<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - news >> marijuana]]> http://gazette.com/rss/news/marijuana Thu, 26 May 2016 16:41:26 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Medical marijuana legalization sent to Ohio governor]]> http://gazette.com/medical-marijuana-legalization-sent-to-ohio-governor/article/feed/353581?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/medical-marijuana-legalization-sent-to-ohio-governor/article/feed/353581?custom_click=rss COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A medical marijuana legalization bill has been sent to Ohio Gov. John Kasich in an effort by state lawmakers to offset support for a proposed fall ballot measure.

The measure cleared the Ohio Senate by just three votes, and the House followed by OK'ing Senate changes 67-28.

The proposal, which Kasich has not committed to signing, would bar patients from smoking marijuana or growing it at home, but it would allow its use in vapor form for certain chronic health conditions.

It garnered both support and opposition among Republicans and Democrats. Supporters recalled emotional testimony from chronic pain sufferers and parents of sick children as influencing their decisions to support the legislation.

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]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 22:11:00 -0600 <![CDATA[Medical marijuana OK'd by Ohio lawmakers in pre-break flurry]]> http://gazette.com/medical-marijuana-okd-by-ohio-lawmakers-in-pre-break-flurry/article/feed/353654?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/medical-marijuana-okd-by-ohio-lawmakers-in-pre-break-flurry/article/feed/353654?custom_click=rss COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio lawmakers sent a medical marijuana legalization bill to the governor Wednesday on divided votes, in action capping a final flurry of activity ahead of their summer break.

The measure cleared the Senate 18-15, then the House 67-28, with both opposition and support among both Republicans and Democrats. It was among dozens of bills that flew through the Statehouse during sessions that extended well into the night.

Lawmakers had set a goal of sending the marijuana bill to Republican Gov. John Kasich before a break expected to extend until after the November election, viewing it as ammunition against a well-funded medical marijuana issue working its way to fall ballots.

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]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 22:08:54 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: Medical marijuana bill sent to Ohio governor]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-medical-marijuana-bill-sent-to-ohio-governor/article/feed/353872?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-medical-marijuana-bill-sent-to-ohio-governor/article/feed/353872?custom_click=rss COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on legislative activity at the Ohio Statehouse as lawmakers seek to wrap up work before their summer break (all times local):

10:25 p.m.

A medical marijuana legalization bill has been sent to Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) in an effort by state lawmakers to offset support for a proposed fall ballot measure.

The Ohio House approved Senate changes to the bill by a 67-28 vote Wednesday. It cleared the Senate by a narrow 18-15 margin earlier in the evening.

The measure bars patients from smoking or growing marijuana for medical use, but would allow its use in vapor form for certain chronic health conditions.

Ohioans for Medical Marijuana says legislative approval increases th

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]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 21:40:44 -0600 <![CDATA[Pharmacy board out as sole medical pot regulator in Ohio]]> http://gazette.com/pharmacy-board-out-as-sole-medical-pot-regulator-in-ohio/article/feed/352904?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pharmacy-board-out-as-sole-medical-pot-regulator-in-ohio/article/feed/352904?custom_click=rss COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A legislative proposal to regulate medical marijuana through Ohio's pharmacy board was scrapped Tuesday over concerns the rare setup nationally would create an undue burden on the state.

Republican Sen. David Burke, a Marysville pharmacist behind the idea, called the arrangement the most responsible way to oversee marijuana as medicine. He said changes introduced in the Senate Government Oversight Committee on Tuesday were needed to strike a workable compromise.

"This bill doesn't give me everything I want, but it does give the people of Ohio what they need — and that's the most important thing," Burke said.

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]]> Tue, 24 May 2016 12:22:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Agency would get cut of medical marijuana sales under bill]]> http://gazette.com/agency-would-get-cut-of-medical-marijuana-sales-under-bill/article/feed/352830?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/agency-would-get-cut-of-medical-marijuana-sales-under-bill/article/feed/352830?custom_click=rss BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Lawmakers in the Louisiana House have agreed to give the agriculture department up to 7 percent of the revenue from sales of medical marijuana, to pay for agency costs of regulating the drug.

The bill by Rep. Major Thibaut, a New Roads Democrat, also includes a list of fees the agriculture department would charge the medicinal plant's state-sanctioned grower, including a $100,000 annual incense fee and a $10,000 application fee.

Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain says he needs the money to cover costs up to $700,000 annually.

The proposal heads to the Senate for debate, after winning House passage with a 67-21 vote Monday.

