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Colorado Crackdown on Homegrown Cannabis Advances

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado plan to crack down on homegrown cannabis is rapidly heading to the governor’s desk after lawmakers changed the bill to give medical marijuana patients more leeway.

‘We’re not respecting patients’ rights as well as pushing the industry forward.’

Jason Warf , Southern Colorado Cannabis Council

A Senate committee vote 5-0 to set a statewide limit of 12 plants per residential property. That’s down from 99 plants under current law.

The bill was changed to give medical marijuana patients and their caregivers up to 24 plants, if they register with the state and with local authorities. Currently, registration is required only if patients have more than 99 plants.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and lawmakers from both parties have called the cannabis crackdown a top priority as the state awaits word of how the new federal administration plans to treat state-legal marijuana states.

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Of the 28 states that allow medical cannabis, none but Colorado allows patients to have more than 16 plants growing in their homes.

“It is time that we fix this before someone comes in and fixes it for us,” said Greenwood Village Police Chief John Jackson, speaking on behalf of the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police.

Few testified against the bill, though it would effectively force some patients to shop from commercial cannabis retailers. One of the few who did complained that the measure is driven by the profit implications of forcing people to buy cannabis in stores instead of growing it outside the regulated market.

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“We’re not respecting patients’ rights as well as pushing the industry forward,” said Jason Warf of the Southern Colorado Cannabis Council.

Colorado has some 19,000 medical marijuana patients whose doctors have recommended a high number of plants in order to produce cannabis oils and other medical treatments. Some treatments require a pound of marijuana to produce an ounce of cannabis oil.

Lawmakers amended the bill to make it a misdemeanor, not a felony, to be caught with too many plants until the third offense.

The bill now awaits a vote by the full House. It has already passed the House, though Senate changes will require the bill to return there before heading to the governor’s desk.


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Cannabis Club Showdown Looms Between Colorado Governor, Lawmakers

DENVER (AP) — Colorado lawmakers moved closer Monday to a showdown with the governor over cannabis clubs.

A House committee voted 8-3 to approve a bill giving local governments a roadmap to allowing private marijuana clubs. The clubs could allow indoor smoking, if they have fewer than three employees.

“The goal here is to give folks a space where they can consume” marijuana, said Rep. Dan Pabon, a Denver Democrat and sponsor of the bill.

The bill also has Republican supporters who say clubs would keep cannabis smoking out of parks and other public areas. It has already passed the GOP Senate.

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But Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper told reporters recently that he opposes the cannabis club bill if it allows indoor smoking.

He said it’s a bad idea to invite attention to Colorado as a new president takes office and sends mixed messages about whether state marijuana experiments will be allowed to continue.

Anti-smoking activists say the bill could send the signal that smoking inside is OK, even under limited circumstances.

“Smoking is bad for you — very bad for you,” Hickenlooper said earlier this month.

Sponsors counter that the clubs would still be subject to the Clean Indoor Air Act, which bans indoor smoking unless the establishment has no more than three employees. The bill bars the clubs from serving food beyond pre-packages snacks or coffee; state liquor code bars any club from selling alcohol.

Pabon and other supporters repeatedly mentioned indoor smoking during testimony Monday. Colorado already has a patchwork of private cannabis clubs, but the law is unclear about whether cannabis clubs are OK and many existing clubs are word-of-mouth “smokeasies.”

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“We have at best a piecemeal approach to public consumption,” Pabon argued.

But anti-smoking activists oppose the bill, saying it could send the signal that smoking inside is OK, even under limited circumstances.

Bob Doyle of the American Lung Association warned that Colorado is “opening a Pandora’s Box” if it opens the door to statewide cannabis clubs.

No other marijuana state has regulated cannabis clubs, though underground cannabis-sharing clubs exist even in states where the plant remains illegal. Voters in California and Maine last year approved legalization measures that allow for social consumption but regulations in those states are still being worked out.

Colorado’s cannabis club bill awaits a vote by the full House, though sponsors hint that amendments are likely, meaning the bill would have to return to the Senate before hitting the governor’s desk.


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Need an Escape This 4/20? Enter for a Chance to Win a Flyaway to Aspen Canyon Ranch!

Make this 4/20 a true adventure! You and three friends could be soaking up nature’s best at Aspen Canyon Ranch in Colorado by entering in our #420sweepstakes.

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Aspen Canyon Ranch is a cannabis-friendly, 450-acre private mountain resort located in Parshall, CO. The ranch offers people a place to openly enjoy cannabis while in nature. Located just 90 minutes outside Denver, Aspen Canyon is nestled among beautiful mountains, tall trees, and the refreshing William Forks river.

