The literal high point of the annual Denver 4/20 rally at Civic Center Park comes at 4:20 p.m., when attendees light up simultaneously. But could this ritual be absent from the 2014 edition of festival? A few weeks back, rally attorney Rob Corry answered this question with a letter to Denver city of ... More >>
Suzanne Brown, longtime Colorado lifestyle editor of the Denver Post, was honored at the Volunteers of America annual Service with Style luncheon on Friday, November 1 at the Four Seasons. The very stylish event benefited the VOA's Brandon Center, a 118-bed shelter that provides food, shelter and li ... More >>
Yesterday, members of the Denver City Council met in committee to consider the size of a tax on recreational marijuana sales, with one possibility being 5 percent, and a ceiling of 15 percent. Even the former amount strikes marijuana activist and Amendment 64 co-author Brian Vicente as higher than ... More >>
Music is life -- or at least it is for us. When we're not writing about it, we're thinking about it, talking about it or listening to it. These are the things that were in heavy rotation for us this week. What are you listening to? What should we be listening to? C'mon now. Sharing is caring. Don't ... More >>
Although there have been rumblings about it for months, Denver's proposed urban camping ordinance has only been circulated in draft form for the past few weeks. In this week's feature, "For the homeless, 'urban camping' is no picnic," Jef Otte took a look at its direct implications by spending a nig ... More >>
Lori MidsonRemember all the snarling and snapping that surrounded Brown Dog Pizza, the Telluride-based pizzeria that attempted to open a second outpost on South Gaylord Street, but laid down. rolled over and eventually limped away whimpering when its liquor license was denied, thanks to the ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsThe list of names opposing the Denver Paid Sick Leave Ordinance is growing, and quickly. Yesterday, six members of the thirteen-person City Council added theirs to a list that already includes Mayor Michael Hancock and Governor John Hickenlooper. To cement their opposition to ... More >>
Hancock.A week after his inauguration, Mayor Michael Hancock really takes the reins today. This morning, he'll hold his first Mayor-City Council meeting (five of the reps are complete newbies -- unlike Hancock, who was on council for eight years). That'll be followed by the initial gathering ... More >>
Tulo's nightmare.Troy Tulowitzki isn't known for his Aprils. Or rather, he is known for his Aprils. He's known for sucking in them. Over the past few years, the Colorado Rockies' $134 million Gold Glove-winning All-Star shortstop has looked like a Little Leaguer through the first month of th ... More >>
"Tonight's the night, as Neil Young would say," quips Joe Kaplan about tonight's episode of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, in which Guy Fieri, the bleached-out blond whose hair resembles the scrappy, canary-colored bird from Charlie Brown, brakes at the Bagel Deli, the decades-old shrine to Jew ... More >>
Yesterday, the Denver City Council attempted to tackle medical marijuana regulations that MMJ attorney Warren Edson initially feared could close 137 of 150 MMJ grows in the city. The current measure, which will be voted upon by council a week from today, is no longer so draconian. But Edson s ... More >>
A medical-marijuana-grows compromise proposal passed through Denver City Council's special issues committee yesterday, with public input on the measure slated for February 14. At this point, however, attorney Warren Edson is uncertain if the tweaked proposal might still doom as many as 90 per ... More >>
At 2 p.m. today, the special issues committee of the Denver City Council will discuss an ordinance to adopt local licensing procedures for medical marijuana centers, infused product manufacturers and optional premises cultivation, aka MMJ grows -- many of which could be forced to close if the ... More >>
Judy Montero.No denying that medical marijuana regulations remain confusing, especially given that even many communities with established rules are already thinking about changing them. Example: Denver City Council's efforts to establish limits on home MMJ grows. With that in mind, councilwom ... More >>
Things would be different is Sonny was mayor.Well, we know things have gotten weird when someone is calling our goofy-but-always-diplomatic mayor John Hickenlooper "a killjoy lame-o" while elevating outspoken cowboy-hat-sporting councilman Charlie Brown to the status of the only "sane" person ... More >>
"We don't want to become another Los Angeles," Denver city councilman Charlie Brown said after touring that city's pot dispensaries, which outnumbered L.A.'s Starbucks outlets, in urging his fellow councilmembers to come up with some regulations for Denver's booming medical marijuana industry ... More >>
Despite suggestions that he hold his horses and wait to see what the Colorado Legislature does, Charlie Brown pressed on with his proposal to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries in the city of Denver, and that proposal will go to a vote of the full council tonight, after a two-hour public ... More >>
Think the lines at the airport are long? They're nothing compared to the lines at the Denver Treasurer's office, where would-be dispensary operators are lining up to get their sales-tax licenses before any city ordinance might put limits on dispensaries. But the dispensaries will definitely ... More >>
