Leland Rucker

Leland Rucker

Leland Rucker is a journalist who has been covering the cannabis industry culture since Amendment 64 legalized adult-use in Colorado, for Boulder Weekly, Sensi and now TheNewsStation.com. He covered the popular music industry for years, worked extensively in internet and cable news, and co-authored The Toy Book, a history of OK Boomer playthiings. Sweet Lunacy, his documentary film co-written and produced with Don Chapman, is a history of the Boulder music scene from the 1950s through the 1980s. He is author and editor of Dimensional Cannabis, the first pop-up book of marijuana.

Nationwide Effort to Expunge Drug Records from Sept. 19-26

If you’ve never been busted for cannabis possession, consider yourself lucky. Lots of people have, especially people of color. One of the harshest, lingering effects of America’s war on ‘drugs’ is the huge number who have been arrested and imprisoned for things now legal in many states today, especially marijuana. Today someone in 11 states […]Read More

What Happened to the Vaping Crisis? Media Messed it Up

Some of the nation’s largest – and wealthiest – news outlets did it again: They helped create a ‘crisis’ that didn’t truly exist. In fact, last year many publications sensationalized and spread misinformation on vaping to all corners of the nation, which only seems to have exacerbated the situation.  In reality, experts found the vaping […]Read More

Social Justice Dominates Marijuana Debate before House Vote

Next week the U.S. House of Representatives is set to hold a historic debate and vote on marijuana legislation. Lawmakers are taking up The MORE Act, which would remove cannabis from the list of controlled substances while also incentivizing states to expunge past criminal records for marijuana charges and removing barriers for minorities to get […]Read More

Doctors Demand Better Marijuana Research

The legalization of marijuana in one form or another in more than half of the nation has left doctors scrambling to help their patients understand its medicinal benefits, along with its potential harms. But there’s a problem: There’s just not a ton of solid research on cannabis, at least in America. The blockade on research […]Read More

Researchers Look to THC as Potential Coronavirus Treatment

Can THC alleviate the respiratory symptoms associated with coronavirus? Not yet – and possibly never – but a group of researchers in South Carolina see promise after three studies showed THC helped mice fight respiratory illnesses. Now they want to see if they get similar positive results in humans.  The THC helped the mice combat […]Read More

Cash-Strapped States Look to Weed for Revenue

As the pandemic stretches into yet another month, President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans continue to refuse to even entertain sending more direct federal assistance to cash-strapped states. That’s why more governors are looking to marijuana as a way to shore up their state budgets and add more revenue.  Just this week,  Pennsylvania Gov. Tom […]Read More

Hemp is a Narcotic (at least to European Commissioners)

Hemp, or CBD products, are all the rage in America, but it may soon be dubbed a narcotic in Europe. Photo by Leland Rucker You didn’t read that headline wrong. No click-bait here. The European Commission – the executive branch of the European Union – is considering whether cannabidiol, or CBD, much of which is […]Read More

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