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Thursday, August 21,2014

Boulder Valley schools won’t support Gov’s ‘rat cages’ campaign

By Leland Rucker
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.
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Thursday, August 14,2014

Crunching numbers in the cannabis debate

By Leland Rucker
“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.
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Thursday, August 7,2014

The limits to legislating cannabis edibles

By Leland Rucker
The state of Colorado got generally high marks for its initial rollout of recreational cannabis from a Brookings Institute report released last week.
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Thursday, July 31,2014

The myth of super pot

By Leland Rucker
It’s not your grandfather’s pot,” I keep hearing. Every time I attend a forum or turn on the TV or the Internet, there’s somebody saying that today’s marijuana is fearfully strong and therefore much more dangerous than it used to be. “Studies reveal that marijuana potency has almost tripled over the past 20 years,” it says right on www.
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Thursday, July 24,2014

Weed between the lines

Cannabis legalization a non-partisan issue

By Leland Rucker
One of the most encouraging pieces in the cannabis legalization puzzle these days is that it’s less a partisan political issue than ever.
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Thursday, July 17,2014

Washington takes a different path to cannabis

By Leland Rucker
The state of Washington started selling recreational cannabis last week, producing many of the same headlines that dominated the first few weeks of January sales here in Colorado.
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Thursday, July 10,2014

Why not use common sense with edibles?

By Leland Rucker
I cut off what I considered three servings. It tasted like a Tootsie Roll with a definite cannabis overtone. We walked over to a neighbor’s birthday party, and about an hour and a half later I began to notice a pleasant relaxation in the muscles in my neck at about the same time the conversation became more animated.
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Thursday, July 3,2014

Commercial cannabis at six months: The sky hasn’t fallen

By Leland Rucker
We are just past the six-month point in the state’s roll-out of commercial sales of cannabis, and from all indications, it’s been an unspectacular but successful half a year, especially for a state whose social experiment has been under local and international media scrutiny since Amendment 64 passed in November of 2012.
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Thursday, June 26,2014

The THC Fear Factor

By Leland Rucker
It was great news to hear that New York has decided to legalize medical cannabis. Well, sort of. After weeks of debate and many compromises, the state will allow doctors to prescribe patients suffering from multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, glaucoma and cancer to use medical cannabis in the form of tinctures, edibles or oil for vaporizers.
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Thursday, June 19,2014

The myth of cannabis and teens

By Leland Rucker
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.
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