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November 27, 2015

To understand football, Nate Jackson says, you need to remember one inherent truth about the game: a human body was not made to absorb that kind of punishment.


“There’s no safe way to get hit by a truck,” Jackson puts it.


Jackson, author of the football memoir Slow Getting Up, spent six seasons playing tight end for the Denver Broncos. Recounting a lifetime of football-related injuries is nearly impossible, because, as he put it: “You’re always kind of battling with something.”


To hurry players back from injury, a cocktail of pain pills and anti-inflammatory injections are typically dispensed. Hydrocodone, Vicodin, Percocet, Toradol, Celebrex, Vioxx (before it was recalled for increasing the long-term risk of heart attacks and strokes) and so on. The widespread use of highly potent prescription pain d...

November 20, 2015

There was no slowing of the marijuana business in the second year of recreational sales. It boomed.


In 2014, nearly $700 million worth of medical and recreational marijuana was sold in Colorado. In 2015, stores breezed past that mark with two months to spare — with recreational sales for the first time outpacing medical sales.


Statewide revenue from dedicated pot taxes easily topped the money from alcohol taxes.


The number of licensed recreational marijuana stores grew by a third from Dec. 1, 2014, to Nov. 30, and Colorado’s pot industry moved massive amounts of product. In the first six months of 2015, recreational and medical marijuana stores in Colorado sold a combined 56 tons of weed, nearly double what they did in the same period in 2014, according to the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division.


November 6, 2015


Technology billionaire Sean Parker is putting his money where his mouth is when it comes to pot legalization. The former Facebook president donated $500,000 to back a proposed initiative to legalize recreational marijuana use for adults in California, according to state campaign finance records.


“I’ve been following this issue with great interest for some time,” Parker said when he first announced his intent to support the campaign. “It’s very encouraging to see a vibrant community of activists, many of whom have dedicated their lives to this issue, coming together around a sensible reform based measure that protects children, gives law enforcement additional resources, and establishes a strong regulatory framework for responsible adult use of marijuana–one that will yield economic benefits for all C...

November 6, 2015

Increased pot smoke swirling around city streets and parks is one of the most recognizable effects of Amendment 64 — which legalized the recreational use and sale of marijuana in Colorado — particularly since public consumption remains illegal.


At concerts, from Red Rocks Amphitheatre to the Pepsi Center, it’s something of a foregone conclusion, no matter how aggressively the staff attempts to prevent it.


But there are smaller, less in-your-face ways that show how marijuana has become woven into the fabric of daily life in Colorado.


The sheer omnipresence of cannabis culture — from the dozens of green-emblazoned pot-shop signs around town to flashy, colorful ads for vape pens and bongs — has worked to erode the novelty and stigma of smoking pot.

But so has watching the rise of marijuana-related titles...

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