Even though medical marijuana businesses are legal at the state level, they still are illegal under federal law. And while this raises the spectre of federal law enforcement coming down on Colorado businesses, the bigger concern revolves around banking. Since banks are monitored federally, they do n ... More >>
Want evidence of just how colorful Colorado has become? Stop by the Colorado Senate this morning, where two big bills will be considered. One, calling for new sex education standards, shows how very blue the Colorado Legislature is these days, The second, HB 13-1061, which would set standards for "r ... More >>
As lawmakers head to the State Capitol for opening day of the Colorado Legislature, critics are already taking aim at new gun-control proposals. Some will be rallying outside the building for a 1 p.m. Guns for Everyone event. Others are arming themselves -- literally -- for the legislative battles a ... More >>
Up in Weld County, owners of the three dispensaries in Dacono have filed a complaint to stop a citywide ban on medical marijuana businesses that's scheduled to take effect January 1. Dacono Meds, Maryjane's Medicinal and Green Medicals filed their request for an injunction last Friday, hoping to sta ... More >>
Katie Reinisch kept her cool through four years at the Colorado Legislature, when she was communications director for the Senate Democrats, so it's not surprising that she's having a blast running her own frozen-yogurt spot. "It's so fun, and I'm learning so much," she says. "I'm actually creating j ... More >>
On July 1, Metropolitan State College officially became Metropolitan State University of Denver, ending a process that had dragged on for four years, through research, debate and, finally, the approval of the Colorado Legislature. But the school in the heart of the city really made its name last mon ... More >>
It's 2006 all over again. That was the year that Coloradans passed a constitutional amendment defining marriage as being between one man and one woman. It was also the year when lieutenant governor candidate Janet Rowland, when discussing same-sex marriage, uttered this: "Do we allow a man to marry ... More >>
Today, the Colorado General Assembly will meet in a special session called by Governor John Hickenlooper. The guv wants lawmakers to address issues left in limbo at the end of the regular term, including civil unions and a controversial THC driving bill that members of the Medical Marijuana Industry ... More >>
With the Colorado General Assembly's regular session slated to end tomorrow, three marijuana related bills are still floating around with the possibility of passing. Below, we've put together a quick update about each piece of legislation and its status.
The Colorado Legislature is once again tackling the issue of tuition for the children of illegal immigrants, and yesterday, CU's Board of Regents voted 5-4 to support Colorado ASSET, with Republican Regent Tillie Bishop joining the Democrats. The vote came after much passionate discussion -- ... More >>
Colorado Republicans are the Guardians of Liberty, according to Liberty Watch, an organization holding elected officials accountable for the organization's proposed "Principles of Liberty." Early this morning, Liberty Watch held an awards ceromony honoring ten Republicans from the Colorado Legisla ... More >>
9NewsThe most recent sweeps period, when ratings determine TV ad rates, ended in May -- but last night, 9News unleashed a blockbuster anyhow. The station reports that the Newhouse Hotel, across the street from the State Capitol, is the registered home of no fewer than eleven sex offenders.
Alan Prendergast's latest wild-horses post juxtaposes a tribute to a stallion named Cloud, seen here, with the Colorado General Assembly's support for Bureau of Land Management herd-thinning policies. One reader supports wild-horse management, as long as it's done humanely.
Before there was an Internet, there were people with long memories -- and two of them, former lawmakers John Bermingham and Jerry Kopel, have amazing stories of the last time Colorado grappled with the issues of adultery and fornication -- if there is any difference between the two.
The Colorado Legislature is wrestling with dozens of messy problems, including that endless, ugly battle between convenience stores and liquor stores. But there is no problem messier than untangling the state budget.
In the fall of 2009, Denver City Council rep Charlie Brown realized that the city had to get a handle on the booming medical marijuana dispensary industry -- and even as the Colorado Legislature was just starting to discuss MMJ, Denver was signing off on its ordinance. But now the city needs ... More >>
Bob Marley gets 8 River's vote.If you're a Democrat who hasn't voted yet, you might want to digest where some of the candidates are throwing their primary-night parties before you give them your support. In the down-and-dirty Senate race, Andrew Romanoff will be at City Hall, 1144 Broadway, w ... More >>
By statute, this session of the Colorado Legislature must end on May 12. Lawmakers have a lot of work to do before then. The two hottest measures of this legislative session -- medical marijuana regulations and the education reform bill -- will both hit the House today. In the case of pot, t ... More >>
"What a long strange trip it has been," state senator Chris Romer wrote early this morning, at the end of a note with his latest round of proposed changes for the bill that would drastically restructure this state's medical marijuana industry. The Colorado Legislature has just seven more day ... More >>
A bill has been introduced at our esteemed Colorado Legislature that will formally establish a Colorado Food Systems Advisory Council, the better for the advancement of healthy food policies. And to what do we denizens of Denver owe this piece of puff pastry? Is it because for the last hund ... More >>
The Colorado Legislature officially went to pot yesterday, when Senator Chris Romer finally introduced what remains of his medical-marijuana proposal: Senate Bill 109, which would put a strict lid on the relationship between a doctor and a would-be medical marijuana patient. The Colorado hea ... More >>
Our throats were dry, our eyes were red. Blame it on pot. Specifically, on listening to four hours of pot testimony and discussion -- on top of the salute to the National Western Stock Show and another hour of civic housekeeping -- at last night's Denver City Council meeting. But there was ... More >>
Charlie Brown's proposal to regulate the city's medical marijuana dispensaries will be presented to the full Denver City Council at tonight's meeting. Since the council's Safety Committee first started considering his proposed ordinance in November, the number of sales-tax licenses issued to ... More >>
If the Colorado Legislature can tie a debate on the death penalty to the dismal economy, no reason California can't do the same for a discussion of legalizing marijuana. "Well, I think it's not time for (legalization), but I think it's time for a debate," Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said Tuesda ... More >>
What's happening around the local blogosphere: Court is in session: Jury selection starts in the Zapata slaying case. (Colorado Independent) The Colorado Legislature went black, but is it now going back? (5280) Eat this, recession! Buildings keep flying up in Denver (w/pics). (Denver Infill)
The Rocky Mountain News sign came off the Denver Newspaper Agency building (and how long will it have that name?) on Sunday. But this speedy erasing of the past didn't extend to the Sunday Denver Post, which included numerous reminders of the two papers pairing to promote a charitable endeavors, i ... More >>
The folks at the conservative website Face the State have lately been watching a lot of the Colorado Channel -- the service that provides video coverage of the Colorado General Assembly -- and thank goodness for that. When it comes to sifting through hour upon painful hour of dry procedural matter ... More >>
Send worthy bloggage here. Obama snuffs last-minute Bush proposal on oil-shale royalties and hooks up endangered wolf in process. I guess he's saving walking on water until day four. (Colorado Independent) Accomplishing nothing is a slow process for the Colorado Legislature. (Face the State) Bu ... More >>
Now that Michael Bennet has been named to take over for Ken Salazar in the U.S. Senate (no cowboy hat required), Colorado pols can get back to the business of running the state (at least until it's time to start running for whatever seat may be in play in 2010). Today, the Denver Board of Edu ... More >>
Lawmakers introduce a liquor loophole.
Jared Polis, Tim Gill, Rutt Bridges and Pat Stryker
The Second Amendment triggers dialogue.
Consumers should raise the roof over this legislative session.
Reverend David Meek
Sugar and spice
The Colorado Donor Registry
The freshman class
The sex-offender registry brands kids well into adulthood.
A new bill proposes leaving rural areas openand developed areas denser than your average pro-growth legislator.