After peaking for 2013 at 112,862 patients in August, the state medical marijuana registry went into a two-month decline, losing more than 2,000 patients by November, when the total was 110,785 registered medical marijuana users. But even if the overall numbers are lower, the amount of money spent ... More >>
At 10:30 a.m., state officials will unveil the Marijuana Inventory Tracking Solution, or MITS, a system intended to keep tabs pot for sale in Colorado. But while the press is invited to the event, a number of medical marijuana patients coordinated by the Cannabis Therapy Institute have invited thems ... More >>
Earlier this week, defense attorneys weighed in on a damning report aimed at the state toxicology lab, which conducts blood tests for cases of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Attorney Rob Corry thinks officials may have waited until June to release the document (it was finished ... More >>
Any government functionary worth his or her bennies knows that the ideal time for a document dump -- a release of some embarrassing matter you really don't want to talk about -- is late on Friday afternoon. And that goes double for the report Colorado Attorney General John Suthers saw fit to send al ... More >>
Last month, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment revealed that Dr. Stephen Stein, an oral surgeon who'd practiced in Highlands Ranch and Cherry Creek, was under investigation for allegedly re-using needles and syringes. The CDPHE encouraged all 8,000 of his patients between Septe ... More >>
Update by William Breathes: It is starting to look like there never was an opportunity for public comment on the proposed digital connection between law enforcement and the Colorado medical marijuana patient registry. State officials are only able to point to vague language in state statute for aut ... More >>
Representatives from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and Colorado Bureau of Investigations will meet today to discuss linking the medical marijuana patient registry with law enforcement computers. Not that you can hear what they have to say: A spokesman stresses that it is n ... More >>
The Colorado Bureau of Investigations and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment are tentatively set to meet next week to discuss a computer system that tracks Colorado medical marijuana patients for law enforcement. The Medical Marijuana Technology Project came to light earlier t ... More >>
Representative Beth McCann's proposal to shift millions in medical marijuana patient registry fees from the Colorado Department of Health and Environment to the Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division, failed to pass through the Senate today. But the controversy it started regarding the nearly $10 mi ... More >>
At this writing, the fate of HB 1358, a Representative Beth McCann-sponsored bill that would shift millions from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's medical marijuana registry fund to the financially strapped Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division, is still unknown with just t ... More >>
Even as Senator Steve King's proposed THC DUI bill is being debated this afternoonpassed through to the state House, two other state legislators are making one last push for their separate marijuana-related proposals with a little more than a week left before Colorado's General Assembly adjourns. ... More >>
Around 190 patients caught up in the physician assistant debacle last winter have appealed the decision by the Colorado Department of Health and Environment to deny their medical marijuana registry application. But they haven't been going well from the patients' perspective.
The Medical Marijuana Assistance Program of America (MMAPA), an organization that made its reputation by speaking out on behalf of patient rights, is shutting down. Why? Vincent Palazzotto, the man behind the nonprofit, lists a slew of extenuating factors that led to what he stresses was the very di ... More >>
For the fifth month in a row, thousands of patients have dropped off the Colorado medical marijuana registry. From October to November 2011, the registry lost more than 8,000 patients, according to statistics released yesterday by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has finally started denying and rejecting the 4,200 medical marijuana patients who were evaluated by a physician assistants and have been waiting for as long as four months for an answer. And as if the delay so far wasn't bad enough, many pat ... More >>
By mid-January, as many as 4,200 potential medical marijuana patients will be told they are as much to blame for a "fraudulent" MMJ application as the doctor who signed off on a physician assistant's evaluation of that patient. The punishment? Waiting six months before they can apply again fo ... More >>
Update below: Until last fall, medical marijuana centers could sell cannabis to patients as soon as they submitted licensing paperwork. Then, the Department of Revenue began enforcing what became known as the 35-day rule, named for the time application processing was supposed to take (although it of ... More >>
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's new rules about the "Medical Use of Marijuana" went into effect on July 31 and have caused few gripes thus far. But attorney Warren Edson sees several problems with the regs on view below, including contradictions with HB 1043, the so ... More >>
Alhough new rules for medical marijuana patients and caregivers go into effect in just ten days -- on July 30 -- some activists are saying copies of the regulations are nearly impossible to find.
