Colorado Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Another cannabis regulator moves to the private sector

John Schroyer  | January 6, 2017

The public sector continues to hemorrhage cannabis regulators, who have been increasingly jumping ship to the more lucrative private sector.

The latest example: Andrew Freedman, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper’s outgoing director of marijuana coordination for the past two years.

Freedman announced Thursday he has co-founded a new consultancy firm with another outgoing state …

Former CO regulator tapped as cannabis industry advocate

John Schroyer  | January 4, 2017

Laura Harris has gone from Colorado’s top cannabis rule enforcer to leading one of the state’s industry coalitions.

Harris, who retired from her post as head of the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED) in 2013, recently accepted a job as executive director of the Colorado Cannabis Chamber of Commerce (also known as C4), according to …

Colorado rec shop countersues investment firms

Omar Sacirbey  | December 30, 2016

The owners of the Original Leaf recreational marijuana store in Aspen, Colorado, are countersuing two Texas investment firms, alleging that their principals controlled the money they invested in Original Leaf and forced the owners to hire unnecessary workers, including one who tried to ruin its marijuana crop.

Colorado Medical Marijuana Supply, which owns …

Colorado city finally to allow rec MJ stores

Omar Sacirbey  | December 29, 2016

In a promising sign for the recreational marijuana industry, one of Colorado’s most cannabis-resistant city governments has finally decided to allow adult-use stores.

The Pueblo City Council voted this week to award licenses for eight recreational marijuana stores and also set fees and adopted zoning rules on the industry, according to the Pueblo …

Colorado’s marijuana czar warns of possible Trump enforcement

Omar Sacirbey  | December 9, 2016

Colorado’s top marijuana regulator is sounding the alarm bells that President-elect Donald Trump’s administration could crack down on the state’s cannabis industry, warning such a move could throw thousands out of work and shutter many businesses.

“I think there’s very good reason to be concerned,” Andrew Freedman, Colorado’s director of marijuana coordination, told the …

CO’s planned crackdown on home growers could benefit legal market

Bart Schaneman  | December 9, 2016

Colorado’s planned legislative crackdown on legal cannabis home growers who sell their product into the black market could push more consumers to buy product from licensed marijuana stores.

As President-elect Donald Trump continues to nominate people for his cabinet who are anti-cannabis, Colorado appears to be trying to preserve its legal marijuana industry, the Associated Press reported.


Week in Review: Investor insight into MJ trade, Denver buzzkill & lawmaker confident in cannabis protections

Bart Schaneman  | November 25, 2016

By Bart Schaneman and John Schroyer

Investors get an inside look at the cannabis industry, Denver marijuana advocates bemoan a decision on public use, and a Republican congressman is hopeful a federal protection for the MJ industry will remain.

Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.

Officials block Denver bars, eateries from public MJ use

Omar Sacirbey  | November 18, 2016

Denver bars and many restaurants hoping to capitalize on a new voter initiative allowing cannabis use at some businesses might be out of luck, as officials moved to prevent the mixing of alcohol and marijuana.

State licensing officials announced Friday a new regulation that will ban bars and many eateries from …

Colorado city opens marijuana-themed mall

Bart Schaneman  | November 18, 2016

A strip mall in Aurora, Colorado, has undergone a $1 million renovation to reemerge as a marijuana-themed shopping center.

The consolidation helps to circumvent a problem that marijuana businesses often face: finding a sympathetic landlord.

The Aurora Hemp Marketplace, outside Denver, offers a dispensary, a head shop and a cultivation supply store, among …