<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Weed Between the Lines]]> <![CDATA[The alcohol-marijuana conundrum]]> One of the things that has fascinated me over the years is why so many people are so intent on not allowing me or millions of other Americans to use marijuana. Think about it. Since the days when Richard Nixon was president and the Controlled Substances Act became law, the United States government has been trying desperately to stop me and lots of other people from doing something they find enjoyable and that seems pretty benign, especially when measured against the alternatives. So pleasurable, in fact, that millions are willing to continue to break the law to do it.]]> <![CDATA[Creating a national cannabis brand might be harder than you think]]> I ran across several stories about Bethenny Frankel, a reality show personality, who, after apparently being spotted coming out of an Aspen dispensary and tweeting her delight at the experience, is rumored to be wanting to cash in on the cannabis business.]]> <![CDATA[Mainstream cannabis comes to Colorado]]> On Nov. 9, Colorado’s weed scene gained its capstone endorsement — Snoop Dogg launched his very own line of marijuana products including flower, chocolate bars, shatter, wax, drops and other candies. Although there is talk of other celebrities launching high-end cannabis product lines in Colorado — from Freddie Gibbs to Willie Nelson to Bob Marley’s family — the first cannabis launch and surrounding media storm goes to Snoop Dogg. Ever since he came onto the hip-hop scene in 1992 as a featured artist on Dr. Dre’s The Chronic, Snoop Dogg has been an advocate and unofficial spokesperson for marijuana, and his place amongst its emerging industry seems natural.]]> <![CDATA[The cannabis debate drifts into the halls of Congress]]> Last week I wrote about a bill that was then being debated in the Utah state legislature. S.B. 259 would have amended a law passed last year that allowed Utah citizens to use certain strains of CBD-dominate cannabis to treat medical conditions but mandated no legal way that patients could obtain them.]]> <![CDATA[Hickenlooper should stay curious about cannabis]]> <![CDATA[Cannabis, family values not mutually exclusive]]> <![CDATA[Hemp and the woolly mammoth’s hair piece]]> It’s no secret that hemp is one of the most misunderstood plants in history. For centuries, it has been used by all kinds of people for all kinds of things — clothing to car construction, bioplastics to building supplies, food to fuel. Though it was grown by the Founding Fathers, was a major crop in the U.S. for many years and doesn’t contain enough THC to get people “high,” it was blacklisted along with marijuana in 1937 and later listed as a Schedule One drug under the Controlled Substances Act in 1970, at least in part because the federal government couldn’t tell the difference between the two plants.]]> <![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[Cannabis should not be a controlled substance]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[As it turns out, marijuana doesn’t like cancer]]> When first experimenting in the 1970s, I immediately began reading everything I could on the subject of marijuana. And right from the beginning, what I was finding, especially the material coming from the newly minted Drug Enforcement Agency, was not in sync with what I was experiencing with the product.]]> <![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[Rep. Jared Polis: Getting past Washington’s war-on-drugs mentality]]> Boulder-area Rep. Jared Polis and a growing group of U.S. representatives have championed efforts to get the federal government out of the pot-enforcement business. I talked with Polis via email about his latest efforts.]]> <![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[Medical cannabis heads toward the tipping point]]> Weed, the CNN documentary anchored by Dr. Sanjay Gupta that aired last summer, highlighted the case of Charlotte Figi, a Colorado girl whose epileptic seizures were calmed by use of a special strain of cannabis high in cannabidiol, or CBD, a cannabinoid associated with the plant’s medical properties.]]> <![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[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[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[Terrapin Station opens a new era in Boulder commerce]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[Ohio cannabis ballot initiative might defeat itself]]> The state of Ohio announced recently that enough voters had been certified to put Marijuana Legalization Initiative Issue 3 on the 2015 ballot. If passed, it would allow citizens over 21 to buy recreational and medical marijuana much as we do here. Proposed by a group called ResponsibleOhio, it is fairly consistent with legalization measures in other states. Ohio currently does not allow medical marijuana, so the state would be the first to create medical and recreational rules and regulations simultaneously.]]> <![CDATA[On the pot issue, candidates should be listening to their constituents]]> Marijuana is all the rage these days. Everybody is saying it’s going to be a major campaign issue in 2016, as citizens in many states contemplate initiatives and begin to collect signatures to legalize medical and/or recreational cannabis. Every presidential candidate is being grilled about it, and each has a different take. On the Republican side Rand Paul supports medical marijuana, access to banking services and the right for states to make their own choices. Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson and Lindsey Graham would be open to legalizing medical but not recreational marijuana. Jeb Bush, John Kasich and Rick Santorum oppose legalization of any kind, while Carly Fiorina stops at anything beyond decriminalization.]]>