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JasonBenoirThe Colorado Court of Appeals has weighed in on the question of whether a medical marijuana patient can smoke while completing a probationary sentence that specifically nixes drug use. The judges' answer in a decision on view below? A resounding "no" justified in part by references to the case of Jason Beinor, a medical marijuana patient who was fired from his job as a street sweeper after failing a random drug test.

The man at the center of the latest controversy is Leonard Charles Watkins. At the time of a 2010 package by 9News, Watkins was reportedly on probation in Arapahoe County following a 2005 conviction involving sexual assault on a child. Nonetheless, a judge had sanctioned his use of MMJ, much to the chagrin of 18th Judicial District DA Carol Chambers. In an e-mail statement to 9News, Chambers wrote, "Does anyone think it's a good idea to allow a convicted sex offender to get high? People on probation have admitted to violating the law. There are different public safety concerns and different laws that apply to them than apply to the rest of the community."

Chambers's office subsequently appealed the decision allowing cannabis medication. Hence, the current case, in which Watkins argued that Amendment 20, which legalized medical marijuana in Colorado, "is paramount and necessarily prevails" over probation rules that forbid him from using or possessing "any narcotic, dangerous or abusable substance without a prescription." Add a comment

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Six Things You Should Know About Buying Pot In Colorado

Six Things You Should Know About Buying Pot In Colorado

January 1 marks a high point for Colorado’s Amendment 64 — the first day recreational marijuana businesses can legally operate in the state. A little more than a year after Colorado passed its ballot initiative to legalize recreational marijuana, individuals can for the first time sell, produce, and purchase marijuana legally, even without a doctor’s prescription. But to both those eager to light up and those fearful of the consequences, it is worth remembering that there remain more restrictions on the marijuana industry than there are allowances, which proponents hope...

Nicole Flatow | ThinkProgress 07 Jan 2014 Hits:654 Colorado

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Denver Democrats Worry About Lack of Voting Machines In Key Neighborhoods

Denver Democrats Worry About Lack of Voting Machines In Key Neighborhoods

As the city moves from precincts to vote centers, will Tuesday's voters be accommodated? Democrats in Denver are worried that their top local election official—who is running for county commisioner as a Republican—is not planning to deploy enough voting machines to easily accommodate polling place voters on Tuesday, particularly in racially mixed areas where Democrats are expected to do well. “The bottom line is that she has the additional machines,” said John Buckley, Arapahoe County Democratic Chair, referring to Nancy Doty, Arapahoe County Clerk and Recorder...

By Steven Rosenfeld | AlterNet 01 Nov 2012 Hits:1149 Colorado

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Colorado Latest Front for Voter Disenfranchisement

Colorado Latest Front for Voter Disenfranchisement

From Florida to Pennsylvania, Republican officials have launched an all-out effort to steal the 2012 presidential election for Mitt Romney. They are using every tactic imaginable at their disposal - from purging eligible citizens off voter rolls to implementing discriminatory voter ID laws - to disenfranchise thousands of voters in battleground states. Colorado has emerged as the latest front in the Republican scheme to disenfranchise voters. Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler, a Republican, has taken a page straight out of Katherine Harris'...

Daniel Belachew 15 Sep 2012 Hits:1272 Colorado

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Suburbs are key to victory in Colorado

Suburbs are key to victory in Colorado

The road to victory in many of the most competitive states in this year’s presidential election winds through the strip malls, traffic jams, limping economies and slumped housing markets of the suburbs. Nowhere is the trend more pronounced than in Colorado, where two counties near Denver — Jefferson and Arapahoe — have become a central focus for both campaigns. Once reliably Republican, these suburban counties have grown more diverse and less partisan — and home to the largest concentration of the unaffiliated voters widely expected...

Amy Gardner | The Washington Post 13 Sep 2012 Hits:795 Colorado

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Colorado: Passage Of Marijuana Legalization Measure Would Potentially Yield $60 Million In…

Colorado: Passage Of Marijuana Legalization Measure Would Potentially Yield $60 Million In New Annual Revenue And Savings, Study Says

The passage and enactment of a statewide marijuana ballot measure this fall could generate as much as $60 million in savings and revenue, according to a just published budgetary analysis prepared by the Colorado Center on Law & Policy. Amendment 64, The Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act of 2012, allows for the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana and/or the cultivation of up to six cannabis plants by those age 21 and over. Longer-term, the measure seeks to establish regulations governing the commercial...

Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director 24 Aug 2012 Hits:753 Colorado

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Historic 4/20: Colorado Voters Have Chance to End Marijuana Prohibition

Historic 4/20: Colorado Voters Have Chance to End Marijuana Prohibition

April 20, the quasi-official holiday for people who enjoy marijuana, is recognized by millions around the world. Those who celebrate 4/20 do so despite – and often due to – decades of out-dated propaganda about a plant that is objectively less harmful than alcohol. They do so despite our federal government’s stubborn insistence that marijuana is one of the more dangerous substances known to man and that it has absolutely no medicinal value. People who choose to celebrate 4/20 do so amidst intense stigma surrounding the...

Art Way | Sourced from AlterNet 20 Apr 2012 Hits:628 Colorado

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Frackers Outbid Farmers for Water in Colorado Drought

Frackers Outbid Farmers for Water in Colorado Drought

Colorado is facing drought not seen since 2002, following the fourth-warmest and third-least-snowy winter in US history. Colorado State University scientists report that 98 percent of the state is facing these drought conditions. The drought comes after a record-breaking warm winter that left very low "snowpack levels" in water basins. "Even though the reservoir levels are still strong and northeast Colorado soil moisture is still pretty good, we just don't usually start out quite this warm and dry at this time — so this is very concerning,"...

