Author Michael Roberts

A photo from the Clinic Charity Classic tournament in 2014.

The folks at O.penVAPE, a Colorado-based manufacturer of vaporizer devices, cartridges and other marijuana-related products, were disappointed when the Denver Broncos declined to consider their proposal to purchase naming rights for Mile High Stadium.

But that doesn’t mean that representatives of the firm are putting distance between them and the NFL — or at least former NFL players who advocate for the use of medical cannabis.


Update: In July, supporters of the Neighborhood Supported Cannabis Consumption Pilot Program, which would allow the social use of marijuana at participating businesses in Denver, began collecting signatures to get their proposal on the Denver ballot in November; see our previous coverage below.

The results of these efforts, which spanned a period of less than a month, will be touted at a press conference this morning.

According to the campaign, more than 10,800 signatures will be submitted to the Denver Elections Division — more than double the 4,726 required to qualify for the ballot.

Frank McNulty during his time as a Colorado representative.

Amendment 139, a proposal that’s seeking a spot on the November ballot, is getting attention primarily for a section that would limit the potency of marijuana products to 16 percent THC — a reduction for a huge number of currently available items.

But that’s not all the measure would do. A139, which is on view below, would also put childproof-packaging regulations into the Colorado Constitution along with labeling rules that could require warnings about mood swings, impaired thinking, possible addiction and even temporary paranoia.

But that’s not all the measure would do. A139, which is on view below, would also put childproof-packaging regulations into the Colorado Constitution along with labeling rules that could require warnings about mood swings, impaired thinking, possible addiction and even temporary paranoia.

Travis and Samantha Mason in a photo from her Facebook page.

Young couples are frequently encouraged to write wills and make estate plans that will be ready in the event of unexpected death — but few of them do so.

Such a tragedy seems too unlikely for most of them to undertake such a sad task.

But Travis and Samantha Mason were an exception to this rule. Why? One reason, Samantha says, was Travis’s past as a Marine — a service in which risking life for country is one cost of membership.

“We’d talked about what to do if anything was to happen — what his wishes were and what my wishes were,” she acknowledges. “And he just wanted everybody to be happy. He didn’t want anybody really mourning.”

Keeping this pledge will be difficult for Samantha and his friends, family and loved ones — not to mention what Samantha refers to as “his brothers and sisters” in the military. Because while Travis survived his stint in the Marines, which ended in February 2016, he was killed on June 18, at the age of 24, when he was shot while working as a security guard at Green Heart, a dispensary at 19005 East Quincy Avenue in Aurora.

The amount dispensaries charge for an ounce of cannabis in Colorado varies radically from place to place.

As evidence, check out the latest Colorado numbers from, which uses a crowdsourcing approach to gathering its data.

The priciest figures for high-quality marijuana are more than twice as hefty as the lowest ones — and the farther a buyer is from the Denver metro-area (or, in one instance, Colorado Springs), the likelier he or she is to pay a premium price.

Of course, the term “high-quality” is imprecise, and costs vary from place to place in any community with multiple dispensaries. But the digits still indicate that importance of location, location, location.

Earlier this year, High Times announced that it would move its annual Cannabis Cup to Pueblo after it was forced to relocate the event from Denver. And while the plan subsequently fell apart (and the Cup headed to California, at least temporarily), the idea of the Cup in Pueblo made sense since the community has been viewed as one of the more marijuana-friendly in Colorado.

But that reputation appears to be changing in a big way.

The number of busts aimed at allegedly illegal marijuana growshas skyrocketed in the city, with another one taking place this week. Since mid-March, the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office has reportedly confiscated 5,900 marijuana plans and arrested 35 people in 25 homes.

Meanwhile, the PCSO has announced the breakup of a drug-trafficking operation with alleged links to a Mexican cartel — the conclusion of a months-long investigation that led to multiple seizures of methamphetamine, plus cocaine and heroin.

Last year, for example, Project SAM, an organization co-founded by former representative Patrick Kennedy and launched in Denver, claimed that national figures from the Department of Health and Human Services showed “heavy marijuana use” was “soaring among young people,” when the stats actually demonstrated that the overall number had dropped substantially. After being called out by the Washington Post, Project SAM withdrew its original press release on the topic.

That could explain why the 2015 Health Kids Colorado Survey, just issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (see it below), underlines “not” in the grabbiest weed-related finding in the report: “Four out of five Colorado high school students have not used marijuana in the last thirty days.”

Other findings are similar — yet plenty of people continue to believe that the 2012 passage of Amendment 64, which legalized limited recreational marijuana sales to adults in Colorado, has caused the sort of teen-toking explosion about which Project SAM has been concerned. And Mason Tvert, an A64 proponent who’s now the director of communication for the Marijuana Policy Project, thinks he knows why.

The co-owner of iBake Englewood, who goes by the name Thurlow Weed.

Earlier this month, we reported that Englewood had voted to prohibit marijuana clubs in the wake of controversy overiBake, a pot-consumption business with storefronts in the community and Adams County, where officials announced that they were looking at ways to shut down the one there after three years of operation and no reported problems.

Despite the Englewood ban, iBake’s co-owner, Thurlow Weed, expressed his hope that his venue in the community would be grandfathered in by the city council. But a memo authored by acting city attorney Dugan Comer in advance of a city council study session that’s scheduled for tonight outlines the rationale Englewood can use to shutter iBake permanently and suggests that any lawsuits over the action would be unsuccessful.

A recent study confirmed that marijuana-related arrests are up in Nebraska counties near the Colorado border.

Representatives of law-enforcement agencies in such areas frequently complain about the resources required to stop the flow of cannabis over the border.

However, the study’s authors can’t say definitively whether the increasing number of busts is due to more marijuana coming into the state or a greater emphasis on stopping it.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Good to Know Colorado campaign endeavors to educate folks about the effects of marijuana — though the focus is typically on its dangers.

For instance, Good to Know’s latest effort sketches out the risks of cannabis use by pregnant and breastfeeding women.

But the CDPHE-blessed item that recently caught our eye appears under the umbrella category “Marijuana 101” — specifically, the slang terms for marijuana that parents should know before talking with their kids.

The site lists seventeen nicknames for cannabis — many in common usage, some seriously out of date, and others that are apt to make the average teen burst into laughter upon hearing his/her folks say them during a serious sit-down about the demon plant.

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