More than 12 percent of Coloradans use illegal drugs every month. That's among the Colorado-specific findings of a report from the National Surveys on Drug Use and Health. The stats are drawn from 2011 and 2012, which may make them a little behind the curve: As the Washington Post points out, the fi ... More >>
A couple of week's back, we shared Ranker's list of the twenty best state songs -- and had to admit that even though Colorado's finished pretty high, it was hardly a standout. Now, Spotify has assembled a roster of each state's favorite July 4th song, and unfortunately, Colorado's is among the unco ... More >>
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 >>
Over the years, marijuana activists have frequently talked about the tipping point -- the moment at which so many states have legalized pot that the federal government is forced to change its policies in regard to a substance still considered a Schedule 1 narcotic by the Drug Enforcement Agency. In ... More >>
Shawn McDonald believes the art of tattooing is experiencing a renaissance. The industry has changed a lot since his childhood in Massachusetts, where tattooing was illegal until 2000. Now a prolific artist in the industry, McDonald has been tattooing professionally for thirteen years and currently ... More >>
It is Texas time in Denver. All we'd need is the Geto Boys and Gary Clark Jr. to hit the spectrum of Lone Star exports: St. Vincent brings her shock of white hair to town tomorrow, the Toadies' Rubberneck victory lap hits Englewood and songwriting genius Joy Ely makes the Soiled Dove the perfect pla ... More >>
Don't let the name mislead you: The Chocolate Nemesis may soon be your new best friend. The "oldie but goody" dessert that won fans at The Kitchen in Boulder has now been imported to The Kitchen Denver, and is winning hearts (and stomachs) across town. The flourless chocolate cake, accompanied by c ... More >>
We've been hearing a lot about Smart Colorado's call for higher cannabis taxes in Colorado, as well as its connection to a possible attempt to repeal Amendment 64, which allows adults 21 and over in Colorado to use and possess small amounts of marijuana. But the group is also spreading its anti-pot ... More >>
Project SAM, a national organization that opposes marijuana legalization, is scheduled to formally launch during a 10:30 a.m. press conference today at the Denver Press Club. The event is only open to accredited journalists, but Marijuana Policy Project spokesman and Amendment 64 proponent Mason Tve ... More >>
Colorado has a new Medicaid pilot program that will cover the cost of acupuncture, massage therapy and chiropractic services for 67 people with spinal cord injuries. As explained in our feature story, "Body Movin'," the program's chief architect is a determined thirty-year-old named Chanda Hinton Le ... More >>
Last week, the Department of Revenue sent a letter formally petitioning the federal government to reschedule marijuana; read it below. Sensible Colorado's Brian Vicente sees the move as a sign of the times, and predicts such rescheduling will happen within five years -- if Barack Obama or Ron Paul w ... More >>
Slim Cessna's Auto Club @ Bluebird Theater | 12/30/11 For the past decade, Slim Cessna's Auto Club has been playing the Bluebird on New Year's Eve and the night before. As Slim himself says, it just kind of happened. The band just kept getting asked to do these yearly shows. For past New Year's sho ... 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.
Matt Cook.The Department of Revenue's Matt Cook worked with legislators to develop Colorado's medical marijuana laws and then headed up the writing of regulations to make them flesh, turning him into a national expert on the intersection of government and weed. He's shared his knowledge with ... More >>
Part of Linda Sormin's yet-to-be-titled installation.Clay is arguably the first medium ever invented by humans -- one of the oldest prehistoric artifacts ever found was a drinking vessel made of sun-dried clay -- and it'll soon be the star of the largest single-subject exhibition the Denver A ... More >>
Brian Vicente.Medical marijuana has been enshrined in the Colorado constitution since 2000, with a new MMJ regulatory law signed into law this past June and more medical marijuana legislation in the pipeline. But that's not the case in other states, as the Wyoming Supreme Court recently remin ... More >>
It won't make the body scans or perverse groping security pat-downs any easier to handle, but medical marijuana patients traveling to one of five states from DIA can now pack their cannabis openly instead of, say, hiding it in a shampoo bottle.
OMG, it's Matt and Kim! Last night at the Ogden.Matt and Kim • So So Glos • Picture Plane 09.24.10 | Ogden Theatre, Denver The hyper-positive drum-and-keyboard duo of Matt and Kim: From playing DIY art spaces to packing grand old joints like the Ogden Theatre, you have to wonder how much bigger ... More >>
Lori Midson Morton's LoDo executive chef Bob Wiltshire Bob Wiltshire Morton's Steakhouse 1710 Wynkoop Street 303-825-3353 www.mortons.com This is part one of Lori Midson' Chef and Tell interview with Bob Wiltshire, To read part two of that interview, check back here tomorrow. Blame Bob W ... More >>
Brian Vicente is still keeping his initiative options open.As of two days ago, the latest version of HB 1284, the bill to regulate the medical marijuana industry, looked something like this. But yesterday's hearing before the House judiciary committee resulted in a number of significant chang ... More >>
Whereas the sentence of this line does lack reasonable syntax therein, devoid of wordiness or legalese or both, or otherwise does lack sizable font to a specified degree, or both, call John Kefalas consumers concerned about it should.Even as President Barack Obama and a divided Congress are o ... More >>
A Flickr photo.Could the Land of Enchantment magically solve Colorado's pot problems?As a recent Court of Appeals decision and a Board of Health brouhaha made clear, Colorado's medical marijuana is in desperate need of an overhaul. While officials and dispensary owners tussle over ridiculousl ... More >>
"The United Plates of America." That's what Bon Appetit entitled its recent roundup of all the best flavors in our fifty weirdly diverse states, offering this explanation: "Whether it's a slice of just-baked cherry pie in Michigan, an oyster and bacon sandwich in Louisiana, or a glass of rhubarb a ... 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 >>
This chick flick gets lost between the past and daughterly presence.
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Brief sketches of what's happening in the Denver art scene.
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Abstract sculptures and paintings look good at Walker and Fresh Art.
It's the Colorado hillbillies!
Diggie Diamond finds fresh meat in the International Male.
News directors debate what is, and isn't, breaking news.
Holiday football reveals a new Colorado ailment.
With a twisted vision, Reverend Glasseye and His Wooden Legs get a leg up on the competition.
Want to open a restaurant in the 'burbs? Here's some Sage advice.
Three local indies demonstrate that not all record companies are created evil.
This young whippersnapper is wise beyond his years.
Colorado sports went on a downhill slide in '99.