<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - news >> marijuana]]> http://gazette.com/rss/news/marijuana Fri, 15 Dec 2017 05:18:35 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Denver shuts down 26 legal pot businesses, makes arrests]]> http://gazette.com/denver-shuts-down-26-legal-pot-businesses-makes-arrests/article/feed/521583?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/denver-shuts-down-26-legal-pot-businesses-makes-arrests/article/feed/521583?custom_click=rss

DENVER (AP) — Denver authorities shut down 26 legal marijuana businesses Thursday and arrested 12 people suspected of illegal distribution of pot after a yearlong criminal investigation.

Potential charges relate to marijuana sales exceeding limits set in state law, police said. Colorado allows people 21 and older to possess an ounce or less of marijuana under a measure approved by voters in 2012.

The city department that regulates marijuana businesses issued the order to close the businesses based on the police investigation, spokesman Dan Rowland said. It marked the first time the city has issued an open-ended suspension to any legal marijuana business since sales began in 2014, he said.

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]]> Thu, 14 Dec 2017 20:36:26 -0700 <![CDATA[Veterinarians seek permission to research pot meds for pets]]> http://gazette.com/veterinarians-seek-permission-to-research-pot-meds-for-pets/article/feed/519244?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/veterinarians-seek-permission-to-research-pot-meds-for-pets/article/feed/519244?custom_click=rss

BEND, Ore. (AP) — Dr. Byron Maas surveys a supply of marijuana products for dogs that lines a shelf in his veterinary clinic. They're selling well.

"The 'Up and Moving' is for joints and for pain," he explains. "The 'Calm and Quiet' is for real anxious dogs, to take away that anxiety."

People anxious to relieve suffering in their pets are increasingly turning to oils and powders that contain CBDs, a non-psychoactive component of marijuana. But there's little data on whether they work, or if they have harmful side effects.

That's because Washington has been standing in the way of clinical trials, veterinarians and researchers say. Now, a push is underway to have barriers removed, so both pets and people can benefit.

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]]> Thu, 07 Dec 2017 17:05:22 -0700 <![CDATA[UNM study: Medical marijuana an alternative for opioids]]> http://gazette.com/unm-study-medical-marijuana-an-alternative-for-opioids/article/feed/515756?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/unm-study-medical-marijuana-an-alternative-for-opioids/article/feed/515756?custom_click=rss ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — University of New Mexico researchers say the legal availability of medical marijuana has the potential to reduce opioid use among chronic pain patients.

The work of associate psychology professor Jacob Miguel Vigil and assistant economics professor Sarah See Stith was recently published in the journal PLOS ONE.

The results indicate a strong correlation between enrollment in New Mexico's medical marijuana program and cessation or reduction of opioid use.

Vigil says informal surveys showed a significant proportion of patients substituted their opioid prescriptions with cannabis.

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]]> Mon, 27 Nov 2017 07:30:36 -0700 <![CDATA[Veterans are key as surge of states OK medical pot for PTSD]]> http://gazette.com/veterans-are-key-as-surge-of-states-ok-medical-pot-for-ptsd/article/feed/515461?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/veterans-are-key-as-surge-of-states-ok-medical-pot-for-ptsd/article/feed/515461?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — It was a telling setting for a decision on whether post-traumatic stress disorder patients could use medical marijuana.

Against the backdrop of the nation's largest Veterans Day parade, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced this month he'd sign legislation making New York the latest in a fast-rising tide of states to OK therapeutic pot as a PTSD treatment, though it's illegal under federal law and doesn't boast extensive, conclusive medical research.

Twenty-eight states plus the District of Columbia now include PTSD in their medical marijuana programs, a tally that has more than doubled in the last two years, according to data compiled by the pro-legalization Marijuana Policy Project.

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