months ago

Medical pot shops get head start in Colo

DENVER (AP) - Medical pot shops will get a head start when Colorado opens recreational pot sales next year. And marijuana felons will be allowed to work in the industry after five years. That's according to a measure adopted Thursday in a state House committee. Lawmakers will give current medical...

1 year 5 months ago

Troubled pot regulation review continues in Colo.

DENVER (AP) - Colorado's troubled medical marijuana regulation agency is up for a second day of scrutiny Wednesday in the Colorado Legislature. Legislative auditors released a blistering 89-page report Tuesday calling the Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division a distressed, directionless agency. The report faulted regulators for setting ambitious micro-tracking goals for...

2 years 2 months ago

Easing of pot laws poses challenge for parents

DENVER (AP) - Michael Jolton was a young father with a 5-year-old son when Colorado legalized medical marijuana in 2000. Now he's got three boys, the oldest near adulthood, and finds himself repeatedly explaining green-leafed marijuana ads and "free joint" promotions endemic in his suburban hometown. "I did not talk...

2 years 2 months ago

MMJ burglaries escalate

With more thieves targeting local medical marijuana shops, criminals are coming up with creative ways to gain accses to these highly secured facilities- sometimes even using vehicles to smash through building walls. Their bold moves are putting shop owners on edge. Intense security systems and heavy safes keep most...

2 years 3 months ago

Marijuana activists try again on PTSD petition

DENVER (AP) - Marijuana advocates in Colorado are trying again to add post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of conditions for which doctors can recommend medical marijuana under Colorado law. A group of about 40 activists delivered petitions to the state board of health Tuesday afternoon. They say PTSD affects...

2 years 7 months ago

AZ pushing forward with medical marijuana

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona's top health official says the state is not appealing a court ruling on medical marijuana and that licensed dispensaries could be established as soon as this summer. Health Services Director Will Humble says the state is going to revise its dispensary rules to delete provisions struck...

2 years 7 months ago

Feds announce more medical marijuana arrests

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The U.S. Attorney's Office says four more people face charges in their ongoing crackdown against the medical marijuana industry in Montana. Federal agents continue to file more charges against medical marijuana providers following raids last spring that rattled the industry. The arrests, coupled with more stringent...

2 years 7 months ago

Medical marijuana industry growing

We're speaking with the city and local Colorado Springs medical marijuana businesses tonight. From 2010 to 2011 the industry posted a growth in sales taxes collected of 45%. We'll have that story tonight on News 5 at 10.

2 years 10 months ago

Montel Williams: Israel leads in medical marijuana

JERUSALEM (AP) - Emmy Award-winning television personality Montel Williams says Israel is at the forefront of providing patient access to medical marijuana. Williams was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1999. He has since been an outspoken advocate of medical marijuana to relieve pain caused by disease. The former host of...

2 years 11 months ago

Views differ on medicated driving

Medical marijuana supporters in Colorado believe that some patients can safely drive even if they have recently medicated. But state troopers think those supporters may be giving out dangerous advice. The Colorado Department of Transportation rolled out a public service announcement campaign last month warning drivers specifically not to...

2 years 11 months ago

Limiting medical marijuana advertising

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - The Boulder City Council wants to limit advertising for medical marijuana dispensaries to people who have a medical need. The ordinance passed Tuesday is designed to bar advertising to youths or recreational users. The Boulder Daily Camera says council members are concerned about the tone of...

2 years 11 months ago

Boulder council limits marijuana advertising

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - The Boulder City Council wants to limit advertising for medical marijuana dispensaries to people who have a medical need. The ordinance passed Tuesday is designed to bar advertising to youths or recreational users. The Boulder Daily Camera says council members are concerned about the tone of...

3 years 3 minutes ago

Legal help for Boulder medical pot workers

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - Boulder officials will consider a resolution stating the city will provide a legal defense to employees who regulate medical marijuana businesses if they face federal prosecution. The Boulder City Council plans to discuss the resolution Tuesday. The Boulder Daily Camera reports that memos this year...

3 years 1 week ago

Last public marijuana bank closing accounts

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - The last bank in Colorado that was publicly doing business with the medical marijuana industry is closing all of those accounts because of concerns over regulations and legal issues. Bank vice president John Whitten says those issues need to be resolved before banks can resume...

3 years 4 weeks ago

Marijuana patient charged

A Colorado Springs man faces up to 12 years in prison for allegedly having too many pot plants in his house. Court documents say the police never found Bob Crouse's medical marijuana records and they believe he intended to sell the pot. But Crouse says he used the marijuana to...

3 years 1 month ago

County scrambles to issue licenses for MMJ centers

Pueblo county is scrambling to process applications for medical marijuana centers. Right now, dispensaries are technically operating illegally under the county's own laws. In 2010, Pueblo County approved seventeen pre-applications, but they just set regulations in June. Those dispensaries have the state's approval, but they're still waiting for the...

3 years 2 months ago

Council approves $2,200 mmj application fee

The Colorado Springs City Council has approved a motion to charge applicants $2,200 for a medical marijuana business application. The fee will include a city background check in addition to the background check already done by the stare. Originally council was expected to vote on a large fee structure...

3 years 2 months ago

City Council mulling medical marijuana fees

The Colorado Springs City Council is currently hearing public comment on proposed fees for medical marijuana shops and their owners. Councilman Tim Leigh has proposed that council only vote to approve an application fee and then sort out the rest on a later date. We'll have a live update tonight...

