The Denver Post | Avondale Denver`s GrowCo is building large greenhouses in Pueblo on 160 acres where fruits and vegetables once were grown
Huge expansion underway for growing pot in Colorado
Mike Limon shovels dirt from the floor of a greenhouse, which will be used to grow recreational marijuana, while Carlos Burciaga waits to place PVC pipes into the ground on July 22 in Avondale. GrowCo Inc., a subsidiary of Denver-based Two Rivers Water and Farming Co., is expanding in Pueblo County.
Denver-based Two Rivers Water & Farming Co. typicaCallaghan O`Hare, The Denver Postlly can reel in $4,000 to $5,000 for every acre of corn, cabbage and pumpkins it plants. But Two Rivers is aiming for far higher cash yields by leasing land to cannabis growers.
Publicly traded Two Rivers, which last year logged $2.4 million in revenue by converting acreage to high-yield fruits and vegetables from feed crops, has spun off a subsidiary, GrowCo Inc., that is building huge greenhouses to lease to licensed recreational marijuana growers at about $1 million an acre.
More And More Large Marijuana Gardens Use LED Grow Lights To Reduce Carbon Footprint
The marijuana industry is growing faster than anyone could imagine. There is more marijuana being grown right now than ever before in legal recreational and medical marijuana states. In my home state, Oregon, there are industrial gardens all over the state from Eastern Oregon to the Oregon Coast and from Portland to Ashland and everywhere in between. Its truly mind blowing. One thing that growers and I talk about all of the time is the carbon footprint of the industry. A lot of growers in legal states grow outdoors, but many more dont because of climate issues in their area....
Round Two Of Proposed Alaska Marijuana Rules Now Available
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The Marijuana Control Board has issued its second round of proposed rules, and the public is invited to comment by 4:30 p.m., Saturday, August 8. Please take a look at the proposal, available here, which provides extensive rules for licensed businesses. While most of the proposed rules offer reasonable regulations, several would clearly violate important protections established under Measure 2.
Please take a moment to tell the board it must honor rights approved by Alaskans in the states historic vote. You can take a look at....
The Huffington Post | 07/31/2015 The Justice Department may be in violation of the law, congressmen say.
Lawmakers Call For Investigation Into DOJ`s Continued Crackdown On Medical Marijuana
Two congressmen behind a federal provision protecting state-legal medical marijuana operations are seeking an investigation into the Department of Justice`s continued crackdown on medical marijuana patients and providers, saying the DOJ may be in violation of federal law.
``We request that you immediately investigate the Department`s expenditure of funds to continue prosecuting these cases, which we believe are in direct violation of the prohibition on such expenditures established by Rohrabacher-Farr,`` reads the letter, addressed to DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz....
1st Legal Medical Pot Sold In Nevada 15 Years After Approval
Dozens of people line up outside the Silver State Relief medical marijuana dispensary in Sparks, Nev., Friday, July 31, 2015, to be among the first in Nevada to legally purchase medicinal pot. Nevadans voted to legalize medical marijuana in 2000, but no language was in place to establish a system to sell or distribute it until 2013. (image:AP Photo/Scott Sonner)
Scott Sonner And Michelle Rindels
Fifteen years after Nevadans voted to legalize it, medical marijuana was sold legally in the state for the first time Friday at a dispensary in a strip mall about 5 miles east of downtown Reno.
Dressed in polo shirts, tie-dyes and button-downs, about 75 people with medical marijuana cards lined up outside Silver State Relief, between a sub shop and pizza place in Sparks, to be among the first to buy as much as a half-ounce of pot for $195.
It smells good in there, said Dana Metz, 64, a retired General Motors worker who said he suffers from back pain, insomnia and anxiety....
Week in Review: CDC Weighs in on Edibles, High-Profile CA Raid More Lawsuits on Horizon
John Schroyer and Tony C. Dreibus
The Center for Disease Control issues what could prove to be an influential statement on marijuana edibles, a business run by a board member of Californias main cannabis industry association is raided, and lawsuit activity ramps up.
Heres a closer look at several notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.
CDC Weighs In
Another federal agency is wading into the ongoing debate over cannabis industry regulations: the U.S. Center for Disease Control. And with that entrance comes another likely indicator of how future states will regulate edibles compa....
