Two years ago, former Arapahoe County sheriff Pat Sullivan managed to chisel down a pack of squalid allegations involving methamphetamine, trading drugs for sex, exploiting a mentally challenged individual and even a sort-of admission of sex with minors into the world's sweetest plea deal, copping t ... More >>
Back in January, as part of a post about a marijuana tour hosted by O.penVAPE, a Denver-based firm whose vape pens and other products have been acclaimed by cannasseurs across the planet, we published the photo above, in which company chief revenue officer Todd Mitchem can be seen enjoying some herb ... More >>
Broncos all-pro Von Miller may be suspended, reportedly after testing positive for marijuana and Molly. "I know I did nothing wrong," he tweeted yesterday -- and indeed, one ex-Bronco's pot-use suspension was overturned a few years back. But that wasn't true of another Denver-affiliated player, who ... More >>
As a member of the Amendment 64 task force who is deeply troubled by the possible repercussions of legalizing marijuana, as well as a central figure in the national anti-pot organization Project SAM, Dr. Christian Thurstone is controversial in the marijuana community. But he hasn't backed away from ... More >>
Tom Clements, the reform-minded head of the Colorado Department of Corrections who was murdered at his home last month by a parolee, makes a posthumous appearance in a new video advocating for one of his favorite causes: more substance abuse treatment for chronic, low-level offenders, freeing up cos ... More >>
The sweet plea deal struck by former Arapahoe County sheriff Pat Sullivan for meth possession and soliciting prostitution, which netted him a sentence of thirty days in jail and probation, has been widely criticized for its leniency. But no one is probably in a better position to appreciate the brea ... More >>
Last night, the Boulder City Council passed a resolution supporting CU-Boulder's plan to shrink the campus 4/20 event by closing Norlin Quad and banning visitors on Friday; read it below. This morning, we spoke to two members of the council -- one who supports it wholeheartedly, and another who vote ... More >>
Colorado Attorney General John Suthers is currently in Washington, D.C. for U.S. Supreme Court hearings on the Affordable Care Act. But in his absence, his office registered his objections to Senate Bill 12-163, which would, among other things, make possession of meth a misdemeanor rather than a cla ... More >>
Blago.Rod Blagojevich, the disgraced former Illinois Governor who's headed to prison for trying to broker a political deal, is now trying to broker another. Blago, who was sentenced to fourteen years in the clink for trying to sell the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama (among other for ... More >>
For years, Barry Fey says, music fans have been needling him to write a book. "You know, people have been saying 'When's the book? When's the book?' for fifteen years," Fey notes. "It was daily, wherever I would go out... 'When's the book? Come on, you've got to write a book!'" Well, he final ... More >>
Rob CorryIn the ongoing bureaucratic battle over medical marijuana, Castle Rock has already witnessed its fair share of skirmishes. Amber Ostrom, owner of the city's one and only dispensary, Plants 4 Life, had to jump through numerous legal hoops before she was allowed to keep operating. And ... More >>
This week's cover story, "The Damage Done," details the Denver-based Justice Initiative for Drug Endangered Families, a unique approach to drug treatment that employs cops in their off hours to mentor addicts they usually lock away. The feature focuses on sisters Audrey and Katie and their re ... More >>
Chris Romer's adding a couple of years to his proposal.Senator Chris Romer is the sponsor of Senate Bill 109, a measure that aims to clarify the relationship between doctors and medical marijuana patients. It was approved by the Senate in February. Last week, however, Romer admitted to being ... More >>
Rob Corry isn't buying Chris Romer's arguments.On Monday, Senator Chris Romer argued in favor of requiring those under 21 to do more in order to qualify for a medical marijuana card than those over that age -- and he also predicted that there'd be a backlash and a potential dispensary ban if ... More >>
Stan Garnett and Jann Scott: e-mail buddies?Beware of sending an e-mail to Jann Scott. The longtime public-access gadfly (profiled by yours truly back in 1992, prior to the launch of our online archives) tends to forward his correspondence to anyone and everyone -- and that's precisely what h ... More >>
Meth addict, artifact thief -- or both? On June 10, Secretary of the Interior (and former Colorado senator) Ken Salazar announced the indictment and arrest of 24 individuals suspected of trafficking in illegally obtained artifacts in the Four Corners area. But who found these items in the first pla ... More >>
Squeeze off a few rounds. It'll make you feel better. On October 23, the Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network is hosting a wine tasting and auction, with proceeds earmarked to provide mental-health services to insurance-challenged folks in the area. And what's being auctioned off? Among other th ... More >>
Police raids bust up drug labs. But they also bust up families.
From the week of 12/14/2006
The drug fuels gay parties -- but the party was almost over before Rod finally found help.
At least one out of every five Colorado prisoners is mentally ill -- some violent, some undetected or untreated. How did the Big House become the Bug House?
Matt Lawrence spends a night in the tank for being too real.
DAVA's kids make a bold statement.
Gary Haney was living the high life until meth took him down.
The McAdams want their children back, but can former heroin addicts succeed as parents?
Breaking the cycle of addiction and crime.
Mayor's Office of Employee Assistance
Elliott Smith 1969-2003
From the week of January 9, 2003
Medical neglect, chronic disease, a hepatitis epidemic. Some Colorado prisoners pay for their crimes with their lives.
From the week of December 12, 2002
From the week of October 10, 2002
The Denver Drug Court tests a formula for reclaiming addicts.
Forty bucks buys a flicker of heaven and a life of hell.
The pendulum is swinging back from stiff mandatory sentences for drug offenses.
Denver C.A.R.E.S. picks drunks off the streets, then puts them right back out there.
A Goonie no more, Corey Feldman is searching for his soul as a rock musician.
The mayor's efforts to crown a drug czar aren't exactly smokin'.
Drug-using DARE graduates come clean about the program's faults.
A new detox program for heroin abusers storms into Denver. Methadone proponents are irked.
What's it like to work at the state's largest detox? These counselors were scared straight.
Adams County deputies hit the road to spread the word to landlords about suspicious characters.
In Trinidad, you don't have to drink in bars in wind up behind bars
ACUPUNCTURE HITS HOME IN THE TREATMENT OF DRUG ADDICTS IN JAIL.
CHARGES OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION HAVE DENVER'S SALVATION ARMY AT WAR WITH ITSELF.BACKWARD CHRISTIAN SOLDIERS THE SALVATION ARMY'S DENVER REHAB CENTER IS THERE TO HELP, SAY FORMER EMPLOYEES--UNLESS YOU HAPPEN TO BE BLACK.