Ben Markus

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Colorado's Marijuana Money Going Up In Smoke

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Through heavy taxes, Colorado has collected tens of millions in the first year of marijuana legalization. But much of it must be refunded, thanks to a quirk in the state's constitution.


Jury Selection To Begin In 2012 Aurora Theater Mass Shooting

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

In Colorado, James Holmes's legal team admits that he was the shooter that killed 12 people. But the question is whether Holmes was legally insane at the time of the 2012 massacre.


Top Chefs Discover Denver's Fast-Growing Restaurant Scene

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Thanks in part to the nearby oil and gas boom, Denver is seeing a flood of affluent professionals with a hunger for good food. In one month this summer, for example, 40 restaurants opened.


Without A Marijuana Breathalyzer, How To Curb Stoned Driving?

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Legal pot sales are growing in Colorado, and the state has a marijuana DUI blood standard for drivers. But without a pot breathalyzer, it's hard to measure how high someone is.


Amid Pushback, Colorado Gun Control Measure Goes On Trial

Monday, March 31, 2014

Activists have sued to halt the state's ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines. The trial, which begins this week, leaves the law in limbo.


Hotel Construction Booms Across U.S.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Hotels are finally having a good year. As the economy has slowly improved, more people are traveling. But more heads on pillows means higher prices — especially since new hotel construction has been on hold for years. Now developers are pushing hotel projects across the country.


Colorado Gold Mine Bucks Closing Trend

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Colorado's largest gold mine is expanding despite a 20 percent decline in gold prices this year. The precipitous fall in gold has forced many miners to shutter higher cost operations around the globe.


Fears Of Bust Tinge Energy Boom In Denver

Friday, July 26, 2013

Oil and gas is booming in Colorado, and that is leading energy companies to rent more and more office space in Denver. These well-off companies want real estate with lots of amenities: prestigious addresses, high floors with views and easy access to public transportation. That's driving up prices and tightening up the market. It's true of cities like Houston, Dallas, Philadelphia and Calgary. But some fear ghosts of the past. Denver experienced a big boom and bust in the 1980s with energy companies retreating along with the price of oil.


A Year After Colo. Shooting, Trial Still Far Off

Friday, July 19, 2013

One year ago Saturday, James Holmes allegedly opened fire on a crowded theater in Aurora, Colo. Within minutes, 12 people were dead and dozens more injured. The Holmes trial is many months away. How have the city and state responded to the killings over the past year?


Another Vote Ahead For Pot In Colorado: This Time, On Taxes

Monday, May 06, 2013

As Colorado lawmakers debate rules regulating recreational marijuana use, one big question looms: how to charge taxes that will fund oversight of retail pot businesses. The tax requires a statewide vote. If it fails, some worry that underfunded enforcement will invite the feds to shut recreational pot down entirely.