The inability of marijuana businesses to straight-forwardly stash their cash in standard financial institutions due to federal banking regulations aimed at stopping drug trafficking has been an issue in Colorado for years. But despite Obama administration statements about possible fixes and a reques ... More >>
The headline on a post published around this time last Tuesday -- "Marijuana: Denver City Council ban on front-porch smoking looks bound for victory" -- reflected the conventional wisdom regarding an addition to the Denver pot ordinance that would have made smoking weed on front porches and front la ... More >>
At last night's Denver City Council meeting, members heard public comment about an amendment to the community's pot ordinance that would outlaw smoking pot on one's front porch or balcony. But despite plenty of vocal opposition among the 26 people who spoke, the council voted 7-5 to approve the mea ... More >>
Yesterday, Melanie Asmar reported about Denver City Council lifting its 1,000-foot buffer from schools for needle-exchange programs. However, medical marijuana dispensaries within 1,000 feet of schools remain against the rules -- a fact mentioned by a slew of our readers, including this one.
Yesterday, a Denver City Council committee further refined a draft ordinance related to retail marijuana sales, and marijuana attorney Warren Edson says one of the changes, related to the coexistence of medical and recreational weed, represents a step forward. Yet he's also puzzled about why a coup ... More >>
Denver City Council has marijuana on the brain, though sadly not in the way we would like to see. Council spent most of yesterday dealing with marijuana issues, starting with a three-hour committee meeting focused largely on zoning and ending with a lengthy council meeting spent debating marijuana ... More >>
The Denver City Council has been toiling for months on new retail marijuana regulations -- and the members' work is far from over. Today at 3 p.m., the Amendment 64 committee will meet at the City & County Building, Room 391, to discuss retail marijuana licensing ordinance issues, with specific focu ... More >>
Lauri Dannemiller.Want a workout? You don't need to go to one of Denver's many parks, or even to a for-profit gym. You can just go to the next meeting of Denver City Council's Land Use, Transportation & Infrastructure Committee. Yesterday, the committee took public comments on a proposal to charge f ... More >>
Today Mayor Michael Hancock will deliver his State of the City speech at the Forney Museum, in north Denver -- an area that's becoming a focus of the Hancock administration. But things aren't looking as rosy in southeast Denver, where the Highpointe development was supposed to be a boon -- but resid ... More >>
William Breathes's post about the Denver City Council's decision to consider a recreational-marijuana-retail-store ban in April inspired speculation about whether officials might defy the will of the city's voters, and what could happen if pot shops are allowed. One reader sees a future in which pri ... More >>
Denver City Council made some history last night when it approved changes to the city's landmark ordinance -- changes inspired by a University of Colorado student's attempt last summer to stymie the redevelopment of the old Gates Rubber factory by having the remaining buildings declared a landmark.
Mayor Michael Hancock held his second "Cabinet in the Community" town-hall meeting Saturday morning at the transformed Rude Recreation Center in west Denver -- a physical manifestation of his campaign promise to "reconnect people to their government." Even if there were more government representativ ... More >>
Tonight, despite a lawsuit threat, Denver City Council is expected to ban outdoor advertising at medical marijuana dispensaries -- a move largely motivated by dislike of MMJ sign spinners. Yet as outlined by Kelsey Whipple's recent feature "Spin City! Denver's sign spinners want you to give them a t ... More >>
Our post about alternative jobs for medical marijuana sign spinners, whose positions are almost certainly going to be nixed by a Monday vote of the Denver City Council, inspired one reader to make a serious point about a gig that didn't find much support even among those opposing the council's propo ... More >>
Next Monday, despite threats of a lawsuit, the Denver City Council seems all but certain to impose a ban on medical marijuana outdoor advertising -- a proposal that seems to have been almost entirely motivated by antipathy toward sign spinners. If the council lowers the boom, how will these MMJ spi ... More >>
Despite the pleas of patients, dispensary owners and infused-product entrepreneurs, Denver City Council members unanimously approved going forward with a ban on all outdoor medical marijuana advertising in the city -- a more draconian measure than the original proposal for a ban near schools, parks ... More >>
Last night, Denver City Council unanimously backed the proposed ban on medical marijuana outdoor advertising, despite a majority of speakers opposing the proposed measure, as well as one advocate's threat to sue on First Amendment grounds. Council will now have to have a final vote to approve it on ... More >>
Update below: Last week, our William Breathes noted that a Denver City Council-proposed outdoor medical marijuana advertising ban is up for public discussion tonight -- but advocate Rico Colibri isn't waiting. During the wee hours, he sent an open letter to the council (read it below) threatening to ... More >>
The Denver Police Department has released the training bulletin that details how officers should approach violations of the city's new urban camping ban. Before the ordinance goes into effect May 29, officers are partnering with homeless outreach workers to prepare a department-wide response that de ... More >>
Snooze found itself at the center of a protest over the camping ban after co-owner Brianna Borin spoke in favor of the ordinance at a Denver City Council hearing. During peak breakfast hours two weekends ago, members of Occupy Denver flocked to the original Snooze, at 23rd and Larimer streets, with ... More >>
Location, location, location. For the past twenty years, I've lived in Denver City Council's District 9. But if the proposed redistricting is approved by council, my house at the edge of Highland will become part of District 1, and District 9 will move east. Time -- and partisan politics -- marches ... More >>
Patricia Calhoun's item about a Denver City Council food fight over building a new Sunflower Market on Colfax sparked a strong take from one of our most regular commenters after the project was approved. Here's what he had to say.
