<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - news >> marijuana]]> http://gazette.com/rss/news/marijuana Mon, 25 Jun 2018 09:53:50 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Oklahoma conservatives' views on medical marijuana evolving]]> http://gazette.com/oklahoma-conservatives-views-on-medical-marijuana-evolving/article/feed/574493?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/oklahoma-conservatives-views-on-medical-marijuana-evolving/article/feed/574493?custom_click=rss

LINDSAY, Okla. (AP) — Danny Daniels, an evangelical Christian in the rural Oklahoma town of Lindsay, is reliably conservative on just about every political issue.

The 45-year-old church pastor is anti-abortion, voted for President Donald Trump and is a member of the National Rifle Association who owns an AR-15 rifle. He also came of age during the 1980s and believed in the anti-drug mantra that labeled marijuana as a dangerous gateway drug.

But his view on marijuana changed as his pastoral work extended into hospice care and he saw patients at the end of their lives benefiting from the use of cannabis.

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]]> Sat, 23 Jun 2018 15:13:30 -0600 <![CDATA[Canada's legalization to offer pot by mail, better banking]]> http://gazette.com/canadas-legalization-to-offer-pot-by-mail-better-banking/article/feed/573840?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/canadas-legalization-to-offer-pot-by-mail-better-banking/article/feed/573840?custom_click=rss

Mail-order weed? You betcha!

With nationwide marijuana legalization in Canada on the horizon, the industry is shaping up differently there than the way it was established in nine U.S. states that have similarly broad legalization. Age limits, government involvement in distribution and sales, and access to banking are some big discrepancies.

And, yes, Canadians will be able to order cannabis online and have it delivered through the mail — something that's illegal in the United States.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Wednesday that marijuana will be legal in Canada on Oct. 17. In the meantime, its provinces and cities are working out issues concerning regulations.

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]]> Thu, 21 Jun 2018 12:56:58 -0600 <![CDATA[Arkansas court clears way for medical pot program's launch]]> http://gazette.com/arkansas-court-clears-way-for-medical-pot-programs-launch/article/feed/573948?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/arkansas-court-clears-way-for-medical-pot-programs-launch/article/feed/573948?custom_click=rss LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday cleared the way for the state to launch its medical marijuana program, reversing and dismissing a judge's ruling that prevented officials from issuing the first license for businesses to grow the drug.

Pulaski County Judge Wendell Griffen ruled in March that the state's process for awarding medical marijuana cultivation licenses was unconstitutional. He said the process violated the 2016 voter-approved constitutional amendment that legalized marijuana for patients with certain conditions in Arkansas.

Griffen's order prevented the state's Medical Marijuana Commission from awarding cultivation licenses to five businesses.

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]]> Thu, 21 Jun 2018 10:23:00 -0600 <![CDATA[Some fear changes to state laws as US weighs pot medicine]]> http://gazette.com/some-fear-changes-to-state-laws-as-us-weighs-pot-medicine/article/feed/573275?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/some-fear-changes-to-state-laws-as-us-weighs-pot-medicine/article/feed/573275?custom_click=rss

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Some American parents who for years have used cannabis to treat severe forms of epilepsy in their children are feeling more cautious than celebratory as U.S. regulators near a decision on whether to approve the first drug derived from the marijuana plant.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to issue a decision by the end of the month on the drug Epidiolex, made by GW Pharmaceuticals. It's a purified form of cannabidiol — a component of cannabis that doesn't get users high — to treat Dravet and Lennox-Gastaut syndromes in kids. Both forms of epilepsy are rare.

Cannabidiol's effect on a variety of health conditions is frequently touted, but there is still little evidence to bac

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]]> Tue, 19 Jun 2018 13:42:47 -0600 <![CDATA[Judge limits sanction for New Mexico medical pot producer]]> http://gazette.com/judge-limits-sanction-for-new-mexico-medical-pot-producer/article/feed/571552?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/judge-limits-sanction-for-new-mexico-medical-pot-producer/article/feed/571552?custom_click=rss

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A state district judge has ruled that New Mexico health officials went beyond the scope of the law when they sanctioned a licensed medical marijuana producer for displaying a marijuana plant at the 2016 State Fair.

The Health Department initially ordered Ultra Health to close for five straight days during a period that included April 20, the busiest day of the year for cannabis sales.

Judge David Thomson in a recent order found the punishment would have amounted to a fine much greater than what is allowed under state rules and reduced the sanction to two days. He also found that Ultra Health violated the state's rules by moving the seedling from a secure growing facility in Bernalillo to Albuquerque

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]]> Tue, 12 Jun 2018 13:44:05 -0600 <![CDATA[New Mexico medical marijuana board short of members to meet]]> http://gazette.com/new-mexico-medical-marijuana-board-short-of-members-to-meet/article/feed/570981?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-mexico-medical-marijuana-board-short-of-members-to-meet/article/feed/570981?custom_click=rss SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's medical marijuana advisory board had to cancel a May meeting to consider recommending program changes because it lacked enough members.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the Medical Cannabis Advisory Board hasn't had a full roster of members for years and that its membership recently dropped to two members, one short of the three needed for a quorum.

The canceled May meeting was one of two the panel holds annually to consider possible changes such as adding new health conditions that allow patients to qualify to use medical marijuana.

The Health Department said it was working with the New Mexico Medical Society to recruit new members and reviewing applications for three vacancies

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