On Friday, June 27, several Denver police officers entered Maryjane's 420 Shop and Social Club, at 539 West 43rd Avenue, and issued citations to some of its members. The club has been closed ever since and comments from his spokesperson suggest that Denver Mayor Michael Hancock would like it to stay ... More >>
A recent Comment of the Day about NORML executive director Allen St. Pierre's advocacy of pot clubs spurred plenty of additional conversation. Here's a post from a reader who thinks concerns about such venues ignore others that he considers to be more dangerous.
The New York Times has just hit the Colorado marijuana scene with a one-two punch. First was a weekend piece about the "downside of a legal high" that NORML executive director Allen St. Pierre specifically cited as dubious in a recent Westword interview. And now, columnist Maureen Dowd is sharing h ... More >>
In a recent interview, NORML executive director Allen St. Pierre argued in favor of Colorado allowing venues for the consumption of cannabis. We asked folks on our Facebook page for their views and got plenty of strong opinions, including this one.
Last week, we shared news about the U.S. House voting to defund DEA medical marijuana raids in states where the substance is legal. But that doesn't mean the count was unanimous -- even here. Indeed, three of Colorado's seven representatives voted against the defunding amendment, including U.S. sen ... More >>
Another indication of Colorado's importance in the cannabis-reform movement: Today, the National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws, better known as NORML, opened a satellite office in Denver. We spoke to NORML executive director Allen St. Pierre about the reasons NORML wanted to have a perm ... More >>
There are some great shows this week. That new Phantogram record is excellent, and Shakey Graves is the Real Deal by most any definition. But let's not kid ourselves. The main event this week is Sunday. Why Sunday? I can't figure it out. Easter, I think. Must be Easter. A few more of this week's h ... 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 >>
The Colorado medical marijuana patient registry saw the largest increase in active patient numbers in months this summer, growing by 2,475 patients to 109,292 people from June to July. The Department of Revenue received a total of 3,514 applications during that time period and hasn't reported any ... More >>
Last week, opponents of Proposition AA, the measure to establish tax rates for recreational marijuana, staged a rally at Civic Center Park at which adults 21 and over who attended were given free joints. In the days that followed, board members of Colorado NORML came out against Prop AA, too. Does ... More >>
Earlier this week, Miguel Lopez, organizer of the annual 4/20 rally, expressed his opposition to Measure AA, the taxation proposal for recreational marijuana up for vote in November, by staging a Civic Center rally at which attendees were given free joints. The Colorado chapter of NORML (National O ... More >>
A report by Colorado Attorney General John Suthers about problems at the state's toxicology lab led to the decision to suspend blood tests for alcohol and drugs beginning today until the issues can be addressed. During the interim, private labs will conduct such tests. But one prominent lawyer -- a ... More >>
Police in states bordering Colorado have been on the lookout for drivers with Colorado plates, making traffic stops for minor infractions in hopes of busting illegal marijuana shipments coming from the Centennial State. And they've been successful, too, with arrests reports from assorted states freq ... More >>
Earlier this week, defense attorneys weighed in on a damning report aimed at the state toxicology lab, which conducts blood tests for cases of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Attorney Rob Corry thinks officials may have waited until June to release the document (it was finished ... More >>
Did Henry Ford really make a car out of hemp? Was the Declaration of Independence written on hemp paper? Did Abraham Lincoln use hemp oil in his lamps? The hemp plant, a variety of Cannabis sativa that's the subject of this week's cover story "Green Acres," is steeped in lore. Some hemp legends ar ... More >>
In this space yesterday, marijuana advocate Christian Sederberg spoke positively about the Amendment 64 task force to which he was just named. So, too, does attorney Sean McAllister, who lobbied the governor's office about the importance of marijuana consumers being represented on the panel. But wit ... More >>
Later today, representatives of Colorado NORML will meet with governor's office staffers about Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act. As NORML's Sean McAllister told us yesterday, they'll stress the need for cannabis consumers to have a seat at the table -- and a statement about a pr ... More >>
Update: As we reported below, the much-debated THC driving bill died because Senator Nancy Spence, whose vote made the difference between passage and failure, was on vacation. But even as opponents of the measure celebrate this left-field victory, Allen St. Pierre, executive director of NORML, which ... More >>
9News broke the story last night of a group of burglars who broke into Riverside Wellness early Monday morning, walking out with a whopping $8 in cash and leaving hundreds of live marijuana plants just weeks from maturity untouched. It wasn't exactly the work of criminal masterminds.
