Not every dispensary in Colorado is a smash hit. Some fail for typical business reasons, while others go under with a little help from the feds -- like VIP Cannabis, which was among the operations raided by the DEA, the IRS and Denver cops in November 2013. Now, the owners of that store and five oth ... More >>
Last week, the DEA and the IRS, aided by local officers, conducted raids on multiple marijuana businesses in Denver and Boulder. While the feds aren't sharing details of these actions, info has surfaced about a potential link to Juan Guardarrama, aka "Tony Montana, a Miami con who, until recently, ... More >>
Updates below: Westword has learned that the federal Drug Enforcement Administration is conducting raids at this writing at multiple marijuana businesses in the Denver area. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Denver has issued a statement confirming the ongoing operation, which is being conducted by the ... More >>
We don't reveal our Schmuck of the Week until Fridays -- and there's no denying that 29-year-old Christopher Snow would have made a great candidate for this sought-after honor. But we just couldn't wait to tell you about Snow's bold leap into the ranks of dopey criminals, via an alleged burglary at ... More >>
During a conference call shortly after the November 2012 passage of Amendment 64, Governor John Hickenlooper and Colorado Attorney General John Suthers encouraged U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to make announcing the federal government's response to the bill a priority. Then, in March, Holder sai ... More >>
If it weren't for his recent, surprisingly tender performance in the Oscarific Silver Linings Playbook, Chris Tucker would be in danger of only being known for his massive IRS debt. But now he's back, not only in his first film in years but on the road performing standup, which was what first brough ... More >>
Last month, we reported about a medical marijuana court case with blockbuster potential -- a ruling by an Arapahoe County District Court judge that state-legal MMJ is still illicit at the federal level, so all contracts pertaining to it are null and void. This conclusion has inspired a letter to st ... More >>
You'd think Lindsey Vonn's Facebook note about taking part in a Tim Tebow Foundation fundraiser this weekend would have been a hot news item about the Colorado skiing phenom/marketing marvel. After all, she had to tweet that Tebow hadn't broken up her marriage as recently as December. But no: The me ... More >>
How insiders use the college bowl system to loot American universities.
Video below.While neither Occupy Denver nor its donors have been getting much love from the Denver Police Department, at least OD dog leader Shelby is generating good publicity nationwide. Last night, the pooch scored airtime on Rachel Maddow's MSNBC program courtesy of a photo and quote from ... More >>
As Michael Roberts reported earlier today, the Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division announced it would be extending employee licensing deadlines because the office was being overwhelmed with applications. We've also been hearing from the applicants themselves about the overwhelming waits a ... More >>
Scottie Ewing.Michael Hancock's election took place against a bizarre backdrop. A Complete Colorado piece alleging a link between Hancock and the Denver Players prostitution ring that brought down Judge Edward Nottingham was ignored by mainstreamers, but it blew up on talk radio. On Monday, K ... More >>
Chris Power Bain.Memorial Day is still three days away, but all week I have been carried away by memories. The extended Westword family lost one of its members this week when Chris Power Bain, who'd served as advertising manager in the early '80s, passed away. There's much more to her story ... More >>
In hopes of climbing out from beneath crushing debt, the Shadow Theatre Company formally declared bankruptcy earlier this month. Its biggest creditor: Seedco Financial. According to bankruptcy documents filed February 2, Shadow owes $220,924 to Seedco for a "Bank Loan."
Everyone has questions about the new medical marijuana laws. And one of the best people to answer them is Jill Lamoureux-Leigh, one of the most successful and respected people in the MMJ community.
Wanderin' Dan.Dan Maes has found novel ways of fueling his dark-horse campaign for governor -- so novel that he now faces what could be the heftiest campaign-finance fine against a candidate in state history. According to news reports, Maes could be socked $27,000 in penalties for failing to ... More >>
Scottie Ewing has had quite the career. While still a pro skier, he became an entrepreneur, starting a number of businesses that promoted partying... and prostitution. I first encountered him when he'd opened a swingers' club, the Sindicate, in a very unlikely spot -- the arts district on Nav ... More >>
The New RepublicDrill, baby, drill: Just what does additional offshore drilling add to the mix?In the wake of the worst American offshore oil disaster in decades, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar is scrambling on several fronts to address the perception that his administration has been m ... More >>
We've done our share of bitching about the prospect of the Broncos going into the 2009 season with party-boy Kyle Orton and rusty Chris Simms as their only quarterback options. The situation may be addressed during this weekend's NFL draft (note the rumors about Mark Sanchez) -- but it's more likely ... More >>
Yesterday's blog "Media Outlets Line Up to Pummel Anti-Gym's Michael Karolchyk" told about the downturn suffered by the aforementioned Mr. K -- the subject of "No Chubbies? Fat Chance," a January 2008 Message column in which the cupcake-tossing Anti-Gym owner alternately excoriated TV and radio outl ... More >>
Usually when someone wants to commit armed robbery, he'll bring along a weapon that combines stealth, convenience and anonymity -- a small gun, for instance. Not so one enterprising Colorado Springs man, who this week brazenly robbed one area 7-Eleven store (and tried to knock over a second) armed o ... More >>
Why does anyone want to hang on to this play?
Playing against type, Will Ferrell canít quite ground this artificially whimsical romantic comedy.
Sunday, September 3, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, 303-830-8497.
From the week of April 6, 2006
In which yours truly auditions for Gimme the Mike.
The city's new all-ages policy draws jeers -- but no beers.
April 15-21, 1999
Writer Terry Southern helped shape a generation. Now his son is fighting for his legacy.
No matter who wins a medical malpractice case, the verdict cuts both ways.
Colorado's illegal immigrants find trouble even when they try to do things legally.
Eranium made Charlie Steen rich. But the fortune became too hot to handle.
How Eric Oblivian turned Jesus into a punk rocker.
Local Baptist preacher Acen Phillips has a passel of fancy cars and a devil of a history in court.
Tim McVeigh's not currently available, but there are other dateable patriots. Ask Marilyn.
A SCHOOL-BOARD HOPEFUL DEFAULTED ON HIS STUDENT LOAN.
FOR THE FIRMS THAT CRANK OUT DIA'S FINANCIAL PAPERWORK, THE PROFITS ARE SKY-HIGH -- AND THE WORK IS ALL LEGAL.