• January 18, 2021

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 playthings. 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.

Lawmakers Call on DEA to Reconsider Hemp Interim Rule

Congress is pushing back on a recent Drug Enforcement Agency interim rule on hemp. A bipartisan group of 9 House members and Oregon’s senators sent separate letters to the DEA this week explaining how they think its treats hemp like a controlled substance, even after Congress legalized it in the 2018 Farm Bill.  Sens. Ron […]Read More

Senate Republicans Move Amy Coney Barrett Closer to the Supreme Court

Over Democrat’s objections, which included boycotting a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Republicans moved Amy Coney Barrett one step closer to a lifetime appointment on the  Supreme Court.  On a 12-0 vote, the committee approved Coney Barrett, who will next face a vote from the full Senate. It marks another key milestone in Senate Majority Leader […]Read More

Research Shows CBD Increases Blood Flow to Memory Regions of Brain

New research out of Britain have found evidence that the chemical CBD increases blood flow to regions of the brain that deal with memory.  The authors of the study were encouraged by recent studies that indicated that CBD, or cannabidiol, may help reduce symptoms of psychosis and anxiety and improve memory function. They  wanted to […]Read More

CBD’s Future in Europe Rests on Upcoming Decisions

Major decisions by the European Commission and the World Health Organization loom over the European CBD market, but advocates remain bullish on its future. A newly published look at CBD use in Europe surveyed about 3,100 EU residents in over 17 countries. The study was designed to find out why people are using CBD, how […]Read More

Vermont (Finally) Legalizes Recreational Marijuana

Vermont is now the 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana sales. It’s also only the second state (after Illinois) to pass such an effort through a state legislature, rather than a ballot initiative. Even though Republican Gov. Phil Scott is refusing to sign the measure, it’s now slated to become law after passing both the […]Read More

Colorado Governor Pardons Thousands of Marijuana Convictions

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, a Democrat, is pardoning 2,732 people convicted for possession of an ounce or less of marijuana, an act that’s been legal in that state since 2012. “It’s ridiculous how being written up for smoking a joint in the 1970s has followed some Coloradans throughout their lives and gotten in the way […]Read More

Combating Fake News Takes Work, Here’s How

These days there are plenty of complaints about fake news. Some people loudly complain – or even convulse – when publications publish inaccurate, misleading, or pure click-bait headlines. But what makes our collective blood boil is when publications  just outright make shit up.  We all want real, tangible and verifiable information; just as we all […]Read More

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

Marijuana Advocates Join National Voter Registration Day

It’s hard to get many Americans to vote, but marijuana has proven to be a great motivator. That’s why cannabis advocates are using National Voter Registration Day – which is this Tuesday, September 22 – to help try and rally support from the nation’s unofficial green party.  “Cannabis policy can be a gateway issue for […]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

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