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Colorado: Thousands of Colorado Springs Jobs Could Be Created, Report Suggests

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By Michael Bachara
Hemp News

If Colorado Springs, the second-largest city in Colorado, allowed recreational cannabis sales, its share of the state’s cannabis market would rise to to 14%, according to an economic impact report by a University of Denver professor.

The study, authored by Jack Strauss, the Miller Chair of Applied Economics at the university’s Daniels College of Business – assumes that all medical cannabis companies in Colorado Springs would transition to the recreational industry.

The study found that allowing recreational sales could create 1,320-1,762 jobs for the city and bring in $25.4 million in revenue from taxes and business fees.

Colorado: Crackdown Coming For Illegal Marijuana Grows In Colorado Springs

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

A crackdown is coming in Colorado Springs, according to Mayor John Suthers, who said he expects hundreds of busts of illegal marijuana growers in the coming months.

Those busts are targeting unregistered, commercial-sized operations run by out-of-state residents, mainly from Florida and with ties to cartels, according to law enforcement officials, reports Kaitlin Durbin at The Gazette.

What that hopefully means is that the focus won't be on small-time home grows, where average stoners cultivate a few more plants than 12 legally permitted under Amendment 64, the legalization initiative approved by Colorado voters back in 2012.

"If you look at who is being busted in Pueblo and who will be busted in Colorado Springs over the summer, you can tell: These are organized crime," Suthers claimed. "A lot of them Cubans coming up from Central America, and they're buying or leasing homes, making huge amounts of money (and) trashing the homes."

"There's no question, in Colorado Springs we have large illegal grow operations in several hundred homes," Suthers said.

Colorado: Illegal Marijuana Grow Operations Busted, More Than A Dozen Arrested

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By Derrick Stanley
Hemp News

Approximately 30 Colorado homes and warehouses suspected of having illegal marijuana grows have been raided as part of an extensive law enforcement action Thursday, resulting in more than a dozen arrests.

Many of the raids were conducted in the Denver metro area. Police say the raids are all tied to one illegal operation. The suspects allegedly came from Texas and bought houses in Colorado to grow marijuana in, then ship it out of state for a huge financial gain.

A Colorado National Guard truck had to be called in at a house in Centennial to haul away a large amount of marijuana grow equipment. More than 300 plants were found a that location.

A neighbor told CBS-TV4 that she was shocked to see how big the operation was.

“I can’t believe this is happening in this neighborhood. It’s just so out of character for the people that live here,” Rebecca Rattray said. “I’m a little shocked that there’s still a market to grow pot illegally.”

Police had to use tear gas to extract a man who had barricaded himself at one location near Colorado Springs.

The activity on Thursday is the culmination of a year-and-a-half long investigation by the North Metro Drug Task Force, the DEA, U.S. postal inspectors and the Colorado Attorney General’s office.

Photo courtesy CBS

Colorado: Military Veteran Gives Away Free Marijuana To Fellow Vets For PTSD

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

A Colorado Springs cannabis club headed by a military veteran is handing out free marijuana to other veterans, hoping to give them relief from issues like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for chronic pain they suffer after returning home from war zones.

The Veteran Farmers Alliance over the weekend gave away more than a half-pound of weed, along with cannabis edibles, worth about $1,400, to veterans at the Dab Lounge, reports RT.com. Founder Steve Defino said other groups should be doing the same thing, and that cannabis was essential for him to deal with his PTSD, which he has battled for more than a decade.

Defino said he was prepared to spend nearly 20 times the amount he spent on Saturday at a followup event planned for Veteran's Day in November, reports Andrew Blake at The Washington Times.

“I’ve seen other organizations operate, and I’m not very happy with the way they do it,” Defino said in an interview with KXRM. “They need to be donating more and doing more to show these guys that they actually care.”

“I’ve been able to actually go through my memories, recall my memories without getting upset anymore, and I’m starting to live my life again like a normal person,” Defino said.

Colorado: Gas and Grass -- First Marijuana Gas Stations Ready To Open

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

The advent of recreational marijuana in Colorado has led to some interesting business models. Now a hybrid that combines a traditional filling station with a cannabis dispensary is set to open two locations in Colorado Springs.

Gas and Grass, operated by Denver-based Native Roots, will open its first two locations in Colorado Springs next month, one at West Uintah and 17th Street, the other at Academy and Galley, reports Andy Koen at KOAA.

"It's really just kind of pairing the convenience in one specific stop," said spokesperson Tia Mattson.

The dispensary will have its own separate entrance and must follow all the same rules that apply to other medical marijuana stores in Colorado, according to Mattson. The gas station will be open to the public.

"I believe we'll have lottery tickets, beverages, cigarettes and similar things that you would pickup in a convenience store," Mattson said.

Native Roots' 11 dispensaries and retail marijuana stores operate all over Colorado. The stores have a uniform look with merchandise and pricing structures in common, like most any other retail chain.

The stores, in addition to cannabis products, sell marijuana themed shirts, hats and souvenirs. The gas station idea simply expands the other-than-cannabis business concept, Mattson said.

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