Recall issued for Boulder-grown marijuana after pesticide residues detected

The Colorado Department of Revenue has issued a safety and health advisory after potentially unsafe pesticide residues were found on certain medical marijuana plant material and products.

The revenue department, in conjunction with the Colorado Department of Agriculture and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, released the warning Wednesday after traces of two unapproved pesticides were found in Crossroads Wellness LLC dba Boulder Botanics products, according to a department news release.

Sample tests by the agriculture department identified the pesticides as bifenthrin and diuron, both of which are not on an approved list for use in marijuana cultivation. Consumers who possess marijuana flower, trim, concentrates or infused products cultivated by Crossroads Wellness are being urged to return them to the medical center where they were purchased to ensure proper disposal.

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Boulder-based Vera aims to take high energy use out of marijuana cultivation equation

Alex Park and his two partners wanted to grow cannabis commercially without using an excessive amount of energy, a problem that has plagued indoor marijuana cultivation.

The young entrepreneurs, who have been friends since their days at the University of Colorado, found a solution by designing a facility that allows plants to be drenched with sunlight while remaining submerged in hydroponic canisters located within a warehouse. The 22,000-square-foot facility includes growing areas of different sizes, and space for storage and processing.

“It’s the first of its kind of facility. It gets the best of the indoor and outdoor environments,” said second business partner Harrison Somoza, who serves as chief operating officer of Vera Cultivation, which started growing cannabis in August.

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Alex Park and his two partners wanted to grow cannabis commercially without using an excessive amount of energy, a problem that has plagued indoor marijuana cultivation.
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Marijuana movement energized with Sessions out as attorney general

He described marijuana as a “very real danger” and has said its effects are “only slightly less awful” than those of heroin. Once, during a drug hearing when he was a senator, he said he wanted to send a clear message: “Good people don’t smoke marijuana.”

So when Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned recently, proponents of legalized marijuana — activists, politicians, investors — were pleased.

Sessions’ departure has translated into surging stocks for cannabis companies and a reset of sorts for the legalization movement, which since 2012 has succeeded in nearly a dozen states.

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He described marijuana as a "very real danger" and has said its effects are "only slightly less awful" than those of heroin.
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Marijuana is getting cheaper. For Colorado and some states, that’s a problem

Wholesale marijuana prices in Colorado have fallen by a third in just the past 12 months, continuing a price crash that began soon after the drug was legalized. Although this implies that some marijuana entrepreneurs are going to go bankrupt, the bigger financial hit will be felt by states that tax marijuana based on its price.

Marijuana prices are collapsing in Colorado and in other legalization states (e.g., Oregon, where the price can go as low as $100 per pound) because a legal business is dramatically cheaper to operate than an illegal one. Because states generally set their marijuana tax rates as a percentage of price, their revenue per sale sinks in direct proportion to the fall in marijuana prices. Ironically, in a bid for more tax revenue per marijuana sale, Colorado increased its marijuana tax rate from 10 percent to 15 percent last year, only to see the anticipated added tax revenue wiped out by falling prices in a year’s time.

States may have failed to anticipate this problem because of misleading predictions about the effects of legalization. Pro-legalization economist Jeffrey Miron projected in 2010 that marijuana prices would only fall 50 percent when prohibition was repealed, leaving the drug at a price that would yield high tax revenue. That was clearly a rosy scenario.

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Gov. John Hickenlooper issues health warning on marijuana cultivated by Colorado Wellness Centers

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper issued an executive order along with a health and safety advisory Wednesday warning people not to use marijuana cultivated by Colorado Wellness Centers because the company used unapproved pesticides.

The company, which also does business as Lush, allegedly used off-label pesticides called pyriproxyfen while cultivating marijuana, according to the Wednesday afternoon bulletin, according to a joint advisory by the Colorado Department of Agriculture and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Affected products include marijuana flower, trim, concentrates, and infused products, the advisory says.

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First recreational marijuana dispensary opens in Longmont city limits

Legal recreational pot sales within Longmont city limits began Monday morning with Black Hawk resident Tyler Worley’s purchase of 28 pre-rolled joints from Boulder-based Terrapin Care Station at its new store at 650 20th Ave.

“That’s pretty cool,” Worley said about being the first person to legally purchase recreational cannabis from a retailer within the city limits.

A group of nearly 50 people, including Longmont elected officials, city staff and nonprofit leaders, celebrated the opening of Terrapin as the city’s first recreational marijuana dispensary.

