Budtenders say that weed kills pain. Now scientists are taking them seriously

Some studies have linked legalization to a decline in opioid overdoses, but there’s a lot we don’t know. New research aims to answer these questions.

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Marijuana at Verde Natural’s grow facility. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

When it comes to pain treatment, some patients are getting their advice from marijuana dispensary employees instead of medical doctors. That might finally change as new research projects get underway in Colorado and beyond.

“Their patients are telling them that they’re trying or wanting to try cannabis as an alternative, but our providers don’t have any evidence-based research to say, ‘Here’s what’s been shown, here’s the route to take,'” said Dr. Emily Lindley, who’s working on a cannabis research project at the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Campus.

“So, what our patients are doing instead are going to dispensaries and talking to the budtenders for medical advice.”


“Monk-like” man wanted for robbery after allegedly separating Denver student from worldly goods

Auraria Campus Police are on the lookout for a man who was last seen wearing a floppy hat and a light pastel-orange “monk-like robe.”

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Auraria Campus. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Auraria Campus Police are on the lookout for a man who was last seen wearing a floppy hat and a light pastel-orange “monk-like robe,” according to Chief Michael Phibbs.

“If we find the person, I anticipate charging him with robbery,” he told Denverite on Friday.



Denver weather: It could hit 80 today and snow in the mountains tonight

We’re in for some wild fall weather swings. The high in Denver is 80 degrees today with clear skies, according to the National Weather Service.

That changes as a cold front starts to roll in. First, winds will gradually increase. Then, snow showers will develop in the mountains, putting up to 3 inches on some slopes, NWS predicts. By midnight, the cooler temperatures and gusty winds will reach Denver.

The high on Saturday will cool to 56 degrees and windy conditions will persist into early Sunday morning. From there, things warm right back up into the 70s, likely until another front arrives on Thursday.


City Park Golf Course is set to close next month. Here’s the plan, and why some people hate it

Early next month, City Park Golf Course is scheduled to close to the public. Then come the chainsaw crews and the heavy construction equipment.

Early next month, City Park Golf Course is scheduled to close to the public. Then come the chainsaw crews and the heavy construction equipment. When it reopens some 18 months later, it will still have 18 holes, grass and trees — but it will be a whole different course.

With construction scheduled to begin Nov. 1, the city government has released new details of the controversial project, which they say will seamlessly reconfigure the course to improve the city’s defenses against floods.

Meanwhile, a lawsuit meant to stop the project is pending in district court, and the plaintiffs this week urged a judge to take immediate action to hold off construction. The plaintiffs allege that the redesign of the historic course is legally questionable and mostly meant to help the even-more-controversial Interstate 70 widening project.

Here’s the latest.