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US pot states try to curb smuggling, fend off administration

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Well before Oregon legalized marijuana, its verdant, wet forests made it an ideal place for growing the drug, which often ended up being funneled out of the state for big money. ...

Many banks won't have anything to do with legal pot business

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Billions of dollars are expected to flow through California's legitimate marijuana industry next year when recreational pot becomes legal, but most of those businesses won't be able...

Pence visits Focus on Family amid change for religious right

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence's visit Friday to Colorado to celebrate the anniversary of Focus on the Family comes at a time of change for the religious right during the age...

As pot comes out of black market, regulators face scrutiny

DENVER (AP) — States with legal marijuana have an ethics problem. Not just because they're violating federal drug law. They also have to look out for pot regulators who might have im...

Los Angeles releases draft marijuana business regulations

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles moved Thursday to bring order to its emerging legal marijuana industry, proposing rules for how and where the fragrant buds will be grown and sold while driving out rogu...

Colorado marijuana market funds busts of illegal growers

DENVER (AP) — The first recreational pot market in the U.S. was set Thursday to notch another marijuana first when Colorado approves using marijuana taxes to fund police efforts to crack down on illeg...

Colorado oil tank blast kills worker, spurs safety questions

DENVER (AP) — An oil tank explosion in northern Colorado killed a worker and burned three others, shooting up flames just miles away from an unrelated gas blast last month and prompting fresh question...

Colorado GOP blocks nation's 1st well-mapping requirement

DENVER (AP) — Colorado Republicans used a late-night filibuster Monday to block a first-of-its-kind requirement that oil and gas producers provide the locations of all their gas lines. ...

AP Explains: The origins of 4/20, marijuana's high holiday

SEATTLE (AP) — Thursday marks marijuana culture's high holiday, 4/20, when college students gather — at 4:20 p.m. — in clouds of smoke on campus quads and when pot shops in legal weed states thank the...

Inside a Colorado pot club - a rare and endangered species

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — It's the fish tank featuring a colorful reef made of glass marijuana pipes that ultimately sets the Speakeasy Vape Lounge apart from any other strip-mall bar and confirm...

Poll: Marijuana safer than opioids, but moms shouldn't use

DENVER (AP) — A new national poll says Americans think it's safer to use marijuana than opioids to relieve pain. The Yahoo/Marist poll out Monday says two-thirds of the respondents i...

Colorado has backed off plans for marijuana clubs

DENVER (AP) — Colorado lawmakers have backed off plans to regulate marijuana clubs, saying the state would have invited a federal crackdown by approving Amsterdam-style pot clubs. Th...

Ski industry sees another big consolidation with Aspen deal

DENVER (AP) — A ski resort company that stretches from Quebec to Colorado was purchased Monday by the Aspen Skiing Co., setting up seismic changes in a sector with few multistate ski operators. ...

Colorado set to prohibit marijuana co-op growing operations

DENVER (AP) — Colorado was set Monday to outlaw marijuana growing co-ops soon after the state Senate unanimously approved a bill making it a crime for people to cultivate recreational pot for other pe...

Colorado weighs strategy for guarding against pot crackdown

DENVER (AP) — Colorado is considering an unusual strategy to protect its nascent marijuana industry from a potential federal crackdown, even at the expense of hundreds of millions of dollars in tax co...