Cowboy-hatted Charlie Brown looked right at home in Teddy's, the bar in the north Denver Holiday Inn, where the decor is Western (complete with a Willie Matthews print) and the Broncos game was playing on Sunday. But he marched resolutely past the TV and into the Cannabis Holiday Health Fair ... More >>
Charlie Brown's back in the pot spotlight.Denver City Councilman Charlie Brown is back before council's safety committee this morning, presenting his proposed ordinance to regulate the city's medical marijuana dispensaries. We're live-blogging the hearing. You'll find Brown's proposal at the ... More >>
The chills-inducing men of MidlakeTo some, indie rock is an aesthetic, something between Sonic Youth and Pavement that's played by people with in mop-tops and ringer t-shirts with cans of Pabst atop their amplifiers. Others, meanwhile, might define indie rock literally as music recorded and p ... More >>
Senator Chris Romer visited the lion's den on Sunday -- if the lion's den was full of weed advocates, that is.Senator Chris Romer, who's authored proposed legislation to regulate medical marijuana in Colorado, is a contentious figure in debate about the issue. He believes many younger people ... More >>
Colorado politicians are delving head first into the state's medical-marijuana conundrum, developing statewide regulation bills and counter bills, not to mention hammering out municipal rules city by city. That's a good thing, since the last thing we want is for any of our communities to turn ... More >>
Zack Volk shows over his flower, lookin' all glossy.The Cannabis Therapy Institute's Cannabis Holiday Health Fair, slated for Sunday, December 13, at the Holiday Inn, 4849 Bannock Street, will feature an unlikely autograph session -- one that should guarantee High Times for all. The February ... More >>
State senator Chris Romer could have used some medical marijuana last night, to soothe the headache of dealing with all of yesterday's complaints over his just-released, 63-page bill to regulate the industry. Among its provisions: creating a state licensing authority to handle licenses for bo ... More >>
On December 1, the City of Denver will start collecting city sales tax from every medical marijuana dispensary in the city. "Tax revenue agents will be meeting with all dispensaries, giving them the information," says Denver City Attorney David Fine. Not that the city has a list of all the ... More >>
Fort Collins, Pueblo and Loveland have joined the ranks of Colorado cities with moratoriums on additional medical marijuana dispensaries -- although their actions yesterday were more limited than the hysterical "emergency" designation on the day's hearings had implied. Fort Collins wound up a ... More >>
Dr. Reefer is open for business in Boulder -- but not yet in Denver.In a blog published yesterday, state senator Chris Romer said this while discussing some of his ideas for regulating the medical-marijuana industry: "The medical-marijuana community isn't the only stakeholder here. Lots of su ... More >>
With the Justice Department's announcement last week that it won't be prosecuting medical marijuana cases in states where the practice is legal, the feds loudly and officially passed the buck on the subject. That leaves it up to medical-marijuana states and their municipalities to determine j ... More >>
It's been three weeks since we first posted news of our search for a medical-marijuana reviewer. Within five minutes of that posting, we had our first application for this extremely part-time job. Within ten minutes, our first media inquiry. And the applications and media calls keep coming. ... More >>
Denver City Councilman Rick Garcia may be the elected official behind a moratorium being considered at city council tonight that would halt multi-unit development in northwest Denver. But are the real folks calling the shots the neighborhood activists Garcia represents? After all, the morato ... More >>
In October, we introduced you to the battle over monster duplexes and neighborhood character in West Washington Park. Now, as a December 15 City Council hearing approaches, the controversy is exploding into a debate over the future of development in Denver's older neighborhoods. Some resident ... More >>
Snoopy rocks the vote. This morning at around 5:30 a.m., I switched on Channel 9's morning show in the middle of an excerpt from a vintage Peanuts animated TV special that went on for several minutes without any commentary whatsoever. I wondered: Did anchor Gary Shapiro need to use the bathroom, p ... More >>
Our top DVD picks scheduled for release this week.
As anticipated, the Denver City Council chose to once again postpone a vote on an ordinance that would allow Xcel Energy to erect new 111-foot transmission towers in Ruby Hill Park. The decision last night gives neighborhood group leaders until September 10 to come up with a way to pay for burying t ... More >>
Ruby Hill-area residents want to protect their views from eleven-story utility poles, but Xcel thinks it has the juice.
We built this city on rock and roll.
Rounding up holiday discs that offer season's greetings -- and beatings.
Arthur Miller fixes his Focus on prejudice in 1940s Brooklyn.
Defending their turf
Happy hour at Charlie Brown's Bar & Grill.