Rob Corry.At 9 a.m., Colorado's Department of Revenue will begin two days of public hearings at the Jefferson County Justice Center, Hearing Room 1, about its draft regulations for the medical marijuana industry. Among those hoping to speak is MMJ attorney Rob Corry -- but he's already fired ... More >>
Pierre Werner.Update: Earlier this week, we told you about an investigation in Las Vegas targeting Pierre Werner, who ran a Boulder dispensary under his nickname, Dr. Reefer, before Colorado law established that a former felon like himself couldn't own an MMJ center. Now, the U.S. Attorney's ... More >>
Fern Epstein.Colorado's Department of Revenue unveiled draft regulations for the medical marijuana industry at a marathon meeting yesterday -- and most concerning for the Cannabis Therapy Institute's Laura Kriho was a plan to phase out the current MMJ registry and replace it with a database s ... More >>
Over the past week or so, medical marijuana patients across the state have learned that doctor recommendations for the card allowing them to use MMJ have been rejected. Why? A new health department policy that slid into place almost unnoticed -- one that's likely to disenfranchise and anger n ... More >>
Chris Bartkowicz.Update: Westword has obtained the plea agreement signed by Chris Bartkowicz, the Highlands Ranch home grower brought up on federal drug charges even though he said he was growing marijuana for medical purposes. The document, on view below in its entirety, shows that he was co ... More >>
Louis Hampers.Lots of new details emerged at a detention hearing today for Dr. Louis Hampers, the Children's Hospital ER doc arrested for fraudulently writing 654 prescriptions. Among them: that Hampers used the identity of a woman he paid for sex -- and the identities of her two minor childr ... More >>
Chris Bartkowicz.As we noted in a September 10 post, the February arrest of Highlands Ranch marijuana grower Chris Bartkowicz, as well as his subsequent indictment, has been a rallying point for local medical-marijuana activists. That will literally be true tomorrow, when members of major MMJ ... More >>
Sean Paige.Here's one of the stranger public political spats of the season: El Paso County Commissioner Amy Lathen and Colorado Springs councilman Sean Paige have been going back and forth over marijuana. Seems Lathen publicly said Paige supports weed legalization, which she appears to oppos ... More >>
Louis Hampers. Louis Hampers, the Children's Hospital doctor who was the subject of the recent Westword feature "When This Physician Gets the Fever, it's the Women He Dates Who Can't Shake the Bug," was arrested this morning on charges of writing hundreds of phony prescriptions. An indictment ... More >>
Chris Bartkowicz, the medical marijuana grower busted by the Drug Enforcement Administration in February after an on-camera interview with 9News, is hoping that a gaffe by the Associated Press isn't a foretelling of the future.
Laura Kriho.The first rule-making hearing of the Department of Revenue's Medical Marijuana Licensing Authority, slated for 10 a.m. this morning, has been deemed an emergency. But why it should be categorized as one puzzles the Cannabis Therapy Institute's Laura Kriho, who notes that this term ... More >>
Matt Cook.One of the main people to thank -- or curse -- for Colorado's new medical marijuana regulations is Matt Cook, senior director of enforcement at the Department of Revenue. Cook, who worked closely with legislators developing the rules, is now in charge of enforcing them and will be h ... More >>
Roger Christie.Roger Christie, head of Hawaii's THC Ministry, is in Colorado for a series of events to promote using religious exemptions to get around new medical marijuana laws. And he hopes to take action in court by Independence Day to make the concept stick.
