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Marijuana’s 4/20 holiday tied to rise in fatal car crashes

February 13, 2018 — CHICAGO (AP) — Marijuana users' self-proclaimed holiday is linked with a slight increase in fatal U.S. car crashes, an analysis of 25 years of data found. The study lacks evidence on whether pot was involved in any of the April 20 crashes, but marijuana can

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Colorado pot sales hit a record $1.5 billion in 2017

February 12, 2018 — DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Department of Revenue says marijuana shops in the state made a record $1.51 billion in sales of medical and recreational cannabis, edibles and concentrate products in 2017. The Denver Post reports data released Friday say adult-use sales topped $1.09 billion during the

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Colorado governor is considering the release of nearly 40 inmates with marijuana convictions

February 6, 2018 — Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is exploring whether to release nearly 40 inmates convicted of nonviolent marijuana offenses. The desire to commute the sentences is a policy statement on marijuana from the Democrat's administration as well as a reflection of the state's overcrowded prisons. And it

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To educate people about marijuana, Colorado health officials tried ads with a radically friendly tone. Did it work?

January 22, 2018 — After Colorado became the first state in the country to launch legal marijuana sales to anyone over 21, state officials faced an equally unprecedented challenge: How to tell people, in this newly permissive environment, that cannabis use still poses risks? The first effort tried humor,

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Guns or marijuana? Firearm-owning cannabis users facing a choice

January 15, 2018 — HARRISBURG, Pa. — The federal government says grass and guns don't mix, and that is putting gun owners who use marijuana — and the strongly pro-gun-rights administration of President Donald Trump — in a potentially uncomfortable position. As gun-loving Pennsylvania becomes the latest state to

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Nearly 70 Congress members push spending bill amendment to protect state-legal marijuana

January 13, 2018 — Members of Congress have proposed a spending bill amendment that would ensure protections for states that have legalized marijuana. Nearly 70 U.S. representatives signed onto a letter sent Friday to U.S. House of Representatives leadership asking for the inclusion of the provision, known as the

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Cory Gardner meets with Jeff Sessions on marijuana, says neither is giving ground

January 11, 2018 — WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner said Wednesday that a morning meeting with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions did little to settle their disagreement over marijuana policy — an impasse that makes it more likely that Congress will have to address the issue. Gardner told Denver7 that Sessions gave

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Despite AG Sessions’s directive, it’s business as usual for local pot dispensaries

January 9, 2018 — GRANBY – U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a longtime opponent of the legalization of marijuana, rescinded last week an Obama-era policy of non-interference in states where the drug has been legalized. While the decision has drawn criticisms from across the political spectrum, including from Colorado

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Cory Gardner to meet with Jeff Sessions after doubling down on threats over marijuana enforcement change

January 9, 2018 — WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner said he plans to press Attorney General Jeff Sessions on federal marijuana policy when the two Republicans meet Wednesday. In an interview, the Republican from Colorado emphasized that he is prepared, if he doesn't get his way, to block

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U.S. Attorney General declares war on weed: Colorado backlash is immediate, strong

January 4, 2018 — Attorney General Jeff Sessions rolled back an Obama-era policy that allowed Colorado and other states to legalize marijuana without federal interference. Even before Sessions' announcement on Thursday, Jan. 4, Colorado's federal lawmakers said Sessions would get little cooperation from them, and maybe a political fight.

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Colorado’s U.S. attorney, senator say federal change in pot enforcement won’t alter state’s approach

January 4, 2018 — DENVER — Colorado's top federal prosecutor said his office won't alter its approach to enforcing marijuana crimes after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions withdrew a policy Thursday that allowed pot markets to emerge in states that legalized the drug. The statement by U.S. Attorney Bob

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Cory Gardner says AG Jeff Sessions’ decision to rescind marijuana policy “has trampled on the will” of Colorado voters

January 4, 2018 — Colorado politicians on both sides of the aisle resoundingly lambasted U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' decision Thursday to end an Obama-era policy that allowed for marijuana legalization to spread in U.S. states despite pot being federally unlawful. They said the change put Colorado's pot marketplace at serious

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Sessions to rescind Obama-era policy that kept feds out of legal marijuana states

January 4, 2018 — WASHINGTON — Attorney General Jeff Sessions is rescinding the Obama-era policy that had paved the way for legalized marijuana to flourish in states across the country, two people with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press. Sessions will instead let federal prosecutors where pot

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Tahoe ski resorts ask guests to leave their weed at home

December 29, 2017 — RENO, Nev. — Ski resorts near Lake Tahoe are asking people to leave their marijuana at home as recreational weed will soon be available on both sides of the California-Nevada border. The Reno Gazette-Journal reports that even with access to marijuana increasing, ski resorts are maintaining current policies that

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Colorado is using pot tax money to save programs funded by big tobacco settlement

December 28, 2017 — For more than two decades Colorado has received hundreds of millions of dollars from its share of settlements with tobacco companies — money that's been used to support dozens of programs including one that helps first-time moms — that came from lawsuits to recoup the

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Inside the first-ever Aspen High Summit, a meeting of music and marijuana masterminds

December 23, 2017 — “Connection, connection, connection,” Steve DeAngelo stressed to the collection of 150 cannabis and music industry insiders gathered in the Colorado mountains for the inaugural Aspen High Summit. The first-of-its-kind conference held last week at Aspen’s Limelight Hotel connected two of the legendary cannabis activist and

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Police across Colorado questioning whether youths are using marijuana less

December 22, 2017 — State and federal surveys have declared that Colorado youths are not using marijuana more than before the drug became legal for adult recreational use in 2014, and that use among juveniles is actually dropping. State officials frequently point to those surveys as proof that Colorado is succeeding in a

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New marijuana regulations ban cannabis cartoon characters, with intent to protect kids

December 13, 2017 — You know those Wile E. Coyote-looking marijuana edibles that popped up when Coloradans legalized pot? Marijuana remains legal, but reefer edibles shaped like humans, animals or fruit are not. New state regulations now ban them. Also banned are edible marijuana-infused products that resemble or contain

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Colorado releases a trove of marijuana sales data

December 13, 2017 — No longer will backwards math be needed to determine marijuana sales in Colorado. The Colorado Department of Revenue on Tuesday published a mother lode of previously unreleased sales data for the state's marijuana retailers. "We know this information is highly desired by the general public,

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Teen marijuana use in Colorado down post-legalization

December 12, 2017 — Regular marijuana use among Colorado middle and high school students declined after the start of legal cannabis sales to adults in the state, new federal data show. The latest results from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health align with data collected thus far by

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