<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - news >> marijuana]]> http://gazette.com/rss/news/marijuana Sat, 29 Apr 2017 23:15:51 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Georgia lawmaker deals cannabis oil in shadows of the law]]> http://gazette.com/georgia-lawmaker-deals-cannabis-oil-in-shadows-of-the-law/article/feed/456334?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/georgia-lawmaker-deals-cannabis-oil-in-shadows-of-the-law/article/feed/456334?custom_click=rss

MACON, Ga. (AP) — Once a month, a cardboard box from Colorado appears at the office of a conservative Christian lawmaker in Macon, Georgia. The box is filled with derivatives of marijuana, which are then distributed around the southern state in the shadows of the law.

At the center of this drug network is state Rep. Allen Peake, a Republican business executive and perhaps the last person many would expect to be pushing the edge of drug trafficking laws.

The problem is that while Georgia now allows very sick people to use medical marijuana, the state provides them with no legal way of obtaining it.

So Peake is taking matters into his own hands. He donates large sums to a foundation in Colorado, and somehow that box app

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]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 02:32:36 -0600 <![CDATA[Prominent powwow set to begin in wake of pipeline protests]]> http://gazette.com/prominent-powwow-set-to-begin-in-wake-of-pipeline-protests/article/feed/455954?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/prominent-powwow-set-to-begin-in-wake-of-pipeline-protests/article/feed/455954?custom_click=rss

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — One of North America's most prominent powwows is set to begin in New Mexico in the wake of pipeline protests in North Dakota that became a historic display of Native American solidarity.

The Gathering of Nations is one of the world's largest gatherings of indigenous people. Last year's event attracted about 3,000 dancers from hundreds of tribes in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. It routinely draws at least 80,000 visitors.

The event that opens Thursday in Albuquerque is intended to be nonpolitical, but Larry Yazzie, its official announcer, said people will be reminded why they are coming together, and that the "water protectors" — those who joined the pipeline protests — will be acknowledged.

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]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:25:41 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado to allow medical pot for PTSD, with new limits]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-to-allow-medical-pot-for-ptsd-with-new-limits/article/feed/455738?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-to-allow-medical-pot-for-ptsd-with-new-limits/article/feed/455738?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — Post-traumatic stress sufferers may soon qualify for medical pot in Colorado.

But the state plans to add significant new limits before patients get permission to use pot to treat PTSD.

The state Senate on Tuesday approved a bill to make PTSD the 10th qualifying condition for medical pot. At least 15 other states already allow PTSD sufferers to use pot. The Senate agreed that minors need parents' permission and other hurdles before getting pot.

Colorado considers marijuana legal for all adults over 21, but minors still need a doctor's recommendation to get the drug. And veterans receiving federal benefits need a doctor's recommendation in order to use pot without risking some benefits.

The measure n

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]]> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:49:18 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado marijuana industry sets sales records in early '17]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-marijuana-industry-sets-sales-records-in-early-17/article/feed/455578?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-marijuana-industry-sets-sales-records-in-early-17/article/feed/455578?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — Colorado's marijuana industry — one of the most mature in the nation — continues to thrive, posting record-setting sales figures through the first two months of 2017.

Combined sales of medical and recreational marijuana in January and February 2017 totaled over $235 million, up 30 percent from the same period in 2016, Marijuana Business Daily reported Monday (http://bit.ly/2oFklfh).

It's too soon to know if sales will continue at such a strong clip throughout the rest of 2017.

While medical marijuana sales are up slightly in 2017, sales of recreational marijuana have increased substantially.

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]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:49:34 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado closer to allow medical pot for PTSD]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-closer-to-allow-medical-pot-for-ptsd/article/feed/455114?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-closer-to-allow-medical-pot-for-ptsd/article/feed/455114?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — Colorado is closer to becoming at least the 15th state to allow medical pot for post-traumatic stress.

The state House on Thursday approved a bill adding PTSD to the list of qualifying conditions for medical pot.

Though marijuana is legal for all adults in Colorado, people under 21 still need a doctor's recommendation to get the drug. And veterans receiving federal benefits need a doctor's recommendation in order to use pot without risking some benefits.

The sponsor of the Colorado bill called Thursday - the 4/20 marijuana holiday - an "appropriate day" to pass the bill. It has already passed the Senate.

