Illegal Drugs

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2009

    Will Monday be judgment day for Colorado's medical marijuana industry?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2009

    Accused hepatitis-c passer Kristen Parker: A photo gallery

    A Kristen Parker photo sure to strike a chord with Rose Medical Center patients. Outrage continues to build over Kristen Parker, a surgical tech who was formally charged in federal court yesterday with multiple counts related to the exposure of patients at Rose Medical Center to hepatitis-C. The ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2009

    Dan Tang pleads not guilty

    Dan TangOn Monday, prominent Thornton restaurant owner Dan Tang pleaded not guilty to one count of money laundering, a charge that arose from his alleged involvement in a massive indoor pot-growing ring. That ring was broken up last year during Operation Fortune Cookie, a police investigation and ra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2009

    Pot house for sale

    13620 Plaster Circle in Broomfield, a former pot house now for sale. The three-bedroom, two-bath house at 13620 Plaster Circle in Broomfield currently for sale for $317,000 sounds like a pretty good place. "Updated ranch style home in very good condition," reads the online description for the 1,752 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2009

    Is meth fueling artifact thefts?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2009

    Colorado Crimes: Cops really want to bust accused pot grower Brian Wayne Coplen -- and an accomplice, too

    Brian Wayne Coplen.Melissa Violet Haraldson. Don't know if Brian Wayne Coplen, 24, is the most wanted man in Arapahoe County -- but representatives of the sheriff's office are going out of their way to snare him. A month after sending out a press release about Coplen's alleged complicity in a marij ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2009

    They're ain't no party like a pro-pot party

    Sticky. Icky. This Saturday, the drug policy reform group Sensible Colorado is throwing its free-to-the-public fifth-anniversary bash from 6-9 p.m. at the Atlantis Community Center, 201 South Cherokee Street -- and these guys have a lot to celebrate. Three years ago, Sensible Colorado helped succes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2009

    Colorado Crimes: So, Brian Wayne Coplen, about those 100 pot plants...

    Brian Wayne Coplen. The Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office would like you to keep an eye out for Brian Wayne Coplen, who's wanted for questioning in relation to a March bust at a residence in Bennett that's suspected of being a marijuana-grow house. Either that or the more than 100 pot plants sproute ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2009

    Wake-Up Call: Mason Tvert on the money

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2008
  • Blogs

    November 14, 2007
  • News

    July 26, 2007

    Exposing His Cockney

    Mexicans and Englishmen arenít so far apart.

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2007
  • Music

    November 2, 2006


    Encountering turbulence, but still flying.

  • News

    September 21, 2006

    Let the Buyer Beware

    Little meth house on the prairie.

  • Film

    September 14, 2006

    A Schoolteacher Darkly

    An old-school indie turns the inspirational classroom drama inside out.

  • News

    June 29, 2006

    Strip Search

    Jennifer Marcum's path ends and begins at Shotgun Willie's.

  • News

    December 8, 2005

    Book Them

    Pen and stink in the Jeffco jail.

  • Music

    November 24, 2005
  • News

    November 24, 2005

    Letters to the Editor

    From the issue of Thursday, November 24, 2005

  • News

    September 22, 2005

    Last Chance

    Before Brad Braxton goes to a gangster's final destination, he has a choice to make.

  • News

    April 14, 2005

    Going to Pot

    Smoke and mirrors at CU.

  • News

    November 18, 2004

    Off Limits

    Name blame

  • News

    October 21, 2004

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of October 21, 2004

  • Calendar

    March 27, 2003

    Best Theater Ensemble Work

    Manson Family Values
    The LIDA Project Experimental Theatre Company

  • News

    September 19, 2002

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of September 19, 2002

  • News

    August 22, 2002

    Follow That Story

    A Leonard Doesn't Change His Spots

  • News

    June 20, 2002

    Waiting for Joe

    Colorado's lieutenant governor is a hard man to pin down -- no ifs, ands or butts.

  • Music

    May 30, 2002


    Promoters get ready to suck up a new law that targets meth ó and the music industry.

  • News

    May 16, 2002

    Forfeit Me Not

    The legislature redefines a public nuisance

  • News

    May 9, 2002

    British Invasion

    Nick Williams, phone home -- if the INS will let you.

  • News

    March 21, 2002

    Living in Exile

    Federal prisons are filling up with people whose only crime is the possession of a gun.

  • News

    December 13, 2001

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of December 13, 2001

  • Music

    July 12, 2001

    Various Artists

    New Prohibition: A Musical History of Hemp (Viper)

  • Music

    November 23, 2000
  • News

    July 27, 2000

    A Broken Code

    The supermax snitch unit was supposed to bust prison gangs, but who was really rolling over?

  • Best of Denver

    June 29, 2000
  • News

    March 16, 2000

    Talkin' Smack

    Xavier Davis had the connections, but the FBI had his number.

  • News

    May 20, 1999

    Truth or Scare

    Drug-using DARE graduates come clean about the program's faults.

  • News

    February 25, 1999

    Dealing With the Devil

    Brandy DuVall went through hell before she died. She left no angels as witnesses.

  • News

    August 27, 1998

    The UFO Hunters

    Searching for aliens in all the right places.

  • News

    July 30, 1998

    The Big Fix

    A new detox program for heroin abusers storms into Denver. Methadone proponents are irked.

  • News

    July 2, 1998

    Reach for the Sky!

    Two local lawmen go hunting for aliens on a top-secret stakeout.

  • News

    May 14, 1998

    The Bong Goodbye

    He was the law in these parts, but now Alamosa's former DA may be one toke over the line.

  • News

    April 9, 1998

    Public Nuisance No. 1

    Possession is nine-tenths of the law--which is why Michael Pisarck is being tossed from his apartment.

  • News

    November 6, 1997

    Live Fast, Die Young

    She was fifteen going on twenty-five, but three bullets made sure Jenny never saw sweet sixteen

  • News

    February 27, 1997

    A Trust Betrayed

    Ashley Gray didn't take candy from strangers. She did from her "Uncle Jon."

  • News

    December 12, 1996

    Truth or D.A.R.E.

    The anti-drug program definitely works--in trying to promote its own survival.

  • News

    August 16, 1995
  • News

    July 26, 1995



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