Calling Professor Pot!The explosive growth of Colorado's marijuana dispensary scene is sooo September 2009. The next big thing, it turns out, is marijuana institutes -- organizations designed to help folks makes heads or tails of the heady medical marijuana scene. The development is a no-bra ... More >>
It's been three weeks since we first posted news of our search for a medical-marijuana reviewer. Within five minutes of that posting, we had our first application for this extremely part-time job. Within ten minutes, our first media inquiry. And the applications and media calls keep coming. ... More >>
Coming to a medical-marijuana dispensary near you?Opponents of medical-marijuana laws like Colorado Attorney General John Suthers are increasingly playing the crime card -- implying that the proliferation of dispensaries in Colorado is fueling illegal and increasingly dangerous behavior (with ... More >>
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 >>
The grow houses had a lot of pot -- but was it going to dispensaries?In February 2008, as detailed in the recent Westword stories "Up in Smoke" and "Tales of the Dragon," DEA agents and north metro narcotics detectives uncovered an indoor marijuana ring the likes of which Colorado had never s ... More >>
Even Balloon Boy couldn't knock our hunt for a medical-marijuana reviewer out of the national news. Yesterday, NPR's Sunday show ran a piece about our quest, resulting in still more applications coming in from across the country. But sorry, folks: We're looking for a Colorado resident, someon ... More >>
"Stop using medical marijuana! In the name of my interpretation of the law!"Colorado Attorney General John Suthers wants to put the medical-marijuana genie back in the bottle -- so it's hardly surprising that he's not thrilled by the Obama administration's efforts to put enforcement of rules ... More >>
Sherri Versfelt shows off her baby bump.Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett says he's "committed to having the most progressive approach to medical marijuana of any DA's office in the state." And yesterday, he took another step toward establishing that reputation by dismissing charges agai ... More >>
"And here's another mistake you guys made..."Back in 2007, the Denver Post's Jim Spencer was downsized right out of his plum metro-columnist's gig -- and months after landing a job as the communication director for the University of Colorado Denver's School of Medicine, he was still publicly ... More >>
Put this on.Having to utter the words "emergency room" is almost never good. And when the sentence also involves your kid, it's even worse. Such was the case for me recently when I took my seven-year-old kid to the ER at Rose Medical Center after the fever he'd had for two days spiked to 103 ... More >>
The virus at work.In a Tuesday blog, the Colorado Department of Health's Margaret Huffman reassured the public that the H1N1/swine-flu vaccine was safe and said concerns about it weren't dominating calls received on the state's CoHELP info line. If so, that flies in the face of a new Associat ... More >>
Last night, city councils at localities throughout the state, including Longmont, Lafayette, Louisville and Thornton, discussed the issue of medical-marijuana dispensaries at city council meetings. In Durango, for instance, officials approved preliminary tweaks in regulations, setting hours o ... More >>
The virus.Plenty of parents are terrified to vaccinate their children these days, fearing side effects that are worse than what the vaccine was intended to prevent in the first place. Such concerns are magnified in the case of H1N1, aka the swine flu. After all, as noted in Joel Warner's blog ... More >>
Yesterday, Westword's quest for a medical-marijuana critic made the New York Times, after already being featured in the Wall Street Journal, MSN and CNBC. My e-mail box overflowed and my phone rang off the hook. It's funny how the national media has jumped all over this. "Is this the most at ... More >>
During October, Village Tavern ,at 1 West Flatiron Crossing Drive in Broomfield, is marking the 25th anniversary of Breast Cancer Awareness Month by serving up special Hope-tini cocktails to raise money for breast cancer research. "People are definitely interested," says John Davis, Villag ... More >>
Three brew-related events are converging in Denver. Let the games begin!
