Marijuana

3:49pm

Wed May 21, 2014
Politics

Governor Hickenlooper Signs Stricter Pot Regulations

Governor John Hickenlooper signs House Bill 1361 to create an equivalency between marijuana that is smoked, and marijuana in a concentrate form that is vaporized.
Bente Birkeland RMCR

Governor John Hickenlooper signed two measures into law Wednesday, both aimed at tightening rules around marijuana edibles and concentrates. One goal is to make sure young children don’t accidentally ingest the drug.

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5:30am

Wed May 21, 2014
Marijuana

Without A Marijuana Breathalyzer, How To Curb Stoned Driving?

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 7:28 am

In an effort to make the roadways safer, Colorado set a marijuana DUI blood standard for drivers. But it's difficult to actually measure how high a person is.
iStockphoto

Like many medical marijuana patients, Greg Duran says he drives in fear, knowing he could be busted at any moment for driving under the influence.

As he merges onto Interstate 70 north of Denver, Duran explains that he's probably over the state's new marijuana limit: 5 nanograms per milliliter of blood of THC, the psychoactive chemical in pot.

"It would be devastating if I lost my car. It would change everything," Duran says.

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11:24am

Tue May 20, 2014
Shots - Health News

Poll: Yes To Medical Marijuana, Not So Much For Recreational Pot

Originally published on Thu May 22, 2014 6:50 am

Total of responses exceeds 100 percent because of rounding.
NPR-Truven Health

Minnesota has become the 22nd state to loosen restrictions on use of marijuana, with its legislature approving the sale and use of medical marijuana on May 15. Other states, including Florida, are considering similar measures.

These changes are happening fast, and we were wondering how people feel about this seemingly inexorable push to decriminalize pot, so we asked, in the latest NPR-Truven Health Analytics Health Poll.

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3:58pm

Fri May 16, 2014
Agriculture

Kentucky's Hemp Seed Lawsuit Could Affect Colorado's Aspiring Growers

Hemp seedlings sprout in a warehouse in Lafayette, Colo.
Credit Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture is picking a fight with the federal government, and it’s all about hemp. The state is suing the Drug Enforcement Agency over a shipment of hemp seed. With Colorado farmers currently exploring their options with the plant, a final decision in the case could have implications here too. 

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2:59pm

Wed May 14, 2014
The Salt

The Latest Food Truck Theme Is Marijuana For Lunch

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 10:09 am

The MagicalButter food truck is called The Samich.
Courtesy of MagicalButter

Food trucks have been steadily multiplying in cities across the country for a few years now. So their collision with the brave new world of marijuana edibles — from brownies to gummy candy — was probably inevitable, at least in the states where the drug is now legal.

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