KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, Sept. 14, 2015

Sep 14, 2015

1 in 7 Coloradoans struggle with hunger Paper calls into question sage grouse numbers Second person arrested in human trafficking case Large, illegal marijuana grow operation found A discussion about Paonia’s proposed fee increase "What's wrong with you, buddy? What's wrong?" a man says to his dog in a video uploaded to YouTube last month. The pup moans pitifully and trips over himself. He's having trouble blinking. He gazes into nothingness; his eyes are a deep, black abyss. He's wobbling on his paws. The man's words dissolve into laughter. He knows the dog is high as a kite after thieving a potent marijuana brownie. It's a sad state that's becoming increasingly common. The...

Yellow Springs is a small college town in Ohio that has more than one head shop and a lot of tie-dye and hemp. Many would consider it ground zero for likely supporters of the referendum on the ballot this November that could make Ohio the fifth state to legalize recreational and medical marijuana. But the proposal is drawing some unusual opposition — and it's coming from residents who generally support legalizing marijuana. Samantha Van Ness is among them. While she's all for legalizing...

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015

Aug 18, 2015

Wildfires in Colorado are coming under control New data shows record number of suicides for Colorado State regulators urged to finalizes oil and gas recommendations De Beque sees tax revenues from marijuana beyond expectations

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015

Aug 12, 2015

Newscast Body found in Grand Junction culvert ID’ed Two Mesa County men arrested after police discover large pot grow operations San Miguel County gets $330K to boost regional broadband Montrose County conducts emergency exercise at regional airport Mine spill continues causing problems in southwest Colorado, downstream communities

Farmers who grow marijuana for Colorado's legal market are running into problems as they try to control mildew and pests. Because of the plant's illegal status at the federal level, a main source of agricultural guidance isn't available to pot farmers. Attempts to regulate marijuana production often hit another problem, as the plant's wide range of uses sets it apart from many traditional food crops. "You don't smoke tomatoes, you don't smoke grapes," John Scott of Colorado's Department of...

A year and a half ago, Dr. David Casarett did not take medical marijuana very seriously. "When I first started this project, I really thought of medical marijuana as a joke," he tells Fresh Air 's Terry Gross. But then the palliative care specialist began to look seriously into the issue, and his mind began to change: "I've come to realize there really are medical benefits to medical marijuana. ... For many of the patients I spoke with, medical marijuana is not a joke. It's not funny...

State by state, the legal marijuana business is slowly gaining ground. The industry is using both an increasingly favorable public opinion toward marijuana and a newly legal cash flow to try to transform itself into a force in national politics. Recreational marijuana retailers celebrated their first anniversary of legal operation in Washington state Wednesday, while last week marked 18 months for the recreational cannabis business in Colorado. And Oregon legalized it July 1, though stores...

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, July 10, 2015

Jul 10, 2015

Newscast Marijuana grow operation shut down near Cedaredge Unusual July brings cold temps, rain for rest of summer DMEA reacts to outages over past week A push for solar in Colorado's North Fork Valley

Dangerous Hash Oil Production Now Illegal In Colorado

Jul 1, 2015
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A new law that makes it illegal for individuals to use hazardous materials to make hash oil went into effect on Wednesday. Republican Representative Yeulin Willett of Grand Junction co-sponsored the measure . He said it targets ‘home cookers’. "We had a problem with explosions all over the state from people trying to manufacture marijuana concentrate using dangerous, explosive, volatile substances such as butane," Willett said. Last year, there were more than 30 explosions injuring at least...

People who buy medical marijuana products might not be getting what they paid for, a study finds. And evidence remains elusive on benefits for most medical conditions, even though almost half the states have legalized medical marijuana. The majority of edible cannabis products sold for medicinal purposes have labels that do not accurately reflect the amount of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, THC for short, infused in them. THC is the component that's responsible for the marijuana high. But it's...

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, June 22, 2015

Jun 22, 2015

Newscast School board OK’s alternative education in Paonia Elementary Parachute allows recreational marijuana Annual local government meeting in Breckenridge wraps up Migratory bird protections may be removed Gas leak causes explosion in Lake City

The Colorado Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that companies can legally fire employees for using medical marijuana, even off duty. The decision is based on the case of Brandon Coats , a quadriplegic who takes medical marijuana to control muscle spasms in his legs. Dish Network fired him from his job as a customer service representative in 2010 after he failed a random drug test. Coats then sued for unlawful termination.

The marijuana industry has a pesticide problem. Many commercial cannabis growers use chemicals to control bugs and mold. But the plant's legal status is unresolved. The grow room at Medical MJ Supply in Fort Collins, Colo., has all the trappings of a modern marijuana cultivation facility: glowing yellow lights, plastic irrigation tubes, and rows of knee-high cannabis plants. "We're seeing a crop that's probably in it third or fourth week," says Nick Dice, the owner. The plants are vibrantly...

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Jun 16, 2015

Newscast Missing Paonia Man Found Dead Tri-State To Buy Power From Colorado Wind Farm Ride the Rockies Stops in Hotchkiss Hwy 133 Closure On Friday Region 10 Creates Support Group For Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Colorado Businesses Can Legally Fire Employees Who Use Marijuana Marijuana Use In Colorado Ridgway Woman Trampled By Donkeys

Now that marijuana use is legal in Colorado, can employees be fired for lighting up a joint in their free time? That was the question before the Colorado Supreme Court this term and on Monday it came to a conclusion: Yes, you can get fired . The case was brought by Brandon Coats, who sued Dish Network after it fired him for using his "state-licensed ... medical marijuana at home during nonworking hours." Coats said when Dish Network fired him, the company violated a state law that bars an...

