<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Weed Between the Lines]]> <![CDATA[Trying to grok Congress and cannabis]]> It’s impossible to understand the labyrinthine rhyme or reason behind any part of the Goliath spending bill passed by Congress to keep the government running another year.]]> <![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[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[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[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[Boulder backs off on ‘lab rat’ campaign]]> <![CDATA[Opioids, cannabis, scientists and money, lots of it]]> As Americans seek more relief from pain and companies come up with ever-stronger drugs to ease discomfort, so do mortality rates rise for the growing number of patients who use opioid pain relievers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 46 people a day die from opioid overdoses.]]> <![CDATA[Are you the next Colorado marijuana millionaire?]]> One of those statistics we’ll probably never learn definitively is how many people have ideas running through their heads right now that they think will make big money in Colorado Kush. Perhaps you do.]]> <![CDATA[Eric Holder’s mixed record on cannabis reform]]> Eric Holder tendered his resignation last week, though he will stay in office until a successor is chosen for the attorney general position. Given congressional inertia on presidential nominees, he could still fill out Obama’s term, so I’m not holding my breath.]]> <![CDATA[My cannabis poll is better than yours]]> <![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[Weed gets the votes; pot sales fall; edibles in confusion]]> It should be no surprise that the working group tasked with coming up with a recommendation to the legislature about how cannabis edibles should be marked ended after four sessions and no consensus.]]> <![CDATA[How one congressman could stop DC decriminalization]]> The District of Columbia intends to offer Initiative 71, its recent law decriminalizing marijuana possession, to the new Congress as soon as it is seated. The resolution was passed by almost 70 percent of District voters (which should give the new Congress some indication of what people closest to them think of the government-sponsored Drug War).]]> <![CDATA[Could there be an agency more inept than the DEA?]]> Yes, you read that right. Let it settle in for a minute. Most of the cannabis used in the United States over the last decades has come from south of the border. Anyone who has used cannabis over the years remembers Mexican marijuana: Seedy, not a lot of buds or very strong, but plentiful and cheap.]]> <![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[The myth of cannabis and teens]]> The national Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), managed by the national Centers for Disease Control, analyzes health-risk behaviors of youth and adults every two years and though not inclusive, assembles data given by students themselves about their habits and concerns.]]> <![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[Will Colorado's Pot Supply Be Able to Meet Demand?]]> In less than a month, Colorado and Washington will open the first adult recreational marijuana markets in history. Which brings up an interesting question. Will there be enough product to supply this emerging consumer base?]]> <![CDATA[It’s like Reefer Madness all over again]]> This time, though, the backlash comes not just from government agencies, but from some medical professionals, law enforcement groups and prohibitionist lobbyists.]]> <![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.]]>