Rebecca Leber, ThinkProgress | Report 17 Apr 2012 Hits:1234 Colorado

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Medical Marijuana Card not a License to Smoke on Probation, Court Rules

Medical Marijuana Card not a License to Smoke on Probation, Court Rules

The Colorado Court of Appeals has weighed in on the question of whether a medical marijuana patient can smoke while completing a probationary sentence that specifically nixes drug use. The judges' answer in a decision on view below? A resounding "no" justified in part by references to the case of Jason Beinor, a medical marijuana patient who was fired from his job as a street sweeper after failing a random drug test. The man at the center of the latest controversy is Leonard Charles Watkins. At the...

Michael Roberts | Westworld Blogs 08 Feb 2012 Hits:1003 Colorado

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Women in Occupy Denver

Women in Occupy Denver

Occupy Denver (OD) has been a tenacious occupation—and some say the angriest—fighting on despite external pressures and internal strains along the fault lines of oppression and privilege. The following is mostly about the latter, particularly the role and projects of women organizers, but the external pressures are great and not unrelated, so let me first say a few words about them. The two greatest external threats to OD have no doubt been inclement weather and aggressive policing under the direction of the Democratic political...

Chad Kautzer | Waging Non-Violence OpEd 01 Dec 2011 Hits:1226 Colorado

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Occupy the Ballot: Colorado Voters Reject Corporate Power

Occupy the Ballot: Colorado Voters Reject Corporate Power

Citzen anger with corporate control of our politics isn't just playing out at Occupy Wall Street rallies. In Colorado, voters occupied their polling places and urged Congress to clarify that constitutional rights belong to people, not corporations They also voted to fire their private power company and set up a municipal utility -- as 16 communities across the country have over the past decade. Voters in Boulder backed an anti-"corporate personhood" referendum by a 3-1 margin, putting the Colorado college town on record in favor of a ...

John Nichols | The Nation 06 Nov 2011 Hits:787 Colorado

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Boulder, Colorado Occupies the Ballot Box and Calls for End to “Corporate Personhood”

Boulder, Colorado Occupies the Ballot Box and Calls for End to “Corporate Personhood”

BOULDER, CO – Last night Boulder became the second city in the nation to pass a ballot measure calling for an amendment to the US Constitution that would state that corporations are not people and the legal status of money as free speech. At midnight, with 93% of the ballots counted, the measure was handily winning with 74% of voters in support. Boulder’s campaign is the latest grassroots effort by Move to Amend, a national coalition working to abolish corporate personhood. “From Occupy Wall Street...

Move To Amend 02 Nov 2011 Hits:748 Colorado

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In Colorado, a Power Struggle Towards Moving to Municipally Owned Energy

In Colorado, a Power Struggle Towards Moving to Municipally Owned Energy

Boulder, Colo. - Many Americans these days, from the huddled masses of Occupy Wall Street to the coifed confines of the presidential campaign, are talking about the future of capitalism. Here, that debate is focused on electricity, specifically whether this city should, in Tuesday’s election, sever its relationship with a corporate utility and move toward a home-ruled, municipally owned one that would be environmentally greener and locally accountable. Kristin Johnson, a 57-year-old lawyer, summed up her planned vote to oust the company, Xcel Energy, in seven succinct words. “They...

Kirk Johnson, The New York Times News Service | Report 30 Oct 2011 Hits:639 Colorado

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Denver Police Move Into Occupy Protest Encampment After Earlier Scuffle Near Capitol

Denver Police Move Into Occupy Protest Encampment  After Earlier Scuffle Near Capitol

DENVER — The simmering tension near the Colorado Capitol escalated dramatically Saturday with more than a dozen arrests, reports of skirmishes between police and protesters and authorities firing rounds of pellets filled with pepper spray at supporters of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Officers in riot gear moved into a park late in the day where protesters were attempting to establish an encampment, hauling off demonstrators just hours after a standoff at the Capitol steps degenerated into a fight that ended in a cloud...

Associated Press | Washington Post 30 Oct 2011 Hits:580 Colorado

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Big Money, Bad Media, Secret Agenda: Welcome to America's Wildest School Board Race

Big Money, Bad Media, Secret Agenda: Welcome to America's Wildest School Board Race

School board elections are supposed to be quintessential America contests. Moms and Main Street small-business owners and retired teachers campaign by knocking on doors, writing letters to the editor and debating at elementary schools. Then friends and neighbors troop to the polls and make their choices. But what happens when all the pathologies of national politics—over-the-top spending by wealthy elites and corporate interests, partisan consultants jetting in to shape big-lie messaging, media outlets that cover spin rather than substance—are visited on a local school...

John Nichols | The Nation 22 Oct 2011 Hits:482 Colorado

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Occupy Denver

Occupy Denver

A group called Occupy Denver demonstrated downtown Sunday, railing against corporate greed and an economic collapse that has caused widespread unemployment. The group is a local offshoot of the larger Occupy Wall Street group demonstrating in New York City. More than 50 people waved signs protesting economic conditions and the financial speculation that led to the economic meltdown. " Can I? have my future back?" asked one sign. "They only call it class war when we fight back," said another. The group marched to the nearby Denver branch of the Federal Reserve ...

Tom McGhee | Denver Post 03 Oct 2011 Hits:545 Colorado

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