Ever wonder who can afford to go to presidential fundraisers? Or who gets to attend without paying big bucks? We asked photog Christopher Morgan to find out during yesterday's event at the Hyatt Hotel, which President Barack Obama highlighted shortly after delivering the commencement address at the ... More >>
John Hickenlooper and Mike Coffman aren't exactly ideological twins. But at the end of this big political week in the State of Colorado, they both face political fallout, albeit for very different reasons: a special session that failed to pass civil unions and comments questioning Barack Obama's bir ... 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 >>
Before last night's epic Denver City Council meeting started, and well before its members voted nine to four to preliminarily approve the proposed urban camping ordinance, the line for public attendance stretched far outside the City and County Building. Many of these people left during the followin ... More >>
Colorado Attorney General John Suthers is currently in Washington, D.C. for U.S. Supreme Court hearings on the Affordable Care Act. But in his absence, his office registered his objections to Senate Bill 12-163, which would, among other things, make possession of meth a misdemeanor rather than a cla ... More >>
one-colorado.org If Colorado lawmakers pass a bill to legalize civil unions, the state could see a bump in its bank account -- $4.8 million in the first three years, according to a report by the California-based sexual orientation think tank The Williams Institute. That money would come from ... More >>
one-colorado.org The defeat of a bill to legalize civil unions in the last legislative session was a heart-breaker for those in favor of marriage equality. After passing in the Senate, the bill was defeated in a House committee by one vote -- with all six of the panel's Republicans voting aga ... More >>
Video below.This week, Congressman Jared Polis quizzed U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder about the Department of Justice's approach to medical marijuana; see a video of the exchange below. For the most part, Holder suggested that MMJ businesses following state law are not Department of Justic ... More >>
The Harm Reduction Action Center -- whose very own Ruth Kanatser was honored recently with the inaugural Josephine Roche Award for direct service and advocacy -- could soon be Denver's second legal syringe exchange.
Sal Pace.Pueblo Democrat Sal Pace is giving up his post as minority leader of the Colorado House. But he's not resigning as representative for House District 46, and neither is he making a break with politics.
Far from it: He plans to run against Scott Tipton in the 3rd Congressional Distric ... More >>
One of the biggest issues for medical marijuana entrepreneurs is the shortage of banks willing to take their money. Most used Colorado Springs State Bank until September 30, when its MMJ accounts were dropped. And now, The Bank of Denver, where other businesses had found refuge, is doing like ... More >>
Jan Brewer.As reported by our Toke of the Town blog, the Department of Justice's response to a lawsuit by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer directly contradicted an assertion by Colorado Attorney General John Suthers that state employees might be prosecuted for enforcing state medical marijuana law ... More >>
Nancy Spence.With medical marijuana clean-up bill HB 1043 under scrutiny from U.S. Attorney John Walsh, it's no surprise that the medical marijuana lobbyists were out in force when the measure went before the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday. Representatives of the Medical Marijuana Indus ... More >>
Mark Gruber.With John Hickenlooper serving as Colorado's governor, we know Denver will have a new mayor this year, and the race is wide open. To introduce you to the players, we're offering profiles of official candidates. Next up: Mark Gruber.
"It's very difficult to get good government whe ... More >>
Update: Yesterday, Colorado's board of health rejected an emergency petition from the Cannabis Therapy Institute, on view below in an item first published yesterday morning. The reason? The board didn't believe the concerns outlined in the petition constituted an emergency. However, the topic ... More >>
Vincent Palazzotto.Update below: Last week, Medical Marijuana Assistance Program of the Rockies co-founder Vincent Palazzotto shared his relief that a health department advisory committee struck draft language that might have outlawed mobile MMJ clinics like one his organization uses.
Now, h ... More >>
In Colorado, where there's medical marijuana, there's media.
So it was only a matter of time before someone attempted to organize all those newshounds on the weed beat -- and now that time has come.
Introducing Colorado-based Cannabis Press Association.
This week, the department of health's medical marijuana advisory committee struck draft language that would have doomed mobile MMJ clinics -- but it left intact limits against doctors with conditions or restrictions on their licenses.
However, HB 1043, a new bill on view below, could change ... More >>
Mason Tvert.At this hour, SAFER's Mason Tvert is slated to hold a press conference at the Denver City and County Building to highlight his pro-marijuana outfit's first-ever voter guides -- and to bash Mayor John Hickenlooper for what Tvert sees as his backwards stance on weed. But at least Hi ... More >>