Winners will receive a full weekend stay April 21st – 23rd at the ranch’s River House Cabin, with all food, horseback riding, and fly fishing included in the stay. We’ll also provide a $1,000 travel voucher to cover travel for yourself and three guests to the ranch. Though you must bring your own cannabis to enjoy, local dispensaries have agreed to treat guests as part of the community by supplying them with discounts of up to 20% off all purchases.

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The contest starts March 20th at 12:00 p.m. PST and ends March 27th at 11:59 p.m. PST. Winners will be randomly selected and announced on Friday, March 31st.

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Youth Center, Schools Win Colorado Cannabis Tax Grants

One of the nation’s most unique cannabis tax revenue programs, Colorado’s Local Government Marijuana Impact Grants, gave out its 2016 grant cycle awards last month, and the big winner was the town of Longmont.

Longmont will get $567,540 to remodel a fire station into a youth center. Two-thirds of that money came from cannabis taxes.

The town will receive $567,540 to remodel an old fire station into a youth center. Two-thirds of that money comes from cannabis tax receipts.

Here’s the interesting part: This particular grant is only available to municipalities that do not allow cannabis stores. The Local Government Marijuana Impact Grants were established in late 2015 with the idea of assisting communities that don’t allow retail stores but find themselves “experiencing impacts from the sale, transfer, cultivation or processing of retail marijuana or any illegal activity related to marijuana.”

This first round of grants, announced last month, are notable for which projects didn’t win the grants, and which did. By and large, projects that focused on youth substance abuse prevention had their proposals funded. Projects that only sought to beef up law enforcement capabilities did not.

Welcome to Longmont

Situated in rural northern Colorado about 15 miles northeast of Boulder, Longmont’s downtown business district looks like an old-timey main street, with tree-shaded sidewalks fronting two-story brick buildings. As nearby cities like Loveland, Fort Collins, and Boulder have all gentrified (and allowed retail cannabis sales), Longmont has remained pretty much untouched by the region’s economic upscaling.

It hasn’t been untouched by cannabis legalization, though, according to the terms of the grant. The 2015 Healthy Kids Survey found that Boulder County, which includes Longmont, scored in the top 25% of Colorado communities for cannabis use by high school students. So Longmont’s grant application proposed to remodel the Fire Station No. 3 at 1200 Lashley Street, turning it into a youth center that will give teens a place to gather, hang out, and focus their energy on constructive pursuits.

Christina Pacheco-Simms, manager of Longmont’s Children, Youth and Families department, explained what the grant will purchase. “$400,000 is for the fire station remodel, $21,940 is for office furniture, supplies, you know if we do any sort of fitness classes or anything, we would get some yoga balls and basically all types of supplies,” she said. “We have $73,600 for two vans. And then $72,000 for consultants, for alternatives for youth who provide iThrive substance abuse classes.”

Most $ Went to Youth Programs, Not Cops

Of the 15 municipal agencies that applied for this year’s Marijuana Impact Grants, 11 of them were law enforcement agencies. Most asked for $12,000 to $200,000 for more officers and equipment. But of the $985,760 in total grants, $813,137 went to non-police agencies. The bulk of the police-granted money went to the Otero County Sheriff’s Department, which received $128,647 to purchase equipment and improve its training. (Over the past year, Otero County has been dealing with a number of illegal cannabis growing operations.)

In addition to Longmont’s $567,540 grant, the state awarded $219,200 to the Jefferson County School District for educational training and data collection. The complete list of grant applicants and winners is available here.

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Next up: allowing retail stores, maybe

Even as Longmont officials celebrated news of the award, they realized that this could be their final year as a qualifying town. Local legalization proponents are attempting to loosen the regulations on cannabis stores allowed within the city limits, which would allow a total of six retail outlets.

Longmont may soon allow retail cannabis shops for the first time.

The proposal stipulates that the six stores would have to be located on the outskirts of town, a good distance from any schools. Longmont city staff members are currently drafting up the details of that proposal. City Manager Harold Dominguez says it’s at least a month away from coming before the city council.

Earlier this month, on March 2, Longmont’s city council voted to limit home cannabis growers to six plants per resident. The vote was unanimous.

Would Longmont have to return the youth center grant if it’s no longer a “cannabis-free” town? “It could impact our qualifications for applying for any future funding,” said Pacheco-Simms. “But no, with regards to this particular award, the City of Longmont would not have to give the money back.”


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How Much Tax Revenue Do Legal Cannabis Sales Generate?

Countless times I’ve heard people from all around the world argue that “Keeping weed illegal is a big business,” surrendering themselves to the notion of legalization being nothing but a distant pipe dream. Depending on where they live, they’d point to private correctional facilities that benefit from the sentencing of cannabis users, producers, and distributors; to unscrupulous public servants who are not squeamish about taking bribes; to pharmaceutical companies that produce highly addictive and expensive drugs that could be easily replaced with cannabis and its derivatives.

