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  • Digital media/tech campus would create thousands of jobs in Parker (4,000 jobs in Colorado)

    08/12/2017 3:50:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    The Arvada Press ^ | August 11, 2017 | Tom Skelley
    A big player in the world of entertainment and digital media plans to bring 4,000 jobs and a 70-acre campus to Parker by 2020. At an Aug. 11 press conference at the state Capitol in Denver, Gov. John Hickenlooper, Parker officials and Redbarre executives announced plans to create the Redbarre Digital Media & Technology Campus in the Compark area just north of E-470. The 1.9 million-square-foot, mixed-use development will focus on feature film, television and digital media production. "Something like that can be transformational," said Dennis Houston, CEO of the Parker Area Chamber of Commerce. "It's life changing, what it...
  • Construction underway on 234,000 square foot cannabis grow facility (180 jobs in Colorado)

    08/08/2017 10:24:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    KKTV-TV ^ | August 8, 2017 | Adam Uhernik
    PUEBLO, Colo. (KKTV) - On Tuesday morning Doyen Elements officially broke ground on a 234-thousand square foot cannabis grow facility in Pueblo. It'll be located at 1900 Freeway Drive in Pueblo, which is the former Pepsi bottling facility. "We've taken the facility and we are retrofitting it into a 234,000 square foot grow facility that will be developed into three separate phases," said Geoff Thompson with Doyen Elements. "Phase one will take 9-11 months and then the next two phases through an 18 to 24 month period of time." Once construction is complete the entire facility will run 24 hours...
  • Toxic waste from U.S. pot farms alarms experts

    08/07/2017 3:44:37 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 44 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 8-7-17 | Sharon Bernstein
    Pollution from illegal marijuana farms deep in California's national forests is far worse than previously thought, and has turned thousands of acres into waste dumps so toxic that simply touching plants has landed law enforcement officers in the hospital. The volume of banned or restricted pesticides and illegally applied fertilizers in the woods dwarfs estimates by the U.S. Forest Service in 2014, when a top enforcement official testified that the pollution was threatening forest land in California and other states. California accounts for more than 90 percent of illegal U.S. marijuana farming, with much of it exported to other states...
  • Toxic waste from U.S. pot farms alarms experts

    08/06/2017 10:47:21 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 45 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 6, 2017 | Sharon Bernstein
    <p>WEAVERVILLE, Calif. (Reuters) - Pollution from illegal marijuana farms deep in California's national forests is far worse than previously thought, and has turned thousands of acres into waste dumps so toxic that simply touching plants has landed law enforcement officers in the hospital.</p>
  • Marijuana company plans to turn town of Nipton, California into pot paradise

    08/04/2017 3:25:55 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    cbs ^ | August 4, 2017, 2:04 PM
    American Green Inc. announced Thursday it is buying all 80 acres of Nipton, which includes its Old West-style hotel, a handful of houses, an RV park and a coffee shop. It says it plans to transform the old Gold Rush town into what it calls "an energy-independent, cannabis-friendly hospitality destination." The town's current owner, Roxanne Lang, said the sale is still in escrow, but confirmed American Green is the buyer. She declined to reveal the price before the sale closes, but noted she and her late husband, Gerald Freeman, listed the property at $5 million when they put it up...
  • AG Sessions Marijuana Task force: Dont mess with legal weed

    08/04/2017 2:25:14 PM PDT · by Tea Party Terrorist · 225 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 4, 2017
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The betting was that law-and-order Attorney General Jeff Sessions would come out against the legalized marijuana industry with guns blazing. But the task force Sessions assembled to find the best legal strategy is giving him no ammunition, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. The Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety, a group of prosecutors and federal law enforcement officials, has come up with no new policy recommendations to advance the attorney general’s aggressively anti-marijuana views. The group’s report largely reiterates the current Justice Department policy on marijuana.
  • Marijuana Grower Buys Entire California Town to Build ‘Pot Town, USA’

    08/04/2017 6:53:14 AM PDT · by Texas Eagle · 16 replies
    Breitbart California ^ | Aug. 3, 2017 | T.A. Reid
    A publicly traded marijuana grower, American Green Inc., has made a bold play on California’s marijuana legalization: It just bought an entire town.
  • California has too much pot, and growers won't be able to export the surplus

