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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinJanuary 18, 20178min555

A bill creating a new misdemeanor offense for the illegal sale of marijuana through advertising in print or online passed its first legislative test Wednesday, Jan. 18. The state Senate Judiciary Committee approved Senate Bill 17-015, sponsored by Sen. Irene Aguilar, D-Denver, for consideration by the full Senate. The House sponsor is Rep. Dan Pabon, D-Denver.


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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinJanuary 11, 201714min354

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.


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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinDecember 28, 20169min425

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.


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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinDecember 26, 20163min426

The Colorado Municipal League has listed seven key issues it plans to focus its lobbying efforts on in the upcoming 71st General Assembly, which begins Jan. 11, 2017. In a Dec. 21 blog, Deputy Director Kevin Bommer noted that while the league does initiate some legislation to address issues on behalf of its 269 member cities and towns, most of its work is in reaction to bills introduced in the House and Senate.


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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinNovember 18, 20167min600

Monthly lobbyist financial reports required by the City and County of Denver, designed to help the public know who is lobbying City Council members on what issues, are commonly submitted with no reported expenditures, a review of the documents by the The Colorado Statesman has found. While no wrongdoing or rules violations is thought to have occurred, the city ordinance that regulates lobbyists by requiring registration and the reports does not identify specific oversight. Like many other areas of municipal and state regulations, it is basically a self-reporting arrangement that is only investigated upon complaint, according to Assistant City Attorney David Broadwell.