Ben Markus

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Federal Crackdown On States' Legal Marijuana Drives Private Investors Away

Monday, January 29, 2018

After U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions told prosecutors they are free to go after marijuana businesses, investors started getting worried. And that's having a ripple effect on the industry.


Colorado Employers Rethinking Drug Testing

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Eight states and Washington, D.C. allow for recreational cannabis, but none have solved the problem of workforce drug testing. Zero tolerance polices are being reconsidered in light of legalized pot.


As Colorado Gets Ready To Allow Pot Clubs, Indoor Smoking Still An Issue

Monday, March 20, 2017

Recreational pot is legal in Colorado, but using it in public is against the law. Pot clubs are slated to open this summer, but the governor says he'll veto the bill if it allows indoor smoking.


Colorado Votes On A Ballot Measure To Make It Harder To Pass Ballot Measures

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Voters can amend their state's constitution: Think legalization of pot. But some Coloradans say citizen initiatives are out of control, and a well-funded push is underway to raise the bar.


Why Drunk Driving Laws Don't Translate To Driving While Stoned

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Five states are set to vote on legalizing recreational marijuana. Police are worried about how to monitor who is driving while high. Drivers are worried about how to know if they're too high to drive.


Colorado County Gains Political Power As Accurate Presidential Prognosticator

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

In Colorado, a diverse swing state, both parties are aggressively seeking the votes of suburban women in Jefferson County. For decades, the suburbs west of Denver have picked the next president.


As Adults Legally Smoke Pot In Colorado, More Minority Kids Arrested For It

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The state legalized marijuana at the start of 2014 for anyone 21 or older. An increasing rate of Latino and black youths were arrested for violating that age limit, even as the white arrest rate fell.


Sick Of Political Parties, Unaffiliated Voters Are Changing Politics

Sunday, February 28, 2016

The biggest group of voters politicians will have to woo this November are the ones who often don't get a say in which candidates make it to the general election ballot.

Turned off by the partisan wars in Washington, 39 percent of voters now identify themselves as independent rather than ...


Young, Independent Voters Change Politics In Colorado

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Voters under the age of 35 have become a decisive force in Colorado but many of them choose not to affiliate with a political party. We examine why.


Accused Planned Parenthood Shooter Shouts 'I'm Guilty' In Court

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Robert Dear, the man accused in the mass shooting at a Planned Parenthood office at Colorado Springs, blurted he was guilty Wednesday in court, one of several outbursts during his arraignment.


Suspect In Colorado Planned Parenthood Shooting Appears In Court

Monday, November 30, 2015

The suspect in the shooting at Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs was in court Monday. Robert L. Dear faces multiple counts after the deadly attack that left three people dead and nine wounded.


So Tourists Can Indulge: Denver May Allow Pot In Bars And Restaurants

Sunday, September 20, 2015

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Awesome Tips, Dude: Denver May Allow Pot In Bars, Restaurants

Friday, September 18, 2015

Pot is legal in Colorado, but the capitol city has outlawed pot bars like those in Amsterdam, leaving tourists who flock to Denver to get high with no legal place to do so. But that may change soon.


James Holmes Sentenced To Life For Colorado Theater Shooting

Saturday, August 08, 2015

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Jury Begins Debating Whether Colorado Should Execute Theater Shooter

Friday, August 07, 2015

This week jurors heard victim impact statements from family members of the 12 people James Holmes killed in an Aurora, Colo., movie theater. They start death penalty deliberations today.


Testimony: Parents Surprised Their Son Was Aurora Theater Gunman

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The parents of convicted shooter James Holmes took the stand in the sentencing phase of the trial. They told the Colorado jury that their son is mentally ill and should not receive the death penalty.


Death Penalty Or Life In Prison? Aurora Shooting Trial Goes To Sentencing Phase

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The sentencing phase of the Aurora Theater Shooting trial begins Wednesday. James Holmes, who was found guilty of murder last week, faces either the death penalty or life in prison without parole.


Jury Rejects Insanity Defense For Theater Shooter, Who May Get Death Penalty

Friday, July 17, 2015

James Holmes was found guilty of storming a midnight premier for the latest Batman movie, where he shot and killed 12 people and hurt 70 more. The question now is if Holmes will get the death penalty.


Prosecutors Say Theater Shooter's Detailed Plan Showed Intent — And Sanity

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Jurors in the trial James Holmes heard closing arguments Tuesday. Colorado Public Radio's Ben Markus reports on the cases made for and against Holmes' insanity at the time of the killings.


Defense Gets Its Turn In Colorado Theater Shooting Trial

Friday, June 26, 2015

Two psychiatrists testified for the prosecution that James Holmes was legally sane at the time of the shooting. The defense team will call its own experts, who are expected to say Holmes was insane.