2015 Denver Cannabis Cup Review

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It’s time to stop calling the Cannabis Cup a “Cup”. The name implies the competition is inclusive and unbiased. Renaming the iconic meetup the ‘Cannabis Expo’ would more properly describe the nature of the yearly gathering. For you see, the winners of the Cannabis Cup simply bought their way to top honors. For the first time in 2015, High Times Magazine - chief owner and sponsor of the various Cannabis Cups around the nation, from Colorado to California - made that inherently clear. Even before the start of the 2015 Denver Cannabis Cup, there was unrest in the newly legalized cannabis community of Colorado. High Times was very exclusive in whom they chose for booths at their flagship event, leading many smaller dispensaries and cannabis products’ representatives looking to make…
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Marijuana and DUI in Denver: Still a Work in Progress

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When marijuana was legalized for recreational use in Denver, one of the greatest concerns was that it would lead to an increase in traffic accidents, injuries, and fatalities due to driving while impaired. Now, for the first time, the Colorado State Highway Patrol has released data related to DUI (Driving Under the Influence) or DUID (Driving Under the Influence of Drugs) citations. The good news so far is that traffic fatalities across Colorado fell during 2014, which surprised some experts. New Data from the Highway Patrol In its rather extensive annual report, the Colorado State Patrol revealed that more than 12% of the impaired driving citations that it issued in 2014 involved suspicion of marijuana use. In about half of those cases the authorities concluded that marijuana was the sole…
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Marijuana Moves Into Aurora

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Since recreational sales of marijuana kicked off in Aurora in October 2014, the city has seen a steady growth in sales tax revenues.  Preliminary numbers from November through January show increases every month as new stores have opened their doors.  There are now seven stores selling recreational marijuana in Aurora out of 23 that have been licensed across the six wards.  In November, with only two stores operating, $12,564 was earned in sales taxes.  By December, with four stores open, the number jumped to $36,320 and in January, with six stores in business, the number grew to $67,657. Gayle Jetchick, who is the executive director of the Havana Business Improvement District, thinks “Aurora did it right” with the rollout of recreational marijuana.  Along the Havana corridor, which is part of…
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Six Recreational Marijuana Dispensaries in Denver and What You Will Find There

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Since the passing of the Colorado state legislation in September of 2013, legalizing the purchase and possession of marijuana for non-card holding adults, new marijuana dispensaries are popping up all over the place. In fact, approximately $700 million worth of recreational marijuana was sold in Colorado last year, the first full year that the law was in effect. If you enjoy the occasional date with Mary Jane, you might find yourself a bit overwhelmed with the array of choices. Walking into one of these places, with countless strains and methods of consumption available, can be a bit overwhelming to a novice. How should you pick which business to lend your support? Well, the answer to that somewhat depends on your preferred method of delivery. How do you like to reap…
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Denver Marijuana Prices Should Remain Steady in 2015

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Legalization of recreational marijuana use and sale in Denver has had a profound economic impact on the Mile High City, and much of that has been felt in terms of pricing for pot for personal recreational consumption. A decade ago, for example, an ounce of top-quality illegal weed could be bought on the streets of Denver for about $350. Then prices fell about 15 percent about five years ago, a change that was precipitated by the advent of medical marijuana dispensaries. Since people could buy legal pot for medical reasons the black market demand shrank and dealers in the black market had to lower their prices. Once weed became legal for recreational use in Denver, black market prices suffered a very significant hit and virtually collapsed. [table id=2 /] Weed…
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