Marijuana

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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6:00am

Thu January 23, 2014
Business

Colorado Imposes Food Safety Rules On Marijuana Industry

A marijuana plant glows purple under grow lights at 3D Cannabis Center in Denver, Colo.
Luke Runyon KUNC and Harvest Public Media

Colorado made history when it opened up licensed marijuana retail shops. Aside from just legalizing the purchase of smoke-able marijuana, it also means pot brownies have the potential to be big business.

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6:00am

Wed January 22, 2014
Politics

Meet The Man Who’s Enforcing Colorado’s Marijuana Laws

Lewis Koski is the new director of Colorado's Marijuana Enforcement Division.
Credit Jim Hill / KUNC

1:25am

Thu January 16, 2014
Shots - Health News

Florida Bill Would Allow Medical Marijuana For Child Seizures

Originally published on Thu January 16, 2014 2:57 pm

Marilyn Budzynski takes care of her 20-year-old son, Michael, in Eustis, Fla., in September. Michael suffers from Dravet syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy.
Tom Benitez MCT /Landov

Florida may soon become the latest state to allow doctors to prescribe marijuana. Advocates there are gathering signatures to put a medical marijuana referendum on the fall ballot.

But Florida's Legislature may act sooner to allow residents access to a particular type of marijuana. Advocates say the strain called Charlotte's Web offers hope to children with severe seizure disorders.

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9:09am

Mon January 13, 2014
The Salt

California's Pot Farms Could Leave Salmon Runs Truly Smoked

Originally published on Mon January 13, 2014 3:08 pm

This dead juvenile coho salmon was found in a tributary of California's South Fork Eel River. About 20 large-scale marijuana farms are located upstream from the watershed pictured. All of them divert water from the stream.
Courtesy Scott Bauer

For many users and advocates of marijuana, the boom in the West Coast growing industry may be all good and groovy. But in California, critics say the recent explosion of the marijuana industry along the state's North Coast — a region called the "emerald triangle" — could put a permanent buzz kill on struggling salmon populations.

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