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  • The two states, Nebraska and Oklahoma, began legal proceedings months after Colorado began allowing marijuana dispensaries to start selling pot for recreational use at the start of 2014.
  • Scant details emerged on Saturday on the suspect in a deadly shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado, Robert Lewis Dear, 57, and police were so far not discussing a possible motive. Police identified Dear as the man arrested in Friday's rampage at the Colorado Springs clinic but gave little other information. Court records showed he was once charged with being a "peeping Tom" in his native South Carolina.
  • The man who unleashed a murderous attack on a packed Colorado movie theater was ordered Wednesday to serve life in prison without parole plus 3,318 years — the maximum allowed by law — before the judge told deputies, "Get the defendant out of my courtroom, please." The gallery applauded the remark by Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr. as he gaveled the hearing to a close, ending a grueling three-year wait to see the gunman brought to justice. Survivors, relatives and a handful of jurors who were in the courtroom cheered and then hugged prosecutors and law enforcement officers. Some wiped away tears.
  • The Colorado Supreme Court on Monday affirmed lower courts' rulings that businesses can fire employees for the use of medical marijuana — even if it's off-duty. The 6-0 decision comes nine months after the state's highest court heard oral arguments in Brandon Coats' case against Dish Network. Coats, who had a medical marijuana card and consumed pot off-duty to control muscle spasms, was fired in 2010 after failing a random drug test.
  • In a little over two years, four states have legalized the cultivation and distribution of marijuana—Colorado, Washington, Oregon, and Alaska—under state law. Of course, marijuana is still illegal under federal law, but the Obama administration has taken a hands-off approach, explaining in a 2013 Justice Department memo that prosecution of marijuana cases would henceforth be a limited enforcement priority. Meanwhile, potent cannabis grown with scientific techniques under license has started finding its way into states where the weed is still illegal. Last December, Nebraska and Oklahoma sued Colorado in the Supreme Court, arguing that its regulations undermine the federal Controlled Substances Act, create a nuisance in their states, and should be struck down.
  • When Mark Udall lost his Senate seat in the midterm elections, civil libertarians familiar with his efforts to inform Americans about the CIA and NSA had the same thought: Before leaving office, the Colorado Democrat should tell the public about the abuses the government is trying to hide. National-security officials are able to violate the Constitution and various statutes with impunity in large part because they classify their misbehavior as a state secret. It's a neat trick. To expose their lawbreaking, one must first break the law.
  • When Mark Udall lost his Senate seat in the midterm elections, civil libertarians familiar with his efforts to inform Americans about the CIA and NSA had the same thought: Before leaving office, the Colorado Democrat should tell the public about the abuses the government is trying to hide. National-security officials are able to violate the Constitution and various statutes with impunity in large part because they classify their misbehavior as a state secret. It's a neat trick. To expose their lawbreaking, one must first break the law. But there is a check on this unscrupulous trick. Members of Congress can reveal classified information in their capacity as legislators without facing legal consequences. As the U.S.
  • “There is no such thing as a federal personhood bill.” Or so said Colorado Rep. Cory Gardner, the Republican candidate currently locked in a tight Senate race against Democratic incumbent Sen. Mark Udall, in an interview a few weeks ago. It was a surprising statement—not only because the federal personhood bill, otherwise known as Life Begins at Conception Act, does in fact exist but also because Gardner himself co-sponsored it. “This is all politics,” he added, blaming Udall for spreading untruths about him. It was, indeed, all about politics. Gardner’s strong support of personhood legislation might have bolstered his popularity among conservative Republicans.

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