recreational marijuana

New real estate specialty
1:30 pm
Sat November 15, 2014

Indoor land boom for marijuana farming

In Colorado, laws require marijuana to be grown in indoor facilities, like this one in Denver.
Credit Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media

The showing starts inside an empty office building, the kind you’d see in any humdrum workplace sitcom, stripped of its cubicles and ceiling tiles, leaving just a bare, dusty shell.

Jason Thomas with Avalon Realty Advisors, a commercial real estate firm that deals with the marijuana industry’s entrepreneurs, shows off the building’s features: a fully operational HVAC system, fire sprinklers, heavy duty warehouse doors, equipped with locks.

It’s a blank slate for a marijuana grower, ready to be outfitted with thousands of lights and complex water delivery systems.

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Still a murky field
8:01 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Hemp growing returns after 44 year ban

At Centennial Seeds in Lafayette, Colo., Ben Holmes is testing hemp varieties. Holmes made his name distributing and breeding strains of medical and recreational marijuana, but recently has become a prominent figure in Colorado’s fledgling hemp industry.
Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media

A handful of farmers are set to plant the country’s first hemp crop in decades, despite federal regulations that tightly restrict the plant’s cultivation.

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Marijuana in Colorado
8:15 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Developing pot industry in Colorado causes regulations to adjust

A medical dispensary in Denver.
Credit CPR / Irvin Coffee

Do federal regulations allow banks to deal with marijuana dispensaries? And how high is too high to drive?

These are two of the questions pressed by a developing recreational marijuana industry in Colorado.

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Marijuana in Colorado
8:01 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Colorado creates food safety system to regulate marijuana industry

A marijuana plant glows purple under grow lights at 3D Cannabis Center in Denver, Colo.
Credit Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media

Colorado made history when it opened up licensed marijuana retail shops this year. Aside from just legalizing the purchase of smoke-able marijuana, it also means pot brownies have the potential to be big business. Food products infused with marijuana’s psychoactive ingredient, THC, are available in stores across the state.

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Colorado State Government
8:00 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

An Overview of Colorado’s Recreational Pot Market

Credit thecommonvision.org

Colorado is the first jurisdiction anywhere in the world to have a legal, regulated marked for recreational marijuana.  20 other states, and Washington, DC, allow the use of medical marijuana, but how does Colorado’s marijuana market function?  The Economist explains:

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Election 2014
8:00 pm
Sun January 12, 2014

Is the Third Time a Charm in Kinky Friedman’s Bid for Office?

Kinky Friedman
Credit Todd Wiseman / texastribune.org

Kinky Friedman, singer, humorist, novelist, and hawker of tequila, is trying to the third time to add “elected official” to the list.  The 69 year old has tossed his black cowboy hat into the ring to become agriculture commissioner according to an article in the Texas Tribune.

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November 2013
8:00 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Colorado:Election Results 2013

Madeline Doak, 18, a student election judge, collected ballots in Denver. Taxes and marijuana were up for statewide votes.
Credit Matthew Staver / nytimes.com

Colorado voters said no to a tax increase that promised smaller class sizes, all-day kindergarten, and smarter education spending.  It was one of the most sweeping school-financing measures in the nation this year, according to The New York Times.  

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