Doubts about whether demand for recreational marijuana would cover the cost of the program put in place to regulate its sale appear to have been unfounded, at least during its early stages. Evidence comes via Governor John Hickenlooper, who's come up with a plan to spend recreational-pot tax revenu ... More >>
In the latest issue of the New Yorker, President Barack Obama says marijuana isn't more dangerous than alcohol and is actually less so in at least one significant way. Obama, who admits to smoking pot during his younger years but has spoken critically about the substance, hasn't turned into a cheer ... 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 >>
Today at 2 p.m., marijuana activists Mason Tvert and Brian Vicente will hold a press conference decrying a new proposal that would potentially criminalize marijuana smoking in one's own home if its odor can be smelled outside it. In a press release announcing the event (see it below), Tvert and Vic ... More >>
It's only been a matter of minutes since news broke about the Obama administration announcing that it won't sue to stop Amendment 64 from going into effect. But we're already hearing from major players about this huge development, including Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, Colorado Attorney Gen ... More >>
While its stance isn't surprising, the National Institute on Drug Abuse defied all common knowledge, logic and science earlier this week by contending that alcohol and marijuana are equally toxic. The NIDA position is an indirect response to the Marijuana Policy Project's message that marijuana is a ... More >>
When Governor John Hickenlooper signed six marijuana bills last week, casual observers may have been tempted to believe the hard work of putting Amendment 64 into effect is over. But no: Now comes the laborious process of creating rules and regulations for the assorted measures by July 1, four weeks ... More >>
Amendment 64 opponents are threatening to force a repeal of the measure allowing adults 21 and over to use and possess small amounts of marijuana if legislators don't approve a sales tax that's higher than necessary to cover costs. That's the claim of A64 proponents, who have scheduled a press conf ... More >>
Happy Friday! It's 4/20 tomorrow, man, so here's a pinch of foodie events to satisfy the munchies -- whether you partake in the "festivities" or not. And if you know of any other happenings, feel free to puff-puff and pass them along in the comments section below. See also: - The 4/20 party list: W ... More >>
Project SAM, a national organization that opposes marijuana legalization, is scheduled to formally launch during a 10:30 a.m. press conference today at the Denver Press Club. The event is only open to accredited journalists, but Marijuana Policy Project spokesman and Amendment 64 proponent Mason Tve ... More >>
A national organization that opposes the legalization of marijuana and is advocating "smarter approaches" launched today in Denver -- and also announced that the group will soon open a chapter in Colorado, where voters in November passed Amendment 64. The advocates behind the group, called Project S ... More >>
The longer the federal government waits to tell Colorado and Washington whether it will allow the states to determine their own marijuana policy after each passed pot-reform measures, the more theories surface about who in the administration might prove to be an impediment. The latest involves Vice ... More >>
In teasing her interview tonight with President Barack Obama on 20/20 (see a preview below), Barbara Walters naturally starts with...pot. But while the headline statement involves Obama's assurance that the federal government has larger priorities than to go after recreational marijuana users in Col ... More >>
Moments ago, 9News projected that Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act had won approval from a majority of Colorado voters. Proponent Mason Tvert, speaking amid a boisterous celebration at the measure's victory party, puts the historic achievement in perspective.
This week, the folks behind Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act, have been ballyhooing a new ad featuring the endorsement of singer Melissa Etheridge. But act opponents are focused more on another commercial -- a spot highlighting revenues for school construction. They say the spot ... More >>
The powers-that-be in Douglas County really, really oppose Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act. Yesterday, the Dougco commissioners passed a strongly worded resolution against the measure, while Sheriff David Weaver launched a salvo that paints a world in which Amendment 64 is law ... More >>
Yesterday, the backers of Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act, held a press event at which retired Denver Police Lieutenant Tony Ryan appeared alongside other law-enforcement representatives who support the measure. Afterward, the head of the main anti-64 group dubbed him a "pro-po ... More >>
In our recent post about cannabis community division over Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act, Mason Tvert, among the measure's main proponents, said passage of the initiative would prevent as many as 12,000 pot-related arrests per year. Is this estimate reasonable? A report on vie ... More >>
Update:A Colorado Center on Law and Policy study predicting the economic impact of Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act, has become a political football for proponents and opponents. Now, CCLP reps are defending the methodology of the report, whose totals differ from those of state ... More >>
The presidential contest between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will likely be very tight in Colorado, a key swing state -- and a close vote is also expected for Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act. But could a big turnout for the latter undermine Obama in the state? This theory is b ... More >>
Last week, we told you about a Grand Junction billboard in support of Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act, featuring televangelist Pat Robertson, who'd made public statements in support of the measure. Nonetheless, one of Robertson's reps asked that the billboard come down -- and i ... More >>
For the fifth month in a row, thousands of patients have dropped off the Colorado medical marijuana registry. From October to November 2011, the registry lost more than 8,000 patients, according to statistics released yesterday by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
In July, the folks behind the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act of 2012 launched a petition drive to land the measure on the November 2012 ballot -- and at 11:30 p.m. today, they'll celebrate the effort at a press event before formally submitting nearly 160,000 signatures. Proponent Mason T ... More >>
John Suthers.The continuing war of words between marijuana advocate Mason Tvert and Colorado Attorney General John Suthers shows no signs of ebbing. The latest? Tvert hopes Suthers isn't implicitly campaigning for a medical marijuana ban in Eagle County at an event slated for this evening.
