• Federal banking official meets with Colorado marijuana shops

    Associated Press
    Updated: Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    DENVER — A federal banking official took the unprecedented step Thursday of meeting with marijuana business owners. But Kansas City Federal Reserve President Esther George gave no indication that the industry is any closer to getting more access to banking services. The Denver...

  • Searches for Denver rooms around 4/20 holiday lighting up Hotels.com

    By Steve Raabe, The Denver Post
    Updated: Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    Online searches for Denver hotel rooms around the marijuana celebration date of April 20 are soaring, according to data from booking website Hotels.com. Search totals also spiked last April, during the first year of legal retail weed in Colorado. Hotels.com said the numbers suggest...

  • Tennessee editorial roundup

    Updated: Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    Recent editorials from Tennessee newspapers: April 5 Knoxville (Tennessee) News Sentinel on Gov. Haslam showing more leadership than legislators: Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam listened to reason and constituents to arrive at his decision last week to restore funding for case management...

  • LETTERS: Education at its best; state government's budget

    Letters
    Published: Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    Public education at its finest These past two weeks, due to unrelated circumstances, and as an outsider, I have had the opportunity to observe the students, staff and operations of the Thomas MacClaren School, one of our city's publicly funded charter schools. It was an incredible...

  • Illinois approves 1 marijuana retailer, rejects another

    Updated: Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The agency overseeing the medical marijuana retailers in Illinois has announced the qualification of one applicant and the disqualification of another. The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation announced Monday that Health Central LLC is...

  • Marijuana-shop warnings for pregnant women clears Colorado hurdle

    Associated Press
    Updated: Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    DENVER — A bill to require Colorado's marijuana dispensaries to post warnings for pregnant and nursing women is advancing in the state Legislature. The House gave preliminary approval Monday to a bill requiring state health authorities to come up with warning signs. The exact...

  • 'Marijuana refugees' come together for Easter

    By STEPHEN HOBBS stephen.hobbs@gazette.com -
    Updated: Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    Florence Cassie Alegria looked on as her 4-year-old daughter Ava Rose zigged and zagged around kids and adults at a picnic area Sunday afternoon. Ava, wearing a padded helmet and a onesie pajama, repeatedly tried to stick her face in a small kiddie pool, distressing Alegria. Ana...

  • Manitou's newest recreational marijuana shop opens 'with a medical heart'

    BY RYAN MAYE HANDY AND KASSONDRA CLOOS The Gazette -
    Updated: Sun, Apr 5, 2015

    Emerald Fields, the second and newest marijuana shop to open in Manitou Springs, was bustling with employees ready to serve Wednesday morning. A few customers trickled in when the shop on Manitou Avenue opened at 8 a.m. Wednesday, and before 9 a.m. a few had left with their purchases...

  • Side Streets: Colorado Springs drug treatment center won't have marijuana shop next door after all

    By Bill Vogrin, The Gazette -
    Updated: Sun, Apr 5, 2015

    After declaring the U.S. attorney's enforcement of drug-free school zones arbitrary and not based on law, the owner of several medical marijuana dispensaries and recreational pot shops statewide has abandoned a dispensary he was developing near Colorado College, walking away from it...

  • Hemp returns to center stage as marijuana rules change; Colorado expo opens

    Associated Press
    Updated: Sat, Apr 4, 2015

    LOVELAND — Once banned because it is a close cousin to marijuana, hemp is coming back in Colorado and now has its own convention, attracting international interest as a new crop for farmers struggling to find new crops to stay afloat. Hemp, which is fiber drawn from marijuana plants,...

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