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Federal prosecutor says state law a factor in Colorado marijuana case

By John Ingold The Denver Post   The federal prosecutor who handles marijuana crimes in Colorado said in court Friday that she paid deference to state law initially when deciding whether to file criminal charges against a medical-marijuana dispensary manager. The revelation came when Assistant U.S. Attorney M.J. Menendez was talking about a June 2011 […]

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Effort building to change U.S. pot laws

  SEATTLE (AP) — An effort is building in Congress to change U.S. marijuana laws, including moves to legalize the industrial production of hemp and establish a federal pot tax. Lawmakers from both parties have been quietly working on several bills, the first of which Democratic Reps. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon and Jared Polis of […]

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Medical marijuana businesses thrive under Colorado’s tough rules

Credit: KING 5 News by JOE FRYER / KING 5 News DENVER — Of all the bakeries in Denver, Lexi Yurkovsky never expected to end up at Dixie Elixirs and Edibles after earning her Bachelors’ degree in culinary nutrition. “Definitely not,” she said with a laugh. “I thought I’d be working in a restaurant or […]

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Medical Marijuana: Will Colorado’s “green rush” last? – 60 Minutes

The following is a script from “Rocky Mountain High” which aired on Oct. 21, 2012. Steve Kroft is the correspondent. L. Franklin Devine, producer. When people go to the polls two weeks from now they won’t just be voting for candidates, in some states, they’ll be passing judgment on social issues. In Oregon, Washington and […]

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Letter To- John Suthers (Attorney General State of Colorado) From- John Walsh (United States Attorney District of Colorado)

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Nearly 100 Pot Dispensaries Violating New Law

DENVER (CBS4) – The state says nearly 100 medical marijuana dispensaries are believed to be violating Colorado’s new law. That figure represents about 12 percent of the 800 dispensaries that have applied for licenses. Agents from the new Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division fanned out across the state over the weekend in an effort to keep a […]

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Colorado wrestles with pot rules – State would be first to regulate marijuana for health and safety

By Kristen Wyatt Associated Press DENVER – What’s in that joint, and how can you be sure it’s safe? Colorado is working toward becoming the first state to regulate production of medical marijuana. Regulators say marijuana consumers deserve to know what they’re smoking, and producers should have safety regulations such as pesticide limits for plants […]

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Colorado official works to regulate, legitimize medical marijuana industry

By Michael W. Savage Washington Post Staff Writer DENVER — When Matt Cook was coaxed out of early retirement to become Colorado’s chief revenue enforcer three years ago, he assumed his time would be spent overseeing the casinos, liquor stores and car dealerships he had been keeping an eye on for much of his career. […]

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Memorandum for Selected United State Attorneys on Investigations and Prosecutions in States Authorizing the Medical Use of Marijuana

Today Attorney General Eric Holder announced formal guidelines for federal prosecutors in states that have enacted laws authorizing the use of marijuana for medical purposes. Those guidelines are contained in a memo from Deputy Attorney General David W. Ogden which was sent  to United States Attorneys this morning. The text of this memo is provided […]

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