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Leonard Frieling Senior Attorney Emeritus
  • Senior Counsel Emeritus to the Boulder Law firm Dolan + Zimmerman LLP : (720)-610-0951
  • Former Judge
  • Photographer of the Year, AboutBoulder 2023
  • First Chair and Originator of the Colorado Bar Association’s Cannabis Law Committee, a National first.
  • Previous Chair, Boulder Criminal Defense Bar (8 years)
  • Twice chair Executive Counsel, Colorado Bar Association Criminal Law Section
  • NORML Distinguished Counsel Circle
  • Life Member, NORML Legal Committee
  • Life Member, Colorado Criminal Defense Bar
  • Board Member Emeritus, Colorado NORML
  • Chair, Colorado NORML, 7 years including during the successful effort to legalize recreational pot in Colorado
  • Media work, including episodes of Fox’s Power of Attorney, well in excess of many hundreds media interviews, appearances, articles, and podcasts, including co-hosting Time For Hemp for two years.
  • Board member, Author, and Editor for Criminal Law Articles for the Colorado Lawyer, primary publication of the Colorado Bar Assoc. 7 Years, in addition to having 2 Colorado Lawyer cover photos, and numerous articles for the Colorado Lawyer monthly publication.
  • LEAP Speaker, multi-published author, University lectures Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, Denver University Law School, Univ. of New Mexico, Las Vegas NM, and many other schools at all levels.
  • http://www.Lfrieling.com

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MidWinter: A Colorado Night’s Dream

Sometimes, writing about art and theater feels a lot like falling down the proverbial rabbit hole as I try to find the angle to write about wandering through a haunted-theater immersive experience, ge…

Sometimes, writing a…

Sometimes, writing about art and theater feels a lot like falling down the proverbial rabbit hole as I try to find the angle to write about wandering through a haunted-theater immersive experience, getting splashed in a Halloween horror show in the basement of a spaghetti emporium, sweating through a DIY D&D in a comic shop, savoring (har har!) Sweeney Todd’s enraged high notes, and trying to quiet my howling dog in a public house. I’ve found myself in some odd and awkward scenarios. To update the metaphor, writing this column is a lot like drunk-clicking through an endless algorithm o…

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“That’s A Wrap!” Crisp and Green Adds a New Menu Category!

In preparing for my meeting with the head of franchise marketing for Green & Crisp, I prepared questions. My most important was simple. “Are you doing something new, or are you doing something o…

In preparing for my …

In preparing for my meeting with the head of franchise marketing for Green & Crisp, I prepared questions. My most important was simple. “Are you doing something new, or are you doing something old, better?” The answer is easy. Both!  A salad is not new. A salad with the best ingredients, and with an extra level of pizzazz in the dressing and in the additional ingredients takes a salad to the next level. That is the same level of caring that has gone into their newest item: the wraps! I hate being disappointed by food. While I am extremely critical, I get no pleasure from being …

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Exterior shot of the Croke-Patterson historic property in Denver, Co.
Wedding Wonders! Pikes Peak to Patterson Inn: Engaged To Wed In A Second!!

  Right up the road from Boulder, your humble narrator, Chris Chiari and friends were gathered at the second most haunted hotel in Colorado, the Patterson Inn. The friends included newly e…

  Right …

  Right up the road from Boulder, your humble narrator, Chris Chiari and friends were gathered at the second most haunted hotel in Colorado, the Patterson Inn. The friends included newly engaged Mike and Julie. Once upon a time last week, Mike and Julie picked a random city with Southwest flights from North Carolina; home. As long as Julie's Southwest points would cover the airfare, and as long as the destination sounded great, they were set to travel for a short vacation. They wisely and fortuitously settled on Colorado. In Colorado Springs they visited the magnificent red sand…

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Could AI Dominate Denver and the World? The Alarming Truth!

