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Thursday, January 23,2014

We need to change the cannabis dialogue

By Leland Rucker
The long lines on legalization day indicated that thousands of people who had bought cannabis on the black market were finally willing to stand in public, where anyone can see them, and in essence, declare themselves as cannabis users.
Thursday, January 16,2014

Cannabis and the media: Back to the boogieman

Media go nuts in wake of legalization

By Leland Rucker
What is up with the media and marijuana? Recreational cannabis went on sale in Colorado on Jan. 1, support for decriminalization is crescendoing, and the mainstream, especially on the right, has gone totally batshit crazy.
Thursday, January 9,2014

Colorado goes legal, ho hum

Nothing to see here folks

By Leland Rucker
The only thing notable about the first day of legal recreational pot sales was the uneventfulness. About as exciting as standing in line to buy concert tickets at Cervantes a few doors down.
Thursday, January 2,2014

It’s not your grandfather’s marijuana any more

Pot salesman are now professionalized

By Leland Rucker
Let’s just say the days of “buying pot” are over. When you enter a retail sales outlet, you’ll be introduced to the new world of cannabis. Just like at McGuckin or any great retail outlet, knowledgeable bud tenders will assist you in negotiating the landscape and help you find just what you’re looking for.
Thursday, December 26,2013

Colorado pot legalization is almost upon us

What you need to know about repeal day

By Leland Rucker
In just five days from the publication date of this column, if you are over 21 years of age, have a driver’s license and are able to find a retail store open, you will be able to purchase marijuana for recreational use in Colorado.
Thursday, December 19,2013

Colorado district attorney evolves on marijuana laws

When he started as DA, Stan Garnett hadn't given pot much thought

By Leland Rucker
“I wasn’t paying a lot of attention, and almost immediately juries came back with a not-guilty verdict," said Garnett. "Some jurors actually came down afterwards and asked me why I was wasting their time.”
Thursday, December 12,2013

Can traditional tourism survive marijuana legalization?

By Leland Rucker
Will tourists soon be able to purchase marijuana legally but not have anywhere to consume it except perhaps in the alley behind the trash cans? Can marijuana tourism co-exist with more traditional Colorado boosterism?
Thursday, December 5,2013

Will Colorado's Pot Supply Be Able to Meet Demand?

By Leland Rucker
In less than a month, Colorado and Washington will open the first adult recreational marijuana markets in history. Which brings up an interesting question. Will there be enough product to supply this emerging consumer base?
Wednesday, November 27,2013

Are last week's medical marijuana busts a sign of weakness or strength?

By Leland Rucker
From what we have found out since then — and I’m writing this on the morning of Nov. 25 — it appears that the raids were focused on certain individuals whom the Justice Department suspects broke one or more of the guidelines.
Thursday, November 21,2013

Boulder readies itself for adult retail cannabis

Boulder readies itself for adult retail cannabis

By Leland Rucker
In its last official gathering on Nov. 12, the late Boulder City Council approved a set of regulations and rules governing the sale of retail cannabis to adults inside the city of Boulder. If good legislation is the kind where nobody comes away completely happy, then this was a success.