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Thursday, July 3,2014

Commercial cannabis at six months: The sky hasn’t fallen

By Leland Rucker
We are just past the six-month point in the state’s roll-out of commercial sales of cannabis, and from all indications, it’s been an unspectacular but successful half a year, especially for a state whose social experiment has been under local and international media scrutiny since Amendment 64 passed in November of 2012.
Thursday, June 26,2014

The THC Fear Factor

By Leland Rucker
It was great news to hear that New York has decided to legalize medical cannabis. Well, sort of. After weeks of debate and many compromises, the state will allow doctors to prescribe patients suffering from multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, glaucoma and cancer to use medical cannabis in the form of tinctures, edibles or oil for vaporizers.
Thursday, June 19,2014

The myth of cannabis and teens

By Leland Rucker
The national Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), managed by the national Centers for Disease Control, analyzes health-risk behaviors of youth and adults every two years and though not inclusive, assembles data given by students themselves about their habits and concerns.
Thursday, June 12,2014

What you read about cannabis isn’t always the truth

By Leland Rucker
You remember Keith Kilbey? Well, perhaps not by name, but you probably do remember him. He’s the young man who plowed into two police cars blocking an Adams County exit ramp in January and was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs. Guy was so stoned on pot, the state patrol said, he couldn’t even see the warning lights flashing on two police cars. It made local and international news and why not? For hungry media, it was just too good a story.
Thursday, June 5,2014

A historic Congressional cannabis vote … or not?

By Leland Rucker
The Rohrabacher-Farr amendment to the 2015 Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Bill (HR 4660) passed Friday in the U.S. House of Representatives.
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.