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Colorado: Pueblo County Wants To Say No To Legal Marijuana

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By Derrick Stanley
Hemp News

Recreational marijuana has been legal in Colorado for four years, but anti-marijuana activists in Pueblo County have gathered enough signatures to force an unprecedented question on the November ballot: whether to terminate recreational marijuana sales and operations.

Backers of the Pueblo effort to repeal marijuana legalization say retail pot shops and farms have brought increased vagrancy, crime, and an undesirable reputation as the pot capital of southern Colorado. Supporters of legalization say the new industry has helped revitalize an area that has long struggled economically. Repealing it would cost more than a thousand jobs, they say. It would be giving in to the retrograde impulses of “prohibitionists.”

Possession and use of marijuana would remain legal in the county, as would medical marijuana. But more than 100 dispensaries, cultivation facilities, and infused product manufacturers would have to shut down within a year.

County Commissioner Sal Pace, the chief opponent of the ballot effort, is pleased that his community is seen as a center for marijuana innovation. He said that almost $4 million in annual tax revenue has gone to college scholarships, 4H and Future Farmers of America efforts, and medical marijuana research at Colorado State University Pueblo.

Colorado: CSU-Pueblo Getting $270,000 For Marijuana Research

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By Derrick Stanley
Hemp News

Colorado State University-Pueblo will be receiving $270,000 in marijuana excise tax revenue for research following a unanimous vote Monday by The Pueblo County Board of Commissioners.

Research will be on how medicinal marijuana can relieve certain health conditions and what communal effects come with legalized recreational use.

Commissioner Sal Pace said $220,000 will go to medicinal marijuana research and $50,000 will be used for societal impact studies.

There's been a real dearth of research on cannabis in general in the last 50 years," Pace said. "Anecdotally, there's a lot of evidence that there are real medical conditions that can be helped by cannabis, such as glaucoma, Crohn's disease and epilepsy."

On June 6, Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill that awarded $900,000 to the university. The state and county money will be used to establish a research institute to study the effects of legal marijuana on both individual health and communities as a whole.

"We want to find out whether there are positive or negative impacts (of marijuana use) in terms of medical breakthroughs," CSU-Pueblo President Lesley Di Mare said. "We also want to understand what sort of impact marijuana has on communities where it is legal."

Colorado: These Are The Good Old Days - Things About To Change In Marijuana Market

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

This may be the golden age of marijuana in Colorado, and things are about to change.

Supply-and-demand is ever-so-slowly leading to lower prices on the recreational front, and legislative changes are in the offing that could make it more difficult for doctors to authorize medicinal cannabis for severe pain, reports Jeremy P. Mayer at The Denver Post. Voters could be asked to add a special tax onto medical marijuana, and there's even been some reckless talk about discontinuing medicinal cannabis altogether, lumping all cannabis sales into the recreational market.

"It is fluid," said Samn Kamin, a law professor at the University of Denver. "Everyone knew this was going to happen.

"This is the first-of-its-kind regulation," Kamin said. "We knew we weren't going to get everything right the first time."

Medical marijuana caregivers in Colorado may grow up to six plants for up to five patients, for a total of 30 plants, but some get a waiver to grow more. As of May, the state had about 5,000 registered caregivers.

A bill will be introduced in the Colorado Legislature next session to reduce the number of plants that caregivers can grow for their patients, and require the caregivers to go through a much more stringent approval process with state health officials.

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