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With the year of hard seltzer still fresh in our minds and younger generations of consumers moving away from alcohol, craft breweries are scrambling to expand their portfolios. Some are moving to cannabis, while others are making non-alcoholic drinks. One brewery has decided to focus on both, without the alcohol.

After Keith Villa left MolsonCoors in 2018, the creator of Blue Moon’s famous Belgian-white ale founded a cannabis-infused brewing company with his wife, Jodi. The two have planted their flag on the niche market in just over a year, releasing a Belgian-white, IPA and lager infused with THC, with the alcohol removed from the beers after the brewing process.

040418_chronicandcanvas_cox_008Jake Cox

Riding to dispensaries and cultivation tours on weed-friendly buses, learning how to cook edibles, and playing in dab-and-disc-golf tournaments have all been activities featured in our weekly Cannabis Calendar, but cannabis-friendly paint classes seem to have found the strongest footing since the state legalized the plant in 2012. Just like a boozy painting session, instructors use cannabis to help lubricate their students’ creativity, helping them find their inner Bob Ross by painting portraits, nature and plenty of happy trees.

After operating in private venues and gray areas for over six years, cannabis classes and tours are now receiving official licensing through local and state measures that recognize social pot consumption. But Keila Castillo already had it figured out: She runs her cannabis painting class out of the Coffee Joint, the only licensed pot lounge under Denver’s social consumption program.

_erb_art_and_drink_collins20190127_012 (1)Jacqueline Collins

Amendment 64, the ballot initiative that voters approved in 2012 to legalize recreational weed in Colorado, says that “marijuana should be regulated in a manner similar to alcohol,” but that hasn’t made the plant equal to alcohol in the eyes of many employers. At companies across Colorado, testing positive for marijuana is still legal grounds for dismissal, even if your employer acknowledges that you weren’t high on the job.

Over seven years after Coloradans legalized marijuana, state lawmakers may finally be ready to address the issue this year. Introduced by Representative Jovan Melton (D- Aurora), House Bill 1089 “prohibits an employer from terminating an employee” for “lawful off-duty activities,” even if those activities are illegal under federal law.

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Colorado cannabis brewery Ceria Brewing Company has added to its lineup of pot-infused barley pops with a new IPA.

Founded by Blue Moon creator Keith Villa in 2018, Ceria debuted in Colorado dispensaries with a Belgian-style white ale and followed it up with an American lager. The newest offering, Indiewave, provides a more hoppy kick for craft-beer fans looking for an alternative to alcohol, according to Villa.

terrapin-aurora-bud-bar-budtenderJacqueline Collins

Colorado marijuana dispensaries have set a new sales record for the sixth consecutive year, according to the state Department of Revenue.

Commercial pot sales accounted for just over $141 million in November, state data shows. That was good enough to put 2019’s overall sales total past $1.6 billion, breaking 2018’s record of approximately $1.55 billion…and there’s still one month of sales figures to add to the total.

loopr_pizza_and_pot_tour_collins20180722_020 (1)Jacqueline Collins

We’ve reached peak sniffle season in Colorado, when a third of your office mates sound like their sinuses are more clogged than the toilets at a Chipotle. And even though we’re not supposed to, many of us are still smoking cannabis and tobacco during these bouts with the flu, colds and other common contagions.

It’s usually a good idea to take a break from smoking while dealing with throat and respiratory issues, but people aren’t full of good ideas. To protect you and others from hacking germs all over each other during your next session, follow these six rules of cannabis use:

the_green_solution_collins20171215_008 (3)Jacqueline Collins

Colorado has allowed retail marijuana sales for over six years, but pot prices have yet to find their footing. Now, one dispensary chain says that it can guarantee a cheap price point for customers.

The Green Solution, Colorado’s largest dispensary chain, says it has produced a consistently cheap option through its new flower brand, Sunlit Farms. According to TGS, Sunlit Farms eighths start at $13.95, available in “pre-packaged whole bud value flower from both indoor and outdoor grows.”

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Another Denver marijuana dispensary was recently held up at gunpoint, adding to a list of unsolved pot shop robberies in the city.

Ascend Cannabis Company, located at 3555 South Yosemite Street, was robbed at approximately 9:30 p.m. on Friday, January 3, by a group of men with rifles, according to the Denver Police Department. It is the seventh reported robbery attempt at a Denver area dispensary since November, with stores owned by Native Roots, A Cut Above, Frosted Leaf, Green Man Cannabis, Green Heart (Aurora) and Cherry Peak (Glendale) all reporting robberies or attempts.

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