At 9 a.m., the Board of Health is scheduled to consider a series of new rules pertaining to medical marijuana patients and caregivers -- and the Cannabis Therapy Institute's Laura Kriho has objections to a lot of them. She's particularly incensed by potential changes in the definition of care ... More >>
FlickrUpdate below: Last month, our feature story "Bug Bedlam!" detailed Denver's bed bug infestation, supposedly one of the worst in the nation. Tomorrow, the state Senate Health and Human Services Committee will hear a bill to repeal Colorado's so-called Bedding Act, which requires that use ... More >>
Brian Vicente.In February, a meeting of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's medical marijuana advisory committee resulted in a definition of caregivers that cheered committee member Jill Lamoureux, who called it "movement forward for patient and caregiver rights." Now, ... More >>
Last week, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment tried to counter media-fueled fears about radiation from the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan creating health risks here. Today, that job just got more difficult. The CDPHE confirms that "minuscule" amounts of ... More >>
This morning, Peter Boyles spent part of his KHOW morning show wondering if we should be taking potassium iodide to protect ourselves against radiation from the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan. And at this writing, the main story on the CBS4 home page asks, "Could Japan's Radi ... More >>
Update: Yesterday, Colorado's board of health rejected an emergency petition from the Cannabis Therapy Institute, on view below in an item first published yesterday morning. The reason? The board didn't believe the concerns outlined in the petition constituted an emergency. However, the topic ... More >>
In the face of 100,000-plus medical marijuana registry applications over the past year, the state's MMJ identification verification process slowed to an agonizing seven- or eight-month turnaround, triggering outcry from the marijuana community. Now, the health department says the backlog is g ... More >>
A Flickr photoHB 1284, the medical marijuana regulatory bill signed into law by Bill Ritter in June, is so complicated that many of its elements still aren't widely understood by MMJ patients and caregivers -- or people who are both. Consider the plight of one patient-caregiver, who recently ... More >>
Ned Calonge.Dr. Ned Calonge, the Chief Medical Officer of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, is leaving his post in November to serve as president of The Colorado Trust. Below, Calonge talks in detail about the decision to rejoin the private sector, his goals at the Tru ... More >>
Dr. Ned Calonge, who's spent the past eight years serving as Colorado's chief medical officer, will be leaving at the end of 2010 to take the top post at the Colorado Trust, a health foundation. During his tenure, Calonge has tackled health calamities as varied as anthrax scares, water-contam ... More >>
Ken WeaverThe most notable part of the first meeting of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's new Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee, held this morning, wasn't what occurred, but what was missing: Staffers announced that Ken Weaver, the committee's designated patient ad ... More >>
Matt Cook.One of the main people to thank -- or curse -- for Colorado's new medical marijuana regulations is Matt Cook, senior director of enforcement at the Department of Revenue. Cook, who worked closely with legislators developing the rules, is now in charge of enforcing them and will be h ... More >>
With dispensaries on every street corner, legislators having rolled out the first regulatory system for statewide marijuana distribution in the country and activists seriously considering an initiative to legalize pot this November, it might seem like Colorado has always been a marijuana Mecc ... More >>
Matt Brown sees more weed battles looming.Yesterday morning, we previewed a senate committee hearing on House Bill 1284, which is intended to regulate the medical marijuana industry, with Sensible Colorado's Brian Vicente maintaining that he's ready to push a ballot initiative if the final re ... More >>
Photo by John J. Kruzel, courtesy of the U.S. Defense DepartmentThe use of the lifelike simulator shown here has been approved for PTSD treatment.Update, 4:00 p.m.: Representative Sal Pace's amendment relating to medical marijuana and post-traumatic stress disorder has been defeated, and the ... More >>
A Flickr photoMaybe it'd be best if you thespians didn't inhale.Update, 4:09 p.m.: Attorney Bruce Jones, who represented Curious Theatre in this case, has just shared his comments on the opinion. Look below to read his views. Since 2006, the Colorado Clear Indoor Air Act has extended to acto ... More >>
Eat your heart out, Timothy Dalton.Yesterday I received a very special present in the mail from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment: My medical marijuana registry ID card! Whoopee! Here's the rub: It took fourteen weeks from the time I applied for the card in August for ... More >>
Timothy Dalton got his special license -- where's mine?As part of a September feature on the state's growing medical marijuana scene, I went through the process of obtaining a state medical-marijuana ID. On August 26, after scoring the needed doctor's recommendation, I sent my application and ... More >>
The number of swine flu cases reported in Colorado last week fell for the third week in a row, as can be seen on this handy-dandy chart courtesy of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. But a decline in H1N1 didn't stop the department from making a handy-dandy PSA, which attemp ... More >>
"Shut up about your fucking mango!"What happens when the state Board of Health decides to hold a last-minute meeting on a controversial topic like medical marijuana, and then tries to hold it via conference call using technology that apparently no one knows how to work? Comic genius. Hat tip ... 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 >>
As I mentioned in a blog yesterday about Ken Levine, host of the Dodger Talk radio show, who treated Denver like a joke in a recent post, I lived in Los Angeles for five years -- so I'm accustomed to days when the air available for inhaling looks practically indistinguishable from exhaust from a di ... More >>
It's hard to understate the explosive rise of Colorado's medical marijuana industry. When Westword took an in-depth look at issue in the February 2009 article "Medical marijuana Has Become a Growth Industry in Colorado," just over 5,000 patients had been approved by the state to use marijuana -- w ... More >>
This state campaign seems headed for disaster.
Little meth house on the prairie.
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Glendale gets a lesson in the politics of pollution.