Jane's Domain: Consuming the Green on St. Patrick’s Day

Jane's Domain: Consuming the Green on St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is a big deal in my town. Denver hosts the biggest Irish pride parade west of the Mississippi, with horses, stagecoaches, and 10,000 marchers entertaining 200,000 spectators along Blake Street. This year the Riverdance World Tour is playing sold-out shows at the Buell Theatre. Forget about finding a table at Scruffy Murphy’s, the Irish pub on Larimer; you’ll be lucky to make it through the front door...

Trump Transition & Legalization: Your Talking Points

Trump Transition & Legalization: Your Talking Points

This past election season promted the coining of a new phrase; post-truth politics. Our current political culture is framed largely by appeals to emotion, disconnected from the details of policy and it's relative real-world impact. 

Considering this landscape, it's important to arm yourself with facts that will be helpful in conversations within our community this month, and in our homes this holiday season...

Jane's Domain: Cannabis, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

Jane's Domain: Cannabis, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

I’ve been thinking about liberty and the pursuit of happiness lately.  

“Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” It’s our birthright as Americans, written into the Declaration of Independence. Over the past several decades, we have increasingly pursued happiness in prescription pill bottles. With more than 70 percent of adults taking at least one prescription drug, Americans are now the most medicated people on earth. Thirteen percent of all Americans, including one in four adult women, now take some form of antidepressant or anti-anxiety drug.

Jane’s Domain: A Visit to the Future of Drug Policy Reform

Jane’s Domain: A Visit to the Future of Drug Policy Reform

I’m often asked to speak on the future of cannabis. It’s not an easy subject to grasp. Change is so fast and relentless in the cannabis industry, it’s hard to know what’s going to happen next month, let alone next year.

This coming weekend I’ll be pondering the path ahead at Further Future, a music, lifestyle, and ideas festival that blooms for just one weekend in the desert outside Las Vegas. 

To prepare for the weekend, I spent a couple days earlier this month at the Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) annual conference in Washington, D.C. If you want to know the future of drug policy reform, there is no better place to go...

Jane’s Domain: I’m Just Not Sorry

Jane’s Domain: I’m Just Not Sorry

“This looks like one of my concerts!”

That was Melissa Etheridge’s reaction to the crowd of 1,400 women (and men) rocking the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver last month. Etheridge was the keynote speaker at our second annual Women Grow Leadership Summit, and she killed it with a performance that combined personal stories — like how David Crosby reintroduced her to cannabis after her breast cancer diagnosis — with a stirring call to action. “It’s now time for us to run the business,” she said. “We can create our own corporations.” A lot of the women in the audience already had — and many more will...