Cannabis Time Capsule, 1910: 104-year-old marijuana scare tactics alive and well today

If all of this hysterical talk over the past week about marijuana being a contributing factor in the deaths of two people in Denver seemed familiar to you, dear cannabis historian, it's because it should be. This isn't the first time Colorado news outlets have latched onto the myth that cannabis causes violence.

For some perspective, we're offering up a classic Colorado Cannabis Time Capsule blog post that originally ran in 2013 detailing a 1910 article claiming cannabis brought on great violence and was the root of the word "assassin."

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Reader: I'll be at 4/20 in Civic Center this year, and so will neck-tattoo-having thugs

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The aftermath of the shooting at the 4/20 Civic Center event last year.
In a post yesterday, a Denver police spokesman discussed the department's approach to 4/20 at Civic Center Park given laws against public smoking and a still-unsolved shooting that cut the even short in 2013. Plenty of readers weighed in on the issue, with a number of them raising concerns about last year's violence -- including this one.

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Are gourmet burgers usually overpriced disappointments?

Categories: Denver Blogs

Denver blog posts try to live up to expectations.

At our Cafe Society blog, Patricia Calhoun highlights a comment from a reader who's definitely underwhelmed by so-called gourmet burgers.

Mile High Hockey's c6hor8 recaps the Avs' truly wild victory over the Wild in last night's playoff match.

At Denver Urbanism, Dan Malouff shares a map of where nobody lives.

Xavier McDaniel sentenced for brutal attack on teen girl while on bond for another sex case

Categories: Colorado Crimes

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During an attack on a fifteen-year-old Littleton girl, Xavier McDaniel allegedly told her, "Get ready to die."

Instead, she fought back, surviving the attack despite sustaining fearsome injuries. And now, McDaniel, 22, could spend the rest of his life in prison for a crime committed while he was out on bond for a sex crime against another woman.

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MED-a-Mints: Pot-infused mints at center of trademark dispute with Dixie Elixirs

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The old MED-a-Mints packaging.
The Colorado company that invented the formula for MED-a-Mints, a popular cannabis-infused mint candy, has announced that it will sue Denver-based edibles manufacturer Dixie Elixirs for trademark violations. Inventor Gary Gabrel claims that Dixie Elixirs violated the contract between them when it changed the MED-a-Mints packaging, making its own name more prominent and removing the words "cannabis infused."

The new label is dangerous, he says: "The label says THC infused, 100 milligrams. So you've got to have at least some knowledge to recognize that as a cannabis product. A twelve-year-old or a ten-year-old might not know."

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Stephen Redwood busted by feds for pot due to child porn investigation

Stephen Redwood in a photo from his Facebook page.
As you know, marijuana laws in Colorado are very different from those maintained by the U.S. government. Recreational pot possession and distribution is allowed here under a myriad of circumstances, while the feds continue to consider it very illegal -- and if they find cannabis during the course of an investigation, they will seize the stuff and prosecute its possessor to the fullest extent of the law.

Which brings us to Schmuck of the Week nominee Stephen Redwood, who was busted for weed after agents zeroed on him for a particular vile offense: child pornography.

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Marijuana: How state officials define responsible pot use during 4/20 celebrations

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A 4/20 shot from Civic Center Park circa 2012.
Governor John Hickenlooper recently compared adult marijuana use to drinking a beer in the afternoon. But the State of Colorado isn't treating the products equally in advance of the annual 4/20 events taking place this weekend. We don't recall officials cautioning about the use and abuse of ale leading up to the Great American Beer Festival -- but they've just released a warning-filled salvo about pot complete with links to a state website dominated by more cautionary notes.

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Why 4/20 is the absolute worst day of the year in Colorado

This Sunday thousands of ganja enthusiasts will gather in Denver's Civic Center for what has become an annual rite of spring, the embrace of cannabis culture at 4:20 on 4/20. But this weekend also marks the peculiar collision of several more somber anniversaries, commemorating some of the worst days this part of the country has ever seen. "April is the cruellest month," T.S. Eliot wrote in the opening line of The Waste Land, "breeding lilacs out of the dead land, mixing memory and desire." And some of the memories of April 20th in Colorado aren't exactly blissful.

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Photos: Ten best U.S. cycling cities list includes two Colorado places -- but not Boulder

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USA Today and its 10Best blog surveyed readers to determine the best cycling cities in the country. Now the results are out, and it's no surprise that Colorado landed two places in the top ten -- but unexpectedly, Boulder, which was among the twenty finalists from which participants could choose, didn't make the cut. Who did? Count down the photo-illustrated rankings below, featuring excerpts from the USA Today blurbs -- and click here to check out the original post.

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Painting of Full House's Joey stolen from restaurant, returned in trash bag

A Facebook photo of the "Full House" paintings at Big Al's, with Joey missing.
Big Al's Burgers and Dogs has an attribute unique in Fort Collins and, probably, on planet Earth -- a series of paintings that pay tribute to characters from the iconic '80s/'90s sitcom Full House. So you can imagine the heartbreak when someone stole the portrait depicting Joey Gladstone, portrayed by the brilliant Dave Coulier. But fortunately, this shocking tale has a happy ending.

