• Emerald Fields, Manitou's second recreational marijuana shop, opens 'with a medical heart'

    By ryan maye handy ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Updated: 5 hr ago

    Emerald Fields, the second and newest marijuana shop to open in Manitou Springs, was bustling with employees ready to serve on Wednesday morning. It now joins Maggie's Farm as one of the two recreational pot shops to open in El Paso County. A few customers trickled in when the shop...

  • Manitou Springs' second recreational marijuana shop opens Wednesday

    BY KASSONDRA CLOOS kassondra.cloos@gazette.com -
    Updated: 9 hr ago

    It's no April Fool's joke: A new recreational pot shop plans to open its doors in Manitou Springs on Wednesday. Emerald Fields, the second store for a company that first opened in Glendale, calls itself a "cannaboutique," and has the interior designers to prove it. The designers...

  • Colorado trying again to add maternal warnings at marijuana shops

    The Associated Press
    Updated: 13 hr ago

    DENVER — A second attempt by Colorado lawmakers to require pot shops to post warnings for pregnant customers is moving ahead in the state Legislature. A state House committee voted 10-3 to direct state health authorities to craft warnings to be posted in recreational and medical...

  • Insights at Large: Yolanda L. Avila

    BY BILLIE STANTON ANLEU billie.stantonanleu@gazette.com -
    Updated: 15 hr ago

    Yolanda L. Avila doesn't travel alone. Where she goes, guide dog Donnalee goes, too. The legally blind candidate for one of three at-large City Council seats has a visible disability, unlike her 12 competitors. She had to re-create herself after being diagnosed in 1998 with retinitis...

  • LETTERS: More on 'Clearing The Haze' marijuana series

    Updated: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    Highly politicized issue Thank you for your objective questioning of the topic and your willingness to dive into a highly politicized issue with objective analysis. The industry seems to be populated with highly motivated promoters of pot. However, there is, I think, a large majority...

  • LETTERS: Articles, information on marijuana empowering

    Updated: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    Articles, information empowering I just wanted to reach out to thank you for all of your work putting this project together. While it may be a difficult position to defend, even when the facts are on our side, it's comforting to know that there are journalists and other high-profile...

  • Colorado attorney general worried over legal marijuana lawsuit

    Associated Press
    Updated: Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    GRAND JUNCTION — A lawsuit filed by Oklahoma and Nebraska that asks the U.S. Supreme court to curtail Colorado's new recreational marijuana law could have dire consequences for all three states, Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman said. Colorado argued in a response to the...

  • Colorado lawmakers start debating annual state budget

    Associated Press
    Published: Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    DENVER — Colorado budget writers have spent months assembling the state's spending plan for next year, and this week their fellow lawmakers will begin debating, tinkering, and voting on it. The process will begin in the Senate. By Thursday, the chamber is expected to pass it over to...

  • Willie Nelson will launch own brand of weed, chain of marijuana stores in US - including Colorado

    New York Daily News
    Updated: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    Country music legend Willie Nelson is launching his own brand of weed and a chain of marijuana stores across the country. The 81-year-old longtime cannabis enthusiast plans to open up shops in states, including Colorado, where pot is legal starting in 2016, he told the Daily...

  • Colorado defends pot law, says states free to legalize weed

    Associated Press
    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    DENVER — States are free to legalize marijuana, Colorado argued Friday in a filing to the U.S. Supreme Court in response to a lawsuit from neighboring states that have asked the nation's highest court to shut down Colorado's pot law. The filing marks the first time Colorado has...