New Colorado Marijuana Laws in Effect for 2020

New 2020 Colorado marijuana laws taking effect in January will see marijuana hospitality establishments and medical marijuana delivery becoming a reality for the Centennial State. Governor Jared Polis signed House Bill 1230 to regulate the social consumption of marijuana stating, “Up until this bill, there’s been no way to have safe public consumption”. Colorado marijuana dispensaries can now apply for an on-site tasting room license comparable to the one local breweries use. Other businesses such as restaurants, music venues, art galleries, hotels, yoga studios and more can apply for private consumption licenses and limited pot sales. The new law also […]

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Out of State Investors Now Able to Join Colorado Cannabis Industry

People and companies interested in Colorado marijuana investing can now join the Colorado cannabis industry, whether they are located in the state or not. Former Governor John Hickenlooper vetoed similar legislation in 2018, but a bill was signed in May 2019 that will allow outside investors to infuse cash into the Colorado marijuana market as of November 1st. Some investors wasted no time jumping in. Within the first month of this law taking effect, cannabis consulting firm Medicine Man Technologies out of Denver announced more than $300 million in acquisitions, including a chain of local dispensaries known as Strawberry Fields. […]

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Medical Marijuana for Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a complex eye condition in which the optic nerve becomes damaged over time. This serious medical condition can reduce peripheral vision and lead to blindness if untreated. Glaucoma is characterized by elevated pressure within the eye; this elevated eye pressure (intraocular pressure or IOP) can be relieved by cannabis use, but the benefits are short lived. The American Glaucoma Society, American Academy of Ophthalmology, and the Canadian Ophthalmological Society do not recommend marijuana or other cannabis products for glaucoma. Since effective treatment of this eye condition requires constant management of IOP, marijuana is not a viable option, as […]

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Corporate Gentrification: New Obstacle for the Cannabis Industry

In May of 2019, Colorado state governor and entrepreneur, Jared Polis, participated in the 72nd General Assembly alongside his fellow legislators. Taking the major forum as an opportunity to establish himself and his political stances, Polis, as well as his party members, made it a point to deliver on promises of change via new and impactful legislation. In this effort, Polis addressed and ratified laws pertaining to a wide variety of state issues, ranging from early education to LGBT+ issues to the structure of the cannabis trade. Among Polis’ new array of legislation, one bill, in particular, is sure to […]

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England and Wales to Allow Cannabis-Based Medicine

November 2019 saw another landmark decision in MMJ legalization when the National Health Service gave the green light to cannabis-based medicine in England and Wales. Northern Ireland will consider the issue on a case by case basis, while Scotland will adhere to its own system. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), which provides guidance on health care matters in the United Kingdom, outlined the parameters for when such treatment would be appropriate. The pertinent medical conditions include childhood epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and chemotherapy-induced vomiting and nausea. According to the new guidelines, the initial cannabis prescription must be […]

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Colorado Courts Deciding Details of Restricting MMJ use While on Probation

In 2015, House Bill 15-1267 was passed allowing medical marijuana patients the right to use MMJ on probation in Colorado, if the crime committed was not related to marijuana. Prior to the passing of this law, medical marijuana patients faced a difficult choice; give up their MMJ doctor’s recommended cannabis treatment or face a probation violation. The new law was supposed to provide a black and white answer on the question of using medical marijuana on probation in Colorado, but in the intervening years the issue has become unclear, with questions and arguments over the burden of proof required, as […]

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How to get a medical marijuana card in Colorado

There are several steps involved in getting a medical marijuana card in Colorado, and with the Medical Alternatives Clinics team by your side, we make the process fast and easy. Overall, there are 4 general steps in the process: Check if you qualify See a licensed physician Submit your application online Print your card! Below are the details behind each step.   Step 1 – Check if you qualify Colorado recognizes the following conditions as qualifying: Cancer Glaucoma HIV or AIDS Cachexia Persistent muscle spasms Seizures Severe nausea Severe pain Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) An Autism Spectrum Disorder Any […]

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Colorado MMJ Laws to See Big Change in November 2019

Some exciting changes in Colorado MMJ laws are right around the corner for the medical marijuana patient living in Colorado. Beginning November 14, 2019, laws which were passed earlier in the year and officially approved by the Board of Health on September 18 will go into effect, marking major changes in the state’s cannabis industry. As noted in a previous blog, the year 2017 saw 3.7 million opioid prescriptions written in Colorado, with 1,635 prescription opioid-related deaths between 2013 and 2017. Colorado averaged a drug overdose death every 9 hours in 2017, with more than half attributed to opioid use. […]

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House Passes Bill Allowing Marijuana Businesses Access to Banking

Up to now, dispensaries and other marijuana businesses have not had an easy time when it comes to banking, being limited to relying on a small handful of financial institutions or turning to a strictly cash only format. That’s all about to change, however, with the Secure and Fair Enforcement (S.A.F.E.) Banking Act of 2019, officially known as H.R. 1595. This bill offers protection to anyone involved in the cannabis industry, both banks and businesses. Dispensary owners will now have access to traditional banking services including loans and lines of credit, and banks are protected from prosecution for handling monies […]

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Medical Marijuana Terms for New Users

When you are a first time medical marijuana patient it can be daunting to know what to ask for in a dispensary. The myriad of different terms familiar to a seasoned marijuana user might seem like a foreign language to you, and it can be confusing to sort out all the pertinent terminology. We understand, and that’s why our medical marijuana doctors in Colorado Springs compiled a list of common terms and their meanings to help you find your way in this new and exciting field. Glossary of Marijuana Terms Let’s start with cannabinoids. What are they and what do […]

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