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Thursday, October 8,2015

Council rethinks its approach to marijuana

By Leland Rucker
Boulder City Council is considering broad changes to its marijuana rules and regulations. The first reading was Sept. 30, with a second reading scheduled for later this month or early November. And this time around, it appears that Council wants to help rather than hinder cannabis businesses.
Thursday, October 1,2015

Denver murder suspect says the pot made him do it

By Leland Rucker
A week ago Friday, lawyers for Richard Kirk, a Denver man who is charged with the murder of his wife after eating a cannabis edible during a domestic disturbance in April 2014, changed his original plea from not guilty to not guilty by reason of insanity.
Thursday, September 24,2015

Larry Wilmore’s media theory works for cannabis, too

By Leland Rucker
Last week Larry Wilmore did a skit on The Nightly Show that showed how Fox News can take a falsehood (in the sketch, it’s a poll that shows 58 percent of Americans believe that cop killings are on the rise, when statistics actually show they are falling), give it a title (the “war on police”), repeat the meme over and over, have a couple of talking heads connect it to something else (the Black Lives Matter movement), and finally show Ted Cruz and Scott Walker blaming the rise in violence against cops on President Barack Obama.
Thursday, September 17,2015

Ohio cannabis ballot initiative might defeat itself

By Leland Rucker
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.
Thursday, September 10,2015

The alcohol-marijuana conundrum

By Leland Rucker
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.
Thursday, September 3,2015

Using actual evidence to discuss cannabis

By Leland Rucker
As more states and countries begin to engage in the issues associated with marijuana prohibition, it’s important that lawmakers and citizens alike have the best possible information to be able to make wise decisions in public policy and in our everyday lives.
Thursday, August 27,2015

As it turns out, marijuana doesn’t like cancer

By Leland Rucker
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.
Thursday, August 20,2015

A sane, sensible approach to public cannabis consumption

By Leland Rucker
One of the conundrums surrounding the implementation of Amendment 64 is that while you can buy marijuana in Colorado, there aren’t many places where you can legally use it in a social setting. Citizens are pretty much limited to their homes or a friend’s house or backyard. For a tourist, it’s even more vexing: you’re often stuck with using it in your hotel room, not the most attractive place to enjoy the benefits of either cannabis or Colorado.
Thursday, August 13,2015

Boulder marijuana sales tax revenues on the rise

By Leland Rucker
The City of Boulder released its latest sales and use tax revenue report in July. It compares tax revenues from January to May of 2014 to the same period this year. The numbers show that Boulder is booming. Total sales tax revenue is up an impressive 6 percent from the first five months of last year, with computer-related businesses up 31 percent; Gunbarrel commercial by 20 percent; food stores and downtown Boulder by almost 11 percent each.
Thursday, August 6,2015

Few answers in CDC report on young man’s death

By Leland Rucker
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its report on a 19-yearold male student who leapt to his death from a Denver hotel window after ingesting a marijuana cookie in March 2014. The report, “Notes from the Field: Death Following Ingestion of an Edible Marijuana Product — Colorado, March 2014,” took 16 months to complete, but it seems more perfunctory than revelatory. And it leaves too many questions unanswered. (Read the full report at