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However, legal cannabis is also big business. Beyond the human, social, and economic benefits generated by legalization, cannabis is an extremely profitable commercial enterprise. I’m not just talking about pot sales, but also hundreds of adjacent opportunities that arise from legalization–think lighting companies, agricultural technology, real estate investment trusts, and so many others.

By exploring some of the most relevant data regarding the cannabis industry’s magnitude and potential, we can gain a better understanding of the way the industry works and the benefits it can produce.

Disparities in Legal Cannabis Sales vs. Total Dollars Spent

Total legal cannabis sales in North America hit $6.9 billion in 2016, with the US accounting for $6 billion. While significant, this number represents less than 13 percent of the total dollars spent on cannabis last year.

The ArcView Group has estimated that only 12.3 percent of the total money spent on cannabis in North America last year ($56 billion) went through the legal system. This means that we’re missing out on taxing more than $49 billion in cannabis transactions, which would translate into roughly $12 billion in new tax revenue.

“Cannabis is a major industry already, but most of the trade is happening in illicit channels that are not being taxed and are not being regulated yet,” Tom Adams, editor-in-cheif of Arcview Market Research, said.

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In addition to highlighting the costs of processing arrests for cannabis possession or distribution, Leslie Bocskor, investment banker and president of advisory firm Electrum Partners, commented, “Imagine how much wealth will be staying in our country [the US], which is currently exiting, going to [drug] cartels in other countries, leaving our economy.”

Colorado, Washington, and Oregon Are Making Big Bucks

According to ArcView’s latest report, medical and adult-use cannabis sales in Colorado, Washington, and Oregon alone generated more than $500.8 million in taxes throughout 2016.

Some perspective: Assuming that the inflation-adjusted median cost of building a school in the US stands at roughly $17.6 million for an elementary school, $28.7 for a middle school, and $48.7 million for a high school, these states could have used the $500.8 million to build approximately:

  • 28 elementary schools, or
  • 17 middle schools, or
  • 10 high schools

If, instead of building schools, these states wanted to feed their inhabitants, they could have provided between 5 billion and 10 billion full meals. A budget of such magnitude would have been enough to provide all of the people living in those three states one full meal for every day of the year. Furthermore, the money left over after feeding everybody would have sufficed to build about nine elementary schools.

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“And that’s with Colorado just barely getting started and Washington having really capped the growth of this business with incredibly high tax rates–37 percent,” Adams pointed out.

Legal Cannabis Sales Are Expected to Reach at Least $20.8 Billion per Year by 2021

And that’s just a conservative estimate that does not contemplate the prospect of cannabis being legalized in several states in the near future. Projections aside, cannabis has proven to be one of the–if not the–fastest growing industries in the world, with sales up 30 percent over 2016 versus 2015. Furthermore, going forward, the growth rate is anticipated to hover around 26 percent per year over the next five years, ArcView revealed. Even in this conservative scenario, the cannabis industry would match the size of the craft beer industry or the entire chocolate market by the beginning of the next decade.

Based on even lower sales estimates, research firm New Frontier Data projected tax revenue of $1.8 billion by 2020. And, this growth (and growth potential) does not only translate into taxes, but also into new jobs and an explosion among industries related to cannabis production and distribution, like lighting, security, software, and agricultural technology.

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“We don’t have sales estimates for cannabis verticals and ancillaries like lighting or software yet, but we believe it’s several multiples of the $6.9 billion in cannabis sales seen in 2016. So, I’d say somewhere in excess of $10 billion, at the very minimum,” ArcView’s Adams added.

If Federally Legal, the Cannabis Market Could Surpass $100 Billion per Year

A few months ago, Viridian Capital Advisors’ founder and president, Scott Greiper, went even further and told me that, according to statistics from Bloomberg, if federally legal, the cannabis industry in the US (including ancillary services) could surpass $100 billion per year, more than doubling the size of the entire wine industry.

To make this figure comprehensible, let’s establish some comparison. $100 billion is comparable to:

  • The combined sales of Coca-Cola Co. and PepsiCo products all around the world
  • Every transaction made via Amazon.com last year
  • Five times the money Starbucks made in 2016
  • 27 times what Donald Trump is worth (meaning all he owns), and about 33 times what Oprah Winfrey is worth

The Cannabis Stock Index Is Rapidly Gaining

Viridian’s Cannabis Stock index, which tracks most of the main companies in the space–including related businesses–gained 236.1 percent last year. Although the performance of the stocks in the index was very mixed, what this shows is that Wall Street is increasingly realizing how valuable the legal cannabis opportunity really is, Viridian’s Scott Greiper and Harrison Philips told us.

