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.

Marijuana at Verde Natural's grow facility. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) marijuana; pot; weed; verde natural; tommy chong; grow; agriculture; kevinjbeaty; denver; denverite; colorado;
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.”



Cary Kennedy, a Colorado gubernatorial candidate, wants to give teachers a raise. Here’s how

One of several prominent Democrats running for governor, Kennedy, who helped write a constitutional amendment to increase school funding, released her education plan Thursday.

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Colorado gubernatorial candidate Cary Kennedy marches in the Juneteenth parade in Five Points, June 17, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

By Nic GarciaChalkbeat

Former state treasurer Cary Kennedy wants to give Colorado teachers a sizeable bump in pay.

One of several prominent Democrats running for governor, Kennedy, who helped write a constitutional amendment to increase school funding, released her education plan Thursday. The main goal is to get every Colorado kid into college or the work force by the age of 19. To do that, she’s putting her political capital into making the state’s teachers happier.



Torchy’s Tacos in Denver told to pay fine, suspend alcohol sales after violations

Denver Department of Excise and Licenses suspended Torchy’s license Oct. 16 through Oct. 29 for two violations of serving alcohol to a minor within the last year.

2016's Neighborhood Gem winner: Torchy's Tacos. (Denver Community Planning and Development)
Torchy’s Tacos near Broadway and West 11th Avenue. (Denver Community Planning and Development)

Torchy’s Tacos is serving food in the Golden Triangle neighborhood sans alcohol for the next week after having its liquor license suspended earlier this week.