In Colorado, laws require marijuana to be grown in indoor facilities, like this one in Denver.
Credit Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media
The showing starts inside an empty office building, the kind you’d see in any humdrum workplace sitcom, stripped of its cubicles and ceiling tiles, leaving just a bare, dusty shell.
Jason Thomas with Avalon Realty Advisors, a commercial real estate firm that deals with the marijuana industry’s entrepreneurs, shows off the building’s features: a fully operational HVAC system, fire sprinklers, heavy duty warehouse doors, equipped with locks.
It’s a blank slate for a marijuana grower, ready to be outfitted with thousands of lights and complex water delivery systems.
Legalizing marijuana in Colorado created a land rush. State law says the drug has to be grown indoors, but layers of regulation meant to curb out of state investment and tight zoning requirements have made real estate hard to come by for pot growers.
Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 8:29 am
Colorado's new campaign to deter teen marijuana use tries to make the case that weed is bad for your brain.
One TV ad shows a group of teens lighting up inside a dark car as moody music plays in the background. The commercial cites a Duke University study that found a link between regular marijuana use and a lower IQ.
Local leaders in Colorado and Washington are writing the playbook when it comes to recreational marijuana use. With voters in places like Alaska, Washington D.C. and Oregon likely to soon consider legalization, officials shared their experiences during the International City County Management Association's 100th Annual Conference.
Originally published on Wed September 10, 2014 1:59 pm
There's a lot of argument over how teenage marijuana use might affect people through life, but distressingly little data to help figure it out. That leaves parents, policymakers and young people pretty much in the dark when it comes to making decisions about use and legalization.
Three long-running studies of teenagers and young adults in Australia and New Zealand might help. An analysis of the studies found a dose-response relationship: The more someone smoked pot as a teenager, the more likely that person would struggle as a young adult.
Brush leaders have blocked efforts from a local entrepreneur to turn an old prison into a spot for researching and growing marijuana. But that's not stopping Nick Erker from pursuing another path for approval for his plan.
"In the privacy of the voting booth, I think we're going to get to see how people really feel about this," said the Brush-based owner of Colorado Farm Products.