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Denver: First U.S. City to Allow Public Cannabis Use

Denver is one step closer to setting guidelines for public marijuana use in clubs and businesses located in Denver. The initiative, passed by voters in November, allows adults 21 and older to consume cannabis at marijuana clubs and places like yoga studios, art galleries, and coffee shops.

Regulators met with business owners, cannabis activists and detractors, and law enforcement authorities on Wednesday to hammer out details about what’s ahead for social cannabis use. Aside from the 21-and-up age restriction and a ban on smoking indoors, the initiative didn’t set rules for how these businesses operate.

So, what can you expect social cannabis use in Denver to look like? Here’s what we know so far:

  • Licenses for social cannabis use will cost $2,000 per year. Applications are available on January 20, but it’s worth noting that the city has no deadline for issuing the licenses. Supporters hope to see the first application approvals by this summer.
     
  • Forget about bringing your marijuana to restaurants or any business that serves booze–the state Liquor Control Board has already decided that businesses with a liquor license will not be allowed to apply for a social cannabis use license.
     
  • Social use clubs or venues will be strictly bring-your-own weed. Marijuana businesses, including dispensaries, will not be allowed to apply to the program.
     
  • Denver hasn’t set any zoning rules yet, but businesses interested in applying for a permit from the City of Denver must also have approval from their local neighborhood association or business group.
     
  • Tourists may have to depend on locals to direct them to pot bars, as advertising will likely be limited.
     
  • The initiative is a pilot program meant to last four years, until the end of 2020. At that point, City Council has the option of making changes, making it permanent, or allowing it to expire.

First Recreational Cannabis Shops to Open in Anchorage

Anchorage, Alaska’s most populous city, will finally see its first retail marijuana shops open for business on December 17.

The state’s first dispensary opened October 29 in Valdez, nearly two years after Alaskans voted to legalize recreational cannabis sales. Dispensaries have been popping up around Alaska, but unlike other cities, Anchorage requires marijuana business applications to be certified by the state.

So far, only a few of dispensaries have passed final inspections and received the go-ahead from the state. One of the biggest hurdles for dispensary owners has been meeting building compliance codes. Under Alaska’s so-called “Title 21” rules, properties going through a change of use must be physically improved to meet modern standards.

“We have to come up to compliance, and it’s costing a lot of money to make sure that we have enough parking, snow removal, gates around our dumpsters and those kinds of things,” Jane Stinson, co-owner of Enlighten Alaska, told the Alaska Public Radio Network.

Erika McConnell, marijuana coordinator with the Municipality of Anchorage, isn’t blind to the difficulties facing business owners looking to open marijuana shops.

“I certainly have compassion for people who are pouring their life savings into opening their business,” McConnell said. “We are trying our best to keep the process moving and resolve any issues without putting up road blocks.”

“They can’t get finances from banks, can’t get investments from out of state, from larger companies, (so) they presumably don’t have very much capital available to them,” McConnell said. “So they have to look for these properties that are older, or vacant or less well-kept-up.”

A handful of retail pot shops are opening throughout the month, with more expected next year.

Cheeky Monkey™: A Concept for Any State’s Cannabis Industry

cheeky-monkey-cannabis-2016With all the uncertainty in the cannabis industry after the elections, I felt it was a good time to explain why Cheeky Monkey™ is the answer for any regulatory situation.

First let me say, the cannabis genie is out of the bottle. There is no way the Federal government can put it back.

Granted they can stifle, delay, hinder, and persecute the cannabis industry, but they will not destroy it again. Not with over 60% of the population agreeing that cannabis needs to be legalized in one form or another.

So, what is an investor to do during all the uncertainty and still make money and enter this new green rush in the United States?

This is where Cheeky Monkey™ has developed a concept to account for regulatory issues and even full cannabis repeal.

There will always be cannabis consumers. Whether they get it from the black market or a legal and healthy market like the one in Colorado. For several decades’ smoke shops have been thriving in all 50 states catering to the cannabis culture.

A non-cannabis Cheeky Monkey™ LoungeStore™ has a wide range of revenue generating products that are legal in all 50 states. We take the cannabis smoking culture and brings it into one place where those who enjoy cannabis, vaping, coffee, and the culture can share without guilt or shame the community of cannabis in an elegant location.

