Ben Markus

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Colorado's nearly $2 billion marijuana industry finally has had a bad year

Thursday, December 29, 2022

For the first time since recreational cannabis sales were legalized, revenue has been down. COVID-19 has something to do with that. (Story aired on All Things Considered on Dec. 27, 2022.)


Why Colorado's inventive plan to create an emergency mental health care system failed

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Ten years ago when 12 people died in the movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colo., leaders promised mental health system reforms. But established providers fought to maintain the status quo.


Suspect In Colorado Shooting Charged With 10 Counts Of First-Degree Murder

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

The suspect in the Boulder, Colo., shooting Monday night has been charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder. The age of the 10 victims ranged from 20 to 65 years old.


How Nebraska And Colorado Are Dealing With Coronavirus Surges

Friday, November 13, 2020

Nebraska's governor is under pressure to take action as coronavirus cases soar. Meanwhile, Colorado's governor says his state will be the next hot spot if people don't change their behavior.


Examining Why Fatal Shootings Involving Colorado Police Have Increased

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Colorado has among the highest per capital rates of police shootings, and an unrecognized connection between them and meth use. You can find the full investigation at Colorado Public Radio.


Marijuana Is Legal In Colorado, But The Illegal Market Still Exists

Monday, June 24, 2019

Marijuana has been legal in Colorado since 2012. But recently, large busts of illegal grow houses show that the black market for pot is far from gone. In fact, it's growing.


There Aren't Enough Houses On The Market To Meet Demand

Monday, August 06, 2018

During the Great Recession, investors bought up a lot of homes and are now renting them out. In cities like Denver, even as home prices soar, investors are still not putting those properties back on the market.


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.