Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinApril 17, 20175min399

While the state and federal governments have different definitions regarding the legality of marijuana, it's an even murkier picture when it come to marijuana's far less potent cousin, industrial hemp. And, as the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reported, the differences surfaced over a water issue in southeastern Colorado. The Bureau of Reclamation denied a farmer's request for water because part of his crop was hemp. Further complicating the matter, the 2014 Farm Bill defined hemp as distinct from marijuana. There's a bill in the Colorado Legislature that brought the issue to light, so stay tuned.

Jared WrightJared WrightAugust 10, 201633min392

DENVER — Good morning and welcome to your main diet staple in Colorado political news ... and easy to digest too - well, at least in terms of the format. The topics, maybe not so much. Lots of political reporters covering the anti-fracking petition signatures turned in Monday, but still heaps of confidence from sources close to the situation that these groups failed to collect enough signatures to secure Initiative 75 and 78's places on November's ballot. Meanwhile, Gov. John Hickenlooper made three appointments to another governing body with huge regulatory scope over the oil and gas industry. Also going down, Republican Senate candidate Darryl Glenn is taking new fire from Democrat activists -- including state Sen. Kerry Donovan, D-Vail, and the renewable energy industry insiders -- for his policy positions. As always, read on for your great daily glimpse under the Colorado politics rug ...