Colorado's New Growth Industry: Pot

Entrepreneurs ramp up after the state's voters approved a constitutional amendment legalizing recreational use of marijuana.DENVER — Two hedge-fund partners — monogrammed shirts, taut Windsor knots, cuff links — step into a hipster cafe called Sputnik on an unorthodox mission.

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  • Ore. smokejumpers skydive into illegal pot garden
    A team of smokejumpers parachuting into a fire in the mountains of Southern Oregon landed in an illegal marijuana garden being prepared for growing season. The six smokejumpers from a base in Redmond found the site Monday evening, when there was a rash of lightning strikes. More
  • Police confiscate 4-foot, 2-pound marijuana joint
    California police confiscated a mammoth joint during a 4/20 pot rally on Saturday, reports the Los Angeles Times. As the paper notes, hundreds of UC Santa Cruz students gather each year for the event, and each year campus police confiscate things like bongs and dime bags. More
  • On Marijuana Tax, Colorado Asks: What’s Too High?
    If marijuana is legalized and properly regulated, its proponents have long said, it could generate millions of dollars in state tax revenue. But how the drug should be taxed has proved to be a thorny question. More
  • Aurora Gunman James Holmes Will Face The Death Penalty
    Colorado prosecutors have reached the decision that James Holmes deserves to die for killing 12 people in an Aurora, Colo., movie theater last July. Their decision comes after Holmes’ offer to plead guilty to the shooting in exchange for receiving life in prison was rejected by prosecutors. More
  • Colo. theater shooting suspect offers guilty plea
    Lawyers for Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes have offered to have him plead guilty and serve the rest of his life in prison to avoid the death penalty. Lawyers made the offer in a motion filed Wednesday but said prosecutors haven't accepted the offer because they may want to pursue the death penalty. More
  • Colorado clean energy industry set to expand 9%, outpacing national average, report says
    Job growth in Colorado’s so-called “advanced energy” industry — including renewable energy, energy efficiency, electrified transportation, biofuels — has been robust and is expected to expand by about ...
    09/5/2019 - 7:00 am | View Link
  • Gov. Jared Polis: Colorado’s agriculture industry should stand above partisanship
    Our beef industry is too important for Weld County and for Colorado ... potato and sunflower farmers and processors participate and benefit from potential jobs and market growth, but pursuing every ...
    09/1/2019 - 1:08 am | View Link
  • Guest commentary: Colorado’s economy is on display, and now it must meet the challenges brought on by success
    Whatever your personal views on the subject, the 2014 legalization of marijuana and the industry’s subsequent growth has been a revenue boon for the state. Regulated pot sales have now topped $6 ...
    08/30/2019 - 3:57 am | View Link
  • Report: Colorado's outdoor recreation industry continues economic growth
    DENVER – Outdoor recreation contributed $62 billion to Colorado’s economic output in 2017 – nearly double what it did in 2012 – and was responsible for nearly 20 percent of the state’s labor force ...
    01/2/2019 - 12:00 pm | View Link
  • New CU Boulder report finds Colorado's growth will continue
    A new forecast released by University of Colorado Boulder’s Leeds School of Business looked at sectors from jobs to housing to the marijuana industry. The overall outlook for the upcoming year is ...
    12/10/2018 - 6:56 pm | View Link
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