Again, some context: shares of Wall Street darling, Apple, rose only 32.4 percent over 2016. This means cannabis stocks did seven times better than Apple’s–although, of course, the risk implied was very different.

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Also supporting the view that Wall Street is getting behind cannabis were the more than $1.2 billion in investments made in the space. Cultivation and retail companies alone raised almost half a billion dollars from individual investors and funds, while biotech and pharma firms raised almost $350 million, Viridian revealed in January.

“As more states and countries around the world legalize cannabis, there is an ‘Industrial Revolution’ occurring, bringing advanced technologies and new companies into an industry that is just emerging from the shadows,” Greiper concluded. “This is driving opportunities for entrepreneurs and investors to participate across key business segments of the cannabis marketplace, from real estate to biotech and agtech. The cannabis industry is evolving from a social cause to a large, global business.”


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Colorado House Approves 16-Plant Homegrow Limit, End to Co-Ops

DENVER (AP) — The nation’s most generous grow-your-own laws are closer to being curbed in Colorado, where the state House advanced a pair of bills Monday aimed at cracking down on people who grow cannabis outside the commercial, taxed system.

One bill would set a statewide limit of 16 marijuana plants per house, down from a current limit of 99 plants before registering.

The bill passed 65-10 after sponsors argued that Colorado’s generous home-grown cannabis laws make it impossible to tell whether someone is growing plants legally, or whether the plants are destined for the black market.

The other bill makes is a crime to grow recreational cannabis for someone else, an end to Colorado’s marijuana co-ops.

That bill cleared the House on an unrecorded voice vote, with one more vote required.

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Colorado regulators have tried for years to stop people from growing large amounts of cannabis without state taxation or oversight. But because Colorado’s constitution gives people the right to grow as much as their doctors recommend, the state has had a hard time making that happen.

“We need to close this loophole,” said Rep. KC Becker, a Boulder Democrat and sponsor of the bill.

This year’s effort would say that marijuana patients can’t have more than 16 plants in a residential property. The change would force those patients to either move to an industrial or agricultural area, or shop at a dispensary.

Of the 28 states with legal medical marijuana, none but Colorado currently allows more than 16 plants per home.

Many Colorado jurisdictions including Denver already have per-home plant limits, usually at 12. But the lack of a statewide limit makes it difficult for police to distinguish between legitimate patients and fronts for black-market marijuana, bill supporters argued Friday.

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“The time has come for us … to give law enforcement the guidance they need,” said Rep. Cole Wist, a Centennial Republican and another bill sponsor.

Marijuana patients have been flooding lawmakers with complaints about the bill, which was introduced just last week. The first hearing on the measure lasted until near midnight.

Lawmakers softened the bill by raising its original limit from 12 plants to 16 plants, and by saying that patients caught with too much cannabis in the house would face a petty offense, and felony charges only later.

But those changes weren’t enough for some Democrats, who argued in vain that it shouldn’t be a felony until the third offense to have too much cannabis in the home. They argued that the limits won’t hurt criminal drug operations, which could simply grow their plants in areas that aren’t zoned residential.

“A lot of patients are on fixed incomes. They’re ill,” said Rep. Adrienne Benavidez, D-Commerce City. “Cartels have the money to go rent warehouses.”

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The resistance effort even brought one lawmaker to tears. Rep. Steve Lebsock, D-Thornton, held a stack of patient letters and said the change would hurt people who can’t afford to shop in dispensaries.

“We’re throwing patients in jail!” Lebsock cried.

But Republicans sided with other Democrats to prevail on an unrecorded voice vote. The bill faces one more formal vote next week before heading to the Senate, where its prospects are strong.

A companion bill — to give law enforcement more money to sniff out illegal growers — is awaiting a House vote Monday.

Gov. John Hickenlooper backs the plant crackdown and has called on lawmakers to send him a statewide limit.


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Denver FBI Honors Youth Program Partly Funded by Cannabis Taxes

DENVER (AP) — The Denver FBI honored a youth dropout prevention group Thursday, apparently without realizing it is partially funded with taxes from the marijuana industry.

“If anybody asks you where that money is going, you can say, ‘I know for sure that some of it is going to Youth on Record and the 1,000 teenagers that they serve.’”

Jami Duffy, Youth on Record executive director

The U.S. Justice Department, the FBI’s parent agency, considers the voter-approved marijuana industry operating in Colorado and other states illegal, and new U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has indicated he wants stronger enforcement of federal law.

But Thursday’s episode reaffirmed that revenue from sales of the drug has gotten so widely dispersed that it can be tough to keep track of the scores of entities counting on it for at least some support.

Youth on Record Executive Director Jami Duffy mentioned the funding the group receives as she accepted the Director’s Community Leadership Award at Denver FBI headquarters.