Estimates are the state is 18 months to two years away from medi

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]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 17:46:25 -0600 <![CDATA[Congress warming to idea of medical marijuana for veterans]]> http://gazette.com/congress-warming-to-idea-of-medical-marijuana-for-veterans/article/feed/351926?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/congress-warming-to-idea-of-medical-marijuana-for-veterans/article/feed/351926?custom_click=rss

DENVER (AP) — Congress is showing an increased willingness to let VA doctors talk to veterans about medical marijuana in states where it's legal, although final approval is far from certain.

The House approved a measure this week that would let Veterans Affairs Department doctors help their patients sign up for state medical marijuana programs, something the VA now prohibits.

"I'm certainly open to it," Rep. Mike Coffman, a Republican and former Marine from pot-friendly Colorado, said Friday.

A Senate committee approved a similar measure last month but the full Senate hasn't voted.

Medical marijuana is now legal in 23 states and the District of Columbia, but pot remains illegal under federal law.

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]]> Fri, 20 May 2016 17:50:16 -0600 <![CDATA[Rhode Island Senate backs marijuana as PTSD treatment]]> http://gazette.com/rhode-island-senate-backs-marijuana-as-ptsd-treatment/article/feed/351489?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rhode-island-senate-backs-marijuana-as-ptsd-treatment/article/feed/351489?custom_click=rss PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Senate has passed a bill that would approve the use of marijuana to treat post-traumatic stress disorder.

The legislation passed by a 36-0 vote on Thursday.

Sen. Stephen Archambault, a Smithfield Democrat, introduced the bill that would make PTSD another one of the debilitating medical conditions that qualify an adult patient to use medical marijuana.

Several states have passed or are considering similar measures aimed at helping military veterans struggling to manage anxiety, insomnia and other ailments.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs doesn't allow doctors to prescribe marijuana, citing the lack of research about whether it's effective in treating PTSD. The legi

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]]> Thu, 19 May 2016 16:36:32 -0600 <![CDATA[Edwards signs medical marijuana expansion bill into law]]> http://gazette.com/edwards-signs-medical-marijuana-expansion-bill-into-law/article/feed/351315?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/edwards-signs-medical-marijuana-expansion-bill-into-law/article/feed/351315?custom_click=rss

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Katie Corkern couldn't stop smiling Thursday, confident that relief for her son's uncontrollable seizures may finally be near.

Corkern, her son Connor and the rest of her family stood near Gov. John Bel Edwards as he signed a bill to kick-start and expand Louisiana's medical marijuana program, which has been slow to begin because of regulatory hurdles.

"I'm very excited for the future. And I'm very excited for all the people this medicine can help," the mother and advocate said after the bill signing.

The governor said the program will have a dramatic effect on Louisiana's families.

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]]> Thu, 19 May 2016 12:37:29 -0600 <![CDATA[Ohio Senate panel defers changes to medical marijuana bill]]> http://gazette.com/ohio-senate-panel-defers-changes-to-medical-marijuana-bill/article/feed/350149?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ohio-senate-panel-defers-changes-to-medical-marijuana-bill/article/feed/350149?custom_click=rss COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A state Senate panel has delayed making changes to a proposal that would legalize medical marijuana in Ohio.

The bill would bar patients from smoking the substance but allow them to use it in vapor form. They couldn't grow it at home. Communities could opt out of hosting dispensaries, and employers who want to maintain drug-free workplaces would be protected from liability.

The bill would create a nine-member Medical Marijuana Control Commission to set rules for cultivating, distributing and licensing cannabis.

The House passed the legislation last week. The Senate's government oversight committee says changes anticipated Tuesday could now come Wednesday.

Lawmakers want the fast-tracked bil

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]]> Tue, 17 May 2016 13:13:19 -0600 <![CDATA[Medical marijuana expansion bill headed to governor's desk]]> http://gazette.com/medical-marijuana-expansion-bill-headed-to-governors-desk/article/feed/350051?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/medical-marijuana-expansion-bill-headed-to-governors-desk/article/feed/350051?custom_click=rss BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — An effort to speed up and expand the dispensing of medical marijuana in Louisiana won final legislative passage Monday, spurred by personal stories of people with seizures and severe pain that bill advocates say would be eased with medicinal-grade pot.

Lawmakers created the framework for a medical marijuana program in Louisiana last year, but regulatory hurdles built into the law have slowed its start.

The bill by Republican Sen. Fred Mills, a St. Martin Parish pharmacist, will broaden the program to cover more diseases and make regulatory changes aimed at getting marijuana — in an oil form that can't be smoked — into patients' hands more quickly.

