Alicia Wallace, The Cannabist

Alicia Wallace

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Denver, CO, United States

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Past articles by Alicia:

Sweet Leaf case puts Colorado's marijuana enforcement system to the test

In early December, Sweet Leaf had grown to 300 employees, brought in upward of $5 million in sales monthly, and expanded across Colorado’s Front Range with an eye on markets such as Nevada and Massachusetts. → Read More

Colorado marijuana sales nearly flat in April

Colorado's cannabis industry appears to be inching closer to an anticipated sales plateau. The state's marijuana shops sold $124.31 million in medical and recreational cannabis during April, a total only three-hundredths of a percentage point higher than the $124.27 million recorded in April 2017, → Read More

Colorado CBD pharmaceutical bill gets Hickenlooper’s signature, awaits FDA approval

Gov. John Hickenlooper this week signed House Bill 1187, which allows for doctors to prescribe and pharmacies to dispense FDA-approved medicines that contain cannabidiol, a nonpsychoactive cannabis plant compound. → Read More

Denver seeks to revoke Cheba Hut liquor license following 4/20 event

The city of Denver's Department of Excise and Licenses is considering suspending or revoking the liquor license of Cheba Hut's store at 638 E. → Read More

Denver-area real estate agents face challenges from DIY buyers and sellers and low-cost competitors

The home buying and selling process is immersed in technology -- from website listings and real-time texts and video chats to 3-D virtual reality tours and electronic signatures -- which raises the question, why hire a real estate agent or broker at all? → Read More

Hemp products now regulated like food ingredients in Colorado

Gov. John Hickenlooper on Wednesday signed House Bill 1295, which formalizes an 11-month-old state policy that applies existing food manufacturing guidelines to products such as hemp oil-infused coffees and hemp-derived extracts rich in the non-psychoactive compound cannabidiol. → Read More

500 tons of marijuana was produced for sale in Colorado last year

Colorado's marijuana shops sold 11.1 million edibles, 411,000 pounds of flower and a sharply increasing amount of marijuana concentrate last year, according to the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division's 2017 annual report that was released Friday. → Read More

"Meg the Budtender" takes lead on new Colorado marijuana education campaign

Colorado's health department unveiled "Responsibility Grows Here," the latest public education effort that will include four targeted campaigns addressing consumers, youth, trusted adults, and pregnant and breastfeeding women. → Read More

BDS Analytics, a Boulder-based cannabis data leader, lands $3.5 million investment

Boulder's BDS Analytics, a leading data repository for the cannabis industry, just landed a cash infusion to fuel its ambitions of national and international expansion. → Read More

Denver marijuana tech firm Baker gets scooped up in four-way merger, with IPO planned

Under a four-company merger announced Tuesday, Baker will serve as a key ingredient of Tilt Holdings Inc., a newly formed provider of an assortment of cannabis services, technologies and products to feed the mushrooming multibillion-dollar global cannabis industry. → Read More

Colorado logs $106M in recreational cannabis sales in March

Colorado marijuana shops sold a record $106 million in recreational marijuana during March 2018. In total the stores tallied up $135.2 million in sales during the month, up 3.7 percent from March 2017. → Read More

Pete Coors calls out “cheap shots” from Colorado craft brewers

The namesake of the state's biggest and oldest brewer cried foul Monday over comments Colorado craft brewers made last week about "Big Beer" at their trade organization's annual conference. → Read More

Colorado's first-in-the-nation marijuana "tasting rooms" bill heads to Hickenlooper's desk

Licensed marijuana "tasting rooms" could be operating in Colorado this time next year if Gov. John Hickenlooper signs a first-of-its-kind bill that state lawmakers sent to his desk Thursday. → Read More

Federal judges rule that DEA’s rule on cannabis extracts will stand

A federal appeals court dealt a blow this week to makers of CBD-rich cannabis extracts who were trying to stop the DEA from considering their products as dangerous drugs. → Read More

Cannabis extracts remain classified as dangerous drugs after federal court ruling siding with DEA

A panel of judges for the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals shot down the hemp industry's challenge of a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration rule that established coding for cannabis extracts. → Read More

Sweet Leaf Marijuana Centers should be stripped of licenses after illegal sales scheme, hearing officer rules

The city of Denver should revoke Sweet Leaf's 26 retail, cultivation and manufacturing licenses, according to recommendations released Monday by Suzanne A. → Read More

Pass the hemp: Colorado prepares to regulate the plant like any other food ingredient

A bill is on its way to Gov. John Hickenlooper's desk to apply existing food manufacturing guidelines onto products such as hemp oil-infused coffee and CBD-rich extracts that are made from the non-psychoactive cannabis plant variety. → Read More

CBD pharmaceutical bill clears Colorado legislature, heads to governor

A bill that creates a lane for the prescribing of FDA-approved CBD medicines in Colorado is now on the road to the governor's desk. → Read More

Colorado senators back McConnell's Hemp Farming Act of 2018

The U.S. senators from cannabis-friendly Colorado are formally supporting a federal push to legalize hemp. Sens. Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner signed on as co-sponsors of the Hemp Farming Act of 2018, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s bill to let states treat hemp like any other agricultural commodity. → Read More

“A watershed 4/20.” U.S. cannabis market poised to hit $25B by 2025

The U.S. legal cannabis industry is on track to hit $25 billion by 2025, according to the latest forecast from cannabis analytics firm New Frontier Data. → Read More