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Denver to Start Licensing First Cannabis Clubs, but Few May Apply

DENVER (AP) — Colorado’s largest city is on the brink of licensing some of the nation’s first legal marijuana clubs.

But Denver’s elaborate hurdles for potential cannabis-friendly coffee shops and gathering places may mean the city gets few takers for the new licenses.

Denver voters approved bring-your-own-pot clubs in a ballot measure last year after city officials’ dragged their feet on calls to give legal consumers a place to use the drug. The city plans to start accepting applications by the end of the month.

“There are plenty of places where you can consume alcohol. Let’s give people a place to go to consume marijuana,” said Jordan Person, head of Denver NORML, which advocates for cannabis-friendly public policy.

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But Denver’s would-be “social use” clubs have faced one delay after another.

First, the state liquor board prohibited cannabis use at any place with a liquor license, making bars and many restaurants off-limits. And retail shops can’t allow consumption on the premises.

That left gathering places like coffee shops, art galleries and yoga studios. Furthermore, would-be clubs must stay twice as far as liquor stores from schools and anywhere children congregate, including playgrounds and sports fields.

“We can’t be in places where it makes sense,” said Kayvan Khalatbari, a Denver marijuana consultant who helped run last year’s club campaign.

City officials say the rules are as flexible as possible given stiff resistance from some community groups and marijuana skeptics. The voter-approved club measure also says the club licenses are a pilot program and neighborhood groups must agree to allow a club before it could open.

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“There were no surprises in the rules,” said Dan Rowland, spokesman for the Denver department that regulates marijuana businesses. “They reflect all the comments we got from the community.”

One hopeful applicant says the regulations are stringent but still a step forward for the industry.

“A lot of us are hoping this will … open the doors for a new kind of business,” said Connor Lux, who runs a co-work space for the cannabis industry and plans to apply for a social use license to hold public, cannabis-friendly events at his business just north of downtown Denver. Applying for a license costs $1,000; the licenses itself is $1,000 a year.

Lux envisions open-to-the-public networking events at his space.

“I don’t think anyone’s planning a giant smoke-out, everybody-coming-to-get-high kind of thing,” he said.

Khalatbari has sued Colorado’s liquor regulators over the ban on cannabis and alcohol in the same location, a lawsuit that hasn’t yet been heard, and says he is considering a lawsuit against the city for what he believes are onerous club rules.

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Khalatbari noted Denver has much looser distance requirements for places selling alcohol, even allowing bicycle bars to cruise past schools and churches. The mobile bars with drivers ferry groups of pedaling drinkers from one tavern to the next.

“You can ride these stupid moronic bike bars down the street, getting hammered in public. But we’re not giving people a safer choice, even though voters have said over and over again they want to go that way,” Khalatbari said.

Colorado’s marijuana law neither allows nor denies cannabis clubs, leaving the state with a patchwork of local club rules. Some cities tolerate them; in others, clubs operate underground, with members arranging meetups using social media.

State lawmakers earlier this year decided against a plan to regulate marijuana clubs statewide. Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper warned that passing the measure could invite a federal crackdown.

The situation is similar in other legal-cannabis states.

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Alaska’s 2014 marijuana measure allowed for on-site consumption at potential “tasting rooms,” though regulators in that state have yet to allow any to open.

And measures approved last year in California and Massachusetts allowed for cannabis clubs, but both states are still working out rules.

Person, the marijuana activist, said she’s hopeful that Denver’s limited rules will prove a step forward in a national move toward marijuana acceptance.

“People still aren’t sure how this is going to work or what’s going to be allowed. But this is progress,” she said.


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Fort Collins Eyes Eliminating Voter Approval for Cannabis Changes

The Fort Collins City Council is scheduled on Tuesday to consider placing a measure on November’s ballot asking voters to give up their right to weigh in on changes to the city’s cannabis regulations.

Under a current Fort Collins city ordinance, voter approval is required to adopt changes to local cannabis regulations. Officials and industry members say that extra step has made it difficult for the city to keep up with the state’s changing cannabis regulations.

