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1.) 21 indicted in Colorado in connection with international black market marijuana and money laundering scheme

Federal and local law enforcement on Thursday announced the takedown of a black market marijuana and money laundering scheme in Colorado -- an operation comprising 21 individuals growing millions of dollars worth of illicit pot across metro Denver and funneling their profits back to China through social media apps.

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2.) Pride Month: Celebrating ties between California's cannabis and LGBTQ movements

Forty years after start of AIDS epidemic triggered fight for medical marijuana access, LGBTQ community remains at forefront of cannabis activism.

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4.) Colorado's legislative session is wrapping up. Here's what lawmakers are passing.

Transportation is one of several major bills headed to the finish line in the Colorado legislature before the session ends.

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5.) Amazon will stop marijuana drug testing for many job applicants

Amazon will no longer test many prospective employees for marijuana use prior to employment, as more states where the company operates continue to legalize the plant.

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6.) Marijuana regulation bill overwhelmingly passes in Colorado House

The state's most substantial marijuana-regulation policy since legalization cleared the Colorado House on Thursday. It would restrict teens' access to high-THC products and tighten rules for medical marijuana.

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7.) California man stranded in Mexico after admitting marijuana use reunites with with family

It took almost two years for Jose Palomar to be allowed back in the U.S. and be reunited with his wife and four children.

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8.) Denver to issue new cannabis business licenses but not in some neighborhoods

Denver begins accepting new applications for cannabis business licenses next month -- but not for certain neighborhoods.

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9.) DA: Hyde Park man held without bail in connection with the killing of a man who went to buy pot from him

A Hyde Park man accused of murdering a man who tried to buy marijuana from him last year was ordered held without bail Monday.

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10.) Social equity in marijuana industry still largely pipe dream

Terrence Hewing was working for a package delivery company in 2007 when police approached his cargo van in suburban Denver.

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11.) Boston pot supermarket given green light, may open this week

One of the country's biggest legal marijuana companies is ready to open a pot supermarket in downtown Boston -- possibly as soon as later this week, the Herald has learned.

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12.) Cannabis industry says access to banking services 'can't happen soon enough'

Cannabis industry insiders say a push by federal lawmakers to allow banks to provide services to pot shops in states where they are legal "can't happen soon enough."

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13.) Staff favorites: DANK Dispensary is the only place I'm visiting during 420 week

As we celebrate 4/20 this week, consider hitting up Northeast Denver's DANK Dispensary, which sells great local products at good prices with excellent customer service

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14.) System crash snarls dispensary sales on 4/20, the biggest marijuana holiday of the year

A point-of-sale system powering Colorado dispensaries went down Tuesday on the biggest marijuana holiday of the year.

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15.) Vicente: This 4/20 celebrate that marijuana businesses and their employees are now "essential"

For decades, April 20 has been recognized as an unofficial marijuana holiday in Colorado and around the country. While this year’s “4/20” may not be marked by large public rallies or concerts due to enduring COVID-19 safety restrictions, there are plenty of reasons for the cannabis community to celebrate – including recent legalization announcements in New Mexico, New York, and Virginia – and for cannabis industry workers to be recognized.

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16.) U.S. House again passes Colorado congressman's marijuana banking bill

The SAFE Banking Act has been introduced every Congress since 2013 by Rep. Ed Perlmutter. On Monday, the House passed the bill that would allow credit unions and banks to work with cannabis companies, but the Senate will be the true test.

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18.) Letters: Not very neighborly, Wyoming (4/15/21)

Not very neighborly
Re: “Wyoming aims to protect coal,” April 14 news story

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19.) "Chopped 420" pushes Denver chefs to the forefront of cannabis cooking

Denver chefs are among the contestants on "Chopped 420," a cannabis-centric spinoff of the legendary cooking competition hosted by comic and actor Ron Funches, debuting for streaming on Discovery+ on Tuesday April 20

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20.) 10 ways to celebrate 4/20 in Colorado, including free food, virtual events and more

Get lit this April 20th with virtual smoke parties, cannabis recipes, dispensary deals, free food truck meals for your munchies and more.

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21.) Fullerton hires part-time staffer to weed out unlicensed cannabis businesses

Having someone dedicated to the task – who can issue citations daily instead of once a week – may prove more successful, and would likely speed up the process, officials said.

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22.) Steve Fox, who helped legalize marijuana in Colorado, has died at 53

Steve Fox spearheaded legalizing recreational marijuana in Colorado in 2012 and helped give rise to the massive legal cannabis industry in the state and across the country.

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23.) Planet 13 hiring 250 ahead of cannabis superstore's debut in Santa Ana

Planet 13 hopes to fill the Orange County positions by July when the superstore is slated to open.

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24.) Denver could soon allow weed delivery, plus more recreational shops and consumption clubs

Denver's marijuana industry would change with proposals to allow weed delivery, cannabis lounges and lift the cap on the number of recreational dispensaries in town, as well as push for equity.

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25.) Pot regulators launching online catalog of marijuana products

The Cannabis Control Commission is launching an online catalog of the myriad marijuana products available at the state’s pot shops and dispensaries to help cops, parents and regulators alike tell the difference between what’s legal, and what’s not.

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