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Legal recreational pot sales within Longmont city limits began Monday morning with Black Hawk resident Tyler Worley’s purchase of 28 pre-rolled joints from Boulder-based Terrapin Care Station at its new store at 650 20th Ave.
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Man sentenced to 3 years in prison for illegal marijuana operation in San Isabel National Forest

A federal judge sentenced a 25-year-old man last week to three years in federal prison for growing and intending to sell large quantities of marijuana, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday.

Margarito Yepez-Sanchez, a Mexican living in the United States illegally, also received three years of supervised release for conspiracy to manufacture and possess with intent to distribute 100 or more marijuana plants.

Yepes-Sanchez was first charged in September 2017, after federal agents discovered an illegal marijuana grow in San Isabel National Forest, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. Agents found approximately 13,800 marijuana plants and at least 120 pounds of processed marijuana on 12 acres of federal land.

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Hemp taking off as viable product, and Colorado entrepreneurs are at the forefront of industry

Rianna Meyer doesn’t like talking about herself. When prompted, she ticks off a list of milestones: joining the Air Force, becoming a firefighting captain, finding her way to the Antarctic by way of Thailand. Her words tumble out with quick cadence, ready to talk about her latest adventure: hemp farming.

If she was a record, you would probably want to pick the needle up and play that first part over a few times. Yes, she lived in Antarctica and worked as a firefighter in one of the coldest places on Earth for five years.

Now, she is the vice president of operations for SanSal Wellness’ Veritas Farm in Pueblo. SanSal is an agribusiness wellness company that operates the Veritas Farm from their headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The farm grows and processes on-site hemp products that include medicinal oils, lip balm and gummies.

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Like with marijuana, Colorado entrepreneurs have been at the forefront of building up hemp as a viable undertaking.
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Alt-rock icon Dean Ween pitches marijuana-friendly concert venue in downtown Denver

Dean Ween has big plans for Denver.

The guitarist, best known for his work in the iconic alt-rock band Ween, hopes to open a Denver concert venue where the audience will be allowed to use marijuana — without hiding from security.

The venue would be named Dean Ween’s Honeypot Lounge and would be located near Coors Field, according to chief operating officer Michael Polansky, who announced the plan at a city meeting on Monday.

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Dean Ween has big plans for Denver. The guitarist, best known for his work in the iconic alt-rock band Ween, hopes to open a Denver concert venue where the audience will be allowed to use marijuana — without hiding from security.
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Edgewater’s $13 million civic center, partly funded by cannabis cash, opens Sunday

EDGEWATER — This weekend, thanks to its bustling marijuana trade, this tiny city on the western shore of Sloan’s Lake will forge a new civic identity with the opening of a $13 million municipal complex complete with library, police station, fitness center and city offices.

Without $3 million in tax money from the city’s half-dozen pot shops to put toward the project’s total cost, city manager HJ Stalf said, “We’d still be chasing it.”

And during that chase, Edgewater’s police force would still be working out of the cramped space of a former butcher’s shop and city staff would continue toiling out of an office furniture store-turned-city hall on Sheridan Boulevard.

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This weekend, thanks to its bustling marijuana trade, this tiny city on the western shore of Sloan’s Lake will forge a new civic identity with the opening of a $13 million municipal complex complete with library, police station, fitness center and city offices.
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Man in Henderson marijuana dispute murder gets life sentence

A man who shot and killed another man in Henderson over a marijuana dispute has been sentenced to life in prison.

Christopher Toney, 39, was sentenced Friday in Adams County District Court for the 2017 shooting death of 34-year-old Christopher Stockwell, according to the district attorney’s office. The life sentence is without parole.

On Feb. 16, 2017, Commerce City officers responded to a 911 call on shots fired in the 9900 block of East 113th Avenue, according to a news release. Stockwell was found on a floor inside a home, he had been shot in the head.

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Marijuana is emerging among California’s vineyards, offering promise and concern

SANTA YNEZ VALLEY, Calif. — It is the fall harvest here in this fertile stretch of oaks and hills that produces some of the country’s best wine. This season, though, workers also are plucking the sticky, fragrant flowers of a new crop.

Marijuana is emerging among the vineyards, not as a rival to the valley’s grapes but as a high-value commodity that could help reinvigorate a fading agricultural tradition along the state’s Central Coast. Brushed by ocean breeze, cannabis has taken root, offering promise and prompting the age-old question of whether there can be too much of a good thing.

Cannabis has been fully legal in California for less than a year, and no place is generating more interest in it than the stretch of coast from Monterey to here in Santa Barbara County, where farmers now hold more marijuana cultivation licenses than in any other county.

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