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The addition of the proposed cannabis measure to the Nov. 7, ballot would mark the first time in five years that cannabis was on the ballot for Fort Collins voters.

A city memo indicates members of Fort Collins’ cannabis industry support the proposed change, the Coloradoan reports. Colorado continues to update its marijuana regulations and Fort Collins is unable to adapt to those changes without a vote, the memo says, adding that the measure would only those changes that reflect changes in state law.

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“Original drafters of the citizen-initiated ordinance support updating the Code in order to stay current with applicable state laws, rules and regulations, and wanted to ensure that the referred ballot would not allow Code changes beyond the scope of staying current with state law. The proposed amendment to be put to the voters addresses both the needs of the City while protecting the original intent of the citizen-initiated ordinance,” the industry memo says.

Fort Collins is currently the only jurisdiction in Colorado that operates under voter-approved cannabis licensing rules, according to the Colorado Municipal League.


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Cannabis States Try to Curb Smuggling, Fend off Administration

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Well before Oregon legalized marijuana, its verdant, wet forests made it an ideal place for growing the drug, which often ended up being funneled out of the state for big money. Now, officials suspect cannabis grown legally in Oregon and other states is also being smuggled out, and the trafficking is putting America’s multibillion-dollar marijuana industry at risk.

In response, pot-legal states are trying to clamp down on “diversion” even as U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions presses for enforcement of federal laws against marijuana.

Tracking legal cannabis from the fields and greenhouses where it’s grown to the shops where it’s sold under names like Blueberry Kush and Chernobyl is their so far main protective measure.

In Oregon, Gov. Kate Brown recently signed into law a requirement that state regulators track from seed to store all marijuana grown for sale in Oregon’s legal market. So far, only recreational marijuana has been comprehensively tracked. Tina Kotek, speaker of the Oregon House, said lawmakers wanted to ensure “we’re protecting the new industry that we’re supporting here.”

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“There was a real recognition that things could be changing in D.C.,” she said.

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board says it’s replacing its current tracking Nov. 1 with a “highly secure, reliable, scalable and flexible system.”

California voters approved using a tracking system run by Lakeland, Florida-based Franwell for its recreational cannabis market. Sales become legal Jan. 1.

Franwell also tracks marijuana, using bar-code and radio frequency identification labels on packaging and plants, in Colorado, Oregon, Maryland, Alaska and Michigan.

“The tracking system is the most important tool a state has,” said Michael Crabtree, who runs Denver-based Nationwide Compliance Specialists Inc., which helps tax collectors track elusive, cash-heavy industries like the marijuana business.

But the systems aren’t fool-proof. They rely on the users’ honesty, he said.

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“We have seen numerous examples of people ‘forgetting’ to tag plants,” Crabtree said. Colorado’s tracking also doesn’t apply to home-grown plants and many noncommercial marijuana caregivers.

In California, implementing a “fully operational, legal market” could take years, said state Sen. Mike McGuire, who represents the “Emerald Triangle” region that’s estimated to produce 60 percent of America’s marijuana. But he’s confident tracking will help.

“In the first 24 months, we’re going to have a good idea who is in the regulated market and who is in black market,” McGuire said.

Oregon was the first state to decriminalize personal possession, in 1973. It legalized medical marijuana in 1998, and recreational use in 2014.

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Before that, Anthony Taylor hid his large cannabis crop from aerial surveillance under a forest canopy east of Portland, and tended it when there was barely enough light to see.

“In those days, marijuana was REALLY illegal,” said Taylor, now a licensed marijuana processor and lobbyist. “If you got caught growing the amounts we were growing, you were going to go to prison for a number of years.”

Taylor believes it’s easier to grow illegally now because authorities lack the resources to sniff out every operation. And growers who sell outside the state can earn thousands of dollars per pound, he said.

Still, it’s hard to say if cannabis smuggling has gotten worse in Oregon, or how much of the marijuana leaving the state filters out from the legal side.

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Chris Gibson, executive director of the federally funded Oregon-Idaho High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program, said the distinction matters less than the fact that marijuana continues to leave Oregon on planes, trains and automobiles, and through the mail.