Will AI Rule Boulder and Rule the World? Is Humanity Safe? As a result of extensive discussion with CHATgpt, it is clear that AI, Artificial Intelligence, CAN pose a very real danger to humanity. L…

Will AI Rule Boulder…

Will AI Rule Boulder and Rule the World? Is Humanity Safe? As a result of extensive discussion with CHATgpt, it is clear that AI, Artificial Intelligence, CAN pose a very real danger to humanity. Let's look at the dangers and some possible ways to protect ourselves from these threats. Will AI replace humans and rule the world, served by people instead of serving people? The answer is MAYBE! If humans use their intelligence aided by AI, the dangers can be minimized. Dangerously, the dangers cannot always be foreseen, and unintended consequences are a very real threat. Artificial intell…

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Red Envelopes, Good Luck, and Heartfelt Connections: A Boulderite’s Aspen Story

Mayor Torre & Lenny Lensworth Frieling, selfie If a certain Boulder resident is around, $2 bills are free and lucky in Aspen. I just got back from the yearly conference of the NORML,  Natio…

Mayor Torre & Le…

Mayor Torre & Lenny Lensworth Frieling, selfie If a certain Boulder resident is around, $2 bills are free and lucky in Aspen. I just got back from the yearly conference of the NORML,  National Organization For The Reform Of Marijuana Laws, Legal Committee.  One of the regular events is a party at the house of a world-renowned criminal defense attorney, Gerry Goldstein. With his wife Christie, they gather a group of fascinating and wonderful guests for the party. This year was no exception. Heading up the guest list was the Mayor Torre of Aspen ! As you know, Mayor Torre is a del…

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Denver’s Neighborly Treasure: The Stunning Weld County Courthouse

        The Courthouse Stained Glass Was Designed By A Swiss Artist Whose Name Is Lost To History The State Motto appears in numerous places in the Courthouse. The Colorado state motto is "N…

        The C…

        The Courthouse Stained Glass Was Designed By A Swiss Artist Whose Name Is Lost To History The State Motto appears in numerous places in the Courthouse. The Colorado state motto is "Nil sine numine," which is Latin for "Nothing without providence" or "Nothing without the deity." This phrase suggests that all endeavors and achievements are dependent on a higher power or divine guidance. The motto reflects a belief in the importance of divine influence in the success and prosperity of the state. The Courthouse was built with attention to every detail. It's ubiquitous white ma…

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Angry Bird! Bathing Is Not All It’s Cracked Up To Be!

Angry Bird! Brancher Starling Rescued From Water A Little Too Deep!  pic Debi Dodge This Boulder Brancher Starling was bathing with a parent. It got in over its head and had to be rescued with a…

Angry Bird! Brancher…

Angry Bird! Brancher Starling Rescued From Water A Little Too Deep!  pic Debi Dodge This Boulder Brancher Starling was bathing with a parent. It got in over its head and had to be rescued with a dustpan. Then it was a tad displeased as it shook itself dry. Angry Bird! The Starling is not a rare bird, but this ones expression is priceless. The Common Starling Brancher: A Stage of Transformation The common starling (Sturnus vulgaris) is a bird renowned for its iridescent plumage, complex vocalizations, and impressive adaptability. Among the various stages of its life cycle, the "b…

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Greeley Courthouse Part I: What Keeps The Courthouse Ticking? THE CLOCKS!

The Weld County Courthouse: Inner Beauty Serving Colorado, Boulder, and our fellow Coloradans Boulder, Greeley and all of Colorado are served by the Greeley Courthouse. This true gem of legal luxur…

The Weld County Cour…

The Weld County Courthouse: Inner Beauty Serving Colorado, Boulder, and our fellow Coloradans Boulder, Greeley and all of Colorado are served by the Greeley Courthouse. This true gem of legal luxury stands in downtown Greeley as a siren to those seeking justice and sometimes for those seeking water. This courthouse is home to perhaps the most important Water Court in Colorado. It is also home to District (felony trials and serious civil cases) and County Courts. We were lucky enough to be able to tour the building, helped by Water Court Specialist Grace Moreno. Thanks to her gracious…

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Lauren Maytin: Featured Attorney!

Aspen's own Lauren Maytin, of the firm of Edson & Maytin, is our FIRST OnAspen Featured Lawyer. She has certainly earned the distinction! With her partner Warren Edson, she has been a statewide le…

Aspen's own Lauren M…

Aspen's own Lauren Maytin, of the firm of Edson & Maytin, is our FIRST OnAspen Featured Lawyer. She has certainly earned the distinction! With her partner Warren Edson, she has been a statewide leader in marijuana legalization and regulation in Colorado. Edson & Maytin were key movers and shakers in the passage of Colorado's Amendment 20 Medical Marijuana legalization in Colorado. Their contributions since then  have been non-ending. Her being our Featured Lawyer coincides with the NORML Legal Committee's conference in Aspen, a yearly event. This year she is being honored by being …

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Mushrooms and Marijuana: Subjects for Joint Study in Aspen!