"No, I am not high."Governor Bill Ritter has finally signed HB 1284 and SB 109, the two medical marijuana bills that wended their way through the Colorado legislature this year. How did this former district attorney explain his reasons for backing legislation that many law-enforcement offici ... More >>
Franklin Gonzalo Sierra-Rodriguez.The Littleton Police Department and federal authorities in Detroit believe that Franklin Gonzalo Sierra-Rodriguez was responsible for the apparent assassination of a man in Littleton, now identified as Joaquin Lucero-Carillo. But there's a lot more to the st ... More >>
With dispensaries on every street corner, legislators having rolled out the first regulatory system for statewide marijuana distribution in the country and activists seriously considering an initiative to legalize pot this November, it might seem like Colorado has always been a marijuana Mecc ... More >>
Chris Bartkowicz is sticking with his initial plea.Yet another unexpected twist in the case of Highlands Ranch's Chris Bartkowicz, whose home-grown marijuana crop was seized by the Drug Enforcement Administration immediately after he showed it off to Channel 9. Bartkowicz was expected to rev ... More >>
The case involving Chris Bartkowicz, seen in a 9News image, has opened a legal kettle of worms.Highlands Ranch's Chris Bartkowicz, whose home was raided by the DEA in February soon after he showed off his grow to a 9News reporter, is expected to offer a guilty plea in relation to the case. N ... More >>
Dan Tang is facing 18 months in prison.This afternoon, Chief U.S. District Judge Wiley Y. Daniel sentenced prominent Thornton restaurant owner Dan Tang to eighteen months in prison for his part in the largest marijuana bust in state history -- more than the probation requested by his lawyers, ... More >>
As Colorado's medical-marijuana industry grows, marijuana dispensaries of all types and sizes are proliferating around the state. Some resemble swanky bars or sterile dentist offices; others feel like a dope dealer's college dorm room. To help keep them all straight, Westword will be offerin ... More >>
Rob Corry doesn't know if calling this bill "new" is truth in advertising.Prominent medical marijuana advocates such as Matt Brown and Brian Vicente have already weighed in on the medical marijuana bill sponsored by Representative Tom Massey. But one of the most notable figures in the medical ... More >>
Matt Brown sees good and bad in the upcoming medical marijuana bill.A little over an hour ago, we posted a blog offering a sneak preview of Representative Tom Massey's bill to regulate the medical marijuana industry. Now, more details from another insider: Matt Brown, frontman for Coloradans ... More >>
Reuben Droughns, in an image from the website of the New York Giants -- his last team.What do former pro football players do once their careers are over? The rise of the medical marijuana industry in Colorado provides a possible answer owing to one simple fact: A helluva lot of athletes love ... More >>
Stan Garnett and Jann Scott: e-mail buddies?Beware of sending an e-mail to Jann Scott. The longtime public-access gadfly (profiled by yours truly back in 1992, prior to the launch of our online archives) tends to forward his correspondence to anyone and everyone -- and that's precisely what h ... More >>
Medical-marijuana providers in the state of Colorado are in a state of confusion right now.Yesterday afternoon, medical-marijuana advocates filed a petition in Denver District Court calling for a Tuesday ruling about the definition of "caregiver" by the state's Board of Health to be voided. S ... 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 >>
"Stop using medical marijuana! In the name of my interpretation of the law!"Colorado Attorney General John Suthers wants to put the medical-marijuana genie back in the bottle -- so it's hardly surprising that he's not thrilled by the Obama administration's efforts to put enforcement of rules ... 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 >>
Aaron Castro and Alfonzo Castro.Take a look at Aaron and Alfonzo Castro and then guess their profession. Kindergarten teachers? Florists? Hallmark Card authors? Not according to Colorado Attorney General John Suthers, the North Metro Task Force and other law-enforcement types. No, they say th ... More >>
It's hard to understate the explosive rise of Colorado's medical marijuana industry. When Westword took an in-depth look at issue in the February 2009 article "Medical marijuana Has Become a Growth Industry in Colorado," just over 5,000 patients had been approved by the state to use marijuana -- w ... More >>
Travis Henry during his locker-room days. Back in September, former Denver Broncos running back Travis Henry was arrested in relation to a series of cocaine-related charges -- but because the drugs in question were found in Montana, the trial took place there rather than in Denver. That proceeding ... 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 >>
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Special agents of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service fight battles outdoors and in the office.
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Two local lawmen go hunting for aliens on a top-secret stakeout.
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