<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - news >> marijuana]]> http://gazette.com/rss/news/marijuana Sat, 24 Jun 2017 18:21:59 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Nevada's on-again, off-again marijuana sales back on]]> http://gazette.com/nevadas-on-again-off-again-marijuana-sales-back-on/article/feed/471355?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nevadas-on-again-off-again-marijuana-sales-back-on/article/feed/471355?custom_click=rss

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada regulators reaffirmed their intentions Friday to issue licenses necessary for retailers to begin selling pot for recreational use on July 1 while complying with a court order in a lawsuit filed by alcohol wholesalers who want a piece of the pot distribution business.

The retail licensees could include as many as 25 medical dispensaries in the Las Vegas area and four others in Reno that already have medical retail licenses, as long as they adhere to packaging requirements in an emergency regulation to be adopted Monday, state Department of Taxation spokeswoman Stephanie Klapstein said.

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]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 20:37:33 -0600 <![CDATA[Recreational sales of marijuana in Nevada in limbo]]> http://gazette.com/recreational-sales-of-marijuana-in-nevada-in-limbo/article/feed/469982?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/recreational-sales-of-marijuana-in-nevada-in-limbo/article/feed/469982?custom_click=rss

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Recreational sales of marijuana in Nevada may not begin next month after all.

A judge added to the uncertainty Tuesday when he extended a temporary order barring the state from issuing pot distribution licenses to existing medical marijuana dispensaries so they can begin recreational sales July 1.

Carson City District Judge James Wilson said in a 11-page ruling that the ballot measure voters approved in November dictates that licensed alcohol wholesalers have the exclusive rights to pot distribution licenses for 18 months.

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]]> Tue, 20 Jun 2017 20:49:38 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: Nevada says determined to meet July 1 deadline]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-nevada-says-determined-to-meet-july-1-deadline/article/feed/470466?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-nevada-says-determined-to-meet-july-1-deadline/article/feed/470466?custom_click=rss

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The Latest on the legal battle over the licensing of marijuana businesses necessary for existing medical dispensaries to begin selling pot for recreational use on July 1 (all times local, PDT):

5:15 p.m.

Nevada's marijuana regulators remain determined to launch the state's first sales of recreational pot at existing medical dispensaries on July 1. But they acknowledge they aren't sure that will happen after a judge extended a temporary order Tuesday preventing the state from issuing distribution licenses to existing marijuana businesses.

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]]> Tue, 20 Jun 2017 19:31:10 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: Nevada judge postpones pot license decision]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-nevada-judge-postpones-pot-license-decision/article/feed/470123?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-nevada-judge-postpones-pot-license-decision/article/feed/470123?custom_click=rss

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The Latest on the legal battle of the launch of Nevada's recreational pot sales (all times local):

5:10 p.m.

A Nevada judge has put off for at least another day a decision on whether to clear the way for medical marijuana dispensaries to begin selling pot for recreational use July 1.

Carson City District Judge James Wilson said he expected to decide after a daylong hearing Monday whether to lift a temporary order prohibiting the state from issuing distribution licenses necessary to launch the sales within two weeks.

But he said after more than six hours of testimony that wrapped up just before 5 p.m. that he now hopes to issue that ruling on Tuesday.

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]]> Mon, 19 Jun 2017 19:29:29 -0600 <![CDATA[Uncertainty as Nevada aims to launch recreational pot soon]]> http://gazette.com/uncertainty-as-nevada-aims-to-launch-recreational-pot-soon/article/feed/469251?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/uncertainty-as-nevada-aims-to-launch-recreational-pot-soon/article/feed/469251?custom_click=rss

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada voters legalized recreational marijuana in November, and officials are trying to put rules in place to start selling it on July 1.

It would be the shortest turnaround from legalization to the launch of sales in any of the other seven states and District of Columbia where recreational pot is legal. Regulations are complicated and typically lengthy to enact around a drug still banned by the U.S. government.

But Nevada's quick timeline faces a major hurdle: A legal battle between the state and the powerful liquor lobby over who can distribute the drug to retailers.

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]]> Thu, 15 Jun 2017 15:06:45 -0600 <![CDATA[Medical marijuana for New Mexico opiate addicts rejected]]> http://gazette.com/medical-marijuana-for-new-mexico-opiate-addicts-rejected/article/feed/469155?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/medical-marijuana-for-new-mexico-opiate-addicts-rejected/article/feed/469155?custom_click=rss ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's top health official has rejected state Medical Cannabis Advisory Board recommendations to add opiate dependence and Alzheimer's disease to the list of conditions that qualify a person to legally buy medical marijuana.

