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Frosty Merriott joins Bill Kight to talk about serving on Carbondale’s Board of Trustees and land management issues he confronted while in office.

Normally, a chief financial officer's job involves poring over balance sheets and bank statements. But in the pot business, the job still bears a lot of similarities to the illicit trade — transporting loads of cash under the watchful eye of big guys carrying lots of guns.

Just ask Tom DiGiovanni.

This chief financial officer and former Ernst & Young accountant leans into an unmarked armored van where there's a metal cage to protect the revenues for his company, Canndescent, from would-be thieves.

Weed use is taking off as more states move to legalize it. And with all the buzz over medical marijuana, it's starting to gain an aura of healthfulness. But there are some serious health risks associated with frequent use. One of the more troubling ones is the risk of having a psychotic episode.

As marijuana becomes legal around the country, blacks and Latinos are often left out of new business opportunities. Advocates say people of color are often reluctant to join the growing legal marijuana economy because they were targeted far more often than whites during the war on drugs. Studies show members of such communities were arrested and jailed for illegal marijuana use far more often than whites.

Health care is emerging as a top priority for both Democratic and Republicans at the State Capitol this session, and some of the proposed legislation is already packing hearing rooms.

One of the bills would add autism to a list of conditions that can be treated with medical marijuana. Similar legislation was vetoed by former Gov. John Hickenlooper last year.

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With vaping on the rise among youth, especially in Colorado, Youth Zone is piloting a project with the Roaring Fork School District to intervene before students are issued a ticket. To learn more about the program, KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with Youth Zone executive director Lori Mueller.

Last week, KDNK’s Spanish-language news host Crystal Mariscal interviewed Garfield County Commissioner candidates Paula Stepp and Tom Jankovsky. Here, both candidate respond to a question about the legalization of marijuana. The full interview with Republican incumbent Tom Jankovsky is archived here. The full interview with Democratic challenger Paula Stepp is available here.

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Republican candidate for Colorado attorney general George Brauchler currently serves as the district attorney for Colorado's 18th Judicial District. KDNK asked him about his views on water and proposed ballot initiative 97. The full interview is posted here.

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YouthZone, with sponsorship from Community Health Initiatives, invites the community to “High in Plain Sight,” a presentation by Officer Jermaine Galloway about youth drug trends. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with the presenter and YouthZone director Lori Mueller to learn more. The presentation is on Monday, July 23rd, from 8am to noon at Glenwood Springs High School.

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KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Scott Tipton, Republican Congressman for Colorado's 3rd District this week. Part 2 of their conversation features money for opioid abuse treatment, the status of Children's Health Plan Plus, federal enforcement of marijuana laws, and the Bureau of Land Management.

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Jeff Sessions’ decision to change Obama-era Federal policy, preventing the national government from interfering with states that legalize cannabis, revives questions about the 10th Amendment and state rights. Raleigh Burleigh has more.

 

The Town of Carbondale Board of Trustees worked through a packed agenda last night. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh reports.

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Multiple state, county, and Federal law enforcement agencies began efforts early Thursday to eradicate a 5-acre, illegal marijuana grow site on the White River National Forest about 16 miles south of Carbondale. As result of a months-long investigation, officers found over 2,700 plants, illegal irrigation pipe, camping gear, trash, tarps, chemicals to deter wildlife, and fertilizer. One subject was arrested and is in Federal custody. The US Forest Service stated in a press release that this is the fourth eradication on the White River National Forest since 2013.

A Colorado Court of Appeals ruling earlier this month about drug-sniffing police dogs and the legality of marijuana searches may set a precedent. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Leland Rucker, senior editor of Sensi Magazine, to get the details.

 

Leland Rucker, senior editor of Sensi Magazine spoke to KGNU radio yesterday about a new report published by The Marijuana Policy Group in Denver that found legal cannabis activities generated over $2.3 billion dollars in output in Colorado last year.