“None is supposed to leave, so it’s an issue,” Gibson told The Associated Press. “That should be a primary concern to state leadership.”

“Marijuana has left Oregon for decades. What’s different is that now we have better mechanisms to try to control it.”

US Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)

On a recent morning, Billy Williams, the U.S. attorney in Oregon, sat at his desk in his office overlooking downtown Portland, a draft Oregon State Police report in front of him. Oregon produces between 132 tons (120 metric tons) and 900 tons (816 metric tons) more marijuana than what Oregonians can conceivably consume, the report said, using statistics from the legal industry and estimates of illicit grows. It identified Oregon as an “epicenter of cannabis production” and quoted an academic as saying three to five times the amount of cannabis that’s consumed in Oregon leaves the state.

Sessions himself cited the report in a July 24 letter to Oregon’s governor. In it, Sessions asked Brown to explain how Oregon would address the report’s “serious findings.”

Pete Gendron, a licensed marijuana grower who advised state regulators on compliance and enforcement, said the reports’ numbers are guesswork, and furthermore are outdated because they don’t take into account the marijuana now being sold in Oregon’s legal recreational market.

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A U.S. Justice Department task force recently said the Cole Memorandum , which restricts federal marijuana law enforcement in states where marijuana is legal, should be reevaluated to see if it should be changed.

The governors of Oregon, Colorado, Washington and Alaska — where both medical and recreational marijuana are legal — wrote to Sessions and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin in April, warning altering the memorandum “would divert existing marijuana product into the black market and increase dangerous activity in both our states and our neighboring states.”

But less than a month later, Sessions wrote to congressional leaders criticizing the federal government’s hands-off approach to medical marijuana, and citing a Colorado case in which a medical marijuana licensee shipped cannabis out of state.

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In his letter, Sessions opposed an amendment by Oregon Democratic Rep. Earl Blumenauer and California Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher that prevents the Justice Department from interfering with states’ medical marijuana. Congress is weighing renewing the amendment for the next fiscal year.

In a phone interview from Washington, Blumenauer said the attorney general is “out of step” with most members of Congress, who have become more supportive “of ending the failed prohibition on marijuana.”

“Marijuana has left Oregon for decades,” Blumenauer said. “What’s different is that now we have better mechanisms to try to control it.”

Taylor believes cannabis smuggling will continue because of the profit incentive, which will end only if the drug is legalized across America. U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, a New Jersey Democrat, introduced a bill in Congress on Aug. 1 to do just that.


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The Haymaker: Polis Party Is a Pivot Point in Canna-Politics

The invitation said the doors opened at 6pm, but by 6:20 the event space was so packed it took the strength of a rhino to reach the wine bar.

Last night opened a new era: A leading candidate for governor embraced the cannabis industry.

“I’ve been to a lot of cannabis industry fundraisers,” co-host Christian Sederberg told me—or rather, shouted over the din. “This is something different.”

Indeed it was.

Last month Sederberg and law partner Brian Vicente, who co-authored Colorado’s legalization Amendment 64, floated an email asking who’d kick in on a fundraiser for US Rep. Jared Polis, the Boulder Democrat who’s been one of the industry’s most outspoken champions. Polis is running for Colorado governor. Gov. John Hickenlooper, a fellow Democrat, has 18 more months in office but Colorado law limits him to two terms, so the 2018 field is wide open. Polis announced his candidacy in June.

Sederberg and Vicente were deluged with responses. Nearly 150 people replied: We’re in.

We went to Jared: Polis on the mic last night.

So was I. After hopping a flight to Denver, I arrived at the event to find more than 250 donors packing the Vicente Sederberg offices. (The fast-growing cannabis law firm moved into bigger digs recently—in the same Sherman Street building as the state marijuana licensing agency. Allow me to suggest a new company motto: Vicente Sederberg: No Fools We.)