A Cheeky Monkey™ LoungeStore™ can be set up in any state and most countries and begin to generate revenue immediately. Once cannabis is legal, the LoungeStore™ owner can apply for and begin selling cannabis. Unlike most cannabis business models, there is no fear of months or even years of non-revenue generation while regulation and policy are in place.

So how do you reduce risk and get an early start on the booming cannabis industry?

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Supreme Court Denies Suit Against Colorado Marijuana Laws

marijuana-bankingBy a 6-2 majority, the Supreme Court has declined to hear a suit filed by Nebraska and Oklahoma against Colorado. Two conservative justices, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito, said they would have heard the case.

Legal proceedings began after Colorado legalized marijuana for recreational use in 2014. Nebraska and Oklahoma cited the federal Controlled Substances Act (CSA), saying that marijuana can’t be
regulated at the state level. Additionally, the two states claimed that marijuana purchased in Colorado and brought over state lines was a burden on law enforcement and their criminal justice systems, as well as a danger to the health and safety of children.

“This was a meritless lawsuit, and the court made the right decision,” Mason Tvert of the pro-legalization Marijuana Policy Project said. “States have every right to regulate the cultivation and sale of marijuana, just as Nebraska and Oklahoma have the right to maintain their failed prohibition policies. Colorado has done more to control marijuana than just about any other state in the nation.”

Randy Barnett, an attorney who litigated a Supreme Court case exploring the limits of the CSA, claimed that, “Congress has no power to compel states to prohibit the cultivation, possession and transfer of marijuana. In the absence of such state prohibition, all such activities are completely legal under state law, notwithstanding that they are illegal under federal law,” he wrote last year.

America’s First Cannabis Resort Opens in Colorado

budandbreakfastCannabis has been legal in Colorado since 2012, but options for tourists looking for a place to light up are still relatively hard to find. Consumption laws in the state prohibit smoking cannabis openly or publicly–making lighting up in parks, music venues, bars, or basically any place with people, illegal. However, hotels and bed and breakfasts in the state are allowed to choose whether or not guests can consume marijuana on the premises, though most hotels have opted to ban any type of smoking.

One pot-friendly exception in the Colorado hospitality industry is the MaryJane Group. Founded in 2014 by Joel Schneider, the company bills itself as the “leader and creator of the canna-lifestyle hospitality sector.” MaryJane already owns a successful chain of pot-friendly B&Bs in the state, with locations in Denver, Silverthorne, and Colorado Springs.

On Friday, the company announced plans to open the country’s first cannabis resort. Camp Bud+Breakfast at Aspen Canyon Ranch, a 414 acre all-inclusive getaway in Parshall, Colorado, will open for this year’s summer season, July 1 – September 30.

From the MaryJane Group’s press release:

Located in the Rocky Mountains approximately 1.5 hours from downtown Denver and within 25 minutes of the Bud+Breakfast at Silverthorne location, the ranch is near some of the state’s most beloved outdoor destinations, The resort combines recreational marijuana use and education with a traditional ranch experience to create the country’s first-ever cannabis resort.

Guests will enjoy renowned Bud+Breakfast dishes throughout the day including “Wake and Bake Breakfast,” “420” Happy Hour, dinner and late night dessert. Complimentary drinks including soda, water, beer and wine will also be available to guests throughout their stay. Guests will also enjoy unlimited access to equipment and guides for outdoor activities, plus arts and wellness classes like Canvas and Cannabis and Cannabis Yoga. The resort will offer a variety of courses, workshops and interactive learning series focused on cannabis-related sciences, cultivation and pairings. Sessions will be led by a respected group of pharmacologic cannabis pioneers, wellness coaches, yogis, culinary wizards and dispensary owners. Camp Bud+Breakfast at Aspen Canyon Ranch, which is situated on the Williams Fork River, has hot tubs, nightly entertainment and recreational activities such as bocce, river tubing, fly fishing, horseshoes and beach volleyball, and provides daily shuttles to lakes and hot springs within 20 minutes of the property and shuttles to and from Silverthorne, Colorado. For an additional fee, guests can go on horseback riding and ATV tours.

Camp Bud+Breakfast Resort will begin accepting reservations on March 15.

Check out more marijuana-friendly hotel options at https://www.coloradopotguide.com/marijuana-friendly-hotels.

