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Denver Cannabis News February 2020

February 15, 2020

Denver cannabis news February 2020.

There’s always something happening in Denver when it comes to the cannabis industry. Recently, we took a look at the hottest cannabis news stories of 2019 worldwide. But what’s going on in the cannabis industry in Denver today? Here are the top stories you should know about.

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Marijuana Trade Group Creates New Organic Certification

A Denver-based cannabis sustainability organization has announced the creation of its own organic certification process for legal marijuana growers after it grew tired of waiting for the nation to catch up. The Cannabis Certification Council, also known as the CCC, says that applying for the program’s organic certification is similar to applying for traditional organic growing certifications. Once the CCC receives an application, inspections and audits are conducted and a decision to accredit (or not) is made.

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Denver Dispensary Burglaries Hit 3-year High as 2019 Ended with Rash of Armed Robberies

Unfortunately, a rise in dispensary robberies in the metro Denver area has left the local cannabis industry dismayed. According to the Denver Police Department, dispensaries in the city reported five robberies and 122 burglaries in 2019. Both offenses are up from 2018 when Denver marijuana businesses reported one robbery and 120 burglaries.

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This university will be the latest to offer a cannabis major

Students at Colorado State University, Pueblo will have the option of majoring in marijuana beginning this fall. It’s a sign of the economic influence of the cannabis industry in Colorado and other parts of the country. Class subjects TBA.

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Colorado Hopes to Make Cannabis Industry More eco-friendly by Recycling Breweries’ Carbon Dioxide

Recently, Colorado’s health department and energy office launched two new pilot programs focused on reducing carbon emissions and improving energy efficiency at local cultivations. This, in an effort to make Colorado’s cannabis industry more eco-friendly.

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Colorado launches ‘Roadmap’ to marijuana banking for industry

Leading the way yet again, Colorado officials launched a program aimed at helping the state’s legal marijuana industry gain access to more banking and financial services.

After years of waiting for federal clarity, Governor Jared Polis and the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) unveiled Monday morning a plan they say will provide guidance for state-chartered banks that serve or seek to serve legal cannabis-related businesses.

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Colorado AG Talks Marijuana Crime Expungement, Social Equity

Even though Colorado was the first to legalize recreational marijuana, it has remained behind in cannabis-related criminal-record clearing. While other states to legalize like California, Illinois and Massachusetts created social equity programs as part of their legalization initiatives, Colorado did not and has not made much progress since 2012. Small steps were made last year which eased restrictions on marijuana industry employment, but measures to expunge old criminal actions (that are legal now) were not introduced. However, this could be the year with lawmakers promising a long-awaited pot expungement bill in 2020.

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