Brian HeubergerBrian HeubergerMarch 22, 20176min71153

Attorney General Jeff Sessions told reporters March 6 from the Department of Justice that he thinks there is “real violence” behind the use of recreational marijuana, but Colorado’s marijuana advocates and others across the country are using state and local-level data to push back on Trump administration claims that legalizing marijuana somehow increases crime rates." Sessions also told reporters he had a meeting the same day with the attorney general of Nebraska, who has expressed concerns about marijuana being transported from Colorado into Nebraska.


Brian HeubergerBrian HeubergerMarch 15, 201710min6092

With U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions hinting that the Trump administration might intensify the enforcement of federal marijuana laws, Colorado leaders from both sides of the aisle have come to the defense of the state’s legal marijuana industry in an uncommon show of solidarity in what many consider to be divisive political times of unmatched proportion. High-level Colorado politicians like Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner and Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper have both publicly defended what has become a lucrative recreational marijuana industry for the state.


Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinJanuary 11, 201714min361

Denver's recreational marijuana dispensaries want to be able to stay open later than 7 p.m. and have asked the City Council to extend their hours to as late as midnight. Currently, recreational and medical marijuana businesses operate from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., shorter hours than all the city's surrounding communities, Kristi Kelly, director of the Marijuana Industry Group, said at the council's Special Issues: Marijuana Committee meeting Monday, Jan. 9. Kelly noted Edgewater, Aurora and Glendale allow marijuana dispensaries in their jurisdictions to stay open until either 10 p.m. or midnight.


Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinDecember 28, 20169min429

Cracking down on the black and "grey" marijuana markets in Colorado is needed and supported by both the state's legal marijuana industry and state regulators, a Denver City Council committee was recently told. Kristi Kelly, interim executive director of the Marijuana Industry Group, told the Special Issues Committee that regulation of medical and recreational marijuana in Colorado is "incredibly complicated, with regulated and non-regulated sources." "Where the problems come in are with the non-licensed medical caregivers and Amendment 64 home grows," she said. "They're regulated, but people abuse the system" to create a so-called "grey" market of suppliers.