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Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsJuly 12, 20185min328

As your readers may know, Denver will be voting in November on a proposal to raise Denver’s sales tax approximately 25 cents per $100. The money raised will go toward funding for detox programs, suicide prevention services, community preventative measures, and other services. If passed in November, the $45 million generated by Caring for Denver would create the sustainable funding that Denver has needed for years to address this mounting crisis of homelessness and substance abuse. 


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Adam McCoyAdam McCoyMay 1, 20177min676

Denver officials gave retail marijuana dispensaries the OK to operate for an extra three hours in the evening — a measure that would bring hours for city retail cannabis shop hours in line with neighboring communities. The City Council approved the bill 11-2 during a regular meeting April 24, which allows medical and/or recreational marijuana dispensaries to stay open until 10 p.m. instead of 7 p.m. The change is effective May 1.


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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinApril 11, 20179min405

Instead of a sought-after additional five hours of business, Denver's recreational marijuana dispensaries seem likely to be allowed three extra hours, and city coffers could see between $664,000 to $1.3 million in extra revenue if all those dispensaries decided to take advantage of the extra hours that may soon be allowed under a City and County of Denver policy change. But the idea is not unanimously supported on Denver City Council or by the body's constituents. Currently, Denver’s hours of operation for both medical and recreational marijuana dispensaries are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. State regulations allow all marijuana dispensaries to be open from 8 a.m. to midnight, subject to local regulation. Many other Colorado municipalities allow dispensaries to stay open until either 10 p.m. or midnight, including Aurora, Boulder, Commerce City, Edgewater and Glendale.



Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsDecember 22, 201615min418

DENVER — Same story, different year. With the start of the Colorado legislative session just 20 days off, media speculation and a tad bit of media bias is beginning to sprout through the freshly fallen snow; media bias in the sense of which bills, which lawmakers and which in-fighting will be the biggest news. Despite those rumors, reporters just like telling a kick-butt story and media companies like the corresponding revenue to keep afloat. Remember that you heard it here first. As long as we’re looking at the calendar, we are only two days away from the beginning of Hanukkah, three days from Christmas and 10 days from 2017. So, do yourself a favor … spend some time with those you love and those that (there must be a few) love you in return. Heck maybe even spend a little time helping those in need. There's a thought! It’s been a long year for those in political circles! Time for a small respite.


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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinOctober 17, 20167min1158

Backers of Initiated Ordinance 300 (I-300), a City and County of Denver measure on the Nov. 8 general election ballot that would allow marijuana consumption in some private establishments, unveiled a billboard Monday to promote voter approval of the measure. The billboard, located at 489 Lincoln St., reads “Now that adult use is legal… Permit it in some private places. Prevent it in these public spaces.” An arrow points to an image of a lounge, where the initiative would allow marijuana consumption; another arrow points down to the sidewalk, where consumption would remain illegal.