As noted in this week's cover story, "Pot of Gold," while Colorado's Amendment 20, which legalized marijuana in 2000, does not cover the subject of marijuana dispensaries, a flood of such operations are opening statewide under the auspices of a complicated legal framework that's evolved withi ... More >>
Colorado's confusing medical-marijuana laws have led to plenty of puffing on all sides of the issue, with the Cannabis Therapy Institute taking a leading role in pushing for greater availability of what it sees as a healing weed. Last week, the organization joined forces with other medical-ma ... More >>
The logo of the Cannabis Therapy Institute.The Cannabis Therapy Institute, an organization "dedicated to helping patients achieve a better quality of life with cannabis," may have an Iowa phone number, but it's been very involved of late with pot issues in Colorado. Its "About Us" page notes, ... More >>
In July, at the end of a marathon twelve-plus hour hearing attended by hundreds, the state health board rejected contentious new restrictions on medical marijuana dispensaries, including one that may have limited them to five patients each. But that doesn't mean questions and controversies su ... More >>
After 12-plus hours of testimony, the state health board on Monday rejected a key restriction on medical marijuana dispensaries -- a rule that would have limited them to five patients each. You have to imagine this was the most attention ever heaped on the health board, which played host to hundreds ... More >>
The Latest Word is at a Colorado Board of Health's hearing, where the board will consider new medical marijuana regulations that some believe will jeopardize the newly booming industry, as Joel Warner reported last week ("Will Monday be judgment day for Colorado's medical marijuana industry?"). We'l ... More >>
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 >>
New Options Wellness Clinic, a Boulder marijuana dispensary, had a real buzzkill last week when a group of robbers held up the operation and made off with two large tubs of marijuana. Things are looking up this week, however. Not only have the police identified four suspects in connection with the ... More >>
Our February 4 story, "Medical Marijuana Has Become a Growth Industry in Colorado," described how the state's medical pot laws have fueled a booming dispensary industry -- an industry that was starting to look like the Wild West, with robberies and rip-off accusations thanks to lax regulations and ... More >>
The announcement that DaVita, a healthcare giant specializing in kidney dialysis, is moving its corporate headquarters to the Denver area offers a rare bit of good economic news during a period filled with plenty of the opposite sort -- and judging by its website, execs at the firm understand that ... More >>
Forget the Swine Flu epidemic. The Swine Flu hypedemic is far more contagious...
Did Sarah Heideman's prom date smell like... this? Hard to ignore a press release with this headline: "Brighton High School Senior Excluded From Prom Because Her Date 'Smelled Like Medical Marijuana.'" According to the release, the incident in question involved Brighton High senior Sarah Heideman, ... More >>
Talk about a change in bedside manner. In a presentation to members of City Council Wednesday, hospital administrators from Denver Health publicly acknowledged for the first time that their ambulance response times are not meeting national standards. The admissions, however subtle, came as the t ... More >>
Dr. Marc Philippon. Yesterday, baseball fans read plenty about Dr. Marc Philippon. He's the Vail-based hip expert who recently examined Yankees slugger (and admitted steroid user) Alex Rodriguez, determining that he's not only got a bizarre cyst -- wonder how that popped up? -- but also a torn labr ... More >>
Denver Auditor Dennis Gallagher presented his office's long-awaited report on the city's emergency medical response system yesterday, saying that the information his team has compiled "speaks for itself." His choice of such a careful phrase to describe the scathing assessment is indicative of the ... More >>
I can be one hard gal to shop for, and I've been known to exchange, re-gift and return gifts. I can't help it -- which means many of my exhausted family members and friends have simply given up and retreated to the faithful standby of gift cards and certificates. Haters say the cards or certifica ... More >>
Back when this city was so concerned with being lean and green, I wondered what that health-conscious program would do to the proper preparation of Rocky Mountain oysters, Colorado's unofficial state food (as seen on the Let's Talk Colorado tourism page, which I took to task for its general in ... More >>
Letters from the week of 6/19/2008
Denver Health finally responds to response-time queries.
Denvers Court to Community program is showing promise.
Childbirth goes solo.
For drunk CU students, SEMS volunteers lend a helping hand.
The drug fuels gay parties -- but the party was almost over before Rod finally found help.
Butt seriously, folks, it's lights out for smokers.
Denver lies dead center in the right-to-die debate.