Add a conference to Aspen's busy summer events list. In addition to NORML's famous Legal Committee conference, an event of long-standing in Aspen, Aspen is hosting a conference devoted to matters psyc…

Add a conference to …

Add a conference to Aspen's busy summer events list. In addition to NORML's famous Legal Committee conference, an event of long-standing in Aspen, Aspen is hosting a conference devoted to matters psychedelic  May 31 - June 1, 2024 and June 16-20, 2025. The fit seems about perfect. The study of all thing marijuana and all things magic mushroom conflate wonderfully. Our friend, teacher, and fellow activist Brian Vicente has played a central role in drug activism for decades. He's done it successfully! Knowing Brian Vicente, Esq. as a professional, as a fellow activist and as a friend is an h…

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Denver Honey Bees: Pretty Perfect Pollinators! The Buzz Around Town

Sometimes the pictures speak for themselves. Words are superfluous! Educationally, discussing pollen, pollinators, honey bees, and more, while important and interesting, are perhaps less important tha…

Sometimes the pictur…

Sometimes the pictures speak for themselves. Words are superfluous! Educationally, discussing pollen, pollinators, honey bees, and more, while important and interesting, are perhaps less important than the visual images alone. I see these bee pics as falling in that category. Honey bees are essential pollinators, playing a critical role in the ecosystem and agriculture. These industrious insects transfer pollen from the male anthers of a flower to the female stigma, facilitating plant reproduction. This process is vital for the production of fruits, vegetables, and nuts. Approximately 75%…

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Secret Trails to Boulder’s Dream Canyon: Our HIDDEN Foothill Escape Gem

Dream Canyon, a short drive from Denver into the Boulder foothills, is Dream Canyon. It is as well known for its seclusion as it is for its hidden location. Tucked behind Boulder Falls, it is only acc…

Dream Canyon, a shor…

Dream Canyon, a short drive from Denver into the Boulder foothills, is Dream Canyon. It is as well known for its seclusion as it is for its hidden location. Tucked behind Boulder Falls, it is only accessible from the behind the Falls, off Sunshine Canyon more or less. It's location is marked by, well, by nothing. Here are some clues to help find it. With these clues and a topo, you can find it. Do not, I mean do NOT go down the cliff to get to the bottom of the canyon, 800' or 250 meters below. However, if you walk a little further down the "trail," you'll find yourself on a dirt "road" that w…

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Butterflies; Denver’s Neighboring Beautiful Winged Art Show

Up 36 to Broomfield, we are fortunate to be next to the famous Butterfly Pavilion. We see it as a photo up beyond compare and a rare treat. The butterflies might see it as a giant spring break in the …

Up 36 to Broomfield,…

Up 36 to Broomfield, we are fortunate to be next to the famous Butterfly Pavilion. We see it as a photo up beyond compare and a rare treat. The butterflies might see it as a giant spring break in the jungle. Black Swallowtail             photo Lenny Lensworth Frieling The Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes) is a striking and widespread species of butterfly, known for its distinctive appearance and fascinating life cycle. This North American native is recognizable by its large, black wings adorned with prominent rows of yellow spots, and blue and red markings near the tai…

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TOP STORY 2023! – Heartwarming Moment Captured: Denver is in Awe as Denver Zoo Lions Respond to Woman’s Presence

During a visit to the Denver Zoo, a remarkable encounter occurred between a group of lions and a couple from Boulder. It was a heartwarming moment that showcased the special connection humans can shar…

During a visit to th…

During a visit to the Denver Zoo, a remarkable encounter occurred between a group of lions and a couple from Boulder. It was a heartwarming moment that showcased the special connection humans can share with animals. As the observer described, the lions were initially situated at the far end of their enclosure, seemingly disinterested or preoccupied with their own activities. However, everything changed when the visitor's wife approached the glass. Unbeknownst to them, she possessed a unique affinity for animals, a quality that often attracts them and elicits unexpected reactions. As she sto…

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