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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 1.usa.gov/1MJNbDP.)
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Thursday, July 23,2015

Rep. Singer talks edibles, banking and lawmakers

By Leland Rucker
In part one of my interview with Rep. Jonathan Singer last week, he talked about changes the Colorado legislature made to Amendment 64 during the 2015 session. He figures lawmakers will be revising cannabis laws for a long time to come. “These are some of the million tweaks we will be making because we are a growing society,” said Singer, the representative for House District 11. “I ran three liquor bills this year. We’ve had legal liquor in the state for almost a century, and we’re still perfecting it.”
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Thursday, July 16,2015

Rep. Jonathan Singer, Jack’s Bill and TABOR restrictions

By Leland Rucker
When I interviewed Rep. Jonathan Singer last October, he was gearing up for the 2015 legislative session. It adjourned in May, and I decided to check in and find out more about what happened this time around.
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Thursday, July 9,2015

It’s time to let Boulder cannabis businesses succeed

By Leland Rucker
Having lived here nearly half tated strict timelines for rulemaking. Take the city’s coupon ban. This my life, I frequent local But a close look at the city rules on makes no sense whatsoever. Currently, businesses and want them marijuana is confusing at best.
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Thursday, July 2,2015

Oregon’s legalization process begins

By Leland Rucker
On Wednesday, Measure 91, the first part of the ballot initiative approved by 56 percent of Oregon voters in November, officially took effect. The state, which, in 1998 became the second to pass a medical marijuana statute, joins Colorado, Washington and Alaska (whose law went into effect in February) in decriminalizing adult possession of marijuana.
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Thursday, June 25,2015

Is Denver ready to allow limited public cannabis consumption?

By Leland Rucker
A recent survey from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment found that 13.6 percent of Coloradans admitted to using marijuana in the last month, about twice the 7.4 percent of Americans who acknowledge using cannabis on national surveys.
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Thursday, June 18,2015

Coats decision leaves it up to the legislature

By Leland Rucker
The Colorado Supreme Court Monday dealt the final legal blow to a Colorado man’s plea to keep his job after failing a random drug test administered by his employer in 2010. Brandon Coats, a quadriplegic who has a medical marijuana card and uses cannabis at home to help control leg spasms, had been a customer service representative of DISH Network until the drug test, for which he tested positive for THC. Coats admitted that he was a medical marijuana patient and would continue to use the drug, so he was fired.
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