3 years 2 months ago

List of proposed mmj fees

Here's a list of the proposed fees for medical marijuana shops that the Colorado Springs City Council will vote. MMJ shop owners say it's unfair and much higher than any other business. They also point out that the city would require background checks when the state already does them. What...

3 years 3 months ago

State to be sued over medical pot laws

DENVER (AP) - A prominent marijuana attorney in Colorado has given notice he'll be suing over new medical pot regulations, including requirements that dispensaries grow most of the marijuana they sell. Robert Corry of Denver sent a letter to state Attorney General John Suthers Friday say he intends to sue....

3 years 3 months ago

Marijuana businesses subject of tax proposal

DENVER (AP) - Marijuana businesses looking for help navigating the federal tax code are watching a congressional proposal sponsored by Colorado Rep. Jared Polis. Polis and other House members introduced legislation Wednesday about medical marijuana. One of the bills would allow marijuana-related businesses to claim business deductions on their...

3 years 3 months ago

Marijuana next in online coupon trend

DENVER (AP) - Medical marijuana sellers are joining the online coupon trend, trying to lure new patients with deep discounts on pot, hash, smoking accessories and edible cannabis-infused foods. Online couponing for marijuana comes as popular mainstream coupon sites turn away dispensaries and other marijuana businesses. In established medical-pot...

3 years 3 months ago

MMJ bill still alive despite pressure from the Fed

Despite a letter from Denver's U.S. Attorney last week, Colorado legislators are still considering marijuana legislation. House Bill 1043 is in the Senate after passing the House. H.B. 1043 says it's intended to clarify the "Colorado Medical Marijuana Code"; adjusting several regulations for the industry including new licensing requirements for...

3 years 3 months ago

MMJ bill still alive despite pressure from the Fed

Despite a letter from Denver's U.S. Attorney last week, Colorado legislators are still considering marijuana legislation. House Bill 1043 is in the Senate after passing the House. H.B. 1043 adjusts several regulations for the industry including care giver registry requirements. It's seen as a follow-up to H.B. 10-1284 that was...

3 years 3 months ago

Legislature entering the final stretch

DENVER (AP) - Colorado's first divided Legislature in a decade is limping toward the finish line with plenty of topics to settle before the final gavels fall Wednesday. The biggest obstacle facing the Democratic Senate and Republican House is congressional redistricting, a process required every 10 years to adjust...

3 years 3 months ago

Garfield County may extend pot business moratorium

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Garfield County commissioners are moving toward extending a moratorium on medical marijuana businesses until May 2012 following a letter from U.S. Attorney John Walsh to Colorado officials. The letter last month affirmed federal prosecutors' willingness to investigate those who grow or sell medical marijuana,...

3 years 4 months ago

Committee approves new MMJ rules

DENVER (AP) - Colorado lawmakers are reducing the permitted size of medical marijuana growing operations following a federal warning that it's still a violation of federal law to grow and possess marijuana. The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill Monday that changes rules for how the drug can be...

3 years 4 months ago

Colorado pot bill seeks caregiver database

DENVER (AP) - A marijuana law passed in Colorado last year puts patients under video surveillance and gives dispensaries a raft of new rules aimed at tracking pot as soon as it's planted. Now state lawmakers are talking about shining a light on thousands of small-time caregivers who police...

3 years 5 months ago

Pot docs face new rules in Colorado

DENVER (AP) - Colorado's dispute over which doctors can recommend medical marijuana could become more confusing this week when state health authorities consider tighter limits at the same time lawmakers debate conflicting rules. One question is whether doctors with conditions on their medical licenses - such as a surgeon...

3 years 8 months ago

Tough, new marijuana rules posted in Colorado

DENVER (AP) - Marijuana sellers in Colorado are expected to have to wear photo badges, and patients will have new limits on changing their primary dispensaries. The changes are among Colorado's 99-page list of draft rules posted this week by Colorado regulators crafting the nation's most extensive rules for...

3 years 8 months ago

Springs council approves MMJ regulations

A marathon session for Colorado Springs City Council Tuesday night resulted in a win of sorts for those in the medical marijuana industry. Council voted unanimously to approve zoning requirements surrounding medical marijuana centers. Notably, the new requirements did not include some stricter measures that opponents said would put...

3 years 8 months ago

Police looking for armed robbers

Colorado Springs Police are searching for two men accused of a violent robbery at a medical marijuana dispensary. Store owners caught the crime on tape, and gave a copy to News First Five. Watching the video, it's a sight Ryan Orness never wanted to see -- his medical...

3 years 8 months ago

Robbery suspects sought

Colorado Springs police are looking for two men who robbed a medical marijuana center Saturday night. The men held the clerk at the SSI Care Center at gunpoint and demanded money and marijuana before leaving through the building's back door. The suspects are described as both being black men,...

3 years 8 months ago

Panel hashing out medical marijuana rules

From chips and salsa to brownies and cookies, every product from Discreet Treats has a warning label. "We decided to let people know they shouldn't be operating machinery. They shouldn't be driving a car when you do it," explains William Prince, co-owner of Discreet Treats. Soon, those labels...

3 years 9 months ago

Burglars get stuck inside medical marijuana shop

Three Fort Carson soldiers were arrested early Saturday morning after a failed burglary attempt at a south eastern Colorado Springs medical marijuana facility. "They busted the doorknob off with a hammer and then they jimmied the door open." explains Rocky Road Remedies shop owner Renze Waddington, "But the locking mechanism...

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