Pivotal Boulder medical marijuana trial blazed way to pot regulation, use

BROOMFIELD — Exactly five years ago, a beaming Jason Lauve rolled out of the Boulder County Justice Center in his wheelchair, balancing on his lap an assortment of marijuana that had just been returned to him by sheriff’s deputies.

A jury minutes earlier had acquitted Lauve — a victim of a debilitating back injury after a snowboarder plowed into him five years earlier — of possessing excessive amounts of medical marijuana.

In the years since Lauve left the courthouse a vindicated man Aug. 6, 2009, the marijuana landscape in Colorado has shifted dramatically — most notably with the legalization of recreational pot in 2012. But many look back on Lauve’s trial as a defining moment in the still-evolving world of cannabis use and regulation.

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