Homebrew: Rand Paul fundraises with marijuana magnates

Smoke this

Libertarians, light up. Sen. Rand Paul will be fundraising with marijuana tycoons today at the Cannabis Business Summit in Denver. This is the first time a presidential candidate has forged such an unlikely alliance with colorful Colorado’s above-ground pot peddlers. Via The Cannabist.

Highway robbery

Take my money but not my bike, said one Colorado Springs man held at gunpoint. Funny thing: His escape plan worked. Via The Gazette.

Schools schooled

The Colorado Supreme Court gutted Douglas County’s school voucher system that paid for religious education. Now, people are debating school choice vs. the separation of church and state. Via Westword.

Inhuman service

Department of Human Services Director Reggie Bicha is taking punches again. This time the Joint Budget Committee is questioning the department for the wretched state of group psychiatric homes in Colorado. Via The Denver Post.

Gun fight

To gun or not to gun: At the Aspen Ideas Festival, two lawyers squabble over the true meaning of the Second Amendment. Via The Aspen Times.

Super power

A Snowmass Village Councilman got arrested for a DUI. It’s an embarrassing but not remarkable story – until you hear this part: Afterwards, with superhero-supervillain strength, he tore up his isolation cell at the Pitkin County Jail, according to The Aspen Daily News.

More grousing

The government’s plans to protect the sage grouse are weak, said three environmental organizations filing complaints. “The Obama administration is squandering a golden opportunity to protect an iconic species, curb destructive uses of our public lands, and rein in climate-disrupting fossil fuel development,” said Randi Spivak of the Center for Biological Diversity to Gary Harmon of The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel.

Photo credit: Rand Paul for U.S. Senate, Creative Commons, Flickr

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