The fight over the current urban homesteading movement can sometimes seem as heated as the battles between homesteaders and cattle ranchers on the frontier 130 years ago. And the feathers will be flying tonight at Denver City Council chambers, as members consider putting a chicken in every p ... More >>
William Breathes's post about developer Mickey Zeppelin, one target of a threatened lawsuit related to proposed medical marijuana grow regulations being considered later today by Denver City Council, attracted some strong responses. None was stronger, though, than the one on view below.
Jessica Corry.Following reports about proposals that could close 137 of 150 medical marijuana grows, a compromise measure passed through the Denver City Council special issues committee -- although it's unclear how many operations might be shuttered under the provision. Moreover, attorney Jes ... More >>
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 >>
A revised version of a proposed Denver city ordinance that, according to attorney Warren Edson, would have closed 137 of Denver's 150 medical marijuana grow operations, and potentially dispensaries associated with them, passed through Denver City Council's Special Issues Committee this aftern ... More >>
A vigorous conversation has taken root on our post about the Denver City Council rejecting a service-dog exemption for pit bulls. One interesting observation has to do with the way pit bulls are covered by the media in comparison with other dogs.
Right now, one of our liveliest conversations is taking place on a post about Denver City Council medical marijuana regulations. But for one reader, the tone of the chat is too divisive. He'd like everyone involved to pull together.
Among the items on the agenda for tonight's Denver City Council meeting is CB 10-0607, which is described as "a bill for an ordinance relating to the Denver Zoning Code, restricting growing of medical marijuana in residential districts and uses." Sounds benign enough -- but could it result i ... More >>
I was on the phone with a city official late Monday, and could hear the protest outside City Hall, organized by Robert Chase, founder of the Colorado Coalition for Patients and Caregivers, who's asking for a recall of the Denver City Council members who voted for the ordinance regulating medi ... More >>
Tocabe's Ben Jacobs could have Denver rolling in dough.If you own a restaurant and have lived in Denver City Council District 1 for at least a year, the Colorado Restaurant Association wants to hear from you. Rick Garcia, the current rep for that district, is moving on to a federal job, so t ... More >>
Is that your phone ringing, Charlie Brown?The pot proposal pushed by Denver city councilman Charlie Brown is up for public comment on Monday -- and the Cannabis Therapy Institute, among the most efficient and effective marijuana advocacy organizations in the state, wants to make sure folks w ... More >>
Yesterday afternoon, I posted a note from Marcus Pachner, informing members of the CBHD -- the stakeholders' group working with Shea Properties on its redevelopment of the former University of Colorado Health Sciences campus -- that Denver City Council's public hearing to consider landmar ... More >>
Next Monday's public hearing before Denver City Council to decide the fate of two historic Hornbein and White buildings on the old University of Colorado campus has been postponed. "Shea has been working closely with Councilwoman Robb and Councilwoman Johnson on the historic designation applicati ... More >>
The holidays push most action off the public calendar this week. Tonight at 5:30 p.m., Denver City Council will start the process of stuffing someone's stocking with coal: Over the next few weeks, councilmembers will decide whether to grant landmark status to two, '60s-era Hornbein and Wh ... More >>
Time is of the essence at Denver Health. The Denver City Council's finance committee yesterday approved a one-year, $51.9 million operating agreement with the Denver Health and Hospital Authority -- with one significant change over the previous contract: Denver Health has agreed to peg ambulan ... More >>
At the Denver Election Commission, there’s no safety in numbers.
People-watching on the 16th Street Mall while we still can
Butt Seriously, Folks
Cherokee Dining on 12th Avenue
A Smoking Deal
The City Council votes on the side of youth and music.
The City of Denver prepares to vote on a bill that affects all ages.