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Thursday, December 11,2014

Could there be an agency more inept than the DEA?

By Leland Rucker
Yes, you read that right. Let it settle in for a minute. Most of the cannabis used in the United States over the last decades has come from south of the border. Anyone who has used cannabis over the years remembers Mexican marijuana: Seedy, not a lot of buds or very strong, but plentiful and cheap.
Thursday, December 4,2014

Finally, some cannabis research worth waiting for

By Leland Rucker
The state’s Public Health Department is recommending more than $7 million in grant money for eight studies centered on research into both the safety of cannabis and the possibilities for its use as a treatment for symptoms of various ailments and diseases.
Monday, December 1,2014

How one congressman could stop DC decriminalization

By Leland Rucker
The District of Columbia intends to offer Initiative 71, its recent law decriminalizing marijuana possession, to the new Congress as soon as it is seated. The resolution was passed by almost 70 percent of District voters (which should give the new Congress some indication of what people closest to them think of the government-sponsored Drug War).
Thursday, November 20,2014

Weed gets the votes; pot sales fall; edibles in confusion

By Leland Rucker
It should be no surprise that the working group tasked with coming up with a recommendation to the legislature about how cannabis edibles should be marked ended after four sessions and no consensus.
Thursday, November 13,2014

‘Dude, I think this whole town is high’

By Leland Rucker
One of the rules to be reviewed currently doesn’t allow retail shops to sell any marijuana-related merchandising.
Thursday, November 6,2014

Is the cannabis dialogue out of control?

By Leland Rucker
I had read the stories about the license plates. The profiling of Colorado drivers. Especially when using Interstate 76, the highway that connects Colorado to Interstate 80 in Nebraska.
Thursday, October 30,2014

Move over, Ebola: What you should panic about this week

By Cecelia Gilboy
Several major news outlets (including Fox and CBS) recently claimed that Colorado-based CB Scientific designed a product for parents to test Halloween candy for marijuana. That’s not accurate, says CB Scientific co-founder Derek Lebahn. His company actually developed these testkits for medical patients and plant breeders. They released them in September. Lebahn contacted a local CBS reporter, but he wasn’t interested.
Thursday, October 23,2014

High anxiety: The state of a highly regulated industry

By Cecelia Gilboy
John Caraluzzi, an owner of Trill Alternatives, says his employees spend almost 50 hours a month documenting plant waste. Alcohol producers, he notes, don’t have to document every drop they spill. He mentions a local brewery with a neighboring warehouse.
Thursday, October 16,2014

My cannabis poll is better than yours

The inherent bias of polls makes them meaningless

By Leland Rucker
Next time you read or watch a news story about a survey or poll, stop reading or turn it off. It doesn’t mean anything. It won’t help you understand anything. You’re better off watching videos of parkouring goats.
Thursday, October 9,2014

Jonathan Singer an unlikely cannabis advocate

By Leland Rucker
“If someone had told me in 2011 that three years later I would be running for re-election for a seat I didn’t have,” Singer, who rebelled in high school by not using cannabis, said recently. “Or that by the end of my second year that I would have helped pass a statewide tax increase on legal marijuana, I would have laughed at them.