America's first (known) hemp harvest in more than fifty years began this month in southeastern Colorado. This past spring, following last year's passage of Amendment 64, which legalized small amounts of marijuana for adults and paved the way for industrial hemp production, farmer Ryan Loflin planted ... More >>
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 >>
At this point, most marijuana advocates have stopped holding their breath while waiting for the federal government to decide whether or not it will interfere with Amendment 64, passed by voters here last November. Now, however, a powerful new voice has joined the chorus of those asking that the Oba ... More >>
Update below: In February, the Justice Department decided not to charge the officers who beat Alex Landau to a pulp with federal civil rights violations. Then, days later, a cop who pummeled him was reinstated at the conclusion of a separate excessive-force investigation. Although Landau was frustr ... 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 >>
Editor's note: Medical marijuana critic William Breathes's latest review, which is usually published at 4:20 p.m. on Thursdays, has not quite finished curing; look for it in this space soon. In the meantime, we share the story of a marijuana activist and his efforts to discover what was said during ... More >>
Organizations hoping to bury unpleasant or potentially controversial news traditionally release information late Friday, in the hope that many folks already in weekend mode miss the development. A classic example: Justice Department reps chose Friday at 6:30 p.m. to inform Alex Landau that they woul ... More >>
For those keeping track at home, the investigation of the April 2009 on-camera beating of Michael DeHerrera has lasted more than three years -- and it's not done yet: The Colorado Progressive Coalition announced today that the case had been delayed for five more months. Over the past three years, th ... More >>
On January 29, 2009, Alex Landau was brutally beaten by Denver cops after they pulled him over for what they said was an illegal left turn -- but he charged was racial profiling. And the City of Denver agreed -- or at least was worried enough about the federal lawsuit Landau filed to settle with La ... More >>
Last year a federal review panel heard some amazing excuses from corrections officials about why their jails and prisons have exceptionally high rates of sexual assault. One sheriff even claimed inmates were faking stories of rape in order to get cookies from researchers.
This morning, the ACLU of Colorado requested a formal investigation of the Denver Police Department's conduct with Occupy Denver during the past six and a half months. The complaint, delivered to Police Chief Robert White and the Office of the Independent Monitor, cites both First Amendment freedoms ... More >>
The Justice Department could be in federal court today, filing a motion to lift the roadblock that Superior (joined by Golden) put in the path of the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife's plan to transfer a 300-foot right-of-way on the east side of Rocky Flats to the Jefferson Parkway Public Highwa ... More >>
U.S. Attorney John Walsh's seizure letters to 23 dispensaries near schools sent shock waves through the local medical marijuana community, since most if not all of the centers were legal under Colorado law. Afterward, criticism of Representative Jared Polis, a longtime MMJ supporter, mounted, with o ... More >>
Last week, if all had gone according to plan, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service would have been finalizing the exchange of a 300-foot right-of-way comprising approximately 100 acres on the eastern border of the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge for a 617-acre parcel on the southwestern corner of ... 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 >>
Jo Scott.Jo Scott is the truest of believers when it comes the fight against abortion rights -- so much so that she's repeatedly violated both state and federal laws designed to protect clinic visitors. But the level of harassment will presumably be modified now that a settlement with the Jus ... More >>
Corrections officials are understandably defensive about a controversial Bureau of Justice Statistics survey that indicates a high incidence of prisoner sexual abuse in their facilities. But is that any reason for jail bosses to claim inmates are concocting fake stories of prison rape in orde ... More >>
Could the broader approval of medical marijuana lead to legalization of marijuana for recreational use? That's one theory put forward by cannabis activists like Morgan Fox, communications manager for the Marijuana Policy Project. Fox believes more than half of U.S. states could legalize MMJ b ... More >>
