Marijuana

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Colorado once turned to comedy to warn residents about the dangerous mixture of drugs and driving. Early advertisements featured actors who got so high, they were trying to start grills without propane. The ads warned that although grilling while high is not illegal, driving while high is.

But as more drivers under the influence of drugs get into fatal car crashes in Colorado, state officials are hoping a new, more simple advertising campaign will help reduce impaired driving.

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Authorities say federal agencies removed more than 71,000 marijuana plants from public lands in Colorado last year.

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Since Colorado voters legalized recreational marijuana use in 2012, the state Department of Public Health and Environment has been studying pot use in youth and adults. According to the recently released 2017 Healthy Kids Colorado Survey, one in five youth use marijuana. But the state’s chief toxicologist, Matt Van Dyke, says teens think their peers are using pot a lot more than they actually are.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell may seem like an unlikely champion for an illegal substance, but the Kentucky Republican just added the legalization of marijuana’s non-psychoactive cousin, hemp, to the Senate farm bill. The industrial hemp business is increasingly seen as an economic savior and substitute for vulnerable industries like mining, especially in Colorado, one of the first states in the nation to make hemp legal at the state level.

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Mayors from seven U.S. cities in states with legal marijuana said Monday they have formed a coalition to push for federal marijuana policy reform just days after President Donald Trump expressed support for bipartisan congressional legislation to ease the federal ban on pot.

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Updated 3:00 pm Friday, June 8, 2018

A group of 12 governors — including Colorado’s — urged congressional leaders on Friday to pass the STATES Act, calling it an opportunity to restore balance between federal and state powers when it comes to regulating marijuana.

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Thirteen applicants are are seeking to be one of Longmont’s first recreational marijuana dispensaries. All have cleared the hurdle of getting a license from the state’s Marijuana Enforcement Division, but that’s no guarantee they’ll soon be in business.

Longmont’s officials say they will approve just four of the applicants.

 

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The response in Colorado to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ approach on marijuana enforcement was clear: no you don’t.

What wasn’t immediately clear, is whether marijuana businesses and consumers in the state will be protected in the long term from federal prosecution.

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Newly released federal data shows marijuana use is down slightly among Colorado teenagers.

After voters legalized the drug in 2012 state officials became worried about easier access for kids and teens. That concern was renewed two years later when retail shops began popping up.

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Three years after legalizing recreational marijuana sales in Colorado, lawmakers are turning to pot to fill some gaps in the budget. That’s why lawmakers voted to increase a special use tax on recreational marijuana sales from 10 percent to 15 percent in 2017. But while the money can be a salve for some of Colorado’s problems, it doesn’t -- and can’t -- solve them all.

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