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10 developments with legalized marijuana in Colorado Springs and across Colorado in the past year

April 20, 2016 Updated: April 20, 2016 at 7:53 am
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Emily McNamara smokes a joint Wednesday, March 16, 2016, at the Speakeasy Vape Lounge and Cannabis Club in Colorado Springs. The Marijuana club was been open for three years. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Here are 10 developments with legalized marijuana in Colorado Springs and across the state in the past year:

1. In March the Colorado Springs City Council banned cannabis consumption clubs from the city, giving existing clubs eight years to disassemble their businesses. Read more here.

2. Nine cannabis clubs filed a lawsuit Friday to stop the city from enforcing its ban on the consumption clubs. Read more here.

3. Hash oil production in residential neighborhoods, using flammable substances including compressed gas, gas and liquids, was outlawed under a city ordinance passed in August. A violation is punishable by a $2,500 fine, six months in jail or both.

4. Starting in October all marijuana infused products will have to be marked with a universal symbol, a triangle with the letters THC inside so it can be easily identified as containing the psychoactive drug tetrahydrocannabinol.

5. Through March of this year retail and medical marijuana sales have generated $100.3 million in sales tax and special sales and excise tax revenue for the state according to the Department of Revenue. Experts say that equates to about $100 million a month in marijuana product sales. The state has licensed 426 retail marijuana stores, 523 medical marijuana centers, 1,304 cultivation centers and 396 infused product manufacturers.

6. In the past year the state Department of Agriculture gave marijuana growers an expanded list of which chemicals they can and cannot put on plants. State lawmakers have followed up by putting those rules on the books. Also, regulators will be able to destroy confiscated plants with harmful chemicals on them.

7. The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a lawsuit filed by Oklahoma and Nebraska against Colorado's legalized pot industry alleging the drug was spilling across state borders. That put a kibosh on the interstate legal challenge, at least for now.

8. In January a judge dismissed a lawsuit that would have given Colorado marijuana businesses access to the federal banking systems through a state-run credit union tailored to handling the finances of the pot industry. In theory this means pot businesses will still deal mostly in cash transactions.

9. On Monday, the Colorado Department of Public Safety released its first comprehensive report on the effects of marijuana use since the state legalized recreational sales of the drug in 2012. In it, cities across the state saw a decrease in arrests for crimes related to marijuana. The report covered everything from trends among youths and adults to impacts on treatment centers. Read more here.

10. In September the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area released a report that showed 94 people had died in car crashes where a driver involved tested positive for some amount of marijuana.

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