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Stubbornness On Both Sides Of Medical Marijuana Debate Is Killing Reform Efforts

Chris Romer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Chris Romer

Significant portions of law enforcement and the MMJ community are at this point unwilling to find common ground. Both sides are stuck and focused on their narrow needs and wants after a 30-year battle on the war on drugs.

Health Care Reform Will Be Challenged In Colorado With Ballot Initiatives

The Denver Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Coloradans will likely be asked in November to blunt the impact of federal health-insurance reform with a state constitutional amendment that would at...

Senator Romer: We Need To Destigmatize Medical Marijuana

Chris Romer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Chris Romer

We need to propose a model that will not only destigmatize medical marijuana by working to keep it out of the hands of those who would only seek to use it recreationally, but more importantly to create a fair and regulated market that is best for the patients who can benefit immensely from it.

Ritter State Of The State: Governor Talks Budget, Slams Ballot Initiatives in Final Address

Denver Business Journal | Ed Sealover | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Colorado will get its economy back on solid footing if it continues on the path of the past three years, Gov. Bill Ritter said in his final State of t...

The Legislature Should Implement Amendment 20, Not Create a New Industry

John Suthers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
John Suthers

Less than a year ago, Denver was not home to its own "Little Amsterdam" on South Broadway, and Coloradans were not faced with dispensaries within a stone's throw of their schools.

Medical Marijuana Legislation: Chris Romer's Bill

The Denver Post | John Ingold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

The state lawmakers drafting a major medical-marijuana regulation bill plan to meet with representatives from the state attorney general's office toda...

Colorado Auto Registration Penalties Could Be Toned Down In New Legislative Session

The Denver Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Good news, you procrastinating boat owner, you old-car fixer-upper, you life-gets-in-the-way kind of Coloradan. Lawmakers are introducing bills nex...

Pinnacol Legislation Approved After Hostile Session

Denver Business Journal | Bob Mook | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Lawmakers from a special Colorado legislative committee Friday approved seven proposed bills intended to change the operations of Pinnacol Assurance, ...

Tom Massey Receives Death Threats From Medical Pot Activists

The Denver Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Three separate callers threatened to bomb Rep. Tom Massey's home, set it aflame and picket out front after the Poncha Springs lawmaker revealed that h...

Colorado Budget Gap, Education Reform Dominate First Day Of Legislative Session

AP | STEVEN K. PAULSON and COLLEEN SLEVIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

DENVER — Warning that there are rough roads ahead, Colorado lawmakers returned to work Wednesday and immediately began efforts to tackle educati...

Edward Casso Loses Committee Chairmanship After Criticizing Ritter

The Denver Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

A Democratic lawmaker lost his committee vice chairmanship a day after he cheered Gov. Bill Ritter's decision not to run for re-election and ripped th...

Kathleen Curry Changes Party Affiliation From Democrat To Independent

The Denver Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

State Rep. Kathleen Curry has changed her voter registration from Democrat to unaffiliated, a move that will require the Gunnison lawmaker to relinqui...

Colorado Legislature Introduces Bill To Force Health Care Providers To Cover Birth Control

The Colorado Independent | Katie Redding | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

A proposed state bill that would require Colorado insurance companies to cover maternity care has a new addition: The bill would also require insuranc...

'Race To The Top' Legislation Passes Senate; 7 Republicans Vote Against Bill As Statement Against Program

KDVR | Associated Press | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

DENVER (AP) - The Colorado Senate has approved a bill designed to give Colorado an edge in competing for millions of dollars in federal education fund...

Bill Ritter, Colorado legislature Tackle Difficult Budget Issues

AP | STEVEN K. PAULSON and COLLEEN SLEVIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

DENVER — Colorado House Speaker Terrance Carroll likens lawmakers' work this session to sometimes-painful surgery. "We're cutting past the bone...

Bill Ritter Retirement: Legislative Agenda Could Be Affected By Gov's Decision

AP | COLLEEN SLEVIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

DENVER — Gov. Bill Ritter says he's dropping out of this year's election to focus on his family. But he also insists it will allow him to better...

Bill Ritter, Colorado Republicans, Clash Over Budget In Preview Of Legislative Session

AP | STEVEN K. PAULSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

DENVER — Colorado Republicans vow to fight plans by Gov. Bill Ritter to eliminate tax breaks and release parolees to balance the state budget. ...

Gov. Ritter: Tough decisions await Coloradans

AP | STEVEN K. PAULSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

DENVER — Gov. Bill Ritter urged lawmakers Thursday not to stand on the sidelines of Colorado's fiscal crisis, saying partisan criticism and "$10...

Colorado Democrats Want To Raise Bar For Renewable Energy

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

DENVER — Colorado Democratic state lawmakers want to increase the amount of electricity coming from renewable sources, saying the move will help...

Colorado Whitewater Rafting Bill Seeks To Ease Tensions Between Landowners, Rafting Industry

The Colorado Independent | David O. Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

The stories have reached almost rural-myth status in Colorado's high country: rocks being thrown at paddlers, wires strung across rivers at head heigh...

Colorado Budget: Group Rallies Against Cuts Outside State Capital

CBS4Denver | CBS 4 Denver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

People upset by the latest round of budget cuts in Colorado are rallying at the state Capitol. The Colorado Fiscal Policy Institute is one of t...

Throwing Debris At Cyclists A Misdemeanor After New Law Passes

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Denver (AP)--Drivers in Colorado are now required to give cyclists a wide berth. A new bicycle safety law takes effect Wednesday. The law requires dr...