Senators agreed to House changes made to Mi

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]]> Mon, 16 May 2016 18:03:05 -0600 <![CDATA[3rd New Hampshire medical marijuana center to open]]> http://gazette.com/3rd-new-hampshire-medical-marijuana-center-to-open/article/feed/349540?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/3rd-new-hampshire-medical-marijuana-center-to-open/article/feed/349540?custom_click=rss LEBANON, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's third medical marijuana dispensary is set to open in Lebanon.

Temescal Wellness, which also is operating an alternative treatment center in Dover, will open its Lebanon center on Sunday.

The Dover dispensary opened on May 5, followed by Sanctuary ATC's Plymouth dispensary on April 30.

New Hampshire's law to allow medical marijuana passed in 2013, but the state did not begin issuing identification cards on a regular basis to qualified patients until March.

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]]> Sun, 15 May 2016 07:48:25 -0600 <![CDATA[Signature drive begins for medical marijuana in Oklahoma]]> http://gazette.com/signature-drive-begins-for-medical-marijuana-in-oklahoma/article/feed/349410?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/signature-drive-begins-for-medical-marijuana-in-oklahoma/article/feed/349410?custom_click=rss OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Supporters of a proposal to legalize medical marijuana in Oklahoma have formally begun collecting signatures in an effort to put the question on the ballot.

Oklahomans for Health is collecting signatures Saturday at businesses in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Lawton, Norman and Bartlesville.

The proposal would legalize medical marijuana for those under a doctor's care. It would also legalize commercial marijuana dispensaries. The group is also supporting a second proposal to allow groups one year instead of 90 days to collect the number of signatures needed to get a proposal on the ballot.

Oklahomans for Health has 90 days to collect the signatures of about 66,000 registered voters in order to get the que

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]]> Sat, 14 May 2016 14:27:38 -0600 <![CDATA[A look at Missouri bills that passed or failed in 2016]]> http://gazette.com/a-look-at-missouri-bills-that-passed-or-failed-in-2016/article/feed/349208?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/a-look-at-missouri-bills-that-passed-or-failed-in-2016/article/feed/349208?custom_click=rss The Missouri Legislature wrapped up its annual session Friday. Here's a look at some bills that passed or failed:

PASSED

BUDGET

Provides $27 billion for the fiscal year starting July 1. Boosts funding for public schools, colleges and universities but blocks Medicaid money from going to Planned Parenthood. HBs 1-13.

CLOSED RECORDS

Limits public access to videos from police body or vehicle cameras. HB 1936 and SB 765. Bars public access to some farm records for voluntary state agriculture programs. HB 1414. Allows criminal records to be sealed seven years after some felony convictions and three years after misdemeanor convictions. SB 588.

ETHICS

Requires public officials to wait six months after th

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]]> Fri, 13 May 2016 18:03:30 -0600 <![CDATA[Fallin signs bill to expand use of marijuana derivative]]> http://gazette.com/fallin-signs-bill-to-expand-use-of-marijuana-derivative/article/feed/349202?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fallin-signs-bill-to-expand-use-of-marijuana-derivative/article/feed/349202?custom_click=rss OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin has signed into law a bill that expands the use of an oil derived from marijuana.

Fallin on Friday signed the bill that expands the medically supervised use of cannabidiol (can-uh-bih-DIE'-all), a non-intoxicating derivative of marijuana. Supporters say the oil effectively treats people who experience epileptic seizures. Previously, its use was limited to children under 18. The bill Fallin signed removes the age restriction.

It also allows its use to treat spasticity due to multiple sclerosis, paraplegia and symptoms of chronic wasting disease.

Last year, Fallin signed legislation authorizing the use of cannabidiol in children, but says she remains opposed to legalizing all medica

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]]> Fri, 13 May 2016 17:49:03 -0600 <![CDATA[2.5 years in prison for Seattle IRS agent who took pot bribe]]> http://gazette.com/2.5-years-in-prison-for-seattle-irs-agent-who-took-pot-bribe/article/feed/349126?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/2.5-years-in-prison-for-seattle-irs-agent-who-took-pot-bribe/article/feed/349126?custom_click=rss SEATTLE (AP) — A former Seattle IRS agent convicted of taking a $20,000 bribe from a medical marijuana dispensary owner has been sentenced to 2½ years in prison.

Federal prosecutors said that after Paul G. Hurley audited Have A Heart Compassion Care in Seattle last year, he told its owner, Ryan Kunkel, that he had saved him $1 million — and then rubbed his fingers together. Kunkel agreed to pay him $20,000, but then went to authorities, who arrested the agent in a sting operation last September.

In February, a jury convicted Hurley of receiving a bribe. U.S. District Judge John C. Coughenour sentenced him on Friday.

The U.S. Attorney's Office sought a seven-year prison term.

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