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, June 5, 2015

Jun 5, 2015

Newscast Flash Flood Watch for Collbran Rare disease on track to sicken more in Colorado Department of Labor considers major changes for guest sheep herders Gov. Hickenlooper signs law asking citizens for marijuana funds

When Erik Christiansen started smoking pot, he became fascinated by the look of different marijuana strains. But the photographs of marijuana he saw didn't capture the variety. So he went to the hardware store and picked up two lights and a cardboard box. "I didn't even have a macro lens — I was shooting through a magnifying glass," he says. The California-based photographer tinkered with his macro technique until he had created a consistent way to capture highly detailed images of marijuana....

The first thing you notice when you get on Willie Nelson 's tour bus is a pungent aroma. Parked outside a gigantic casino and performance venue in Thackerville, Okla., Nelson offers NPR's David Greene a joint, which Greene declines. Nelson says he understands. At 82, Nelson is still touring the country, still an advocate for legalized marijuana — he's even started a new company to sell weed in Colorado — and has a new memoir out called It's A Long Story . The country legend recently...

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Apr 29, 2015

Newscast Marijuana tax refund might go to voters Montrose County sued over airport, again State bill could help rural communities Program seeds clouds for snow over Grand Mesa Forecast calls for above average rainfall Fetal homicide bill clears Senate

Public perceptions of marijuana have come a long way. Once a symbol of the counterculture, pot has become part of the culture. In Colorado, it's part of everyday culture. Colorado has allowed medical marijuana since 2001, but voters amended the state constitution in 2012 to allow private marijuana consumption for adults aged 21 or older. The first-ever stores to sell state-regulated recreational pot opened their doors on Jan. 1, 2014. The law has raised serious concerns for parents and those...

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit Transcript STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. Colorado legalized marijuana, but lawmakers don't want it going to people on welfare. Lawmakers have sent the governor a bill that would prevent people from using welfare debit cards at marijuana dispensaries. But some people cannot be stopped. Pot is not legal in Indiana, but the state last week passed a law making it harder for the government to meddle with religious...

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, March 27, 2015

Mar 27, 2015

Newscast Bullying addressed in schools through Shakespeare Police reforms making their way through Colorado congress Colorado Parks and Wildlife wrapping up comment period Large marijuana trafficking operation shut down in Denver

Recreational marijuana has been legalized in four states, but that doesn't mean it's a tested consumer product. Some of those potent buds are covered in fungus while others contain traces of butane, according to an analysis of marijuana in Colorado. Last May, after people began getting sick from edible marijuana products, the state of Colorado began requiring all products to be tested. Washington has mandated testing too, with a detailed checklist of items to analyze, including potency,... The divide between Republicans and Democrats on pot politics is narrowing, President Barack Obama said in an interview Monday. "What I'm encouraged by is you're starting to see not just liberal Democrats, but also some very conservative Republicans recognize this doesn't make sense, including sort of the libertarian wing of the Republican Party," the president said in an interview with VICE News. During the wide-ranging interview, Obama noted that...

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A federal bill to legalize industrial hemp farming has the backing of a Colorado Congressman. The Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015 was introduced in the U.S. Senate last week. The bill would remove industrial hemp from the marijuana definition in the Controlled Substance Act thus allowing farmers to grow it. Colorado Republican Sen. Cory Gardner is one of the bill’s co-sponsors. In a release Gardner says ‘hemp has the potential to be a major boon’ for the state’s agricultural industry....

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, March 6, 2015

Mar 6, 2015

Newscast Mesa County DA looks to close online gambling cafes Local sheriffs sue Colorado over Amendment 64 Cedaredge looks at possibly approving pot manufacturing facility Lawmakers fund evidence testing equipment after fighting over gun amendment

In the "American Sniper" murder trial, prosecutors successfully countered Eddie Ray Routh's plea of not guilty by reason of insanity by saying that he just seemed psychotic because he was high. But scientists continue to argue over whether marijuana-induced psychosis is always short-lived or if there's a deeper connection at play. Nobody would question that marijuana can make some people temporarily experience psychotic symptoms, says Dr. Nora Volkow , the director of the National Institute...

Sheriffs, Prosecutors Sue Colorado Over Marijuana Law

Mar 5, 2015
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Colorado has been under fire lately over Amendment 64. The state is currently being sued by neighboring states and a Washington, D.C. organization over recreational marijuana. Now, Colorado is being sued by its own sheriffs. Six sheriffs from across Colorado and sheriffs and prosecutors from Nebraska and Kansas are plaintiffs in the suit. Governor John Hickenlooper is named as the defendant. Hinsdale County Sheriff Ron Bruce and Delta County Sheriff Fred McKee, two Western Slope lawmen, are...

Nearly two-thirds of Millennials who identify as Republican support legalizing marijuana, while almost half of older GOP Gen-Xers do, according to a recently released Pew survey that could be an indicator of where the debate is heading. While the Pew Research Center survey published on Friday shows a 14 percentage point gap between Republicans and Democrats under the age of 34, six-in-10 GOP-leaning Millennials still said they favor legalizing cannabis. Seventy-seven percent of surveyed...