Presidential Candidates Weigh in on Marijuana

white-house-cannabisBoth marijuana and the political race have dominated the news in recent months, and the outcome of the presidential election could have a huge impact on marijuana policy nationwide. Democrats and Republicans have widely different positions on medical and recreational cannabis. The Marijuana Policy Project has published the candidates’ positions and on-the-record statements, summarized here:

Democrats:

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (D)

In November 2015, Senator Sanders proposed legislation that would allow states to regulate marijuana like alcohol and tobacco. He has expressed concern regarding marijuana incarceration rates: “Someone in the United States is arrested every minute on marijuana charges. Too many Americans have seen their lives destroyed because they have criminal records as a result of marijuana use. That’s wrong. That has got to change.”

The proposed legislation would remove marijuana from federal drug schedules, and marijuana businesses would have access to banking and standard tax deductions.

“Bernie favors removing marijuana from the list of controlled substances regulated by federal law. Under Bernie’s proposal, people in states which legalize marijuana no longer would be subject to federal prosecution for using pot. Owners of stores that sell marijuana could fully participate in the banking system, like any other business.”

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D)

Secretary Clinton supports reclassifying marijuana from Schedule I to Schedule II, which would finally allow broader scientific research. She does not support incarceration for marijuana use or possession. Clinton has not taken a clear position on recreational marijuana laws, saying that she wants to wait and see what happens in states that have legalized it.

“I think that we have the opportunity through the states that are pursuing recreational marijuana to find out a lot more than we know today. I do support the use of medical marijuana, and I think even there we need to do a lot more research so that we know exactly how we’re going to help people for whom medical marijuana provides relief.”

Republicans:

Donald Trump (R)

TV personality and businessman Donald Trump has changed his position on marijuana since 1990, when he supported legalizing all drugs. He supports medical marijuana and states’ rights in constructing marijuana policies. He does not support legalizing marijuana for adult recreational use.

In June 2015, Trump said, “I’d say [regulating marijuana] is bad. Medical marijuana is another thing, but I think it’s bad and I feel strongly about that. [Moderator: “What about the states’ right aspect of it?”] If they vote for it, they vote for it… But I think, medical marijuana, 100%.”

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R)

Senator Cruz has previously criticized President Obama for not enforcing federal law after Colorado and Washington approved recreational marijuana use. In more recent months, he’s come out in favor of states’ rights, although he does not support drug legalization.

“That’s a legitimate question for the states to make a determination. And the citizens of Colorado and Washington State have come to a different conclusion. They’ve decided that they want to legalize it. I think it is appropriate for the federal government to recognize that the citizens of those states have made that decision. One of the benefits of it … is we can now watch and see what happens in Colorado and Washington State.”

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R)

Senator Marco Rubio does not support legalization of recreational or medical marijuana. In February 2016, he said, “There’s no positive impact to using marijuana,” and that if there are any medical benefits it should be taken to the FDA for approval. In a July 2014 interview, Senator Rubio said, “If there are medicinal uses of marijuana that don’t have the elements that are mind-altering or create the high but do alleviate whatever condition it may be they are trying to alleviate, that is something I would be open to.”

He believes that the federal government should enforce drug laws, even in states that have legalized marijuana. When asked if he would enforce federal law and shut down regulation in Colorado:

“Yes. Yes, I think, well, I think we need to enforce our federal laws. Now do states have a right to do what they want? They don’t agree with it, but they have their rights. But they don’t have a right to write federal policy as well. It is, I don’t believe we should be in the business of legalizing additional intoxicants in this country for the primary reason that when you legalize something, what you’re sending a message to young people is it can’t be that bad, because if it was that bad, it wouldn’t be legal.”

Governor John Kasich (R)

Ohio Governor John Kaisch is “totally opposed” to medical and recreational marijuana.

When asked about states that have adopted laws making marijuana legal for adults: “The people in those states have voted that way. The federal government has decided to kind of look the other way. I feel very strongly in my state, I’m going to oppose, and they’re going to put something on the ballot to legalize drugs. I’m totally opposed to it, because it is a scourge in this country. Now I would have to give it thought as to, I probably would not from the standpoint that the states have gone forward to prove that. I haven’t thought about this. I’d have to give it a little thought. … In my state and across this country, if I happened to be president, I would lead a significant campaign down at the grassroots level to stomp these drugs out of our country.”

 

Read more about presidential candidates and their positions on cannabis at Marijuana Policy Project: https://www.mpp.org/2016-presidential-candidates/

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