Weed Between the Lines

Country music, mainstream media and pigs on dope

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I don’t pay much attention to “trend” stories, but one that currently amuses me is the “new” inclination among country music artists to feature cannabis in their songs. Yes, it appears that some of the current generation of major country-music hitmakers are smoking a...

One toke over the bubble machine: Lawrence Welk scores!

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Finding out that contemporary Nashville musicians are including cannabis in their songwriting got me to thinking about how cannabis made its way into popular songs and culture...

Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 rises from the dead

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Nothing is more scary on Halloween than the undead. Zombies, ghouls, vampires — all were once dead, but were resurrected and now terrorize living society. It is both frightening and frustrating to think you have finally put something evil to rest with a silver bullet...

Is it really this hard to come up with retail cannabis...

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The city is now close to passing rules and regulations that will govern the sale of retail cannabis in Boulder. A revised set of staff recommendations returns to City Council this Tuesday, Nov. 12, for a “second” third reading. That follows an often tense “first” ...

Voters support cannabis (and high taxes, too) in 2013 elections

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It’s an off-off election year, but cannabis initiatives continued to find broad voter support on Nov. 5, as large majorities passed every cannabis measure put forth across the nation...

Boulder readies itself for adult retail cannabis

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In its last official gathering on Nov. 12, the late Boulder City Council approved a set of regulations and rules governing the sale of retail cannabis to adults inside the city of Boulder. If good legislation is the kind where nobody comes away completely happy, then...

Are last week’s medical marijuana busts a sign of weakness or...

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The news was everywhere Nov. 21. Headlines blared that the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Internal Revenue Service and local law-enforcement agents, some in masks, were very publicly executing search warrants on dispensaries and grows and busting up cannabis ...

Will Colorado’s Pot Supply Be Able to Meet Demand?

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The time is drawing nigh. In less than a month, Colorado and Washington will open the first adult recreational marijuana markets in history. Which brings up an interesting question. Will there be enough product to supply this emerging consumer base...

Can traditional tourism survive marijuana legalization?

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OK. You’re a tourist flying into Colorado to hit the slopes, hike the trails, ride bikes, spend some money on the Pearl Street Mall and maybe buy some of the newly legal cannabis you’ve been reading about. You find a retail store, listen to a salesperson explain the ...

Colorado district attorney evolves on marijuana laws

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When he started his tenure as district attorney of the 20th Judicial District of Colorado in 2009, Stan Garnett had not given marijuana a lot of thought...

Colorado pot legalization is almost upon us

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In just five days from the publication date of this column, if you are over 21 years of age, have a driver’s license and are able to find a retail store open, you will be able to purchase marijuana for recreational use in Colorado...

It’s not your grandfather’s marijuana any more

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Assuming some of those 148 stores that were granted state licenses have been able to jump through all the other legislative hoops and actually have their doors open, and the state has been able to get its vaunted “seed-tosale” tracking system up and running (still ...