<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Weed Between the Lines]]> <![CDATA[Will CU become the center of the universe for cannabis?]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[Dunafon an alternative to Hickenlooper/Beauprez]]> I grew up in a family with Democratic blood, and reform begins to look as disingenuous as saying fracking fluid is safe because he once sipped some. I’ve voted on that side of the fence more often than not. Though I’ve been registered as an On the other side, we have Bob Beauprez.]]> <![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[Cannabis is legal. Where and when will we be able to buy it in Boulder?]]> There are a few outliers keeping their options open, but the only large cities still considering retail outlets that, by law, can open on Jan. 1, 2014, are Fort Collins, Boulder and Denver.]]> <![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[‘Dude, I think this whole town is high’]]> One of the rules to be reviewed currently doesn’t allow retail shops to sell any marijuana-related merchandising.]]> <![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[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[Boulder backs off on ‘lab rat’ campaign]]> <![CDATA[Is the cannabis dialogue out of control?]]> I had read the stories about the license plates. The profiling of Colorado drivers. Especially when using Interstate 76, the highway that connects Colorado to Interstate 80 in Nebraska.]]> <![CDATA[The golden years just might go better with pot]]> So you’re one of the 13 percent of Boulderites who are over 55 years of age. It’s been almost a year and a half since marijuana legalization, and you’ve sat on the sidelines watching the experiment unfold. Maybe you tried it in college. Perhaps you weren’t willing to break the law when it was illegal.]]> <![CDATA[Too much medical marijuana can make you sick]]> I read as much as I can about cannabis, but I had never found anything, even anecdotally, like this. And even medical doctors, including some who suggest it for chemotherapy patients, know cannabis for its nausea-quelling properties.]]> <![CDATA[Why not use common sense with edibles?]]> I cut off what I considered three servings. It tasted like a Tootsie Roll with a definite cannabis overtone. We walked over to a neighbor’s birthday party, and about an hour and a half later I began to notice a pleasant relaxation in the muscles in my neck at about the same time the conversation became more animated.]]> <![CDATA[Common sense over nonsense in the weed wars]]> I watched Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s CNN Weed 3 special last week. It’s another in his series about medical marijuana, and for the first time he is calling for national legalization. He also provides more fascinating evidence of how politics have stopped any meaningful study of medical cannabis here in the United States — and how public awareness and education might be finally changing that. ]]> <![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[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[‘Gazette’ cannabis package serves up purple haze]]> The Gazette in Colorado Springs last week published a package about cannabis legalization in the state under the banner “Clearing the Haze.” The paper has been known for its excellent journalism and its reporters honored for their work, most recently a Pulitzer last year for a news series exposing how easily veterans can lose benefits for minor offenses after their discharge. A comprehensive series on the pros and cons of marijuana legalization is something Coloradans are always seeking.]]> <![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[Cannabis and the media: Back to the boogieman]]> 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.]]> <![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.]]>