America’s war on drugs got a lot more interesting Tuesday night as Colorado and Washington each voted to legalize marijuana use and possession by adults. Marijuana advocates promptly called the two measures “the beginning of the end” of marijuana prohibition in the United States.
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Luis Toro, director of left-leaning government watchdog group Colorado Ethics Watch, said on Monday that a preliminary review of documents suggests Secretary of State Scott Gessler’s decision to bill taxpayers for travel to partisan political functions stands out when compared to decisions made by other state-wide office holders.
Washington and Oregon both have measures similar to Colorado’s Amendment 64 on the ballot this year. It is unknown how the federal government will respond if any or all of them pass. The feds could respect the decision of voters, they could try to block implementation of some parts of the law, or they could shut down dispensaries and arrest people involved in the wholesale and retail ends of the business.
Longmont residents this November will vote on whether or not to ban within city limits the oil and gas drilling technique known as fracking.
The economy and the environment “both won” in Colorado’s legislative session this year, according to an annual scorecard that a leading state environmental group released Thursday.
Gov. John Hickenlooper lifted a statewide fire ban Sunday, saying recent rainfall and milder weather have brought relief to all 64 Colorado counties but he noted local fire restrictions may still be in effect.
The governor this week named Pam Patton, of Bayfield, to the PUC, where she joins former Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation chairman Joshua Epel and Republican appointee James Tarpey.
As concerns mount over oil and gas rigs inching closer to several Colorado schools, legislators are looking toward 2013 to sort out whether local controls should take a backseat to state regulations.
DENVER– Opposition to a gay-rights civil union bill defeated here last month was directed in large part by Colorado Springs-based evangelical empire Focus on the Family and the Colorado Catholic Conference. The Christian-right campaign, however, also reenergized a leading anti-gay rights activist organization of the 1990s, influential rough-and-tumble group Colorado for Family Values.
ERIE — Flaggers in orange vests stopped traffic on the parkway as a convoy of semi-trailer trucks rumbled toward Red Hawk Elementary this week hauling sound barriers to muffle a gas extraction project in this once quiet neighborhood that has left many parents, teachers and residents vexed.