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Wednesday, November 25,2015

Mainstream cannabis comes to Colorado

Celebrities bring big money and big names to a capped marijuana industry

By Sarah Haas
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.
Thursday, November 19,2015

A word to those seniors who are cannabis-curious

By Leland Rucker
A new medical marijuana dispensary aimed at seniors just jumped through another hoop in its bid for acceptance in Berkeley, California. Hopeful proprietor Sue Taylor says her business, if approved, would provide services for seniors with compatible medical strains and remedies alongside health and information classes aimed at the fast-growing retirement crowd. It would be the first, she says, in the nation.
Thursday, November 12,2015

On the pot issue, candidates should be listening to their constituents

By Leland Rucker
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.
Thursday, November 5,2015

Council needs to clarify the ‘incidental advertising’ issue

By Leland Rucker
On Oct. 8, two local dispensaries, The Farm and Terrapin Station, were cited by City Code Enforcement Officer Beverly Bookout. The tickets are just another example of the kind of inconsistent enforcement cannabis business owners have been trying to point out.
Thursday, October 29,2015

Pot and pesticides, Part II

by Erica Berry of Food & Environment Reporting Network and Katie Kuntz of Rocky Mountain PBS I-News

“The MED (The Marijuana Enforcement Division), along with the Department of Agriculture and other state departments, are working very hard on this issue to come up with a process that our licensees can be compliant with,” said Thomas Moore, a spokesman for the agency.
Thursday, October 29,2015

New schools or a cup of coffee?

We say let the retail marijuana tax do what it was intended to do

By Boulder Weekly Staff
In 2013, Colorado voters passed proposition AA, permitting the state to charge a retail marijuana tax as a follow-up to 2012’s Amendment 64, which legalized marijuana in Colorado.
Thursday, October 22,2015

Pot and pesticides, Part I

In Colorado and other states where recreational or medical pot is legal, there is a tremendous amount of money riding these days on healthy cannabis crops. But unlike, say, a corn farmer, growers in the legal-marijuana industry don’t have a clear understanding yet of which pesticides and fungicides are safe to use for workers or consumers.
Thursday, October 15,2015

Vote ‘Yes’ on Prop. BB, and attend the Cannabis Forum

By Leland Rucker
Among the reasons I supported Amendment 64 was the provision that the first $40 million of tax revenues each year would go toward school construction projects. There are schools in our state that need it, and I liked the tie-in to education.
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.