You won't find many prisons where the subject of rape behind bars is openly discussed, by inmates or staff -- not because it isn't a problem, but because it is. A Bureau of Justice Statistics report estimates that more than 200,000 adult prisoners endured sexual assaults in 2008, roughly one ... More >>
Melinda Haag.While medical marijuana is legal in Colorado, it remains against U.S. law -- and the push and pull between the state and the feds continues to concern the local MMJ community. Case in point: The Haag memo, a letter sent in February by California-based U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag p ... More >>
It's getting to be a full-time job tracing the fall-out from the job offers dangled by the White House for Andrew Romanoff. According to Roll Call, House Republicans issued a resolution of inquiry last night demanding documents from the Justice Department on the White House's role in making ... More >>
Chris Bartkowicz, as seen in the 9News story that brought him to the DEA's attention.Many of the attorneys who specialize in medical marijuana issues in Colorado speak, including Rob Corry, Lauren Davis and Brian Vicente, speak openly about cases while they're in progress. Joseph Saint-Veltr ... More >>
Rob Corry doesn't want the DEA to go rogue anymore.You didn't think attorney Rob Corry would remain silent after the Drug Enforcement Administration raid on the home of Chris Bartkowicz, did you? After all, Corry's among the most vocal of all Colorado's medical marijuana advocates, and if he ... More >>
"Hey, my hands are clean!"Last year, ethics in Colorado improved by 50 percent -- at least judging by Colorado Ethics Watch's list of the year's top ethical standards. After all, the 2008 edition was ten items long, but the 2009 sports just five. "We realized it had been a slow year," says ne ... More >>
At holiday parties this weekend, everyone was talking about pot. I haven't been asked about marijuana this much since my first day of college in 1972, when I wore a hippie-print dress and my dormmates assumed I could hook them up. People were talking about the booming business in medical mar ... More >>
Even Balloon Boy couldn't knock our hunt for a medical-marijuana reviewer out of the national news. Yesterday, NPR's Sunday show ran a piece about our quest, resulting in still more applications coming in from across the country. But sorry, folks: We're looking for a Colorado resident, someon ... More >>
Every presidency has its own biases about the kind of education that makes for good leaders. JFK stacked the deck with Harvard grads; Bush I and Bush II leaned toward Yalies, of course. Snobbery, Eastern elitism, Ivy Leaguism--it's been expected of the White House since the days of Woodrow Wi ... More >>
Talk about paying at the pump.Exxon-Mobil had a bad day in court in Denver yesterday. The firm pleaded guilty to killing migratory birds in five states, including Colorado. The size of the fine and community-service payments Exxon-Mobil has agreed to pony up -- $600,000 -- is, to use an avian ... More >>
John Malone. As one of Colorado's wealthiest entrepreneurs, Liberty Media chairman John Malone can certainly afford the $1.4 million civil penalty just announced by the U.S. Justice Department. But he can't be pleased by the publicity sure to be generated by the fine, levied against him for violati ... More >>
A Flickr photo Escaping from a halfway house isn't the same as busting out of jail. After all, it can be done while walking instead of running. But it's still a serious offense in the eyes of the law, which is why Alejandro Barron-Reyes, 34, was just sentenced to eighteen months for splitting from ... More >>
A Flickr photo "Three former Colorado Springs residents were indicted by a federal grand jury in Denver this week on charges of conspiracy and fraud for selling about $1.6 million of oil and gas investments in projects they did not own, Acting U.S. Attorney David Gaouette and FBI Special Agent in C ... More >>
The staffers at the Rocky Mountain News may not be in power positions when it comes to saving the paper, which was recently put up for sale by its parent company, E.W. Scripps. (Read our coverage in the feature article "The Rocky Mountain News is Going Down" and two sidebars, "Five Rocky Stars Who ... More >>
One of the most intriguing questions about the possible closure of the Rocky Mountain News -- the subject of December 11 feature article supplemented by sidebars about Rocky scribes the Denver Post should covet and the joint-operating agreement that connects the Denver dailies -- involves the impa ... More >>
Shake hands and come out writing.
Denver Public Schools' bilingual-education policy is open to interpretation.
JOAs can be bad news for newspaper employees.
Parents in northwest Denver say the school district doesn't listen--so they're making more noise.
A federal audit of the Weed and Seed anti-crime program finds one-fifth of its funds unaccounted for.
A lawsuit on behalf of handicapped state prisoners moves toward a settlement.