U.S. District Judge Marcia Krieger has ruled that Colorado's controversial gun laws don't violate the constitution in a judgement Dave Kopel, who assembled a lawsuit endorsed by assorted businesses and dozens of Colorado sheriffs, has already pledged to appeal. In May 2013, shortly after the suit w ... More >>
In Denver, 4/20 is a special holiday -- and no, we don't mean Easter. It's a day to partake in a certain herb that Coloradans seem to love. With parties all over the city and a big rally at Civic Center Park pushing legalization -- oh, wait --- well, a big rally pushing something, there are few bett ... More >>
Today marks the beginning of what's expected to be a two-week trial pertaining to a suit filed by Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith and more than fifty of his colleagues against gun-control laws passed last year. Included among them are a ban of all magazines that can hold more than fifteen rounds ... More >>
My high school didn't have shop class. The only way we could learn about using power tools was through tech theater classes, in which we were used as slave labor to build sets for the plays. That also included painting faux wood finishes that looked great at twenty feet but completely horrid on clos ... More >>
Alive Herbal Medicine seems out of place. Not because it's situated in the small Sunnyside neighborhood next to a residential neighborhood, or because the corrugated tin barn of a building looks like it belongs on a farm and not off of a busy interstate in the middle of Denver. What feels out of pla ... More >>
As much as I would like to say there was a more cannabis-related reason for my visit to Gaia, what really brought me to the shop's doorstep was a Cuban sandwich. Far enough down East Colfax to still be East Colfax, Gaia Plant-Based Medicine is nevertheless in a decent location, with a sidewalk stor ... More >>
As we noted last week while covering the tragic death of Anastasia Adair, who accidentally killed herself with a new assault rifle, Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith and 54 colleagues have joined a complaint against newly passed Colorado gun-control laws, including a ban of all magazines that can ... More >>
On a day when representatives of more than fifty county sheriffs will hold a news conference announcing a lawsuit against Colorado's new gun-control laws comes a tragic reminder of how dangerous semi-automatic weapons can be -- even to those who own them. The victim: Anastasia Adair, 22, who appear ... More >>
As the Colorado legislature continues to debate gun-control proposals (and Republicans attempt to counter by attacking a Democratic rep for his comments about rape), we're hearing about a mom's decision to turn in Richard Lancaster, her mentally ill son, who allegedly managed to collect an arsenal o ... More >>
It wasn't so much from paranoia as from years of conditioning. Walking into New Broadsterdam, I encountered a full-on police issue Harley Davidson with emblems still attached sitting in their front entryway. It almost made me turn around and run out the door and across South Broadway as fast as I ... More >>
When he was seventeen years old, people told Gary DeWayne Harris they didn't expect to see him reach twenty-one. He was running with the wrong crowd, selling drugs, headed for trouble. Harris figured he had the street smarts to make a go of it, but his choices cut short his education, landed him in ... More >>
The senseless massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, which took the lives of twenty children, including Olivia Engel, seen here, plus seven adults, instantly stirs terrible memories of the 1999 attack on Columbine High School. On the tenth anniversary of that tragedy, we assembled a horrific roster of sc ... More >>
MADONNA @ PEPSI CENTER | 10/18/12 Don't fuck with Madonna. She'll shoot you dead. Or, at the very least, if you're at the Pepsi Center on a Thursday night in October, she'll make you wait an extra hour until she goes onstage. But this is Madonna we're talking about here. She can do whatever the hel ... More >>
Whereas the original Native Roots occupies almost a quarter-floor of a high rise in Denver, its Lakewood location is sandwiched between other stores in a small strip center next to a McDonald's on Wadsworth. Fitting, as Native Roots is one of a handful of dispensaries not only staying afloat but ope ... More >>
With new management taking over less than two weeks ago, everyone at iVita Wellness seems to be about as new to the place as I am.
What should pharmacists do about medical marijuana? Because it's a criminalized substance under federal law, pharmacists, like other health-care workers, aren't supposed to have anything to do with it. On the other hand, pharmacists want to meet the needs of their patients, many of whom have ... More >>
William Breathes.Editor's note: Medical marijuana critic William Breathes just returned from a honeymoon in Jamaica. Read his first trip diary entry here, and check out part two below. The minute you get off the plane in Negril, someone is there to sell you herb.
Renowned forensics experts say a Pinal County, Arizona deputy's high-profile tale about getting shot after encountering drug smugglers doesn't add up
flickr / Professor MLast week, John Mellencamp was quoted by Reuters as saying, "the Internet is the most dangerous invention since the atomic bomb." His argument was two fold, beginning with the destruction of sound quality courtesy of MP3 compression (perhaps, but who the hell has an ear th ... More >>
In "Mile Highs and Lows," Westword offers a no-holds-barred look at what goes on behind the locked doors of marijuana dispensaries, whether they resemble swanky bars, sterile dentist's offices or a dope dealer's college dorm room. See our current dispensary list here, and keep reading to lea ... More >>
In "Mile Highs and Lows," Westword offers a no-holds-barred look at what goes on behind the locked doors of marijuana dispensaries, whether they resemble swanky bars, sterile dentist's offices or a dope dealer's college dorm room. See our current dispensary list here, and keep reading for Wi ... More >>
Apothecary of Colorado occupies suite 420. Of course.As Colorado's medical-marijuana industry grows, marijuana dispensaries of all types and sizes are proliferating around the state. Some resemble swanky bars or sterile dentist offices; others feel like a dope dealer's college dorm room. To h ... More >>
Where's it all coming from? That's the big question about Colorado's booming medical-marijuana scene. With all these new dispensaries opening up, people want to know where, exactly, the product for sale originated. According to drug-enforcement officials quoted today in the Denver Post,, some ... More >>
The most resonant information that's come my way thus far today in relation to the anniversary of the April 20, 1999 shootings at Columbine High School was contained in an e-mail sent to Westword by Vicki Newell, a public-policy director with the Colorado PTA. It's a list of school shootings since ... More >>
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A new law reduces sentences for some juvenile murderers.
Before 2006, juveniles charged as adults and convicted of first degree murder in Colorado faced one sentence: Mandatory life without parole. Last summer, the state legislature showed some mercy by changing the law to allow "juvie lifers" to at least be eligible for parole after forty years. But the ... More >>
Hacking, slashing, biting, pillaging and battle-axes. Welcome to Colorado's world of warcraft, done in true-to-myth Viking style.
Stuff you need to know to avoid ostracism.
Terra Ramirez knows what it's like to be a victim -- and to victimize.
Ozomatli imagines one world under a groove.
The Parker Cyber Station serves up death and destruction all night long.
From the week of June 5, 2003
Letters from the issue of Thursday, May 29, 2003
From Sons of Silence to Son of God.
Have Gun, Will Travel
THINGS YOU DID IN DENVER WHILE YOU WERE STOPPED DEAD IN TRAFFIC ON THE WAY TO DIA.