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Warrant: Richard Kirk may have been on pain meds, pot edible when he killed his wife (50)

A photo from Richard Kirk's Facebook page.
Update: During our last update about the tragic murder of Kristine Kirk (see our previous coverage below), we shared a probable-cause statement that made no mention of marijuana use by Richard Kirk, Kristine's husband, who's accused of killing her, despite multiple reports from law-enforcement sources to that effect. Now, however, a search warrant has surfaced that cites a specific pot edible Richard is said to have consumed prior to pulling the trigger -- but also raises the possibility that he had also taken prescription pain medication. Continue for the latest.

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Medical marijuana dispensary review: Elevate Wellness Center in Denver
Elevate Wellness Center.
As I said a few weeks ago, if you're going to open your doors to the public, I'm not going to be concerned with how much time you've had to iron out the kinks. The bud is grown at that point, and there's no changing what's on your shelves until the next harvest. I still feel that way. But I still partially regret the timing of my visit to the newly opened Elevate Wellness Center, which seems to have lined up all the right factors for a great dispensary but didn't have a single nugget of its own herb on the shelf.

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Reader: I was a hit-and-run victim -- when a homeless cyclist crashed into my truck
In a recent Comment of the Day, one reader argued that not all hit-and-runs are the driver's fault.

These assertions unleashed a slew of interesting stories, including this highly unusual hit-and-run tale.

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Denver loses a cross between the Soup Nazi and Mr. Miyagi

Categories: Denver Blogs

Denver blog posts have multiple personalities.

At our Cafe Society blog, Patricia Calhoun shares the comment of a reader saddened by the closure of Oshima Ramen, whose owner is described as "Soup Nazi meets Mr. Miyagi."

Denver Stiffs' latest podcast debates which Denver Nuggets will stay and who will go after a particularly desultory season.

Denver Egotist celebrates CU-Boulder's strong results at One Show.

DPS lawsuit: Meet teachers who reject claim district is getting rid of good educators
DPS teacher Zachary Rowe.
Last week, we introduced you to the teachers behind a lawsuit against Denver Public Schools. The teachers claim that DPS is using a provision of the state's landmark 2010 teacher-effectiveness law to get rid of good teachers -- which they say isn't the law's intention. Furthermore, the teacher-plaintiffs claim that what DPS is doing is unconstitutional.

But not all teachers agree with them. We spoke with three teachers -- two from DPS, one from Jefferson County -- who disagree with the lawsuit.

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Update: Justin Jay Hatfield busted in alleged sex assault, kidnapping of male Good Samaritan

Categories: Colorado Crimes

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Update below: The online profile of Justin Jay Hatfield suggests that he's among the unlikeliest kidnapping-and-sex assault suspects ever. Most of the recent posts on his Facebook page highlight paintings by Vincent Van Gogh and a YouTube video shows him singing opera. Yet the Colorado Springs Police Department has named him a suspect in a crime involving a man who was allegedly victimized after acting as a Good Samaritan. Details and more photos below.

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Photos: Top ten solar cities in the U.S. -- and why Denver's finish isn't good enough

Categories: Environment

"Shining Cities," a new report from Environment Colorado, compiles an incredible amount of data about solar power, including a ranking of the top ten solar cities in the United States.

Yes, Denver made the list -- barely. But while this accomplishment might seem worthy of praise, Environment Colorado energy associate Margaret McCall believes the community should be doing even better.

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Kirk Montgomery leaving 9News, latest station to target an entertainment reporter

Categories: Media
Kirk Montgomery.
Today brings word that Kirk Montgomery is leaving 9News, where he's worked since 2001. And while he's landed on his feet, albeit in a smaller market, the decision of 9News not to offer him a contract is indicative of an ongoing trend in the economically challenged TV-news business that threatens to turn Montgomery's specialty area -- entertainment reporting -- into a thing of the past on a local level.

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Washington Park can be cleaned up without banning beer, says councilman Charlie Brown

Categories: Environment
Denver City Council member Charlie Brown (in hat) at a hearing earlier this year.
Should 3.2 beer be banned in Washington Park? Two weeks ago, Denver City Councilman Chris Nevitt suggested the city try banning beer in Wash Park for six months in order to combat drunken behavior; he sent that request to Laurie Dannemiller, director of the Denver Department of Parks and Recreation. And at a public meeting on April 10, both Nevitt and Dannemiller outlined the reasons for such a ban. But plenty of those in attendance argued against this move -- including council member Charlie Brown, whose District 6 actually includes most of the park and surrounding neighborhoods.

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23 crimes in one part of Denver over eleven days: See where they happened

Categories: Colorado Crimes

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Most of us tend to hear about major crimes in Denver. But what about the lower-profile offenses, such as robberies, burglaries and assaults? A website called RAIDS Online tracks them in a number of Colorado cities, including Denver -- and there are plenty of them. We looked at the quadrant of Denver that encompasses Westword's offices at 10th and Broadway and found listings for 23 crimes in just eleven days, from April 2 to April 13. What happened and where? Let us show you.

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