Reading from the Voice Media empire: The recent arrest of Robert Mears for allegedly attacking a ranger while under the influence of LSD isn’t an everyday occurrence at Rocky Mountain National Park. But officials confirm that drug-related incidents in general have been on the rise at RMNP, the fourth-most visited national park in the country. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: Last year, Jack Splitt, the namesake of Jack’s Law, a landmark bill that allowed young medical marijuana patients like him to take their cannabis-based medication at school, died tragically at age fifteen. More than a year later, Mark Pedersen, who made MMJ suppositories that helped alleviate the pain suffered by Splitt as a result of a condition associated with his cerebral palsy, faces five felony pot possession and manufacturing charges that flowed from the investigation into Splitt’s passing, despite the fact that there’s no evidence the medication harmed him in any way. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: Shortly after the in-custody suicide of Benjamin Davis, founder of the 211 Crew, a notorious white-supremacist prison gang, alleged 211 member Kirk Boyd has been sentenced to decades in stir for a crime spree that prosecutors say stretched over a five-week period and was fueled by methamphetamines. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: “I didn’t think the problem could get worse,” admits addiction expert David Sheff, whose son was nearly beaten to death during his years as a methamphetamine addict. “But it’s gotten worse and worse and worse to the point that suddenly, overdose is the number-one killer of people under fifty in this country. It’s unthinkable: 175 people a day dying, and every one of them has a family that says, ‘This can’t happen to me. Not my kid or my wife or my husband or my parent. No way.'” Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: In May, Michael McCarron was arrested on a methamphetamine charge, even though he’s never knowingly possessed the substance, because a small amount of marijuana in his possession registered positive for meth according to two field-test kits known as NIKs. Now, an examination at a lab shows that the cannabis wasn’t laced with meth after all, and he’s both relieved and frustrated. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: After more than two years, the prosecution of a massive federal drug investigation dubbed Operation Black Rhino is nearly over, thanks to the conviction of Jorge Loya-Ramirez, a Mexican citizen living in Denver who allegedly used a taco truck as cover to deal nearly 200 pounds of methamphetamine and cocaine in kilogram quantities. And he wasn’t the only Black Rhino target to earn punishment. The U.S. Attorney’s Office reveals that of the 38 others named in one of four federal grand jury indictments related to the inquiry, only one had his case dismissed. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: Keith Hammock has been found guilty of second-degree murder and more for killing one teenager and wounding another last October after they’d jumped a fence into his back yard, where he was growing marijuana. The verdict demonstrates defense-of-property laws, especially when it comes to pot grows deemed illegal. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: Thirteen people associated with Hoppz’ Cropz stores in Colorado Springs, including co-owners Joseph Hopper, also known as “Joey Hops,” and Dara Wheatley, nicknamed “Boss Lady,” have been indicted on charges that they illegally distributed nearly 200 pounds of marijuana in a variation on the sort of “free” pot giveaway schemes that date back to the days before and just after the launch of legal recreational cannabis sales in the state. Westword has the story.