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]]> Thu, 20 Apr 2017 14:30:34 -0600 <![CDATA[Audit: US grant funds misused to pay for medical marijuana]]> http://gazette.com/audit-us-grant-funds-misused-to-pay-for-medical-marijuana/article/feed/454934?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/audit-us-grant-funds-misused-to-pay-for-medical-marijuana/article/feed/454934?custom_click=rss ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An audit by independent investigators with the U.S. Justice Department has determined a New Mexico program that helps crime victims allowed federal grant funds to be used to reimburse the purchase of medical marijuana by crime victims.

The review released this week by the agency's inspector general identified $7,630 in questionable costs for four marijuana purchases.

While medical marijuana is legal in New Mexico, officials said it is banned under federal law and grants awarded to the New Mexico Crime Victims Reparation Commission cannot be used to pay for it.

Auditors have conducted similar reviews of programs in other states, and federal officials say it appears to be the first time the gran

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]]> Wed, 19 Apr 2017 17:58:19 -0600 <![CDATA[Poll: Marijuana safer than opioids, but moms shouldn't use]]> http://gazette.com/poll-marijuana-safer-than-opioids-but-moms-shouldnt-use/article/feed/454639?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/poll-marijuana-safer-than-opioids-but-moms-shouldnt-use/article/feed/454639?custom_click=rss

DENVER (AP) — Americans think it's safer to use marijuana than opioids to relieve pain, but they were less comfortable with children and pregnant women using pot to treat medical conditions, according to a new Yahoo/Marist poll released Monday.

Two-thirds of the respondents in the telephone survey said opioid drugs such as Vicodin or OxyContin are "riskier" to use than pot, even when the pain pills are prescribed by a doctor.

Only one in five said marijuana was riskier than opioids. The rest weren't sure.

Every day, an overdose of prescription opioids or heroin kills 91 people, and legions more are brought back from the brink of death. Some 2 million Americans are thought to be hooked on the pills.

Last month, P

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]]> Mon, 17 Apr 2017 14:15:04 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Senate OKs bill aimed at avoiding pot crackdown]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-senate-oks-bill-aimed-at-avoiding-pot-crackdown/article/feed/454064?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-senate-oks-bill-aimed-at-avoiding-pot-crackdown/article/feed/454064?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Senate passed a bill Wednesday to allow pot growers and retailers to reclassify recreational pot as medical marijuana in the event of a federal crackdown.

The bill is seen as the boldest bid yet by a U.S. marijuana state to avoid possible federal intervention in its pot market. But critics say nothing guarantees that reclassifying pot as medicine would stop federal action.

Marijuana is illegal under federal law, and the Trump administration has given mixed signals on its policy toward U.S. marijuana states.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been skeptical of pot's medical value. President Donald Trump has suggested the handling of marijuana should be up to the states.


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]]> Wed, 12 Apr 2017 13:43:08 -0600 <![CDATA[New Mexico medical pot board wants to add health conditions]]> http://gazette.com/new-mexico-medical-pot-board-wants-to-add-health-conditions/article/feed/453527?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-mexico-medical-pot-board-wants-to-add-health-conditions/article/feed/453527?custom_click=rss SANTA FE, New Mexico (AP) — New Mexico officials want to expand the state's list of qualifying conditions for medical marijuana, to include attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism and anxiety, among other ailments.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/2nOH47k ) that the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Advisory Board also voted Friday to increase the amount and potency allowed for an approved user.

Other conditions the board wants to recognize include depression, chronic headaches, including migraines, sleep disorder and dystonia, a neurological condition that causes muscle spasms, tremors and other problems with movement.

The recommendations now go to the state Health Secretary Lynn Gallagher for final

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]]> Sat, 08 Apr 2017 12:59:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado acts to shield medical pot use while awaiting trial]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-acts-to-shield-medical-pot-use-while-awaiting-trial/article/feed/453323?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-acts-to-shield-medical-pot-use-while-awaiting-trial/article/feed/453323?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — Marijuana use won't be banned while people await trial in Colorado. That's according to a new law signed Thursday.

Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a measure forbidding a court from saying that criminal defendants who are marijuana patients must abstain from pot as a condition of bond.

Colorado has already decided that marijuana use shouldn't be off-limits for people on probation.

A fiscal analysis prepared for lawmakers says the bond measure won't cost any money. That's because pot abstention isn't usually a condition of bond in this state.

Supporters call the bond change a policy statement. The protection for marijuana use applies only to people with certain medical conditions, not recreational pot

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