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Groups give away pot to vets in wake of state PTSD ruling

The Colorado Statesman

Hundreds of military veterans lined up for free marijuana products in Denver on Saturday in an effort by organizers to raise awareness of the benefits of pot use to treat post-traumatic stress disorder.


Hudson: Move to reverse Citizens United can be an uphill, lonely battle

The Colorado Statesman

Stephen Justino of Move to Amend drew a dozen voters to the Mercury Café in Denver on Sunday for a Call to Action aimed at overturning the Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. FEC ruling. The 2010 decision established two legal principals: Corporations are entitled to free speech protections like those extended to persons, and spending on political matters equals speech, so spending constraints constitute an improper limitation on free speech.

Guest Commentary

Webb: Renewed relationship with Cuba good for America

Guest Contributor

The word “retirement” is not part of my vocabulary and since leaving the mayor’s office in 2003 I have not taken more than a few days off, except for vacations with my wife and family.

But a knee replacement this summer, followed by more than a month of physical therapy, has given me time to reflect on a number of things, including the recent renewed diplomatic relationship between the United States and Cuba.

Guest Commentary

Littwin: The Donald’s madhouse candidacy will implode, right?

There will be at least two GOP primaries – the Trump primary and the post-Trump primary. The Trump primary doesn’t end until his campaign ends. The question is when will it be over.
Guest Contributor

I don’t know what date you’ve got in your when-will-the-Donald-finally-implode pool, but there’s a lot of smart money down on Debate Night, Aug. 6.

As The New York Times put it, Thursday’s Debate Night is — in a word — huge. Huge for Trump, and maybe for the other guys, too. The thinking is that when Trump supporters actually see the Donald being the Donald during an actual debate about who leads the free world, it might just give some of them pause.

State of Health

Ranchers differ widely on antibiotics use in livestock

The Colorado Statesman

It’s a question with no clear answers and a controversy that brings out passions on both sides.

The extent to which the use of antimicrobial agents in livestock production affects antibiotic resistance in the human population is one that has plagued researchers and the agriculture community for years.

Cable pioneer Glenn Jones remembered at celebration

The Colorado Statesman

They came to mourn, but mostly they came to laugh and to celebrate.

People from all walks of life filled Denver’s Ellie Caulkins Opera House on Wednesday to remember Glenn Jones, the cable TV pioneer who died July 7 after a brief illness. He was 85.

They remembered a man with an impeccable sense of style, an unforgettable sense of humor and a drive to change lives for the better.

“He dreamed big dreams, achieving what others had yet to even recognize as possible,” said Mike James, a minister with Volunteers of America, one of Jones’ philanthropic causes.

State of Health

State exchange could face tougher financial pressure

The Colorado Statesman

Is Connect for Health Colorado on solid financial footing? The next 10 months could be telling.

The exchange, a state-based marketplace for consumers to get health insurance, is going through its first year without new federal support. That means the exchange has to be on the path to self-support. But a budget document for calendar year 2016 shows it’s likely to run about $13.3 million in the red, and it gets tougher from there.

Guest Commentary

Blake: How long before Bustang is put out to pasture?

Complete Colorado

Privatize the profits, socialize the losses. That’s what the Colorado Department of Transportation does with Bustang, the new state-owned intercity bus operation.

Bustang began operating July 13 with routes from downtown Denver north to Fort Collins, south to Colorado Springs and west to Glenwood Springs.

State of Health

Medical Homes: More Colorado clinics take a team approach to good health

Colorado News Connection

Coloradans are embracing the "medical home" model for health-care delivery, according to a new report from the Colorado Health Foundation.

In a medical home, the patient is the focus, and doctors — who traditionally play the “starring role” in clinics — become part of a team of professionals, all of whom step in as needed. It's also known as “coordinated care,” and Jay Brooke, president and chief executive of the High Plains Community Health Center, said meeting all of a patient's needs is what makes the medical-home approach unique.

State of Health

Strode: Colorado’s future health care system a ‘work in progress’

Advocacy Denver

As a recipient of the State Innovation Model grant, Colorado is playing a leading role determining how the future of health care might look. Focused on integrating care and payment innovations, the grant is one of many projects targeting health care in the state. In an interview with Catherine Strode, attorney Elisabeth Arenales of the Colorado Center on Law and Policy discusses where Colorado might be headed.