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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.
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.”