Denver social marijuana use initiative qualifies for ballot after competing measure rejected

The Denver Elections Division on Thursday approved a proposed initiative that would allow the social use of marijuana in some businesses. marijuana news Continue reading Denver social marijuana use initiative qualifies for ballot after competing measure rejected

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper to fracking critics: I hear you

Two anti-fracking measures failed to make the November ballot, but Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said the effort sent a clear message. science news Continue reading Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper to fracking critics: I hear you

Colorado anti-fracking measures fail to make ballot; possible forgery alleged

Two measures that sought to restrict fracking in Colorado won’t appear on the ballot in November after environmentalists failed to gather enough valid signatures to put the issue before voters. science news Continue reading Colorado anti-fracking measures fail to make ballot; possible forgery alleged

Hickenlooper defends 35 percent carbon cut, navigates climate change minefield

Gov. John Hickenlooper on Thursday downplayed the difficulty of achieving a 35 percent cut in greenhouse gas pollution from power plants by 2030 – telling oil and gas industry leaders Colorado already has a goal of a 32 percent cut. science news Continue reading Hickenlooper defends 35 percent carbon cut, navigates climate change minefield

Colorado leaders fought together for new national parks, but their views differ on protecting other federal lands

Colorado lawmakers who helped double the number of national parks in the state during the past two decades agree the state’s national parks are treasures in economic and symbolic ways. But the conversation on public lands becomes more complex when talking about the future. science news Continue reading Colorado leaders fought together for new national parks, but their views differ on protecting other federal lands

Colorado vulnerable in federal extraction ban, U.S. Chamber says

Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico are the states most at risk economically if a ban on extracting coal, natural gas and oil from federal lands ever takes hold, according to an analysis from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. science news Continue reading Colorado vulnerable in federal extraction ban, U.S. Chamber says

State auditor sues GOCO to force audit of grant program

The Colorado Office of State Auditor is suing Great Outdoors Colorado to force a performance audit of the grant program, which GOCO says jeopardizes its constitutionally provided independence from state meddling. science news Continue reading State auditor sues GOCO to force audit of grant program

Marijuana industry ditches burnout image for “suit and tie” approach to DNC

Even as pro-marijuana activists marched this week in Philadelphia with a fake 51-foot joint, teams of industry leaders and lobbyists were busy doing the kind of work one would expect from the beer or pharmaceutical industry: holding receptions, talking to politicians and discussing regulations. Syndicated from Denver Post Continue reading Marijuana industry ditches burnout image for “suit and tie” approach to DNC

How Colorado delegates are influencing the Democratic Party platform

The contributions of Colorado officials are expected to make an impact in two key areas: marijuana use and how the party selects its presidential nominee. Syndicated from Denver Post Continue reading How Colorado delegates are influencing the Democratic Party platform

Colorado business coalition reactivates to fight “economically damaging” oil and gas initiatives

Initiative 63, 75 and 78 are looking to improve local environmental regulations, but business-focused groups think they are ill-conceived and economically damaging. Syndicated from Denver Post Continue reading Colorado business coalition reactivates to fight “economically damaging” oil and gas initiatives