    A leader of California’s marijuana industry warned Wednesday that the state’s cannabis growers produce eight times the pot that is consumed in the state so some will face “painful” pressure to reduce crops under new state regulations that will ban exports after Jan. 1.
  • Nevada judge denies request to stop pot emergency rules

    07/25/2017 6:22:50 PM PDT · by BackRoads775 · 42 replies
    http://www.ktnv.com ^ | Posted: 1:22 PM, Jul 25, 2017 | Unknown
    <p>CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - A Nevada judge has denied a request from a group of alcohol distributors to stop the recently approved emergency regulations that allow the state to license some retailers to transport pot from growers to storefronts.</p>
  • Trump's DOJ gears up for crackdown on marijuana

    07/23/2017 10:14:54 AM PDT · by Mariner · 436 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/23/17 | By Lydia Wheeler
    The Trump administration is readying for a crackdown on marijuana users under Attorney General Jeff Sessions. President Trump’s Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety, led by Sessions, is expected to release a report next week that criminal justice reform advocates fear will link marijuana to violent crime and recommend tougher sentences for those caught growing, selling and smoking the plant. Sessions sent a memo in April updating the U.S. Attorney’s Offices and Department of Justice Department (DOJ) component heads on the work of the task force, which he said would be accomplished through various subcommittees. In the memo,...
  • Uruguay pharmacies start selling marijuana

    07/19/2017 11:10:14 AM PDT · by rktman · 96 replies
    ph.news.yahoo.com ^ | 7/19/2017 | Mauricio RABUFFETTI
    Pharmacies in Uruguay started selling marijuana Wednesday under a four-year-old law that has made the small South American country the first in the world to legalize pot from production to sale. At a pharmacy in Montevideo's old town, five customers were waiting to buy when the store shutters went up at the start of the day. "I've been smoking since I was 14. Let's give it a try," said a 37-year-old man who would not give his name or allow his picture to be taken. The pharmacist who sold the marijuana would not give her name either. She said it...
  • An abandoned Pepsi factory is being turned into a massive marijuana grow (Colorado)

    07/18/2017 4:51:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    Business Insider ^ | July 18, 2017 | Melia Robinson
    A former Pepsi factory that sat vacant for a decade is being reincarnated as an indoor marijuana grow — one of the largest in the pot-friendly state of Colorado. Doyen Elements, a holding company that leases real estate properties out to legal cannabis companies, bought an old bottling plant in Pueblo County. Upon completion in 2019, the facility could potentially produce up to 70,000 pounds of marijuana flower a year. According to a recent report in Forbes, the company is one of a growing number of real estate investment firms that are making money in legal weed without actually touching...
  • $1M pot found in Mexican-made Fords transported through Warren to Kent

    07/15/2017 12:10:31 PM PDT · by Eddie01 · 44 replies
    vindy.com ^ | Fri, July 14, 2017 | Staff
    The head of the Youngstown Federal Drug Enforcement Administration says a recent marijuana-smuggling operation with ties to Warren is the first of its kind he has seen in this area. In fact, said Bob Balzano, who runs the local DEA office, the only time he has heard of the method being deployed was in April, when a similar discovery was made in Minnesota. The marijuana was found last week inside the wheel well for a spare tire in a new Ford Fusion which was manufactured in Sonora, Mexico, at a Ford dealership in Kent, after one of the vehicles was...
  • Marijuana Shortage Prompts Emergency In Nevada; Tax Officials Weigh Changes

    07/13/2017 9:54:12 AM PDT · by rktman · 47 replies
    npr.org ^ | 7/12/2017 | bill chappell
    Sales of recreational marijuana have blown past expectations in Nevada, threatening to leave some dispensaries with empty shelves. After Gov. Brian Sandoval endorsed a statement of emergency in the first week of legal sales, regulators are looking to bolster the supply chain. The Nevada Tax Commission is meeting Thursday to determine whether the state has enough wholesale marijuana distributors; it could also adopt emergency regulations. "Right now, only companies that are also licensed to distribute liquor in Nevada are able to bring marijuana to dispensaries," Nevada Public Radio's Casey Morell reports for NPR's Newscast unit. "The dispensaries say that's why...
  • Trump will cripple states if he reverses marijuana legalization