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“If anybody asks you where that money is going, you can say, ‘I know for sure that some of it is going to Youth on Record and the 1,000 teenagers that they serve,’” Duffy said as FBI Special Agent in Charge Calvin Shivers and other officials stood nearby.

She said after her acceptance speech that the program that focuses on music received $75,000 in marijuana tax revenue last year from the city of Denver and is expecting an additional $148,000 this year.

Asked about the funding, FBI spokeswoman Amy Sanders pointed to the corporations and foundations listed as donors on Youth on Record’s website . That list does not include the marijuana-based funding.

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FBI staff at the field office voted for Youth on Record over one other finalist for the community award.

Sam Kamin, a marijuana law and policy professor at the University of Denver, said the situation illustrates how inextricable marijuana tax revenue has become from Colorado’s economy.

Colorado brought in close to $200 million in taxes and fees last year.

“We sort of have gotten numb to the fact that this money has come through the state and through the federal reserve system (through bank deposits) and then to other organizations,” Kamin said.

Colorado’s 2012 constitutional amendment that legalized recreational marijuana requires that some money collected from state excise taxes go to public schools. Other groups that have received marijuana funding include the Future Farmers of America, the 4-H Club and state juvenile diversion programs.

Colorado brought in close to $200 million in taxes and fees last year from $1.3 billion in medical and recreational marijuana sales.

Cities and counties that have legalized pot shops get a cut of those state taxes, but they can levy their own pot taxes as well and have greater latitude in how to spend locally generated revenue.


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Colorado Senate Passes First-in-Nation Cannabis Clubs Bill

DENVER — The Colorado Senate on Thursday passed a first-in-the-nation bill expressly permitting marijuana clubs. But Gov. John Hickenlooper is hinting that he’ll veto the measure unless it bans indoor smoking.

The bill allows local jurisdictions to permit bring-your-own cannabis clubs, as long as those establishments don’t serve alcohol or any food beyond light snacks.

The bill doesn’t say whether those clubs could allow people to smoke indoors. That means it would be possible for a membership club that is closed to the public and has no more than three employees to permit indoor cannabis smoking.

Sponsors say the bill is necessary because Colorado already has a network of underground, unregulated clubs, and towns aren’t sure how to treat them.

Cannabis clubs could help alleviate complaints that Colorado’s sidewalks and public parks have been inundated with marijuana smoke since the state legalized recreational cannabis in 2012.

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“We have a lot of problems throughout this state of people publicly using marijuana,” said Sen. Bob Gardner, a Colorado Springs Republican and sponsor of the club bill.

The measure sets up a showdown with the Democratic governor, who has told reporters that clubs could invite federal intervention in Colorado’s cannabis market.

“I do think given the uncertainty in Washington that this is not the year to be out there carving off new turf and expand markets and make dramatic statements about marijuana,” Hickenlooper told reporters Wednesday.

Further, the governor seemed to chafe at the fact that the club bill doesn’t expressly ban indoor smoking. A separate cannabis-club measure going into effect in Denver limits smoking marijuana to special patios, meaning people could eat or vaporize pot indoors but not burn it.

“Smoking is bad for you,” Hickenlooper said. “I’m not sure that’s a great thing to be encouraging.”

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Lawmakers who support clubs disagree that the bill encourages indoor smoking.

“These marijuana membership clubs are so private that’s they’re more akin to being in your living room than to being in a restaurant,” Gardner said.

Ten Republicans voted against the cannabis club bill. Some of them said they fear it’ll be impossible to stop people from sharing or selling cannabis inside the clubs, even though marijuana sales in clubs are banned under the bill.

“How are we supposed to stop that?” asked Sen. John Cooke, R-Greeley.

The bill passed on a 25-10 vote and now heads to the House, where its prospects are strong. One possible sticking point is that the bill bars food service in the clubs but allows them to sell light snacks that aren’t defined.

State liquor regulations already bar the sale of alcohol and marijuana at the same place, so the clubs would look more like Amsterdam coffeeshops than cannabis bars.

“I’m sure you can drink coffee and smoke marijuana, you just can’t drink whiskey and smoke marijuana,” Gardner said.


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State of the Leaf: Nevada Might Let You Light Up on the Las Vegas Strip

US News Updates

 Arkansas

The Arkansas Senate has rejected a proposal that would have prohibited smoking medical cannabis anywhere in the state and allowed landlords to set even further restrictions. Senate Bill 357 was cosponsored by Sen. Jason Rapert (R-Conway), who argued that smoking of any type is harmful to public health. Senators voted 15-10 to reject the bill. Lawmakers also voted 15-11 to strike down another measure that would have banned the production and sale of cannabis-infused edibles. The bill’s opponents said the change would undermine the will of Arkansas voters, who voted to pass the medical marijuana amendment in November.

