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Last week, the DEA and the IRS, aided by local officers, conducted raids on multiple marijuana businesses in Denver and Boulder.
While the feds haven’t shared many details of these actions, info has surfaced about a potential link to Juan Guardarrama, aka “Tony Montana, a Miami con who, until recently, held a Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division license. Nonetheless, Colorado NORML thinks the timing of the raids is suspect. Denver Westword has the followup coverage.

He’s 50 and a father of seven.
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Bernard Noble, a Louisiana man serving 13 years for possessing two joints had his sentence reduced to eight years. He may be out in two.

In Michigan, MED patient fees fund marijuana enforcement including raid equipment.

Outgoing Vermont governor Peter Shumlin (D) offered to pardon anyone convicted for possessing up to an ounce. He supported an unsuccessful effort to legalize REC through the state legislature.

In Rolling Stone, the activist and rapper Killer Mike writes on how to bring more African-Americans into the industry. For more, see my story in California Sunday.

The NFL may be warming to MED. Switzerland too may be loosening up.

Ozy talks to a combat veteran who now grows cannabis. A dispensary in Massachusetts is giving away free seeds.

Joe Dolce’s new book “ Brave New Weed” gets a fond review by Matt Taibbi in the New York Times.

Boulder Weekly published a piece called “ Marijuana and the Thinking Teenager.

Canadian dispensary chain Cannabis Culture opened an illegal store in Montreal and gave away “ free nugs” to an approving crowd.

The L.A. Times went to the Emerald Cup in Sonoma County. It contrasts the revelers against, “a panel of entirely sober government officials [who]discussed the ramifications of marijuana legalization, California’s complex and evolving regulatory structure, and tried to answer questions about the future of the cannabis industry that seem, at this point, unanswerable.” The piece has many more great descriptions. Read the whole thing.

Some parents are upset that Amazon is sells children’s pot-leaf leggings. (I recently saw a pair, for adults, on sale in Aspen for $75.)

Now there’s CBD-infused water.

Social network MassRoots acquired online ordering platform Whaxy.

Mic put out an update on the state of cannabis investing.

Arrests for possession are ongoing even in legal states.

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A study from the ACLU and Human Rights Watch found that more people are arrested for pot possession in the U.S. than for all violent crimes combined. See the report here.
Arizona’s REC debate has led to questions about how drug smugglers would adapt. REC supporters say traffickers will lose business. Opponents say they’ll switch to selling heroin and crystal meth.

The company applied to trade on NASDAQ earlier this year but was rejected.

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Social network MassRoots, defaulted on almost $1 million in debt payments and laid off about 40% of its staff, according to SEC filings. This week Chairman and CEO Isaac Dietrich, wrote an upbeat letter to shareholders that did not reference either setback. The company has raised more than $5 million.

How important is pot to Colorado tourism? “It is the elephant in the room,” said Cathy Ritter, the new state tourism head, who moved here from Illinois, shortly after she started in January. “Everyone does want to know about the impact of marijuana in Colorado.”

Author Mindy Sink wrote her first Moon Denver guide back in 2008, when the green rush to Colorado was just beginning. The third edition came out last month, and the fact that Moon Denverhas expanded to include Boulder, Colorado Springs and Fort Collins isn’t the only new twist. The subjects covered have expanded, too, with dispensaries added to the more standard tourist recommendations for sights, restaurants, nightlife and accommodations. That makes it the “first general-interest travel guide to be published with marijuana tourism included,” according to the publisher, Avalon Travel.

Govs. John Hickenlooper of Colorado and Jay Inslee of Washington state cosigned a letter yesterday to federal bank officials urging them to allow for banks to take marijuana-related accounts in states where cannabis sales have been legalized.
Without banks to take their money, medical marijuana dispensaries have been forced into a cash-only situation that leaves them with stacks of cash and makes them targets for robberies. That was the case in July when robbers at a Bakersfield, Calif. medical marijuana center killed two employees.

These synthetic smokables do not resemble marijuana.

Stephane Colbert says her 19-year-old son died in 2011, allegedly after he smoked a synthetic, lab-made c compound called “Mr. Smiley” that many news outlets are calling “synthetic marijuana”..
Synthetic weed was banned federally in May of 2011 but Nicholas Colbert still was able to purchase some of the stuff in September of that year from a neighborhood Kwik Stop in the Springs.

​Medical marijuana dispensaries looking for more professional respect would like to see a “responsible medical marijuana vendor” designation currently being considered in the Colorado Senate.

The designation would give dispensary owners the option of training employees similarly to that already available for the liquor business, reports the Associated Press.
Employees would be trained in handling cannabis and identifying medical marijuana patient IDs. Dispensaries which give “responsible vendor” training to all their employees could get a break if they face state sanctions for a regulatory misstep later.


​​The love affair between pizza and marijuana is no secret, so Denver-based Sexy Pizza thought it would use this culinary romance to raise funds for a group of law enforcement officials dedicated to reforming failed drug policies in America.

Sexy Pizza has created the “LEAP Pizza,” a Hawaiian-style pie with Canadian bacon, pineapple and mozzarella cheese, which will benefit Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP). In tribute to these brave cops who stand dedicated to the marijuana reform movement, Sexy Pizza said it will donate $1 from the purchase of each “LEAP Pizza” to their organization.

Toke Daily Deals
$20 of merchandise for $10? Count me in.

​Denver Westword, an alternative weekly owned by Toke of the Town‘s parent company, Village Voice Media, has launched a dispensary promotion called Toke Daily Deals through which medical marijuana patients can receive discounted medicine.

Toke Daily Deals works like this,” Westword tells us. “We email you one terrific deal on the best dispensaries in your city. If you’re interested, you buy the deal. If you’re not, you don’t.”
Simple enough, eh?
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