The crowd read like a who’s-who of drug policy reformers and cannabis industry pioneers. Among those deserving the bold-face type treatment: Vicente and Sederberg; former Cannabist editor and documentary film star Ricardo Baca; Wana Brands founder Wanda James; Students for Sensible Drug Policy executive director Betty Aldworth; Dixie Elixirs CEO Tripp Keber; Women Grow co-founder Jane West, who’s now building her own brand of smart cannabis accessories; Jan Cole, founder of Boulder’s gold-standard dispensary The Farm; cannabis consultants and High Times investors Ean Seeb and Kayvan Khalatbari; Drug Policy Alliance senior director Art Way; Marijuana Industry Group chairman Bruce Nassau; former Marijuana Policy Project communications director Mason Tvert, who now runs communications for Vicente Sederberg; the list went on and on. In the beer line I met a Silicon Valley entrepreneur looking to break into the industry. He ponied up a $100 donation just to be in the room.

Here’s the pivot point. Over the past decade, cannabis industry donations have gone mainly to legalization propositions and amendments. Now we’re seeing industry leaders step up to support politicians who’ve supported and defended the industry.

When John Hickenlooper ran for governor in 2010, Mason Tvert hounded him around the state wearing a chicken suit. (Because Hickenlooper was “too chicken” to debate cannabis legalization.) Last night Tvert greeted the leading candidate for governor wearing a crisp navy blazer. In legal states, there’s no more need for guerrilla theater.

Embracing Cannabis, Not Just Abiding It

Jared Polis is the first of what I suspect will be a number of statewide candidates who are both supported by the cannabis industry and—this is key—embrace that support. Openly. Proudly.

“We’ve had lukewarm leadership at the state level,” Polis said, referring to Gov. John Hickenlooper’s wincing tolerance and grudging defense of the state’s cannabis industry. “For us to take the industry to the next level, we need a real champion in the governor’s mansion.”

The joint’s jumping for Jared.

Polis described marijuana legalization as “a great success story” last night. As op-ed writers and southern lawmakers paint a portrait of ruin—a Colorado Christian College official actually claimed that legalization has “devastated Colorado” in USA Today this week—Polis has been there to knock down the lies. Here he is back in June, defending his state from a know-nothing attack by US Rep. John Fleming of Louisiana:

Where Hickenlooper adibes the industry, Polis raves about it like a proud papa. “With legalization spreading across other states,” Polis said last night, “the challenge for our next governor is for Colorado to maintain its leadership role in this industry. Because we want those jobs right here in Colorado.”

‘There Will Be Others’

It wasn’t just the size of the crowd and Polis’s unabashed pride in the industry that gave the night the feeling of a turning point. There were other indicators. Jena Griswold, a former member of the Hickenlooper administration, is a 32-year-old rising star in Colorado politics. She’s currently running for Colorado Secretary of State—and she showed up last night to work the room.

I cornered Michael Huttner, the PowerPlant Strategies CEO who organized last night’s event. He was a bit gobsmacked by the crush of donors. “This is the largest political fundraiser in the history of the industry,” he told me. But he didn’t consider it a one-off. “This is the first,” he said. “There will be others.”

Huttner wasn’t just wishing out loud. He’s one of the most politically connected people in the cannabis space. Until recently he headed New York-based Fenton, the nation’s largest social change communications agency. He’s now CEO of Denver-based PowerPlant Strategies, where he works with, among other groups, the New Federalism Fund, the political coalition founded by leading industry companies to defend legal state-regulated cannabis. (Full disclosure: Leafly’s parent company, Privateer Holdings, is a founding member of the New Federalism Fund.)

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Next Up: We’re Looking at You, Gavin

The next candidate likely to embrace the legal cannabis industry: Gavin Newsom, California’s lieutenant governor. Newsom has been out in front of the transition to an all-legal cannabis industry. Like Polis, he’s a next-generation politician ready to move past prohibition and the war on drugs. He’s also a leading candidate to succeed Gov. Jerry Brown.

Who’s next? John Morgan. Tick Segerblom. Maybe.

Are there others? Absolutely. John Morgan, who bankrolled the passage of medical marijuana legalization in Florida, is flirting with a run at the governor’s seat. State Sen. Tick Segerblom, the lion of legalization in Nevada, decided not to play sacrificial Democrat in the 2018 race against incumbent Gov. Brian Sandoval—who’s been dubbed “the most popular Republican in America” by Politico—but he could be a strong challenger four years from now.