Colorado

In an attempt to rein in home growing and prevent diversion to the black market, the Colorado House Finance Committee is considering a bill that would cap the number of plants at 12 per residential property, with no more than six being mature. House Bill 1220 would alter the current law, which allows medical patients to grow up to 99 plants, and allows adult consumers to grow cooperatively by grouping their six personal plants at much larger cultivation sites. Rep. KC Becker (D-Boulder) introduced the bill, arguing that cannabis from larger grows are not subject to tracking, taxing, or other regulatory standards and thus could be diverted to the black market.

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Connecticut

The Public Health Committee of the Connecticut General Assembly is considering the first of several measures to legalize adult-use cannabis in the state. House Bill 5314 would legalize cannabis for adults 21 and over, with a regulatory structure for sales and cultivation overseen by the Department of Consumer Protection. The Department of Revenue Services would administer a tax structure for the new industry. Three other similar proposals are also on the table in Connecticut. Lawmakers in favor of legalization say they’ve agreed to work together to support whichever bill moves forward.

Nebraska

With a CBD-only medical cannabis bill at the state Capitol, patient advocates are urging the Nebraska Senate not to confirm Dr. Thomas Williams as the state’s chief medical officer. Williams has been the acting chief medical officer since November and has written a letter to the state Judiciary Committee stating his opposition to Legislative Bill 167, introduced by Sen. Laura Ebke (L-Crete). The bill would reschedule cannabidiol to Schedule V under the state’s controlled substances law, meaning CBD would be available for medicinal use and prescription by physicians. The Judiciary Committee passed the bill unanimously, and it now awaits a vote from the full Legislature.

Nevada

A new proposal in the Nevada Senate would allow local jurisdictions to issue licenses to allow the public consumption of cannabis, meaning tourists could potentially puff vape pens legally one day on the Las Vegas Strip. Sort of. Senate Bill 236, sponsored by noted legalization supporter Sen. Tick Segerblom (D-Las Vegas) would allow local governments to create safe spaces for cannabis use. Municipalities could issue licenses to businesses such as bars, dispensaries, or yoga studios. They could also allow open consumption at events, such as the recent Cannabis Cup, hosted in Las Vegas. Consumption is currently allowed only in private residences, and public consumption carries a hefty fine. Segerblom argues that there needs to be a place where tourists can legally consume.

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New Hampshire

The state House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to approve House Bill 640, a cannabis decriminalization measure. The bill, introduced by Rep. Renny Cushing (D-Hampton), would reduce the penalty for the possession of up to one ounce of cannabis down to a civil fine of $100 for the first offense, $200 for the second offense, and $350 for the third and any subsequent offenses. Under current law, possession of an ounce of cannabis can land you in jail for up to a year with a fine of up to $2,000.

New Mexico

The New Mexico State House passed a bill that would create an advisory council to review research proposals on the use, production, effects, and efficacy of medical cannabis. House Bill 155 would establish a fund in the state treasury specifically for medical cannabis research. It would also extend protections from state prosecution and criminal liability to include researchers. The measure now heads to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Oregon

A group of Oregon lawmakers charged with overseeing cannabis regulation in the state have drafted legislation to protect the personal information of cannabis consumers and patients. Current law allows retail shops and dispensaries to collect personal information, including registry identification numbers, birthdates to offer perks such as a free gift on one’s birthday, driver’s license numbers, or a record of every item purchased by a customer. Senate Bill 863 would require retailers and dispensaries to delete all personally identifying information from their system within 48 hours of purchase. This legislation was drafted in the event that the federal government decides to step up enforcement actions in legal states, in order to protect adults and patients from federal prosecution.

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Pennsylvania

State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale estimates that the state could rake in $200 million a year in tax revenue by legalizing cannabis for adult use. DePasquale borrowed from Colorado’s model for his projections, noting that state, which has a population less than half of Pennsylvania’s, generated $129 million in a single year. “I wasn’t necessarily convinced that Pennsylvania should be the first, but now that we have actual results and data from other states, the evidence is clear that this can be both good socially and fiscally,” DePasquale said at a Capitol news conference this week. As other lawmakers pointed out, the state only last year passed a medical marijuana measure, and the framework for that program is still being implemented.

South Carolina

A group of medical professionals is testified Wednesday in favor medical marijuana legislation currently before the South Carolina Medical Affairs subcommittee. S. 212 would allow patients with certain debilitating conditions to access medical cannabis with the recommendation of a physician. Leaders of Compassionate South Carolina were joined by researchers, physicians, and nurses who traveled to speak in support of the measure, including Dr. Sue Sisley, renowned for her extensive research into the effects of cannabis as treatment for PTSD.