    07/11/2017 2:17:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 73 replies
    CNBC ^ | July 11, 2017 | Jesse Ventura, former governor of Minnesota
    Last month I gave the keynote address at the Cannabis World Congress Business Expo in New York City. CWCBExpo is the trade show for the cannabis industry. I had the pleasure of meeting thousands of like-minded cannabis activists, and the experience was truly refreshing and inspiring on many levels. I learned firsthand that those in the legal cannabis industry — whether they're growing hemp, medical marijuana or recreational marijuana in Colorado or California or Oregon or wherever — have formed a united front. Everyone at the convention was looking to work together to come up with solutions on how to...
  • Cannabis cotillion: Luxury cannabis brand Beboe debuts in S.F.

    07/07/2017 10:54:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 87 replies
    The San Francisco Chronicle ^ | July 7, 2017 | Carolyne Zinko
    As canna-business strategist Elise McRoberts walked across an animal skin rug and into the living room of a Pacific Heights home for the recent San Francisco launch of Beboe, an upscale cannabis brand from Los Angeles, she assumed she would see the usual faces on the marijuana circuit — growers, dispensary owners and cannabis chefs. Instead, the party was a cross-pollination of the worlds of high society, Silicon Valley, politics, fashion and design: industrial designer Yves Béhar, former Mayor Willie Brown, who carried decriminalization bills in the state assembly in the 1970s, philanthropists Katie and Todd Traina, boutique owner Emily...
  • First days of recreational marijuana sales generate about $500,000 in taxes

    07/07/2017 7:28:55 AM PDT · by rktman · 115 replies
    lasvegassun.com ^ | 7/6/2017 | Chris Kudialis
    The first four days of legal recreational marijuana sales generated $3 million in sales revenue and about $500,000 in tax revenue, putting Nevada on pace to achieve an estimated $30 million in sales revenue over the next six months of recreational sales, according to the Nevada Dispensary Association. The sales figure was generated from Saturday’s first day of recreational marijuana sales to Tuesday. The tax rate for recreational pot is 33 to 38 percent, depending on local regulations, with all state and local taxes included. “We had a higher demand than everybody initially thought,” dispensary association director Riana Durrett said....
  • Expert: Amid delays, patient died waiting for medical marijuana relief

    07/02/2017 2:39:35 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 106 replies
    Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL ^ | Wednesday, June 21, 2017 | Shawn Ching
    HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Two additional medical marijuana dispensaries -- one on Oahu, the other on Kauai – were recently given the green light by the state Health Department to begin cultivating cannabis, even though the labs needed to test marijuana products still have not been certified to begin doing so. The announcement brings what's expected to be an even bigger workload for employees from the three independent testing facilities, who have not even begun to approve any of the cannabis that's already been harvested. The continued delays have one pain specialist concerned for a very specific reason: He says one...
  • Hiker Uncovers Marijuana Grow Operations in Colorado Forest

    07/02/2017 2:08:27 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 53 replies
    KOB4 ^ | July 02, 2017
    Officials in south-central Colorado seized 7,400 marijuana plants worth an estimated $7 million from the San Isabel National Forest. Investigators encountered two people at the grow site on Friday, but they fled. No arrests have been made. The Pueblo County sheriff has said four other marijuana growing operations found on or near the forest since 2012 are believed to be connected to a Mexican cartel.
  • The Latest: Tourists Buy in to Recreational Pot in Nevada

    07/01/2017 4:27:49 PM PDT · by BackRoads775 · 36 replies
    https://www.usnews.com ^ | 01 July 2017 | AP
    LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on Nevada becoming the fifth state in the U.S. with stores selling marijuana for recreational purposes (all times local): Minnesota resident Edgar Rosas Lorenzo on Saturday flew with his family to Sin City for a wedding. But even before he checked in to his hotel, he stopped at a pot dispensary on the Las Vegas Strip. The 21-year-old says he learned of the legalization of recreational marijuana in Nevada while he was at the airport waiting for his flight to depart. He waited in line about 40 minutes before he could buy one-eighth of...