While recreational marijuana sales still offer the thrill of buying pot legally for those not accustomed to it, a trip to the medical marijuana dispensary for longtime MMJ patients tends to be about as mundane and normal as a trip to the grocery or to cash a check. Which actually makes the bank-li ... 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 >>
Update: How quickly is the Denver recreational marijuana scene changing? On February 4, when we last updated our list of recreational marijuana shops licensed by the city so far, the total was 37 -- more than double the eighteen that opened on January 1. And now, just over three weeks later, another ... More >>
When Jamie Rephann's eight-year-old boxer mix, Tank, started having trouble walking, he took his dog to the vet, where he learned the options were pretty limited. Either Tank could go on expensive pain medication that might destroy his liver, or Rephann could try other, alternative treatments for hi ... More >>
Colorado has a new Medicaid pilot program that will cover the cost of acupuncture, massage therapy and chiropractic services for 67 people with spinal cord injuries. As explained in our feature story, "Body Movin'," the program's chief architect is a determined thirty-year-old named Chanda Hinton Le ... More >>
Nanny state or manny state? It looks like Elevation Beer Company in Poncha Springs might be able to go with its first-choice name for the smoked dopplebock it's making this fall for Pints for Prostates, a nonprofit organization that raises money to help fight prostate cancer, after all. The name? Pr ... More >>
"Colorado just has so much," explains Susan Evans, longtime herbalist and avid gardener. "Most restaurants today try and offer something other than your standard menu, and Colorado is turning into a place where people want to eat what's local, fresh and seasonal." For that very reason, Evans will ... More >>
On his website, masseuse Steven Noble notes that he is legally blind -- something he regards as a blessing. It's one of many posted statements that make him seem like an unlikely target for criminal charges. But the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office has now formally accused him of unlawfu ... More >>
The dispensary application process seems a lot like a visit to the DMV. You show up knowing that it's going to be a pain in the ass, go through line after line, each time praying it will be the last. Finally, you cut a check to someone in the hope that the state has enough of its act together to sen ... More >>
Natural Remedies is on the fifth floor of a turn-of-the-century building on Market Street above Sonoda's Sushi. The building has a central staircase and the smell of freshly fried tempura wafts all the way up to the fifth floor, generally overpowering the feint smell of cannabis until you get ... More >>
Paintings by vegan artist Ken Voss.On Saturday, VegFest 2011 took over the Exhibition Hall at Jefferson County Fairgrounds; among the lifestyle products available were these chaotic yet controlled abstract paintings by vegan artist Ken Voss. And more -- including aromatherapy for dogs and pap ... More >>
Large photo below.According to the Broomfield Police Department, two female clients of massage therapist Shouchun Han experienced the opposite of a happy ending at his hands. Their claims of inappropriate touching during rubdowns have led to an investigation of possible unlawful sexual contac ... More >>
Full-sized comic below.Centennial Sage Real name: Fuyiu Yip; Occupation: True Acupuncturist; Suburb of operation: Centennial; Eyes: Insightful; Hair: Precise Suburban superhero skills: Centennial Sage possesses the ability to pin-point therapeutic energies for maximum holistic healing. Her s ... More >>
Full-sized photo below.This weekend's Plant Medicine Expo, featuring a debate moderated by Law & Order Special Victims Unit star Richard Belzer, was a "historic event not only for the state of Colorado, but for the nation and the world," says Cannabis Therapy Institute's Laura Kriho, a member ... More >>
Herbal Remedies' logo.HB 1284, the medical marijuana regulation law signed by Governor Bill Ritter, includes the right for municipalities to ban dispensaries, and numerous cities, including Aurora and Broomfield, are taking advantage of it. But while MMJ attorneys have talked about issuing la ... More >>
Gary NullIrony, thy name is Holistic Medicine If you're a proponent of alternative medicine, make sure you're taking the correct dosage of tree-hugging meds -- or you could end up buried under the big branch. Gary Null, a nutrition author and self-described health guru with his own line o ... More >>
A Flickr photo"Before you ask, no, you can't have any weed."Part of House Bill 1284, Representative Tom Massey's attempt to regulate the medical marijuana industry, states that "the act of supplying medical marijuana or marijuana paraphernalia, by itself, is insufficient to constitute 'signif ... More >>
Having trouble finding work? You're not alone. Follow Jobbed every week as we troll for the weird, the wacky and the worst of what the recession-era world of job ads has to offer. The Job, as posted online: New Year's Day Masseuse Responsibilities: Seeking a relaxing massage for one or two ... More >>
Photo by Coleen WhitfieldAs communities around the state struggle with what to do about proliferating marijuana dispensaries, some cities and towns are washing their hands of the whole thing by banning them outright or instituting temporary moratoriums. Now, however, some of the dispensaries ... More >>
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 help keep them all straight, Westword will be offering ... More >>
In today's Rocky Mountain News, Lynn Bartels demonstrates once again why she made our list of the five journalists who the Denver Post should poach first in the event of a Rocky closure -- a sidebar to the feature article headlined "The Rocky Mountain News is Going Down." In her piece "Ethics Charge ... More >>
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Mark Andresen Almost three years after Brian O'Connell sent his seventeen-year-old patient, Catherine "Cat" Elizabeth Bresina, into cardiac arrest at the Lutheran Medical Center emergency room, the Colorado legislature has finally decided to do something to regulate naturopathy in this state. On ... More >>
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