South Dakota

The South Dakota House voted 54-13 to pass a bill that would allow the use of cannabidiol products. Senate Bill 95 was originally written in such a way that the company GW Pharmaceuticals product Epidiolex, which is scheduled for review by the FDA this summer, would be the only product allowed under the measure, thus effectively giving GW a monopoly in the state. However, the bill has since been amended to exclude all forms of CBD from the definition of marijuana and reclassify it under state law as a Schedule IV controlled substance available for medicinal use.

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Tennessee

The Tennessee Judiciary Committee rejected a measure, 6-3, that would have decriminalized the possession of small amounts of cannabis. Senate Bill 265 was sponsored by Sen. Jeff Yarbro (D-Nashville) and would have reduced penalties for the possession of up to an eighth of an ounce of cannabis down to a Class C misdemeanor punishable by a civil fine of no more than $50. Memphis and Nashville each enacted local decriminalization measures last year, state law still lists possession as a Class A misdemeanor that carries penalties of up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500.

Wisconsin

There are four cannabis-related bills being considered this legislative session, but it looks as though only two will be moving forward. Senate Bill 84, known as the “right to try” bill, which would allow access to investigational drugs, including cannabis, sailed through the state Assembly. As did Assembly Bill 49, introduced by Rep. Scott Krug (R-Neskoosa), which would legalize the possession of CBD oil. Two other medical cannabis legalization bills have received support from only Democratic lawmakers, and are seen as unlikely to move forward in the Republican-controlled congress.

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International News Updates

Canada

The lawmaker tasked with implementing legalization across the country, former Toronto police chief Bill Blair, will be coming to Parliament this spring. It’s the first in a long line of steps towards the ultimate goal of opening a legal, regulated market; regulations and quality assurance measures are still planned for to lengthy discussion. Blair declined to give a timeline on crafting regulations and getting the market up and running. “We will take as much time as it takes to do it right,” he said in an interview with Bloomberg. “I’m pretty reluctant to suggest a specific time frame, frankly, because I don’t know how long this will take each of our 10 provinces and three territories.” The federal government is searching for the best ways to control production, distribution, consumption, and quality testing while ensuring cannabis stays out of the hands of minors.

Ireland

Health Products Regulatory Authority Chief Executive Lorraine Nolan recommended that limited access to medicinal cannabis be granted under a monitored five-year program. Nolan told the Oireachtas Health Committee in an expert report to Minister for Health Simon Harris that although the authority cannot recommend widespread access to cannabis, cannabis can, under certain circumstances, be controlled for patient safety. Three conditions are likely to be considered for the pilot program, including spasticity associated with multiple sclerosis, intractable nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy, and severe, treatment-resistant epilepsy. Officials are still mulling legislation needed to create the program, but one license has already been granted for a patient to access cannabis—and a second application is pending.

Zambia

Home Affairs Minister Steven Kampyongo released a ministerial statement announcing that the cultivation of cannabis for medicinal purposes will now be allowed under the national Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act. The minister of health will be responsible for issuing licenses to those who seek to cultivate cannabis for medicinal purposes. Cultivation is subject to strict conditions, and a  obtaining license requires paying a fee.


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These Are the Best 420-Friendly Hotels in the World

With recreational cannabis making gains across the Americas, and medical legalization and decriminalization taking hold elsewhere around the globe, it’s only the beginning for the budding industry that is and will be pot tourism. Of course, there are many miles yet to go before you’re smoking a joint at the St. Regis. Cities and states are still trying to work out public consumption and social use regulations, so as a tourist to a legal city, the challenge remains: you can buy it, but you can’t smoke it. Anywhere. (Full disclosure: I was nearly arrested after vaporizing in a Vail hotel room in 2013 and still have to use the old towel-under-the-door trick on occasion).

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A handful of cannabis-friendly Airbnb listings will result from a quick Google search of your destination city, even though the company does not include that as an official filter and declined to comment on its stance for this story. In the meantime, cannabis-centric listing sites such as The Travel Joint and Bud and Breakfast have picked up the slack, offering databases of listings and bespoke experiences specifically for marijuana-minded travelers. While it can be tricky to find accommodations that are openly 420-friendly, the experience is well worth it once you do. Nowhere is that truer than for the nine incredible locations below.

From those providing cannabis upon arrival and smoking accessories in-room to color-changing hot tubs and a guided excursion to Bob Marley’s favorite swimming spot, we trawled through hundreds of listings to find some seriously stellar and officially cannabis-friendly options. Here’s the global guide for where to check in on your next vacation.

Best Cannabis Friendly Hotels in the World — Ibiza Spain

Ibiza, Spain; from $860/night

Ibiza is wild AF and this four-bedroom, state-of-the-art condo is the place to relax away from it all—even if it’s only the three hours a night you’ll be sleeping. Within walking distance to the beach, it’s totally tech-ed out and stocked with cannabis and a vaporizer to use indoors while soaking in either of the two private Jacuzzi tubs or recharging in the home-theater-like living room.