Governors have been the quiet gatekeepers in the post-2012 era. The chief executives in Colorado, Washington, Oregon, and Alaska could have stalled or blocked the implementation of legalization initiatives. To their everlasting credit, they did not. Now we’re in a new phase, one in which the governors of legal states may have to forcefully defend their regulated industries against a U.S. Attorney General who seems intent on shutting them down. Now more than ever, governors matter. And the industry’s support matters to the next governors.

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State Leaders Respond to Sessions’ Criticism of Legal Cannabis

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired a warning shot at state-legal cannabis last week. In separate letters sent to leaders in Washington, Colorado, and Oregon, he raised what he called “serious questions” about the states’ cannabis laws. Now some state officials are shooting back.

“Honestly, it’s hard to take him seriously if he relies on such outdated information,” Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson told the Seattle Times in response to Sessions’ criticism. “Do your homework, get good information.”

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In the letters, which have been criticized by cannabis reform advocates as misleading and designed to overstate the flaws in state cannabis programs, Sessions claims that the laws have been inadequately enforced, enabling minors to access cannabis and allowing diversion of legal cannabis into other states as well as the illegal market.

In a statement, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said he’s “incredibly proud of the work we’ve done to implement legalization in a way that keeps youths safe, minimizes diversion into the black market, and minimizes diversion out of our state.”

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“It is clear that our goals regarding health and safety are in step with the goals Attorney General Sessions has articulated,” Inslee continued. “Unfortunately he is referring to incomplete and unreliable data that does not provide the most accurate snapshot of our efforts since the marketplace opened in 2014.”

Sessions’ letters to the adult-use cannabis states rely on information from High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) reports. The HIDTA program, created in the late 1980s, exists to “reduce drug trafficking and production in the United States.”

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In Colorado, Gov. John Hickenlooper said his office takes Sessions’ concerns seriously. “We welcome the opportunity to work with the Attorney General and arrive at the most effective approach to the states and the federal government working together to protect public health, public safety and other law enforcement interests,” a spokesperson told The  Denver Channel. “We take the concerns shared in the letter seriously and will provide a comprehensive response.”


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In Colorado, a Dog Alert Is Not Sufficient for Traffic Search, Appellate Court Rules

DENVER, CO — An alert from a dog trained to detect the odor of marijuana is not sufficient justification for a warrantless traffic vehicle search, the Colorado Court of Appeals has ruled.

Because the adult use of marijuana is legal under state law, the three-judge panel determined:

“A dog sniff could result in an alert with respect to something for which … a person has a legitimate expectation of privacy.”

The ruling reverses a lower court decision.

A 2015 Massachusetts Supreme Court ruling similarly determined that the smell of cannabis emanating from a vehicle is insufficient to trigger a warrantless vehicle search.

By contrast, a 2016 Arizona Supreme Court ruling determined that police may search a vehicle or a home based solely on the odor of cannabis.

Full text of the decision, Colorado v. McKnight is online.

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Inside the Groundbreaking Farm That Boasts Three Pounds of Cannabis per Grow Light

The Birth of ‘Light’

A Colorado Native, Haupt’s early days were rough. After seeking relief from the debilitating grasp of epilepsy, he soon found that cannabis could deliver near total suppression of his symptoms. Haupt began cultivating in his mid-teens and took his newfound passion to Breckenridge, CO, where he began to formulate the early trappings of what would later become his magnum opus, the Three a Light recipe for success. During this time, he spent his days assisting friends and locals in setting up their own cultivation facilities, all while beginning to formulate a master recipe based on his successes.

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According to Haupt, who was interviewed by Gangepreneur earlier this year, the process of completing the Three a Light book was much more tedious than previously expected. What was once thought to be a six-month project took nearly three years to complete due to the intricacy of the photography demands and the need to produce a finished product unlike anything anyone had ever experienced in the realm of cannabis literature.

Designed specifically to be digestive, ‘Three a Light’ comes across more like a baking recipe book than theoretical analysis.

