Top Five Lessons From Day One of Marijuana for Medical Professionals Conference

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Health care professionals from all over the country are gathering in Denver through Thursday for the Marijuana for Medical Professionals Conference at the 1770 Sherman Street Event Complex. Yesterday's speakers covered a range of topics, including a care provider's duty to the patient, the difficulties in dosing and detailed discussions about how marijuana behaves in the brain and the body. Here are five major takeaways from day one.

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Check Out Eleven New Rec-Sales Dispensaries That Opened in July-August

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Eleven dispensaries opened their to recreational marijuana users age 21 and older in Colorado in recent weeks -- ten in August, plus one that we missed in our July roundup. The total includes four in Denver, three in Boulder and one each in four different municipalities around the state. Here's our the latest batch:

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Cannabis Calendar for the Week of September 9

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Planning your schedule? We've got a rundown of all of the cannabis-related events taking place this week -- and beyond -- so you can jot them down in your datebook. Here's our roundup:

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Videos: Kansas Senator Supports State Rights for Pot, Opponent Attacks Fed System

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Senator Pat Roberts and opponent Greg Orman at a debate this weekend.
For years, marijuana advocates have warned folks from Colorado to think twice before taking cannabis over the state line to Kansas, which has some of the toughest weed-related penalties in the country and has been repeatedly accused of pot profiling. So it's something of a surprise to discover that the two candidates in a suddenly competitive Kansas senatorial race -- incumbent Pat Roberts and independent upstart Greg Orman -- both have problems with federal marijuana policies. Details and videos below.

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Driving Stoned: Are Field Sobriety Tests and Drug Recognition Experts the Next Big Step?

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On Friday, the CU Denver School of Public Affairs hosted its first Buechner Breakfast of the 2014-2015 school year. The topic: "Driving Stoned: The Challenges of Regulating Marijuana and Driving."

Most of the arguments about marijuana impairment and driving that panelists Robert Ticer (chief of the Avon Police Department and chair of the Impaired Driving Task Force) and Mike Elliott (executive director of Marijuana Industry Group) traded back-and forth were not new. But some of the audience commentary shed light on alternatives to testing blood for THC.

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Cannabis Time Capsule, 1903: Egyptian Weed Consumption Pales to Colorado's Today

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At the time of this tiny news brief from the May 16, 1903 Glenwood Post, "hasheesh" was being blamed for all of the crime and "insanity" in Egypt. Efforts to stamp it out resulted in sixteen tons of hash being confiscated in the country for the year 1901.

The population of Egypt at the time was somewhere around 8 million people, according to historical sources. The population of Colorado, currently, is around 5.1 million people -- and we use a lot, lot more....

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Medical Marijuana Dispensary Review: The Green Solution in Denver

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The Green Solution on the first day of recreational cannabis sales.
The Green Solution's dual recreational and medical shop on West Alameda reminds me of an old-school shopping mall. There's the Spencer's Gifts side, with the random assortment of pot-related stuff like Green Solution sandals, novelty pot leaf ice cube trays and other trinkets: Who knew you could make a pipe out of a Frisbee? Then there's the Apple store influence for the shop's relatively clean layout of pot, edibles and concentrates and upbeat, hip-looking associates. And then you've got the Abercrombie and Fitch aspect: blasting music that makes you want to shop quickly and get out.

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Marijuana: MMJ Patient Numbers Drop Slightly Despite High Rec Prices, Lawmakers' Fears

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Despite lawmakers' claims that MMJ patient numbers are growing because of people trying to avoid recreational taxes on pot, patient numbers actually dropped slightly between May and June to 113,506 total red-card holders (down about 1,700 people). In fact, the only population that seems to be increasing on the registry are minors, whose numbers grew from 335 at the end of May to 357 at the end of June.

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Marijuana Enforcement Division Hearing: Pot Edibles Debate, Indoor v. Outdoor Plant Counts

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It's no surprise that the commenters at yesterday's Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED) public hearing for proposed rule changes to marijuana legislation brought up an array of associated social issues. And yes, they included representatives from Smart Colorado, including attorney Rachel O'Bryan, who noted that although increased regulation of marijuana edibles available for retail sale is a step in the right direction, the anti-pot organization's position is that cannabis is dangerous because the effects are "impossible to predict or control."

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Marijuana: Colorado Will Pay You to Prove MMJ Works -- and Here's How

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The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment isn't known as the biggest booster of medical marijuana. Nonetheless, the CDPHE has been tasked by the state legislature with overseeing $10 million worth of grants intended to fund "objective scientific research regarding the efficacy of marijuana and its component parts as part of medical treatment." Continue for the details, the deadlines, the documents and more.

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