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21 indicted in illegal marijuana operation in Aurora region

Officials have seized about $1 million worth of marijuana proceeds, hundreds of pounds of the drug and more than 10,000 marijuana plants, said District Attorney John Kellner, whose office covers several counties just south of Denver.

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Social equity candidates and current store owners will be the only people allowed to apply to be marijuana transporters for the next three years, and social equity candidates receive a break on application fees. A transporter license and delivery permit for an equity candidate runs $700, Peterson said, whereas a licensed retail store has to fork over four times that amount. 

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Legislators, students push for K-12 Asian American studies

"Our Asian American and Pacific Islander community members, they want their voices to be heard," said Feng, co-president of the student group that also has brought in speakers, hosted panels and created lessons about Asian American history. "They are almost desperate to be speaking about it. This is so heavy, this is heartbreaking and it was a space for them to really voice that."

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21 indicted in illegal marijuana operation in Aurora region

Officials have seized about $1 million worth of marijuana proceeds, hundreds of pounds of the drug and more than 10,000 marijuana plants, said District Attorney John Kellner, whose office covers several counties just south of Denver.

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