Weed Between the Lines

Getting over the hump about hemp

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Come Senators, Congressmen, please heed the call Don’t stand in the doorway, don’t block up the hall For he who is hurt will be he who has stalled...

The $3 billion rathole that is the war on marijuana

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Among the reasons I voted for Amendment 64 was that I was tired of people being arrested and sent to prison for simple possession of marijuana...

Emergency rule keeps cannabis magazines on the shelves

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Probably the strangest paragraph in Colorado’s first attempt to regulate marijuana was the one that stipulated that “magazines whose primary focus is marijuana or marijuana businesses are only sold in retail marijuana stores or behind the counter in establishments ...

Forget Big Tobacco; Big Marijuana wants to be part of the...

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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...

Is this really the best the White House drug czar can...

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The latest issue of the journal Molecular Psychiatry provides physiological evidence as to why cannabis might mitigate certain symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder...

How will I know if I’m one toke over the line?

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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 ...

Heading into uncharted territory

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Last week Colorado became the first U.S. state to adopt a set of rules that allows marijuana to be regulated like alcohol for adults. Legislators, task force members and all involved are to be congratulated for doing it in accordance with Amendment 64’s spirit and ...

Under the influence

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HB 1325, which determines driving impairment through a blood-level THC test, was passed by the Colorado legislature on May 7. The bill says anyone caught driving with more than five nanograms of THC per milliliter of blood is considered impaired, with the caveat that...

Rep. Jared Polis: Getting past Washington’s war-on-drugs mentality

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The elephant in the room of all attempts by states to regulate marijuana is the current federal prohibition, which began in earnest under President Richard Nixon. Federal laws that make smoking marijuana a crime and a Justice Department dragging its feet under ...

Schedule 1: Same as it ever was, same as it ever...

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“The criminal law is too harsh a tool to apply to personal possession even in the effort to discourage use. It implies an overwhelming indictment of the behavior which we believe is not appropriate. The actual and potential harm of use of the drug is not great enough...

Turn and face the strange ch-ch-changes

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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. Washington state passed a similar law that day, the first ...