Emerald Fields opened at 8 a.m. Wednesday, April 1, in the former home of Wild Ginger Thai on Manitou Avenue, becoming the second recreational marijuana dispensary to open in Manitou Springs. A small crew worked on final flourishes to the building's newly painted exterior while more than 20 employees welcomed a gradual...
City to form task force Ordinance 15-79 passed a second reading by Colorado Springs City Council Tuesday. Via a 6-3 vote, the new law will place a six-month moratorium on the approval of new medical marijuana businesses, which include dispensaries, commercial grow operations and infused product manufacturers. Councilors Bill Murray, Jill...
Colorado Springs’ scattering of cannabis clubs might soon be required to obtain a new type of cannabis license — and some illegally providing marijuana could close — as part of a proposed state law that will be introduced during the next session of the Colorado General Assembly. “The license...
Colorado is on the cutting edge of the insurance world as we continue to push the boundaries in the medical marijuana arena. The advent of recreational marijuana has changed the insurance landscape dramatically. Small medical dispensaries are being replaced by larger operations that require more complex insurance needs. What was once a simple insurance policy […]
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National reports of the demise of pre-employment marijuana drug screening may not hold true locally, drug testers say, citing an uptick in business. “I’ve actually had more business since legalization,” said Chuck Marting, owner of Colorado Mobile Drug Testing. “What’s happening now is you have employers who have employees that are coming to them and […]
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The City Council-appointed marijuana task force convened for the third time Jan. 22 to discuss potential city ordinances that could affect new and existing medical marijuana industries, including manufacturing, cultivation and dispensary operations, which are currently under the umbrella of a six-month moratorium (the reason the task force was...
Tuesday’s vote means millions of people in California, Massachussetts and Nevada just boarded the retail marijuana train, apparently leaving Colorado Springs stuck at the station. Will Colorado Springs join them and become 420-friendly any time soon? Or will the city become even more of an outlier, an island of prohibition...
The El Paso County Board of Commissioners will decide Oct. 5 whether to renew the license of New Age Medical, a medical marijuana dispensary on the city’s far east side. That might seem like a simple process, but it’s anything but when the business has committed a violation. For instance,...
The city of Colorado Springs will commit “economic suicide” if councilors approve a six-month moratorium on new or expanding medical marijuana grows and dispensary changes on second reading during next week’s City Council meeting, said a local attorney familiar with marijuana law. “It’s free money, but yet we have more...
Attorney and Colorado Springs marijuana task force member Charles Houghton offered his assessment of the group’s progress at its Feb. 19 meeting. “Can our report say we need more time?” Houghton asked. The City Council charged the group in November with making recommendations regarding medical marijuana industry regulations. The group’s authority...
Marc Snyder slowly, and reluctantly, changed his mind about retail marijuana stores. He was mayor of Manitou Springs when Colorado voters passed Amendment 64 in 2012, which legalized retail marijuana in the state. “I had some reservations,” Snyder said prior to participating in a panel discussion entitled “The Social and...
A bipartisan Senate bill will tap the expertise of the Institute of Cannabis Research at CSU Pueblo to develop marijuana tracking technology for the state. SB18-029 “Development of Marijuana Tracking Technology,” sponsored by Sen. Kent Lambert and Sen. Leroy Garcia with Rep. Dan Pabon and Rep. Yeulin Willett, was introduced Jan. 10. “The intent of this […]
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