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Thursday, March 20,2014

A New Leaf chronicles the demise of prohibition

By Leland Rucker
“I’m from upstate New York, and I traveled to California,” Martin said during a recent interview. “I had never been to Venice Beach. I opened the car door and smelled marijuana and asked how they were able to have it. They said it was legal there. It was immediately the kind of federal-state clash that attracted me.
Thursday, March 13,2014

Why not base cannabis treatment on science instead of fear?

By Leland Rucker
Let’s hope that the creative solution attorney Jeff Gard came up with, aided by Nederland’s government and citizens, will allow adults to consume cannabis in much the same way as they do alcohol and remain within the boundaries of state and local laws.
Thursday, March 6,2014

MIG helps make marijuana businesses work

By Leland Rucker
“That’s the environment in which my trade association formed,” Elliott told me recently. “We took the philosophy of ‘If we don’t hang together, we’re going to hang separately’ and pooled our resources.
Thursday, February 27,2014

Terrapin Station opens a new era in Boulder commerce

City's first retail pot shop now open

By Leland Rucker
It might not have been as big a moment as the day retail sales began in Denver on Jan. 1. There were no national media gawking or television cameras rolling last Friday at 8:30 a.m.
Thursday, February 20,2014

Heading for a showdown on cannabis and banking?

By Leland Rucker
The Obama administration issued guidelines for banks to work with cannabusinesses. But itīs not as simple a solution as it has been portrayed.
Thursday, February 13,2014

Cannabis should not be a controlled substance

Feds grappling with their own rules

By Leland Rucker
As more state legislatures vote to allow medical marijuana use and research, and public approval in the United States for ending the federal ban on cannabis continues to rise, there is still much official opposition. And perhaps the most entrenched opponents are those in Washington actually charged with enforcing that federal ban.
Thursday, February 6,2014

Will CU become the center of the universe for cannabis?

Professor launches plan to map cannabis genus

By Leland Rucker
How cool would it be if CU becomes the major center for research into the cannabis plant? A CU team under the leadership of Professor Nolan Kane of the ecology and evolutionary biology department has begun a project to develop a genetic map of the Cannabis genus.
Thursday, January 30,2014

The federal catch-22 of cannabis and banking

Analyzing statements from Obama and Holder

By Leland Rucker
Obama has been studying the material, pro and con, on cannabis and, as with gay marriage, his position is “evolving.”
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.