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Thursday, October 24,2013

One toke over the bubble machine: Lawrence Welk scores!

By Leland Rucker
Finding out that contemporary Nashville musicians are including cannabis in their songwriting got me to thinking about how cannabis made its way into popular songs and culture.
Thursday, October 17,2013

Country music, mainstream media and pigs on dope

By Leland Rucker
I don’t pay much attention to “trend” stories, but one that currently amuses me is the “new” inclination among country music artists to feature cannabis in their songs. Yes, it appears that some of the current generation of major country-music hitmakers are smoking a certain product, and they’re singing about it — horrors! — like it’s a positive thing.
Thursday, October 10,2013

Banking on cannabis still a risky proposition

By Leland Rucker
As has been stated here before, one of the major stumbling blocks for any legal cannabis business to operate successfully is the lack of access to banks. It is also the biggest deterrent to proper regulation of said businesses.
Thursday, October 3,2013

Cannabis taxes a vexing decision

By Leland Rucker
Denver lawyer/activist Robert Corry has become the public face of a campaign to overturn the marijuana taxes proposed by the state legislature for adoption on the November ballot.
Thursday, September 26,2013

Tax debate highlights rift in cannabis movement

By Laura Kriho
On Sept. 23, there was a “free joint giveaway” on the Boulder Pearl Street Mall that was organized by the “No on Proposition AA Committee.” More than 1,000 cannabis cigarettes were given away to call attention to the marijuana tax issue that will appear on the Nov. 5 ballot.
Thursday, September 19,2013

Flood of bud

Looters, paperwork-evaders and other outlaws in the wild wet

By Cecelia Gilboy
You didn’t see Boulder stores being looted on the news. But at around 2 p.m. last Thursday, when flooding had forced many businesses to close, two individuals wearing hoodies and sunglasses broke into the North Boulder Wellness Center, according to the administrative manager.
Thursday, September 12,2013

Council considers cannabis rules and regs

By Leland Rucker
The second reading for the rules and regulations under which retail marijuana outlets will be able to operate will be held at the Boulder City Council meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 17.
Thursday, September 5,2013

Now it’s up to Congress to change federal cannabis laws

By Leland Rucker
Anyone who reads this column was probably surprised last Thursday when the headline blared that “the feds are dithering” at the very time the Justice Department was announcing the first significant changes in its cannabis policies in 40 years. That’s the reality of covering a volatile, shifting-sand subject like cannabis in a weekly column — you can easily look like a fool!
Thursday, August 29,2013

Colorado readies retail regulations while feds dither

By Leland Rucker
When retail cannabis shops open in Colorado, most likely in 2014, adults will be able to buy it over-the-counter in Nederland, which recently approved an ordinance governing the sales of retail marijuana within its borders.
Thursday, August 22,2013

Is Colorado's MMJ patient registry being shared with law enforcement?

Is Colorado's MMJ patient registry being shared with law enforcement?

By Leland Rucker
Among the many troubling findings of a report from the Office of the State Auditor on the administration of the state medical marijuana regulatory system is that confidential information about medical marijuana patients has and is being shared, possibly unconstitutionally, with other state agencies, private contractors and law-enforcement agencies.