Colorado Springs Independent, 16 Sep 2015 – On Thursday, Sept. 10, Rep. Kit Roupe, R-Colorado Springs, hosted a public stakeholders meeting to discuss legislating a license for cannabis clubs. The crowd included lawyers, industry leaders, police, lobbyists, Pueblo County employees and more. Here are the highlights, in case you missed it. The core issue, as the assembly eventually divined, is that certain cannabis clubs in the Springs are all-but-in-name selling recreational weed, despite the city-wide ban on recreational dispensaries. Right now, though, these clubs appear to be operating in the legal clear. Denver attorney Robert Khoury read from a copy of Amendment 64 that transferring marijuana between adults, and growing on another’s behalf are fine, as well as assisting with these and other permitted acts as long as there is no payment. His concern with the bill presented, which would ban cannabis clubs from providing marijuana in any context, is that it contradicts Amendment 64’s provision allowing adults to gift or exchange marijuana freely.
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The Daily Reporter, 16 Jul 2015 – DENVER (AP) – A federal law crafted to fight the mob is giving marijuana opponents a new strategy in their battle to stop the expanding industry: racketeering lawsuits. A Colorado pot shop recently closed after a Washington-based group opposed to legal marijuana sued not just the pot shop but a laundry list of firms doing business with it – from its landlord and accountant to the Iowa bonding company guaranteeing its tax payments. One by one, many of the defendants agreed to stop doing business with Medical Marijuana of the Rockies, until the mountain shop closed its doors and had to sell off its pot at fire-sale prices.
Seattle Times, 02 Jun 2015 – DON’T envy Steve Lerch. He is the state official tasked with estimating how much tax revenue Washington’s grand experiment with legal marijuana will yield. As Lerch says, decades of sales- and property-tax data inform his predictive algorithms, but when it comes to legal pot, he has only a few quarters of history.
Washington PostDC's medical marijuana shortage: A little noticed crisis amid legalizationWashington PostEven as the nation's capital enters an uncertain new age of legal marijuana, the 2,500 District residents permitted to buy medical cannabis are facing a blunt truth of their own: There isn't enough pot to go around. For months, many of the marijuana …DC legalizes pot, ignoring House RepublicansCNNPot-Dispensing Rabbi: DC Residents Deserve Legal Access to MarijuanaTIMEDC legalizes pot, will Florida follow?Sun SentinelThe Daily Chronicall 1,160 news articles »