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Cory Gardner backs bipartisan legislation to increase medical marijuana research

DENVER – U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner is cosponsoring a bipartisan bill aimed at increasing the possibility of more federal research into the medical benefits of marijuana. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, introduced the Marijuana Effective Drug Study (MEDS) Act of 2017 on Wednesday, with a pun-laden press release and speech on […]

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Sessions to Hickenlooper: Marijuana still unsafe; task force report says crackdown unlikely

DENVER – U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions made clear in a letter sent to Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper that the governor received this week that he still believes an Obama-era Justice Department memo does nothing to protect states with legal marijuana from being prosecuted by the federal government, but documents obtained by the AP show […]

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Denver’s final social marijuana consumption rules released; waiver, ventilation requirements dropped

DENVER – Denver’s licensing department on Friday released the final adopted rules that business wanting to allow the social use of marijuana in their buildings will have to adhere to in order to get a permit. Denver voters approved Initiative 300 last November, which opens up the possibility for the existence of the clubs. The city, state […]

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Top science journal takes issue with Justice Dept. heads’ ideas on marijuana and health

DENVER – The country’s oldest monthly magazine, Scientific American, slammed the Justice Department’s top two officials for their recent comments on marijuana in a column published Wednesday. First, Massroots.com on Monday reported that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had sent a letter to congressional leaders asking them to help him undo the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment, which stopped […]

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New marijuana growing rules taking hold in Colorado by start of next year: what you need to know

DENVER – Colorado law enforcement and marijuana growers will have to make some adjustments regarding marijuana growing in the state over the next six months, as two new laws aimed at reducing illegal marijuana cultivation and dealing will take effect. Gov. John Hickenlooper signed two bills last week aimed directly at cutting down on high […]

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After years-long fight, Colorado approves medical marijuana treatment for PTSD

DENVER – Coloradans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) will now be able to treat their conditions with doctor-approved medical marijuana, bringing a close to a years-long fight. Gov. John Hickenlooper signed Senate Bill 17 Monday, which will allow physicians, after consultation and a medical background review, to prescribe patients suffering from doctor-diagnosed PTSD with medical […]

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Colorado set to use marijuana money to implement opioid treatment program in worst-hit counties

UPDATE: The governor signed this bill into law on Wednesday, a day after this story was originally published. — DENVER – Colorado is set to use a half-million dollars of its marijuana sales money each year for at least the next two years to implement an opioid addiction treatment program for two of the state’s […]

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Bipartisan bills to protect marijuana from federal crackdown introduced by Colo. members of Congress

DENVER – Efforts to protect states with legal marijuana programs from any possible federal crackdown are gaining bipartisan momentum in Congress, and several of Colorado’s lawmakers are playing a big part in trying to get legislation passed. U.S. Reps. Diana DeGette (D) and Mike Coffman (R) introduced a bill Thursday that revises the federal Controlled […]

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Rep. Mike Coffman says ‘cloud’ hanging over Trump administration, causing polarized Congress

DENVER – U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman says the appointment of a special prosecutor in the ongoing probe into Russia’s alleged ties with members of President Trump’s campaign and administration is the only way to cut through the “cloud” hanging over the White House and Congress. Coffman sat down for a one-on-one interview with Denver7 Friday, […]

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Draft rules for Denver’s social marijuana clubs released; patron waiver draws early concern

DENVER – Businesses looking to get one of Denver’s first-of-its-kind social marijuana consumption permits got their first look Thursday at the stringent draft of rules and regulations they will likely have to adhere to if they want one of the permits. Denver voters approved Initiative 300 last November, which opens up the possibility for the […]

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