Last week, a Justice Department rep told a Senate committee the federal government was working on a solution that would allow marijuana businesses in Colorado to legally use the banking system -- something that's been officially forbidden up until now. Among the Colorado agencies lobbying for such ... More >>
When the Obama administration announced that it wouldn't sue to stop Amendment 64 and other state cannabis laws, anticipation about yesterday's Senate hearing on marijuana shifted from whether the feds could be forced to make a decision to what they'd say about allowing measures to take effect. As s ... More >>
Last week, the U.S. Justice Department finally announced that it would not sue to stop Colorado's Amendment 64 from going into effect. Afterward, politicians and reformers alike shared their thoughts -- but in subsequent days, some of the latter shared misgivings about elements of the feds' memo reg ... More >>
The Obama administration will not sue to stop Colorado's Amendment 64, which allows adults 21 and over to use and possess small amounts of marijuana, and establishes a foundation for retail sales of recreational pot. This long-awaited news was confirmed by the office of Colorado-based U.S. Attorney ... More >>
Last week, the White House finally talked pot, albeit mainly to reiterate statements made by President Barack Obama last year. As such, members of the Colorado cannabis community were left to wonder how long the current administration could stretch Attorney General Eric Holder's statement last March ... More >>
Earlier this month, the White House announced hardline drug czar Gil Kerlikowske's nomination as the new U.S. Commissioner of Customs -- a move that caused some observers to wonder if the Obama administration was finally laying the groundwork for a more progressive approach to state marijuana laws l ... More >>
Yesterday, eight former DEA administrators sent a letter to ranking members of the Senate Judiciary Committee (see it below), encouraging them to quiz U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder about why the Justice Department hasn't cracked down on Colorado and Washington state over their recently passed ma ... More >>
As we reported earlier today, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder didn't choose his appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee to share the Justice Department response to marijuana laws in Colorado that contradict federal policy. The measures contradict international treaties, too, as a new rep ... More >>
Tomorrow, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee -- and eight ex-heads of the Drug Enforcement Administration suggest that members ask him why the hell he hasn't brought the hammer down on Colorado and Washington state for their respective pot laws. That ... More >>
Mike Rosen.Update below: This week, a tipster informed yours truly (and Colorado Pols) that KOA talk show host Mike Rosen had basically copied a 2008 column he wrote for the Rocky Mountain News and republished it in December as a Denver Post piece. Rather than simply running side-by-side exce ... More >>
Mark Udall's staffers swear he wasn't trying to hide anything.Ever since Stephanie Villafuerte removed herself from the U.S. Attorney sweepstakes via an angry letter in which she expressed frustration about "a needless and extraneous political fight" that has "completely overshadowed the deli ... More >>
The pressure keeps ratcheting up on Stephanie Villafuerte.The Stephanie Villafuerte story is moving at lightning speed. The latest development: Senator Jeff Sessions, an Alabama Republican, has sent a letter to Senator Patrick Leahy, chairman of the judiciary committee, asking that the consi ... More >>
The 2010 election is less than a year away, and judging from this past Tuesday's vote, things are going to get plenty messy. But here in Colorado, we're still cleaning up after the dirty dealings of 2006. The gubernatorial race was particularly bad, with 527s and party operatives pushing the ... More >>
Local coverage of Barack Obama's selection of Colorado Senator Ken Salazar as the next Secretary of the Interior has mostly been rah-rah, sis-boom-bah. Take the Denver Post editorial "Salazar a Wise Choice for West, Nation." But as noted in a National Public Radio story, assorted environmental gro ... More >>
Ken Salazar thinks the fine people in Colorado Springs really need to see this. Thirteen US Senators this week found time to co-sign a letter urging the NFL to show its Thursday-night games on broadcast television, raising questions about why more people don't punch more U.S. Senators in the face ... More >>
A sports columnist is risking the ire of readers by writing about gangs -- and criticizing local media for not adequately covering the topic.
Bush put former industry lobbyists in charge of public lands. Now a deal with a Wyoming rancher has the stewards running for cover.
From the week of September 9, 2004
Protestors in other areas aren't faring any better.