Maureen Dowd's bad edibles experience helps inspire First Time 5 education campaign

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Maureen Dowd. More images below.
Last month, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd shared a bad experience with a marijuana edible during a visit to Colorado, joking (maybe) that such items be stamped with a "stoned skull and bones."

The Dowd piece, coupled with other negative news stories linked to edibles use, is among the inspiration for First Time 5, an edibles-education campaign being launched at an event tomorrow. Steve Fox, executive director of the Council for Responsible Cannabis Regulation, offers us a preview.

See also: New York Times' Maureen Dowd wants pot edibles stamped with stoned skull and bones?

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Edibles recall: Co-owner on making hash with washing machine, health agency compromise

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At Home Baked's website
Don't expect to see At Home Baked products on dispensary shelves for a few weeks.
The Denver Department of Environmental Health ordered the recall of products made by a local hash-infused edibles manufacturer last week after "possible contamination from unsanitary equipment" and using equipment "not intended for food manufacturing," according to a statement by the DDEH's Public Health Inspections Division.

The equipment in question: a washing machine.

See Also: Ask a Stoner: What is hash, exactly?

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Marijuana membership clubs supported by two-thirds of respondents in new poll

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A photo from the Facebook page of Maryjane's Social Club. More images and a document below.
Earlier this month, we told you about what customers at Maryjane's 420 Shop and Social Club characterized as a raid on the establishment by the Denver Police Department. The DPD doesn't refer to the action this way, but whatever's the most accurate definition, Maryjane's remains closed weeks after the fact.

Such a policy may be tougher to justify in the face of public support for members-only pot clubs -- and in a new poll, a large majority of respondents backed the concept.

See also: Marijuana: Maryjane's cannabis social club still closed after police raid

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Cannabis Time Capsule 1921: American Legion goes to war on drugs

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The American Legion convention in New Orleans in 1922.
These days, we think of the American Legion as a conservative lobbying arm for veterans. But back in 1923, legionnaires were a force to be reckoned with -- or at least they wanted to be seen that way.

Their war on drugs in the early 1920s was just one way the organization enforced what members saw as American ideals. Like, you know, baseless xenophobia framed as facts. Read on for more.

See also: Cannabis Time Capsule 1920: Cops fire on unarmed people during Denver narcotics bust

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Medical marijuana dispensary review: Lyons Finest II in Denver

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Courtesy of Lyons Finest Facebook page
Lyons Finest II shop had escaped my radar until last week, when I was browsing Weed Maps and saw that it had a decent rating and reviews from customers. I've also got this theory that the farther north you go in Colorado, the better the bud gets -- and by that logic, a shop from Lyons should have good herb.

Yes, that's about as scientific as my selection process gets.

See also: Medical marijuana dispensary review: Healing House in Denver

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Marijuana: U.S. House passes pot-banking access amendment

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Last July, in an effort to address a long-running marijuana-industry problem we've been reporting about for years, Representative Ed Perlmutter, joined by U.S. House colleagues on both sides of the aisle, introduced a bill intended to give state-legal pot businesses access to banking services.

Just over a year later, the House has voted by a 231-192 margin in favor of a Perlmutter-co-sponsored amendment on the same topic -- and while marijuana reformers understand that a lot needs to go right before the measure becomes law, they're cheered by what they see as more evidence of positive momentum on cannabis-related issues.

See also: Marijuana: Rand Paul-Cory Booker MMJ amendment hits a snag

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DIA rental-car employee fringe benefit: Customers giving away pot

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Photos courtesy of CBS4. More images and a video below.
A new CBS4 report is likely to have two tangible effects: It should spur a flood of applications to work for rental-car operations at Denver International Airport as well as leading to a whole new level of scrutiny during the hiring process at such businesses.

Why? The station reveals that marijuana tourists are routinely -- as in multiple times per day -- giving away extra pot to staffers rather than trying to sneak it through security at the airport.

See also: Marijuana tourism is getting mainstream hype whether state officials like it or not

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Marijuana: States' rights get boost from White House stance on D.C. pot fight

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President Barack Obama in a White House photo.
The White House once again reiterated its stance on the right of states such as Colorado to make their own marijuana laws this week, jumping behind a proposal that would decriminalize possession of up to an ounce of marijuana in Washington, D.C. -- a proposal currently under fire from Republicans in Congress.

See also: Marijuana demand to reach 121.4 metric tons and other facts from state pot study

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Marijuana: Lakewood bans pot businesses, but voters could allow retail shops

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Lakewood has become the latest city in Colorado to ban cannabis businesses. But voters will decide in November if retail marijuana shops should be allowed.

See also: Marijuana: Littleton City Council takes step toward banning retail pot businesses

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Video: Westword's strange-but-true guide to Colorado pot rules

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Bailey Geoghan, in character, gets some bad news. Video below.
More than six months after limited recreational marijuana sales became legal in Colorado, lots of out-of-towners (and some locals, too) remain confused about the rules. But we at Westword are here to help.

Smokin' Smart: A Guide to Colorado's Pot Rules, by director and co-star Bailey Geoghan, takes a 1950s-style public-service-announcement approach, with an unseen but thoroughly hep narrator schooling "Billy," a visitor from Salt Lake City, about the dos and don'ts of cannabis consumption in the Mile High state. Check out the hilarious yet informative results below.

See also: Update: See all 88 retail pot shops Denver has licensed in six months since sales began

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