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Courts, US public at odds over worker firings for ‘legal’ marijuana use

Christian Science Monitor – A worker in Colorado who undergoes a random drug test is found to test positive for marijuana use, but in less than a month pot-smoking will be legal there. Can a company with a zero-tolerance policy for illegal drug use still fire that worker, or should it instead adjust its policy on employee drug use? That’s just one of many questions that employers in both Colorado and the state of Washington are wrestling with as they adjust to new marijuana laws, which as of Jan. 1 will permit individuals to buy and possess up to an ounce of pot.

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Colorado medical marijuana business application backlog persists

Denver Post – Nearly 100 Colorado medical-marijuana businesses are operating without a finalized state license, the remnants of a bureaucratic backlog now stretching back more than three years. In the language of the state Marijuana Enforcement Division, these businesses are “operational pending.” What that means is the businesses are allowed to remain open — growing and selling marijuana — while the state conducts its investigation and decides whether to approve or deny the applications the businesses submitted in 2010.

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Marijuana Vote in Colorado Weighs 25% Tax in Recreation

Bloomberg – Just two months before Colorado retailers begin selling marijuana for the first time in the U.S., voters will weigh in today on a 25 percent tax to help fund enforcement efforts intended to forestall federal intervention. As the drug emerges from prohibition in Colorado, state officials and even existing medical marijuana dispensary owners say taxes are necessary to ensure there’s money to cope with uncertainties likely to crop up in a new industry being watched worldwide.

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100-plus recreational-marijuana shops in line to open in Colorado

Salt Lake City Tribune – Colorado could have more than 100 recreational-marijuana stores open Jan. 1, according to newly released numbers from the state’s Marijuana Enforcement Division. The division, which oversees Colorado’s regulation of marijuana businesses, accepted 136 applications in October from people seeking to open recreational pot shops. The division also accepted 28 applications for recreational marijuana-infused-products businesses and 174 applications for recreational cultivation facilities. The businesses that applied in October will have a decision made on their applications by the end of the year, said Julie Postlethwait, a spokeswoman for the Marijuana Enforcement Division. That means they are in line to open Jan. 1, the earliest date for recreational-marijuana sales in Colorado.

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Colo. Pot Industry on Display at Drug-Policy Talks

Associated Press – Dignitaries from three nations sniffed marijuana, walked through greenhouses full of tagged marijuana plants and learned about video pot surveillance on a three-day Weed 101 tour in Colorado, which has a regulated marijuana market and is planning to expand sales to all adults in a few weeks.

 

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Colorado’s medical marijuana registry facing changes

ABC 7 – Colorado’s medical marijuana program is under review Wednesday. The state Board of Health is scheduled to consider lowering annual fees paid by medical pot patients. The Board was also expected to hear another request from some patients to dismantle the existing registry and start another one because of security breaches.

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Colorado: Medical marijuana stats update: Number of kids on registry nearly doubles in two months

Westword – The number of people signing up for their state medical marijuana cards just barely outpaced the thousands of people dropping off the list from July to August. While the total number of new applications for the medical marijuana registry increased by 3,640 from June through August, to 230,847, the total number of active red cards only increased by 330 people. As we’ve discussed before in this space, the discrepancy is due largely to people leaving the registry and not renewing their state-issued medical marijuana card.

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