Reader: The Medical Marijuana System is Bullsh*t -- But It Was Necessary

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In a recent post, William Breathes speculated that as many as 19,000 patients may have dropped off the state medical marijuana registry from January to July of this year. This figure was analyzed, critiqued and debated by our readers, with this one suggesting that the registry concept may be outdated.

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Progress for Teen Hospitalized for Taking Molly -- and How EDM Community is Helping

Categories: Denver Blogs

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Bianca in a recent photo posted on her family's GoFundMe page.
Denver blog posts are eager to help.

At our Backbeat blog, Kiernan Maletsky writes about how Denver's rave community is helping Bianca, a teen hospitalized for taking molly. Bianca's GoFundMe page features updates that say she's making progress: Click here for more information.

Mile High Report: "Everything we know" about the upcoming Broncos-Cardinals tilt.

Colorado Peak Politics thinks teachers unions don't understand the difference between making headlines about the Jeffco situation and winning.

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Sonny Lawson Field Is a Favorite With Michael Hancock -- But You'll Need a Key to the City

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Mayor Michael Hancock at Sonny Lawson Field.
The deadline is fast approaching for My Favorite Place in Denver, a program created by the Denver Department of Community Planning and Development that's currently soliciting nominations for favorite places in town from residents and visitors alike. We've already weighed in on our least favorite places and my personal favorite: Confluence Park -- specifically, the spot where the past and present come together with a plaque that quotes from a poem by the late Colorado poet laureate Thomas Hornsby Ferril, "Two Rivers." But we're also partial to Sonny Lawson Field, which has its own literary legacy.

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Cannabis Calendar for the Week of September 29: Fest at an Undisclosed Location and More

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After picking up a signed copy of a new cannabis tome hitting the shelves, you'll be spoiled for choice when deciding what to do this weekend: Will it be the Gypsy Jane carnival or the Hemp Awards & Festival? Or maybe something else entirely? Keep reading and figure it out:

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Photos: Race for the Cure 2014 Attendance Stabilizes But Still Hasn't Rebounded

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Photos courtesy of the Susan G. Komen Colorado Facebook page. More pics below.
Attendance at yesterday's Race for the Cure in downtown Denver was estimated at 30,000. Even though the total is roughly equal to the number of participants in 2013, the sum still must be considered progress given sharp declines the preceding two years: Approximately 50,000 took part 2011and 40,000 in 2012, with the dip attributed to a (since-reversed) decision by Susan G. Komen for the Cure to end its partnership with Planned Parenthood a couple of years back. Still, photos from the Susan G. Komen Colorado Facebook page show that those who took to the streets early yesterday were in high spirits. Check out a sampling of photos below, and to see more, click here.

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Martinez Family Lawsuit: $1.8 Million Award After Police Raid on Wrong House

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Daniel Martinez Jr. in one of several images from 9News coverage. More pics below.
Back in January 2011, we told you about a lawsuit filed against the Denver police by the Martinez family, members of a Mexican band who say cops broke into their home and beat them by mistake. More than three years later, a jury has awarded them $1.8 million -- but not for excessive force. Details below.

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Photos: Five Incredible (and Demolished) Colorado Urban Explorer Sites

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More photos below.
Last year, we showcased demolished Colorado urban explorer sites as featured on the website uer.ca. But that post barely scratched the surface of photos and information about dearly departed local landmarks captured just ahead of the wrecking ball. We've assembled pics and uer.ca text from five more places: a graffiti-tastic water tank in Morrison, Englewood's Cinderella Twin Drive-In, Loveland's Cloverleaf Kennel Club, a Brighton location known as "The Orphanage," and the old Crossroads Mall in Boulder. Check them out below.

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Update: Teacher Sickouts at Jefferson, Golden High Schools, Wheat Ridge School Monitored

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Golden High School. More photos below.
Update: Moments ago, we spoke with Jefferson County School District spokesperson Lynn Setzer about apparent teacher sickouts taking place in Jeffco today. She confirmed that classes have been canceled at Golden and Jefferson high schools today due to a high number of teacher absences and adds that officials are currently monitoring the situation at Wheat Ridge 5-8 -- although, at this writing, classes at the latter (the equivalent of a middle school) are still expected to take place as scheduled. More information and our original post below.

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Video: Chris Parente's Kristen Wiig Gaffe About Nude Scene in Different Movie Goes Viral

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Video below.
CH2 entertainment reporter Chris Parente has been on the verge of going viral before -- such as when he was bitch-slapped by Steve Carell, or the time he discussed the crooked crack by his unicorn tattoo. But he's finally made the must-click big leagues thanks to his hilariously botched interview with Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader about their new dramedy, The Skeleton Twins (for our review, click here). The big moment comes when Parente asks Wiig what it was like to go full frontal in the flick -- something she does in an entirely different movie, Welcome to Me. In response, Wiig and Hader break up while enthusiastically ripping his cluelessness in a way that Buzzfeed couldn't resist.

Nice going, Chris! We knew you could do it. Watch the video below.

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Marijuana: Reviewing The User's Guide to Colorado Marijuana Law

Categories: Marijuana

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The concept behind The User's Guide to Colorado Marijuana Law, a guidebook penned by Robert M. Linz, the associate director and head of public services at the University of Colorado School of Law, is a solid one. But the paperback format almost certainly ensures that this resource won't be relevant forever.

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