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Thursday, May 29,2014

FBI learns that the best and brightest aren’t always the straightest

By Leland Rucker
The FBI director said that his agency is actively revising its employment rules per cannabis, which now state that anyone who has smoked weed in the last three years is ineligible. When an audience member said he has cannabis-using friends who were interested in hacking for the government but put off by the rule, Comey told him they should apply.
Thursday, May 22,2014

Local attorney argues fed laws don’t apply to MMJ

By Laura Kriho
Boulder attorney Andrew Reid of the law firm Springer & Steinberg, on behalf of Nederland area resident Kathleen Chippi and the Patient and Caregiver Rights Litigation Project (PCRLP), has filed an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief to the...
Thursday, May 15,2014

Are we finally ‘Hemp Bound’ here in the United States?

By Leland Rucker
There has been encouraging news on the hemp front. Rep. Jared Polis and a few bipartisan representatives got a provision passed into the FARM bill last year that allows colleges, universities and state departments of agriculture to grow test plots of hemp for industrial uses.
Thursday, May 8,2014

Cannabis, family values not mutually exclusive

By Leland Rucker
This is my one-year anniversary writing this column, and I think I’ve just gotten the best news ever. You’ve probably heard about the Colorado Symphony’s announcement that it will hold three private, adultonly, BYOW (“bring your own weed”) fundraising concerts this summer.
Thursday, May 1,2014

It’s like Reefer Madness all over again

By Leland Rucker
This time, though, the backlash comes not just from government agencies, but from some medical professionals, law enforcement groups and prohibitionist lobbyists.
Thursday, April 24,2014

A new kind of mile-high club opens in Nederland

By Leland Rucker
Amidst all the lunacy over the weekend — Snoop Dogg at Red Rocks on the evening before Easter services, the long lines at the High Times Cannabis Cup, the massive and orderly annual Denver 4/20 celebration and the now annual 4/20 lock-out at CU — another historic first took place.
Thursday, April 17,2014

Drug-endangered child bill goes way too far

By Leland Rucker
Testimony was expected this week on Rep. Jonathan Singer’s House Bill 1364, which would add post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of debilitating medical conditions for the purposes of the use of medical marijuana.
Thursday, April 10,2014

CBS slaps down Weedmaps’ Times Square ad

By Leland Rucker
More good news about the end of cannabis prohibition. A new PEW poll indicates that 75 percent of voters say legalization is a foregone conclusion. Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer, who along with Rep.
Thursday, April 3,2014

Medical cannabis heads toward the tipping point

By Leland Rucker
Weed, the CNN documentary anchored by Dr. Sanjay Gupta that aired last summer, highlighted the case of Charlotte Figi, a Colorado girl whose epileptic seizures were calmed by use of a special strain of cannabis high in cannabidiol, or CBD, a cannabinoid associated with the plant’s medical properties.
Thursday, March 27,2014

Hickenlooper should stay curious about cannabis

By Leland Rucker
I have been puzzled by Hickenlooper´s stance toward cannabis. He says he tried it when he was younger and didn’t care for it. His signature is on the document that made cannabis legal in Colorado. Yet he strongly opposed Amendment 64’s passage and has carried it out — seemingly while holding his nose.