<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Weed Between the Lines]]> <![CDATA[Crunching numbers in the cannabis debate]]> “Thirty-six percent of high-school When it comes to statistics, I come from the old seniors have used cannabis in the past school. I generally don’t trust them and follow the year, and an alarming 6.5 percent smoked cannabis precepts outlined by C. Davenport Hughes in The.]]> <![CDATA[Heading for a showdown on cannabis and banking?]]> The Obama administration issued guidelines for banks to work with cannabusinesses. But itīs not as simple a solution as it has been portrayed.]]> <![CDATA[Boulder backs off on ‘lab rat’ campaign]]> <![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[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.]]> <![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[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[The myth of super pot]]> It’s not your grandfather’s pot,” I keep hearing. Every time I attend a forum or turn on the TV or the Internet, there’s somebody saying that today’s marijuana is fearfully strong and therefore much more dangerous than it used to be. “Studies reveal that marijuana potency has almost tripled over the past 20 years,” it says right on www.]]> <![CDATA[MIG helps make marijuana businesses work]]> “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.]]> <![CDATA[Weed between the lines]]> One of the most encouraging pieces in the cannabis legalization puzzle these days is that it’s less a partisan political issue than ever.]]> <![CDATA[Local attorney argues fed laws don’t apply to MMJ]]> 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...]]> <![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[Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 rises from the dead]]> Now, a similar monster is being revived by the Colorado legislature as the Marijuana Tax Act of 2013, now known as Proposition AA.]]> <![CDATA[Getting high goes high-tech]]> You still smoke weed? That’s adorable. How quaint. Boulder’s more dedicated stoners rarely smoke actual marijuana. They smoke “oil.” (Oil also goes by wax, butter, shatter and unusual spellings like “errl.”)]]> <![CDATA[What you read about cannabis isn’t always the truth]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[Are last week's medical marijuana busts a sign of weakness or strength?]]> From what we have found out since then — and I’m writing this on the morning of Nov. 25 — it appears that the raids were focused on certain individuals whom the Justice Department suspects broke one or more of the guidelines.]]> <![CDATA[Boulder readies itself for adult retail cannabis]]> In its last official gathering on Nov. 12, the late Boulder City Council approved a set of regulations and rules governing the sale of retail cannabis to adults inside the city of Boulder. If good legislation is the kind where nobody comes away completely happy, then this was a success.]]> <![CDATA[The federal catch-22 of cannabis and banking]]> Obama has been studying the material, pro and con, on cannabis and, as with gay marriage, his position is “evolving.”]]> <![CDATA[A New Leaf chronicles the demise of prohibition]]> “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.]]> <![CDATA[Voters support cannabis (and high taxes, too) in 2013 elections]]> It’s an off-off election year, but cannabis initiatives continued to find broad voter support on Nov. 5, as large majorities passed every cannabis measure put forth across the nation.]]>