The culmination of Haupt and his team’s efforts came to fruition in late 2015 with the release of his 215-page behemoth masterpiece, a gargantuan text brilliantly outlined with breathtaking captures and a seamless, streamlined, and easy-to-digest approach to his famed nine-step cultivation method. In its massive hard black casing, the book reads more like a coffee table Nat Geo exposé than a typical cannabis cultivation reference text, weighing almost three pounds (not including the case). Chris Freiboth, lead photographer and designer, can be credited for the book’s sleek and minimalist photography-forward style. Every page offers a dynamic visual experience unlike any other book of its kind.

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Many of the existing cannabis cultivation manuals in print today are designed to be comprehensive and are often too dense for novice growers and those with little to no experience in botany and horticulture. Here Three a Light breaks the mold; designed specifically to be digestive, the tome comes across more like a baking recipe book than theoretical analysis. With 11 steps hinging on nine core principles (Temperature, Humidity, CO2, Room Dynamic, Equipment, Genetics, Food & Water, Manicure/Pruning, and Love), the goal is to introduce readers to a singular cultivation method. Oftentimes, new growers pull from many sources to develop their cultivation style. This book saves novice growers the effort and offers an all-in-one approach.

The Flo cannabis strain in its final week of flowering. (Patrick Bennett for Leafly)

A ‘No A-Hole’ Policy

When someone claims that they’re so efficient in their growing to be able to produce three pounds of cannabis per grow light, you really do have to see it to believe it. I know I did. That’s why I had to get out to the Denver Superfarm myself to see what all of the hype was about.

It takes the perfect fusion of culture, philosophy, and practice to pull off what Three a Light produces on a daily basis.

Upon entering the facility, I was met by Nick Costello, long-time friend of Haupt, project manager for Three a Light, and master cultivator at the Superfarm. A driving force at Three a Light, Costello’s energy and charisma are equal parts astounding and palpable.

“We have a no A-hole policy,” Costello proclaims as he winds me though hallways of grow room after room. This self-vetting system applies to all areas in each of their facilities. It lives and breathes in their culture and can be felt in every area of their operation.

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I spent several days touring the Three a Light Superfarms and was surprised to find that every face I interacted with was equally friendly and welcoming, something I can’t say for any other farm I’ve toured in my career. It was after meeting Mike Walsh and Sean McMechen, both master cultivators and general managers at two of the Denver-based Three a Light Superfarms, when I realized the true success this company has been able to cultivate.

What makes this operation so successful (and yes, they are producing three pounds per light, sometimes even four pounds) is much less about formula and more about building culture. Three a Light may be a winning recipe, but without execution on this scale, achieving this kind of efficiency is virtually impossible. It takes the perfect fusion of culture, philosophy, and practice to pull off what Three a Light produces on a daily basis.


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The Spark: Best Colorado Art Walks to Enjoy While High

The Best High Art Walks in Major Cannabis Markets | Leafly(WilliamSherman/iStock)

Colorado is at the heart of rec-legal cannabis culture, and the availability of great art walks is just one of the many perks that go with that status. Here are the best in Boulder, Denver, and Telluride.

Boulder

Follow the polka dots along Broadway and you’ll find yourself in the midst of the fun and vibrant North Boulder art walk. While you’re there, check out the Lotus Opening Studio and learn how art complements meditation. To really delve deep into the cerebral elements of meditation practice as you surround yourself with artistic endeavors, reach for a deeply relaxing THC-infused tea like the Colorado-based Stillwater Mint. Throw in a few ice cubes to it cool down and by the end of the walk you’ll feel so totally relaxed you’ll hardly know what to do with yourself.

Date: First Fridays, year-round

Time: 6pm–9pm

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Denver

Denver’s thriving art scene is proudly displayed at the trendy RiNo neighborhood Art District’s First Friday art walks. Tucked into this seemingly industrial neighborhood lie a variety of special art galleries such as those in the stunning Dry Ice Factory. Regularly housing up to 32 studios under one roof, the Dry Ice Factory never disappoints when it comes to variety and talent. To navigate so many different mediums and forms of artistic expression, fill a vape with the eye-opening Durban Poison and puff as you bounce from studio to studio. And if you like a little kick with your art, head over to Millers and Rossi before heading home—this self-proclaimed art speakeasy is one half  modern design and one half 1920s glamour. Order the Smoked Old Fashioned to really feel like you’ve been transported back in time.

