After more than a week, the Black Forest fire in El Paso County is 95 percent contained, allowing the focus to shift to repair and recovery. But there's no rest for the weary: Firefighters are currently battling a new blaze in southern Jefferson County. Dubbed the Lime Gulch fire, it's already cons ... More >>
About a month ago, the government seized five tons of Colorado-grown plant life, and on December 4, members of Congress plan to light it up. No, not that kind of plant life. It's the lighting of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, and although they won't have the munchies, those in attendance will cert ... More >>
Update: At long last comes the announcement residents of Colorado Springs have been awaiting since June 23, when the Waldo Canyon fire flared to life. The blaze, which destroyed 346 homes and took the lives of Barbara and William Everett, age 73 and 74, respectively, is finally 100 percent containe ... More >>
Update:Firefighters made progress against the Waldo Canyon fire near Colorado Springs yesterday -- enough to get a better sense of the destruction that took place the previous day. The number of homes destroyed had been estimated at north of 300, and that proved all too accurate. Thus far, 347 homes ... More >>
From regulations changing and shops being raided, to pizza delivery guys calling the cops on tokers, it has been an interesting year for medical marijuana in Colorado. Below is our top ten list of Westword's most popular marijuana stories of 2011 as well as links to the original posts.
Dorothy Butcher.Former state representative Dorothy Butcher, a Democrat, represented Pueblo's District 46 for three terms, adding to an impressive résumé that also includes a stint on the Pueblo city council. Which only enhances the surprise sparked by a report that a small forest of mariju ... More >>
Big pics below.In its first announcement about the seizure of more than 3,000 marijuana plants from a plot in Pike National Forest, an ultra-popular place for illegal grows (more on that later), the Douglas County Sheriff's Office estimated that the weed was worth $900,000. However, that was ... More >>
UFO Phil.Last month, we told you about UFO Phil Hill's plan to build a pyramid on Pikes Peak. At the time, Hill was having trouble getting an official response to his proposal. Now, however, he's heard from the US Forest Service, whose representative isn't exactly on board, so to speak. But ... More >>
2009 Sugarloaf Mountain bust.Breaking news: Boulder is recognized the world over as a marijuana-friendly town. But apparently the weed smoked by thousands of attendees at the annual 4/20 orgasm of cannabis consumption at CU is largely grown elsewhere. As evidence, note that this week's bust ... 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 >>
Assorted agencies took down a marijuana-grow operation on Sugarloaf Mountain in July.As smoke continues to gather over medical-marijuana operations in Colorado, local law-enforcement agencies continue to find weed-growing operations in remote locations -- and Pike National Forest appears to b ... More >>
A July weed haul in Pike National Forest.A fire in Pike National Forest would bake the entire region. Fed and local law enforcement types located more than 14,000 marijuana plants in Pike National Forest near Deckers last week, and it's hardly the first time such a discovery has been made in ... More >>
Steamy.It's not faux. It's Pho. Today in Cafe Society: • Up Close: Pho 95. • What's Cooking? Getting corny in the kitchen with Pete Marczyk. • Spike It: Top six things that could be improved by caffeine. • Guess where I'm eating? • Candy Girls: Twilight Sweethearts, Forbidden Fruit ... More >>
"Another tough day clearing the weed...."Joel Warner's blog "Colorado's Marijuana Growing Pains Continue" focuses on attempts to regulate the medical-marijuana industry. This item is about weed of another kind -- and a lot of it. Last month, the West Metro Drug Task Force found and eradicate ... More >>
The West Metro Task Force via CBS4. Denver-area authorities have made yet another holy-shit-that's-a-lot-of-weed bust on an sophisticated grow operation, no doubt worrying local stoners that they're approaching their Entourage moment. Don't worry, guys! That's what Mexico's for! The most recen ... More >>
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And God said Ha! (Can you blame Him?)
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