John Suthers.At noon today, Mason Tvert and other Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act backers will stage an event at Attorney General John Suthers's office. Why? Suthers feels a letter by (outgoing?) Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division head Dan Hartman published in places mulling MMJ retai ... More >>
Laura Kriho.In June, the first Great Legalization Debate, which was intended to seek common ground on the issue of legalizing or decriminalizing marijuana, deteriorated into a snipe-fest, with Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act proponent Mason Tvert pitted against most of the other participa ... More >>
Miguel Lopez.Update: Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act proponent Mason Tvert decided this week not to pursue an official complaint against activist Miguel Lopez for allegedly snatching a signed petition from a Regulate volunteer in July. We've spoken with Lopez, who says he is happy to mov ... More >>
Miguel Lopez.Marijuana activist Miguel Lopez took a signed petition for the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol act of 2012 out of a voter's hands on July 17 and allegedly prevented volunteers from retrieving it. When the petition didn't resurface last week, Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol propon ... More >>
Update below: At 2 p.m. today, backers of the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act of 2012 will stage a press conference formally launching a petition drive to land the measure on next year's ballot. Read it below and get more details from Mason Tvert, part of a group hoping to make history a ... More >>
Today, eight proposed 2012 marijuana legalization ballot measures were considered by the Colorado Office of Legislative and Legal Services. However, few changes were made and little was said by the initiatives' backers.
John Suthers.Update below: A National Institute on Drug Abuse study showing pot use up among all grades surveyed, with eighth grade taking the largest leap, prompted strong words from Colorado Attorney General John Suthers, an opponent of MMJ dispensaries who blames their prevalence for much ... More >>
Mason Tvert.Update: Reached a short time ago, SAFER's Mason Tvert is philosophical about the defeat of marijuana legalization measure Proposition 19 in California. He sees a number of flaws in the approach of organizers there that may have contributed to it falling short -- errors he feels hi ... More >>
Allen St. Pierre loves green... ties.As the executive director of NORML, the nation's best-known marijuana-reform advocacy organization, Allen St. Pierre could spend 4/20 anywhere in the U.S. So why's he coming to Denver for next week's spectacle at Civic Center Park? Two main reasons: "This ... More >>
A Flickr photoMason Tvert's got a message for Big Ben.You can always count on SAFER head Mason Tvert to defend the honor of marijuana. Note that he's previously praised a study showing teen toking is on the rise but binge drinking is falling and advocated a boycott of Starbucks, allegedly bec ... More >>
The personhood amendment is probably coming to a ballot near you.On Tuesday, we told you about a lawsuit over ballot-petition rules filed by attorney David Lane on behalf of advocates as varied as the Independence Institute's Jon Caldara and SAFER's Mason Tvert. It's possible the group of pl ... More >>
Mason Tvert, executive director of SAFER (Safer Alternative For Enjoyable Recreation), has found an excellent advocate in the promotion of his new book, Marijuana is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink?: his mom. Diane Tvert co-stars with Mason in the piece above, which aired on an Arizon ... More >>
Mason, left, and Vicente: a match made in pot heaven.Move over, Cheech and Chong: The two most important people in Colorado's marijuana scene are Brian Vicente and Mason Tvert -- and they're out to prove it by passing a statewide initiative in 2012 that will legalize marijuana for all ... More >>
SAFER's Mason Tvert thinks drug czar Gil Kerlikowske has some splainin' to do.
Mason Tvert gets ready for Halloween. Busted!It's already been a big week in marijuana. Yesterday, the Obama administration issued new, less strident rules about medical-marijuana, prompting Colorado Attorney General and anti-pot crusader John Suthers to demand tighter regulations on dispensa ... More >>
Lance Armstrong at rest.Mason Tvert is brilliant at making any subject about marijuana -- but he's really outdone himself this time. In his latest media jeremiad, the head of SAFER (Safer Alternative For Enjoyable Recreation) goes after bicycle racer Lance Armstrong for becoming the new spoke ... More >>
Amazon.com is no match for Mr. Tvert.Mason Tvert, executive director of SAFER (Safer Alternative For Enjoyable Recreation), which ran a successful 2005 campaign to legalize possession of up to one ounce of marijuana in Denver, has long been the merry prankster of Colorado weed activists -- a ... More >>
Roll out the barrel....The line starts here. Today in Cafe Society: • Mountains of food and wine this weekend at the Mesa Verde Country Food, Wine and Art Festival. • Cherry Creek North Food and Wine Festival takes over Fillmore Plaza. • Mysteries of Sheehan's Desk: Day 8. • Andrews ... More >>
A Flickr photoMason Tvert hasn't turned narc. He's seen wearing a Halloween costume. April 20 isn't only the anniversary of the killings at Columbine High School. It's also 4/20, a national celebration of cannabis culture -- something long supported by Mason Tvert, executive director of SAFER (Safe ... More >>
Greetings from the Mile High City.