Cannabis Credit Union Denied By the Fed, Files Lawsuit
An upstart credit union in Colorado that hoped to serve the marijuana industry and had state backing has been denied a master account by the U.S. Federal Reserve, which threatens to close another avenue for cannabis businesses seeking a bank account.
The Fourth Corner Credit Union was reportedly informed earlier this month that it wasnt approved for the master account by the Kansas City Fed. On Thursday night, it filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the decision, saying it wants equal access to the financial system, according to the New York Times.
Because of mari....
An Overview Of The 2016 Marijuana Legalization Initiatives
Marijuana is going to be part of the political conversation between now and Election Day 2016. Support for legalization is now consistently polling above 50 percent nationwide, four states and DC have already voted to legalize it, and activists at least ten states are doing their best to make it an issue this time around.
In those states, theyre working to take marijuana legalization directly to the voters in the form of initiatives. Not all of those efforts will actually make the ballot mass signature-gathering campaigns require not only enthusiasm but cold, hard cash to....
Oregon Recreational Marijuana Sales to Begin Oct. 1
The third recreational cannabis state is now just months away from beginning sales.
Oregon residents and visitors will be able to purchase legal adult-use marijuana as of Oct. 1, following the signing of a bill by Gov. Kate Brown that allows the states existing medical cannabis dispensaries to sell rec beginning on that date.
The new law sailed through the state Legislature at the behest of advocates who want to circumvent the black market and provide a lifeline to dispensaries, as Oregons medical market is over-saturated with MMJ businesses.
Under the new law, anyone ov....
Its Official Oregon Recreational Marijuana Sales Will Begin October 1st
Oregon approved marijuana legalization during the 2014 Election. The possession, consumption, and cultivation provisions of the initiative became effective July 1st, although some counties suspended enforcement before that. The biggest remaining question since July 1st is when will recreational marijuana sales begin in Oregon? Late last month the Oregon Legislature passed a bill that would allow limited recreational marijuana sales via existing medical marijuana dispensaries. That bill was signed by Oregon Governor Kate Brown earlier today. Below is the summary of the bill:....
While Americas public support for domestic prohibition of marijuana appears increasingly waning, quantifying the types of marijuana law reforms internationally could constitute a full time job for the eager.ReThink the Leaf
This days news alone from overseas about cannabis law reforms strongly suggests that the contagion to end pot prohibition is hardly an America-only phenomena:
Israel The countrys deputy health minister announced today that medical cannabis will be made available for retail access via commercial pharmacies.
Italy Cannabis law reform group in Italy cl....
Monumental Meeting Culminates With Call for National Marijuana Business Standards
Chalk up another first for the cannabis industry.
Several marijuana business owners were able to sit down and talk seriously with 20 attorneys general from across the country last week about issues surrounding the cannabis industry, which some participants called a monumental development and a watershed moment.
Not only was the meeting arguably historic given the involvement of top state-level legal officials, but it culminated in an agreement to develop something the cannabis industry sorely needs: national cannabis business standards.
The group which met in Hawaii ag....
Oregon Medical Marijuana Dispensary Approves First-Ever Oregon Contract For Marijuana Workers
Workers at Stoney Brothers, a marijuana dispensary in Portland, Oregon have approved the first-ever union contract for cannabis workers in Oregon and have joined United Food and Commercial Workers Local 555. The vote to approve the contract was unanimous, and sets a new standard for cannabis workers in Oregon.
With our new contract, I am excited to have paid holidays and vacation time, said Kyle Maestra, a site manager at Stoney Brothers. That is unusual in the cannabis industry.
The three-year contract includes salaries starting at $15/hour with some making as high as $3....
Marijuana Legalization In Italy: 250 Italian Lawmakers Support Cannabis Decriminalization Proposa
Dion Rabouin and Umberto Biacchi
Italy may well be on its way to becoming the largest country in Europe to legalize marijuana. An Italian tracking group has found that more than 250 lawmakers from across the political spectrum have given their support to a proposal that would largely decriminalize production, distribution, sale and consumption of marijuana throughout the nation.
The leap may appear far-fetched for a country that just 10 years ago voted in a draconian anti-drug bill that removed any distinction between hard and soft drugs, increasing sentences for pot smokers and heroin addicts alike.
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