State Health Secretary Lynn Gallagher rejected the recommendations on Wednesday. Gallagher said she's concerned about opiate abuse both in New Mexico and across the U.S., but she isn't certain whether cannabis would be a safe or effective treatment. She cited a lack of scientific research to support the argument that cannabis can offer relief from the pain and suffering of people struggling with opiate addiction.

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]]> Thu, 15 Jun 2017 10:37:52 -0600 <![CDATA[Nevada officials aim to start legal pot sales by July 1]]> http://gazette.com/nevada-officials-aim-to-start-legal-pot-sales-by-july-1/article/feed/468506?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nevada-officials-aim-to-start-legal-pot-sales-by-july-1/article/feed/468506?custom_click=rss

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — If Nevada officials have their way, tourists and residents will be able to buy pot legally ahead of Independence Day.

But before recreational marijuana launches in the state best known for slot machines and showgirls, a judge must decide who has the right to distribute Nevada's newest cash crop.

The powerful liquor lobby and state-regulated medical marijuana dealers are fighting over who should be licensed to do that. Nevada is the only legal pot state where alcohol distributors were given the first shot at distribution licenses under the law that voters approved in November.

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]]> Tue, 13 Jun 2017 20:09:53 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: Judge won't toss lawsuit over Nevada pot rules]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-judge-wont-toss-lawsuit-over-nevada-pot-rules/article/feed/468716?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-judge-wont-toss-lawsuit-over-nevada-pot-rules/article/feed/468716?custom_click=rss

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The Latest on a legal fight over Nevada's recreational pot industry (all times local):

3:35 p.m.

A judge won't throw out a lawsuit from a powerful liquor lobby that wants a piece of Nevada's new recreational marijuana industry.

A group of independent liquor wholesalers say the ballot measure that voters approved last November legalizing recreational pot makes it clear they're the only ones that can distribute the product for retail sales scheduled to begin July 1.

State lawyers tried to persuade Carson City District Judge James Wilson on Tuesday to dismiss the lawsuit and allow existing medical marijuana dispensaries to serve as their own middlemen in recreational sales.

Wilson ref

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]]> Tue, 13 Jun 2017 17:37:13 -0600 <![CDATA[Medical pot producer sues over New Mexico state fair display]]> http://gazette.com/medical-pot-producer-sues-over-new-mexico-state-fair-display/article/feed/465664?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/medical-pot-producer-sues-over-new-mexico-state-fair-display/article/feed/465664?custom_click=rss ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — One of New Mexico's licensed medical marijuana producers is suing Expo New Mexico officials over refusal to let the company display its products at the state fair later this year.

Attorneys for Ultra Health Inc. filed the lawsuit in federal court Wednesday, alleging that the company's constitutional rights to free speech and due process are being violated.

Ultra Health says it sought permission from fair officials to put up an informational booth featuring diagrams and photos of cannabis plants as well as lists and other information about medical cannabis products.

Fair officials informed the company via email that any plants, products or images of the restricted items would be prohibited.

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]]> Thu, 01 Jun 2017 14:57:37 -0600 <![CDATA[States take steps to entice minority marijuana entrepreneurs]]> http://gazette.com/states-take-steps-to-entice-minority-marijuana-entrepreneurs/article/feed/465178?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/states-take-steps-to-entice-minority-marijuana-entrepreneurs/article/feed/465178?custom_click=rss

Some states that have legalized marijuana are encouraging minorities to enter the growing cannabis industry after years of drug enforcement that had a disproportionate effect on black and Hispanic communities. A look at some of the efforts nationwide:

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CALIFORNIA

California voters legalized recreational marijuana in November. The first retail sales are expected in January.

Oakland officials approved a program that initially sets aside half of the city's marijuana licenses for low-income residents who have been convicted of a cannabis crime or who live in a specified neighborhood where drug enforcement has been intense. Advocates are urging similar programs statewide, including in San Francisco and Los Angeles.<

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]]> Wed, 31 May 2017 15:29:59 -0600 <![CDATA[Some cities, states help minorities enter marijuana industry]]> http://gazette.com/some-cities-states-help-minorities-enter-marijuana-industry/article/feed/465173?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/some-cities-states-help-minorities-enter-marijuana-industry/article/feed/465173?custom_click=rss

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Andre Shavers was sentenced to five years on felony probation after authorities burst into the house where he was living in one of Oakland's most heavily policed neighborhoods and found a quarter ounce of marijuana.

After the 2007 raid, Shavers couldn't leave the state without permission. He was subject to police searches at any time. He walked to the corner store one night for maple syrup and came back in a police car. Officers wanted to search his home again.

All the while, cannabis storefronts flourished elsewhere in a state where medical marijuana was authorized in 1996.

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