<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Weed Between the Lines]]> <![CDATA[A historic Congressional cannabis vote … or not?]]> The Rohrabacher-Farr amendment to the 2015 Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Bill (HR 4660) passed Friday in the U.S. House of Representatives.]]> <![CDATA[Why not base cannabis treatment on science instead of fear?]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[One author’s cannabis journey of discovery]]> When Bruce Barcott began to research a book about the legalization of marijuana in the United States, one of the first things that concerned him was how he was going to talk with his children about it. An author and science writer whose work appears in The New York Times and Atlantic Monthly, Barcott, like many Americans, was a novice about cannabis, apathetic until he had to vote for or against legalization in Washington in 2012, his knowledge limited mostly to its longtime status as a drug promoted as being more dangerous than cocaine or methamphetamine by the federal government.]]> <![CDATA[Under the influence]]> More than 17 million Americans admit to smoking marijuana, and in 2010 10.6 million Americans reported driving under the influence of an illegal drug, with a high incidence of people age 18 to 25 among the respondents. More than 70 percent of those said they used marijuana before driving.]]> <![CDATA[The limits to legislating cannabis edibles]]> The state of Colorado got generally high marks for its initial rollout of recreational cannabis from a Brookings Institute report released last week.]]> <![CDATA[CU researchers find no correlation between cannabis and brain changes]]> One of the main cannabis prohibition memes these days is based around some recent studies that suggest that cannabis use produces physical changes in the brain. This one really caught fire after The Journal of Neuroscience published research last spring from a Harvard/Northwestern report that scanned the brains of 40 students, half who used cannabis and half who didn’t, and found volume, shape and density changes in two brain areas involved with emotion and motivation.]]> <![CDATA[Boulder profits from first year of legal cannabis]]> The Colorado Department of Revenue released a comprehensive report on its first year of retail cannabis operations. It’s probably not as compelling as the latest cat video, but it’s pretty fascinating if you’re interested in seeing how legal marijuana actually fared its first year.]]> <![CDATA[Colorado readies retail regulations while feds dither]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[Commercial cannabis at six months: The sky hasn’t fallen]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[Hickenlooper should stay curious about cannabis]]> <![CDATA[The THC Fear Factor]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[Forget Big Tobacco; Big Marijuana wants to be part of the .bong boom]]> There has been a persistent rumor, dating back to the 1960s and 1970s, that cigarette companies have been plotting to take over the marijuana industry, were it ever legalized. It’s still around and probably holds on because it doesn’t seem that unreasonable — if they can grow and sell tobacco, they can grow and sell pot, right?]]> <![CDATA[State cannabis campaign based on information, not retribution]]> Have you seen the Good to Know Colorado marijuana ads on television? They use colorful cartoon characters, whimsical illustrations and a friendly, folksy voice that offers basic information about legalization. “Instead of telling you what you can’t do, we’re going to tell you what you can do, too.]]> <![CDATA[How will I know if I’m one toke over the line?]]> Although I’m generally encouraged about the rules and regulations passed by the Colorado Legislature to regulate marijuana like alcohol this month, the rule that still bothers me allows a jury to infer that someone whose blood level shows five nanograms of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) per milliliter to be impaired or intoxicated.]]> <![CDATA[The state can’t protect us from ourselves]]> While the Colorado legislature struggles with ways to make marijuana look different from other food products, another tragic death has been blamed on edibles by the family of an Oklahoma man who shot himself March 21 while on a skiing vacation in Keystone.]]> <![CDATA[Wyoming keeps cannabis possession criminal]]> But not all state legislators are ready to make that move. In a floor vote last week, the Wyoming house killed Bill 49. Sponsor Jim Byrd, a Cheyenne Democrat, wanted the state to turn cannabis possession cases into civil offenses: Fine anybody with up to a half ounce $50 and anybody with a half ounce to an ounce $100.]]> <![CDATA[Could Boulder price itself out of the pot market?]]> I support taxes on sales of marijuana, but I’m scratching my head a little over the latest proposal before the Boulder City Council to place a 15 percent city excise tax on grow and infusion facilities and a 10 percent city sales tax on marijuana on the November ballot.]]> <![CDATA[One toke over the bubble machine: Lawrence Welk scores!]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[Turn and face the strange ch-ch-changes]]> On Nov. 6, 54.8 percent of Colorado voters passed Amendment 64, The Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act, which allows adults to possess, consume, buy and grow marijuana in small quantities for personal use.]]> <![CDATA[Boulder Valley schools won’t support Gov’s ‘rat cages’ campaign]]> As you probably know by now, the Governor’s Office has launched a “Don’t Be A Lab Rat” campaign. Targeted at 12- to 15-year-olds, it kicked off Aug. 11 with lots of TV coverage, as well as ads on YouTube and before films in movie theaters. Large human-sized cages, complete with giant plastic Leland Rucker.]]>