Date: First Fridays, year-round

Time: 6pm–9pm

Lined with 60 separate art galleries, the Arts District on Santa Fe boasts one of Colorado’s largest art walks. It showcases everything new, old, unique, and intriguing, like the Abecedarian Gallery for lovers of literature and artistic book art. Due to traffic, First Fridays includes complimentary shuttles that pass through the streets every 20 minutes. When you arrive, pass the time at a Mizuna, a fancy eatery serving up rich, French cuisine, and end the meal with their deeply inviting Chocolate and Rhubarb Pot de Crème before savoring a few of Dixie Elixirs‘ Mango Dew Drops and heading to the nearest artistic endeavor.

Date: First Fridays, year-round

Time: 5:30pm–9:30pm

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Though spanning minimal space (it’s about a block long), the Navajo Street Art District houses some of Colorado’s most prominent studios. You’ll kick yourself if you skip Zip37—one of the oldest art galleries around—that displays fine art, diverse pieces, and out-of-this-world creations. Toke up with the cerebrally stimulating White Nightmare before checking out Jeanne Treaux’s Bubble Headed Cowgirl for an up close and personal experience, then head into Factotum Brewhouse for a Friday night pick-me-up in the form of a chocolatey stout.

Date: First Fridays, year-round

Time: 5pm–9pm

The Golden Triangle Museum District is chock full of—you guessed it—spectacular museums. With so much history, art, and culture surrounding this magnetic hub, it’s only fitting for the city of Denver to celebrate the eclectic block by opening up its sidewalks to the masses. Big names such as the Denver Art Museum sit in harmony with smaller, localized spaces like the Walker Fine Art Museum to cater to a variety of tastes. To move through this vast array of venues and endless museums, keep Jesus OG on hand for its relaxed vibe and ability to focus the mind. You’ll find this strain to be particularly perfect for walking through Hadley Hooper‘s imaginative Tableau at the DAM, displayed through August 20th.

Date: Last Fridays, year-round

Time: 5pm–9pm

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Telluride

Though far from Colorado’s big cities, Telluride puts up a creative fight when it comes to their modest yet endlessly diverse First Thursday art walk. This mountain town itself is a stunner, and its breathtaking surroundings offer the perfect backdrop to the twelve galleries that shape its equally breathtaking art scene. Stop at the Telluride Bud Company for a fresh strain like the earthy Violator Kush, which exudes the great outdoors, before popping into Lustre to view some nature-inspired jewelry in a venue bursting with color.

Date: First Thursdays, year-round

Time: 5pm–8pm


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The Spark: The Best High Art Walks in North America

With the summer months boasting longer evenings and warmer nights, it is the perfect time to explore your city and discover all the creativity it has to offer. And what better way to enjoy that creativity than with an elevated mind? After all, cannabis, whether used as inspiration or simply for viewing pleasure, has been a point of artistic influence for years.

So take a stroll through your local art walk after puffing on a pre-roll, and see just how gorgeous, interesting, creative, and thought-provoking myriad types of art can be when paired with the perfect strain. Below, we list some of the best art walks in major markets. Check out our picks, and who knows—you just might stumble upon the next Picasso.

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Colorado’s Tax Revenue From Legal Marijuana Is Over Half-Billion Dollars

Revenues from Colorado’s legal cannabis industry have surpassed over a half-billion dollars since retail sales began on January 1, 2014.

According to an analysis by VS Strategies, cannabis-related taxes and fees have yielded $506,143,635 in new state revenue over the past three and one-half years. Local tax revenue was excluded from the analysis.

Much of the revenue raised has gone to fund school construction projects, school-drop out and substance abuse prevention programs, and grant funding.

The half-billion dollar total far exceeds initial projections. Tax revenue from legal cannabis sales in Oregon and Washington have also exceeded regulators’ initial expectations.

In Nevada, where retail sales to adult became legal on July 1, retailers reported over 40,000 transactions in just the first weekend.

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