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El Paso County breaks up three illegal marijuana grows

Three illegal marijuana growing operations were uncovered and raided in El Paso County on Wednesday, with more than 700 plants, worth an estimated $700,000, seized.

Investigators also seized $28,000 and five firearms while serving search warrants at three locations, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

El Paso sheriffIllegal marijuana raids in El Paso County.

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Coding and cannabis: Santa Clara County to expunge thousands of marijuana convictions

SAN JOSE — Santa Clara County plans to expunge 13,000 minor marijuana convictions that were rendered moot by the state’s 2016 legalization of recreational pot use and sales, two months before a deadline set by the landmark law.

But in the South Bay, it’s not just criminal-justice or drug policy story. Keeping in line with the region’s technological lineage, the District Attorney’s Office also made it a coding story.

That’s because with the anticipated signature of Judge Eric Geffon in a Hall of Justice courtroom Wednesday, prosecutors are planning to automatically clear those conviction records from local, regional and federal law-enforcement databases with software created in-house by the DA’s technology staff.

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Second Colorado dispensary will soon begin offering marijuana delivery

Boulder will soon be home to two dispensaries legally delivering medical marijuana.

Helping Hands Cannabis on Pearl Street recently procured its license for delivery and expects to begin service to medical patients in mid-May, according to co-owner Johnny Kurish.

Kurish decided to offer delivery as a way to safely reach patients during the pandemic. Helping Hands closed voluntarily before Gov. Jared Polis issued a statewide stay-at-home order in March “because we couldn’t see a responsible way to conduct business inside of our premises and still be cognizant of public health and our staff’s health,” Kurish said.

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Owner of High Times magazine scores 13 California marijuana dispensaries

By ALEX VEIGA | The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES  — The owner of High Times is going to start selling marijuana after championing its use in the pages of its magazine for nearly half a century.

Hightimes Holding Corp. said Tuesday is acquiring 13 dispensaries from Harvest Health and Recreation, one of the largest multi-state producers and sellers of cannabis in the U.S.

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Detectives bust illegal marijuana grow operation in Santa Ana

Detectives acting on community tips raided an illegal grow operation in Santa Ana on Thursday, seizing more than 1,000 pounds of marijuana and more than 2,500 plants.

Community complaints regarding an illegal business drew vice and narcotics detectives to the facility in the 2000 block of South Ritchey, according to a Santa Ana Police Department statement.

While carrying out a search warrant for two separate buildings, the detectives found what police described as a sophisticated marijuana grow operation.

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California’s marijuana 4/20 celebrations go virtual as industry adjusts to new reality

This Monday — and, really, all of April 2020 — was supposed to be big in the world of cannabis.

Since 1971, when a group of Northern California teens started meeting at 4:20 p.m. each day to smoke weed and hunt for an elusive marijuana patch, the figure 420 has been tied to cannabis. And so the fourth month of 2020, and the date 4/20/20 in particular, was poised to give marijuana consumers extra cause to celebrate the industry’s unofficial holiday while offering legal cannabis companies a welcome marketing hook.

But shelter-at-home orders tied to the coronavirus pandemic have pumped the brakes on most 4/20 celebrations. Even in weed-friendly San Francisco, Mayor London Breed is threatening to arrest anyone who shows up for the state’s largest annual cannabis gathering at “Hippie Hill” in Golden Gate Park.

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Denver risking tax dollars by “ineffectively” auditing marijuana businesses, city auditor alleges

Denver’s process for auditing marijuana businesses is inadequate and has potentially cost the city countless tax dollars allocated for public service programs, the city auditor alleged Thursday.

In a scathing new report, Denver auditor and certified public accountant Timothy M. O’Brien evaluated the city’s methods, strategies and standards for auditing marijuana dispensaries, cultivations and manufacturing facilities, deeming them “ineffective” and “inefficient.”

Officials also have failed to address several unlicensed marijuana delivery services active in the city, the report said.

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Denver marijuana dispensaries see increase in burglaries during coronavirus pandemic

Denver marijuana businesses have seen an increase in burglaries during the coronavirus pandemic as the cannabis industry continues to see an uptick in crime in the city, according to police.

Allowed to continue operations as essential businesses, dispensaries and cultivations reported 10 burglaries in the first two weeks of April, Denver police said. That’s up from eight burglaries reported during the whole month of April 2019.

Burglaries of Denver marijuana businesses hit a three-year high in 2019, with 122 reported within city limits. However, statistics are up every month of 2020 from the year prior, totaling 31 reported burglaries so far.

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Colorado’s marijuana businesses should be eligible for federal coronavirus aid, Polis tells Congress

Colorado’s cannabis industry is allowed to remain open to provide “critical” services during the coronavirus pandemic, but because marijuana is a federally controlled substance, dispensaries and other businesses are ineligible to receive stimulus funds to help offset the economic impacts caused by COVID-19.

Many say they’re struggling.

Gov. Jared Polis, however, is hoping to lend a helping hand. On Monday, Polis sent a letter to Rep. Jason Crow, D-Aurora, a member of the House Small Business Committee, urging the committee to reconsider allowing cannabis businesses to apply for federal aid.

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Smoking marijuana and coronavirus: Even occasional use raises risk of Covid-19 complications

By Sandee LaMotte | CNN

If you’re smoking weed to ease your stress during the coronavirus pandemic, experts say it’s time to think twice.

Smoking marijuana, even occasionally, can increase your risk for more severe complications from Covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

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