Yesterday afternoon, the Colorado Senate approved Senator Steve King's THC driving bill by an 18-17 vote thanks to the support of Senator Nancy Spence, who'd recommended additional study for a similar measure that fell short of passage last year. Now, the proposal is headed to the Colorado House, an ... More >>
Shocker: The Partnership at Drugfree.org conducted a study on teen marijuana use, and the results are not positive. Equally big shocker: Colorado Attorney General John Suthers, who never misses an opportunity to criticize medical marijuana, is using the report to climb on the anti-cannabis soapbox ... More >>
Today through Sunday, experts on U.S. Drug Policy and the medical marijuana movement are meeting with politically minded students from across the nation at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center. And while 4/20 is still a month a way, the students debating the pros and cons of drug policy at Students ... More >>
At 11 a.m. today, a rally will take place outside President Barack Obama's local campaign headquarters. But the participants won't be calling for his reelection -- at least not yet. Instead, the charter members of the Patient Voter Project, made up of numerous prominent marijuana advocates, will be ... More >>
The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) is the country's most powerful cannabis advocacy organization, and it's long had a close link to Colorado, which hosted its 40th anniversary conference last year. But relations between NORML and Colorado's medical marijuana community ... More >>
Michelle LaMay.Last month, we told you about Michelle LaMay submitting ballot language that would end all punishment for cannabis possession in Colorado. Her proposal is one step closer to reality after the language was approved by the Colorado Title Board LaMay met with the Colorado Legisla ... More >>
Big pic below.This past week, Denver played host to the annual conference of NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. On Friday, I was part of a panel discussion at which NORML presented its Hunter S. Thompson Media award to "Denver Westworld" -- which is close, but ... More >>
Booted.It was the 41st, or maybe the 42nd, possibly the 43rd, mayoral debate of the endless 2011 campaign season. Last night, I moderated a forum featuring all nine remaining mayoral candidates sponsored by a group of downtown/central Denver organizations at Coors Field, which was remarkable ... More >>
The Denver mayor and City Council hand out an honorary proclamations nearly everyday. Organizations as varied as martial arts dojos and garden clubs are honored for their unique contributions to the city. It seems only fitting that NORML, a marijuana legalization group holding its convention ... More >>
According to Allen St. Pierre, executive director of NORML (the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws), today's 4/20 bashes in Denver and Boulder are the biggest rallies of their type "on earth." And he expects that they'll ready the faithful for NORML's 40th annual conferenc ... More >>
More pics below.Talk about timing. The day after a hearing about a proposed medical marijuana edibles industry ban that was modified to target allegedly misleading MMJ labels (featuring a probably mythical product called Cap'n Chronic), Casselman's will host an "awareness mixer" for the Uncon ... More >>
Miguel Lopez.In January 2010, Mile High NORML staged a pro-cannabis rally across the street from the State Capitol in conjunction with the opening day of the legislative session. But when advocate Miguel Lopez filed a permit to repeat the feat this year, his application for the same location ... More >>
Cheryl Shuman.KushConII, December 17-19 at the Colorado Convention Center, has made news over its RTD bus ads, which have drawn protests from law-enforcement. But Cheryl Shuman, the event's international director of PR and media, would rather focus on the event itself, which she says takes me ... More >>
Dear Arizona, How are things? We haven't talked much lately, what with all of the craziness you guys got into with the feds. But I wanted to congratulate you on (barely) passing your MMJ laws!
Miguel Lopez.Last January, Mile High NORML staged a pro-cannabis rally across the street from the State Capitol to correspond with the opening of the legislative session; see photos below. But advocate Miguel Lopez's attempt to stage a sequel has hit a stumbling block. The state has denied hi ... More >>
Photo by Robert FisherMaybe not coming to a town near you.During an interview last week, Coloradans for Medical Marijuana Regulation front man Matt Brown wasn't certain that new language inserted into House Bill 1284, a measure designed to regulate the medical marijuana industry, gave city co ... More >>
Even before today's celebration of International Cannabis Day commences in Civic Center Park at 9 a.m., this city's booming medical marijuana business has already inspired a number of out-of-town journalists to come to Denver to cover the event. And there will be plenty to report on today, b ... More >>
For Denver's ganjapreneurs, this is what 4/20 is all about.If there's one thing Denver's marijuana movement has embraced, it's a wanton disregard for federal laws. And no day illustrates this sentiment more than 4/20, when marijuana patients and exuberant scofflaws alike ascend on the Capitol ... More >>
Photo by Leland Rucker4/20 2009 in Boulder: Orgasm alert!In an interview last week, NORML executive director Allen St. Pierre confirmed that he'll be attending the politically oriented 4/20 rally at Denver's Civic Center Park this year. It'll be his second straight 4/20 in Colorado. Last yea ... 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 >>
Not in here, you don't.Today's Boulder Daily Camera features a story about a policy at the University of Colorado at Boulder allowing freshman students who are also medical marijuana patients to live off-campus rather than in school dorms. On the surface, this appears to be a liberalizing of ... More >>
Miguel Lopez seen introducing Rob Corry at a 2008 marijuana rally.Yesterday, we pointed out that the Mile High NORML Cannabis Rally, slated to begin at 11:30 a.m. this morning across the street from the west steps of the capitol, would feature a special blessing by Reverend James Marks of the ... More >>
All hail the munificence of Haze-Wowie!Afghani, OG Kush, Purple Skunk, White Widow... With so many strains to choose from at local dispensaries, how do you separate the wheat from the chaff? Thankfully, a variety of medical marijuana contests have popped up around Colorado recently, and they ... 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 >>
The R.A.V.E. Act could mean trouble for even legitimate promoters.
He was the law in these parts, but now Alamosa's former DA may be one toke over the line.