Colorado House Votes to Add Autism to State’s Medical Cannabis Program

Legislation to add autism spectrum disorders to Colorado’s medical cannabis program has been passed through its second reading in the House of Representatives.

House Bill 1263, filed by State Representative Edith Hooton (D), was passed by the House today, less than three weeks after its introduction. It must now be passed through a third reading before it can be sent to the Senate for consideration. If passed by the Senate it will be sent to Governor Jared Polis who is expected to sign it into law if given the opportunity.

According to its official summary, “The bill adds autism spectrum disorders to the list of disabling medical conditions that authorize a person to use medical marijuana for his or her condition.”

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There Was Over $135 Million in Legal Marijuana Sold in Colorado in September

There was over $135 million in marijuana and marijuana products sold legally in Colorado in September, according to data from the state’s Department of Revenue.

In total there was $135,536,453 in marijuana and marijuana products purchased legally in Colorado in September. This is slightly less than the $141 million sold in August, which set a record in the state for the most marijuana sold in a given month.

Of the $135 million in marijuana sold in September, $27.9 million came from medical marijuana sales, the remainder coming from the sale of recreational marijuana. These sales helped Colorado garner around $20 million in tax revenue for September alone.

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Colorado: $124 Million in Legal Marijuana Sold in April

According to new data released by the Colorado Department of Revenue, there was over $124 million in marijuana and marijuana products sold in April.

The $124.31 million in legal marijuana sold in April is a slight increase over the total for April, 2017, which was $124.27 million. April’s totals are down from March, which was a record-setting month with  $135,183,956 in marijuana and marijuana products sold. Of the $124 million sold in April, less than $30 million came from medical cannabis sales, with the remainder coming from the sale of recreational marijuana.

The new data brings the state’s total marijuana sales for 2018 to around $490 million. This puts Colorado on track to sell around $1.5 billion in legal marijuana for 2018, which would be on par with the $1.5 billion sold in 2017 (there was $1.3 billion sold the year prior).

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Colorado Governor Signs Bill Allowing School Nurses to Administer Medical Cannabis

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has signed into law legislation allowing School nurses to legally administer medical cannabis to students who are qualified patients.

Representative Dylan Roberts, the primary sponsor of House Bill 1286, called the governor’s signature “a major win for Colorado kids and their families.”

According to its official summary; “The bill allows a school nurse or the school nurse’s designee, who may or may not be an employee of the school, to also possess and administer medical marijuana to a student at school.”

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Colorado Governor Signs Bill Altering Food and Drug Act to Allow Products With Industrial Hemp

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has signed into law a bill that alters the state’s Food and Drug Act to explicitly allow products containing industrial hemp.

Governor Hickenlooper signed House Bill 1295 into law on Wednesday, following unanimous approval in both the House of Representatives (62 to 0) and Senate (35 to 0). The measure will take full effect on August 8.

According to its official summary; “The bill establishes that food and cosmetics are not adulterated or misbranded by virtue of containing industrial hemp. The bill also sets forth the department of public health and environment’s powers with regard to applicants and registrants engaged in, or attempting to engage in, the wholesale food selling, manufacturing, processing, or storage of an industrial hemp product, as that term is defined in the bill.”

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Colorado: $135.2 Million in Legal Marijuana Sold in March, New Monthly Record

There was more legal marijuana sold throughout Colorado in March than any month prior, according to new data released by the Colorado Department of Revenue.

There was $135,183,956 worth of marijuana and marijuana products purchased legally in Colorado in March. This sets a new monthly sales record for the state, which began legal sales in 2014.  Roughly $106 million of this came from recreational marijuana sales, with the additional $29.2 million coming from the sale of medical marijuana.

The new data brings the state’s total for 2018 to $365 million, a 6% increase from the same period in 2017. This puts the state on track to sell around $1.6 billion in legal marijuana for 2018, which would be a slight increase from the $1.5 billion sold in 2017 (and a considerable increase over the $1.3 billion sold in 2016).

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Bill Allowing School Nurses to Administer Medical Marijuana Given Approval by Colorado Senate, Already Passed House

School nurses would be legally authorized to administer medical marijuana to patients under legislation passed through its second reading today in the Colorado Senate.

Under current law, a primary caregiver may possess and administer medical marijuana in a nonsmokeable form to a student while the student is at school. According to the official summary of House Bill 1286, which the Senate passed today through its second of three readings; “The bill allows a school nurse or the school nurse’s designee, who may or may not be an employee of the school, to also possess and administer medical marijuana to a student at school.”

The bill “provides a school nurse or the school nurse’s designee protection from criminal prosecution if he or she possesses and administers medical marijuana to a student at school.”

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Colorado Senate Passes Measure to Alter Food and Drug Act to Allow Products with Industrial Hemp

Legislation that would alter the Colorado Food and Drug Act to allow products containing industrial hemp has been passed through its second reading in the state’s Senate.

House Bill 1295 was passed today through its second reading in the Senate, roughly two weeks after it was passed unanimously (62 to 0) in the House of Representatives. The measure will need to be passed through one more reading in the Senate before it can be sent to Governor John Hickenlooper for consideration.

According to its official summary; “The bill establishes that food and cosmetics are not adulterated or misbranded by virtue of containing industrial hemp. The bill also sets forth the department of public health and environment’s powers with regard to applicants and registrants engaged in, or attempting to engage in, the wholesale food selling, manufacturing, processing, or storage of an industrial hemp product, as that term is defined in the bill.”

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Colorado House Approves Bill Allowing School Nurses to Give Medical Marijuana to Patients

Legislation that would make it legal for school nurses to give medical marijuana to students who are registered patients has been passed by Colorado’s full House of Representatives.

House Bill 1286 was passed today through its third and final reading in the House; the vote was 47 to 17. The measure now moves to the Senate, where passage would send it to the desk of Governor John Hickenlooper.

According to the official summary of House Bill 1286; “Under current law, a primary caregiver may possess and administer medical marijuana in a nonsmokeable form to a student while the student is at school. The bill allows a school nurse or the school nurse’s designee, who may or may not be an employee of the school, to also possess and administer medical marijuana to a student at school.” The bill “provides a school nurse or the school nurse’s designee protection from criminal prosecution if he or she possesses and administers medical marijuana to a student at school.”

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Colorado: $1 Billion in Legal Marijuana Sold in First 8 Months of 2017

From January 1st of this year to the end of August, there was over $1 billion worth of legal marijuana and marijuana products sold in Colorado.

Colorado marijuana sales have surpassed the $1 billion mark in just eight months this year. In 2016, it took 10 months to reach the same mark. According to The Cannabist, year-to-date sales are up 21% this year compared to the first eight months of 2016, when sales totaled $846 million.

The over $1 billion in legal marijuana sales for 2017 have resulted in over $162 million in taxes for the state. This is garnered from a 15% excise tax on marijuana sales, which was raised in July from 10% (though at the same time marijuana sales were exempted from the states standard 2.95 sales tax).

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