Marijuana

8:47am

Wed February 26, 2014
Marijuana

'The $100 Million Question': What To Do With All That Marijuana Tax Money?

Marijuana at a newly legal grow operation in Colorado. Lawmakers are expecting a windfall of tax revenue from legalized recreational marijuana.
Brett Levin Flickr - Creative Commons

The market for legal recreational marijuana in Colorado is booming, and the state is expecting millions of dollars more in tax revenues that initially projected. That has lawmakers grappling with the best way to spend all of that additional cash.

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4:25pm

Sun February 23, 2014
Around the Nation

No Easy Answers For DUI Concerns As Marijuana Gains Support

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 7:14 am

A customer smells a strain of marijuana while being helped by employee Billy Archilla inside the retail marijuana shop at 3D Cannabis Center in Denver.
Brennan Linsley AP

The Lodo Wellness Center in Denver has been selling medical marijuana for several years. But since Jan. 1, when marijuana in Colorado officially moved from underground to behind the counter, the center has also been selling legal, recreational pot.

A majority of Americans now say they support full legalization, and the trend is spreading to other states.

Meanwhile, the public health community is warning of a potential safety problem: more people driving while stoned. But health officials and law enforcement don't yet have the data or the tools to address the concern.

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3:42pm

Fri February 21, 2014
Marijuana

Enterprising Girl Scout Sells Cookies Outside Marijuana Clinic

Originally published on Fri February 21, 2014 12:38 pm

Thin mints, shortbreads and caramel delights. Danielle Lei, 13, sold 117 boxes outside a medical marijuana clinic in San Francisco.
Ross Hailey MCT/Landov

If there's a merit badge for business savvy, 13-year-old Girl Scout Danielle Lei might well deserve one.

Danielle, who set up her table of Girl Scout cookies outside The Green Cross medical marijuana dispensary in San Francisco earlier this week, sold a whopping 117 boxes in a single day. She appears to have tapped into a niche market fueled by the drug's well-known propensity to stimulate appetite.

According to a Facebook page for The Green Cross, Danielle had "to call for back-up Girl Scout Cookies" after 45 minutes.

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2:50pm

Fri February 14, 2014
Business

Mixed Reaction To Govt. Marijuana Banking Guidelines

Grace Hood KUNC

Long considered a linchpin in normalizing the legal marijuana trade, the federal government has issued new guidelines clarifying how banks can provide services to marijuana-related businesses.

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2:14pm

Fri January 24, 2014
Business

Hesitant Banks Could Soon Open To Marijuana Industry

Financial instutitions have been reluctant to open accounts with marijuana businesses for fear of racketeering or money laundering charges. That could change soon.
Credit Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media

The “Cash Only” signs that are ubiquitous in Colorado’s marijuana businesses, medicinal or recreational, could soon be on the way out. Attorney General Eric Holder says the U.S. Department of Justice will soon issue guidelines meant to put skittish financial institutions at ease about dealing in the burgeoning marijuana industry.

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