Best Cannabis Friendly Hotels in the World - Portland Oregon

Portland, OR; from $152/night

This newish boutique hotel is so perfectly Portland and so highly designed, it’s earned accolades from Architectural Digest. Getting high is A-OK when you book the first ever cannabis-friendly package in Oregon, which includes a munchie kit, a vape pen, Dope Magazine swag, and coupons to nearby dispensaries to buy your own cannabis (our pick is Bridge City Collective).

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Best Cannabis Friendly Hotels in the World - Uruguay

Oceania del Polonio, Uruguay; from $300/night

As the first country to federally legalize cannabis, we’re slightly surprised the seaside destination of Punta del Este hasn’t yet taken advantage of tourism with more 420-friendly lodging. Bud and Breakfast has though, with over 20 options in the country, so after booking a night or a few at one of their Montevideo options, head east to the sleepier beach town of Oceania del Polonio for a stay at this Italian-inspired bungalow designed by architect Cosimo Venti. Grill your catch of the day on the wood-burning patio, where you’re also free to enjoy cannabis, before drifting off to sleep to the sounds of waves crashing just steps away from one of two bedrooms.

Best Cannabis Friendly Hotels in the World — Denver Colorado

Denver, CO; from $349/night

Traveling to the start of it all? Then you’ll want to stay in the heart of it all at this two-story luxury loft located just one block from Coors Field and within walking distance to the It neighborhood of RiNo. Smoking flower is allowed inside, but you’ll want to have most of your sessions on the roof deck for views of downtown from the hot tub—complete with color-changing lights. On the other hand, if you prefer a hotel, the Magnolia is the best of the few in Denver that allow vaporizing in-room.

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Best Cannabis Friendly Hotels in the World - Las Vegas Nevada

Las Vegas, NV; $140/night

As The Travel Joint’s signature hometown property, you can escape from the craziness of the Strip at this one-bedroom, 33rd-floor oasis. Adjacent to the Palms Casino Resort, guests have access to its Drift Spa, 24-hour room service, concierge, pool, hot tub, and more. The condo is also stocked with curated cannabis products to try, and located within walking distance of its official dispensary partners.

Best Cannabis Friendly Hotels in the World - Negril Jamaica

Negril, Jamaica; from $50/night

As arguably the tropical destination for cannabis smokers, the plant itself is technically still illegal in Jamaica, and few resorts officially claim 420-friendly status (although even at the five-star properties, some staff offer up herb immediately upon check-in). Steer clear of tour operators like Hot Box Jamaica, which operates its own lodge (and is a horror story for another time) and head for the lax Little Bay Cabins outside of Negril. Here, you’ll find an untouched slice of true Rasta culture so special, Bob Marley himself had his beach house on this very shore. The rustic resort even offers a tour that’ll take you to visit its remaining ruins and for a swim in his personal swimming cave.

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Best Cannabis Friendly Hotels in the World — Lodging in Colorado

Snowmass, CO; $900/night

An expansive western lodge is exactly how to take your trip to the high country up a notch. Five bedrooms accommodate up to 11 guests for an ultimate mountain escape with family or a crew of friends. Cannabis and a vaporizer are provided for guests, which you can consume inside—whether its cozied up near the double-height fireplace in the soaring great room or in the open chef’s kitchen while whipping up a home-cooked feast. Outside, you’ll find a hot tub, a pond for ice skating (which is also stocked with fish during the summer), direct river access, and plenty of breathtaking spots to spark up.

Best Cannabis Friendly Hotels in the World - Seattle Washington

Seattle, WA; from $89/night

One of the few dedicated cannabis-friendly Airbnb listings, this host has gained glowing reviews for his cannabis-welcome haute hippie space. The private entry guest room is equipped with all the comforts of a luxury hotel, but here, the community spaces stand out. All cannabis smoking accessories are provided, along with “the essentials for ultimate relaxation” such as art supplies, yoga mats, Bose speakers, nightly campfires, and a saltwater outdoor hot tub.

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Best Cannabis Friendly Hotels in the World — Amsterdam

Amsterdam, Netherlands; from $176/night

Yes, it’s still illegal to consume in a hotel and the Airbnb pickings are slim in the land of the cannabis coffeeshop. However, the infamous and first-of-its-kind Bulldog gets to make its own rules. All hostel-style rooms are non-smoking, but there’s a roof terrace and the lobby Lounge Bar (in their words, for all your “loung’n, chill’n, drink’n & puff’n needs!”) to partake. Pro tip: Assuming you don’t want to relive your study abroad days, book the Private Suite.


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