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...
Cannabis club moratorium passes second reading Colorado Springs City Council pumped the brakes on the economic engine of local marijuana at its Oct. 13 meeting, upholding upon second reading a six-month moratorium on cannabis social clubs and passing by a 5-4 vote an amended moratorium on medicinal marijuana industries. The...
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,...
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...
Bathing in taxes collected from marijuana sales, Pueblo County expects to put some of those dollars to work on public infrastructure projects, as well as to fund the world’s first college scholarship program created from marijuana taxes. So far this year, Pueblo County has collected $729,000 in taxes from all...
Pot purveyors in the state and across the country may soon bid farewell to money mattresses and cash-only transactions. Two pieces of legislation introduced in Washington during this session have the potential to allow banks to offer their financial services to medical and recreational marijuana businesses in 23 states and the District of Columbia. Despite […]
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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...
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...
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...
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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The town of Palmer Lake will be revisiting the issue of recreational marijuana. In 2014, recreational pot was a topic that split the town of 2,500 down the middle. Two years ago the residents of Palmer Lake voted on two marijuana-related ballot issues, one to allow retail recreational sales in...
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...