<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - news >> marijuana]]> http://gazette.com/rss/news/marijuana Wed, 29 Jun 2016 19:20:49 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Correction: Marijuana Legalization-California story]]> http://gazette.com/correction-marijuana-legalization-california-story/article/feed/366684?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/correction-marijuana-legalization-california-story/article/feed/366684?custom_click=rss SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In a story June 28 about a marijuana legalization initiative qualifying for the California ballot, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the Teamsters Union was opposed. Teamsters lobbyist Barry Broad said the union initially had concerns and helped pay for polling on behalf of the opposition campaign, but it recently voted to take a neutral stance on the initiative.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Voters to decide whether to legalize recreational marijuana

California voters will decide whether to legalize recreational marijuana after Secretary of State Alex Padilla said Tuesday that initiative proponents turned in more than enough signatures to place the question on the N

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]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 13:18:47 -0600 <![CDATA[Med school seeks people for study of marijuana-based drug]]> http://gazette.com/med-school-seeks-people-for-study-of-marijuana-based-drug/article/feed/366958?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/med-school-seeks-people-for-study-of-marijuana-based-drug/article/feed/366958?custom_click=rss OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The University of Nebraska's medical school is seeking 25 people for a study of a medication derived from marijuana.

The University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha says the study will investigate the use of cannabidiol in patients with drug-resistant epilepsy who also will take anti-epileptic drugs.

Cannabidiol is extracted from the marijuana plant — Cannabis sativa — and is distinct from the component that makes people high. The study medication is called Epidiolex. It's described as a plant-based pharmaceutical formulation of pure cannabidiol and contains only trace amounts of the psychoactive component.

The study is authorized under a legislative bill approved in 2015.

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]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 12:30:53 -0600 <![CDATA[New Mexico's medical marijuana program gets new location]]> http://gazette.com/new-mexicos-medical-marijuana-program-gets-new-location/article/feed/366658?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-mexicos-medical-marijuana-program-gets-new-location/article/feed/366658?custom_click=rss SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's medical marijuana program will be operating out of a new location beginning next week.

State health department officials said Tuesday that the new office in Santa Fe will be larger and will have room for more employees and infrastructure to keep up with the growing number of patients who are enrolling in the program.

Participation has increased by about 12,000 in the last year, bringing the number of active patients to about 25,000.

The Health Department also has hired two new full-time employees, assigned two temporary workers and added Saturday shifts in an attempt to reduce wait times for patient registry cards.

Officials say the office will close Thursday in preparation for

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]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 18:03:41 -0600 <![CDATA[Judge orders Illinois to add PTSD to medical marijuana list]]> http://gazette.com/judge-orders-illinois-to-add-ptsd-to-medical-marijuana-list/article/feed/366597?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/judge-orders-illinois-to-add-ptsd-to-medical-marijuana-list/article/feed/366597?custom_click=rss CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois must add post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of diseases eligible for medical marijuana treatment, a Cook County judge ordered Tuesday in a sternly worded ruling that also said the state's public health director engaged in a "private investigation" that was "constitutionally inappropriate."

In a lawsuit filed by an Iraq war veteran, Judge Neil Cohen ordered Illinois Department of Public Health Director Nirav Shah to add PTSD within 30 days. It's the first decision among eight lawsuits filed by patients disappointed with across-the-board rejections by Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration of recommendations from an advisory board on medical marijuana.

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]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 16:54:29 -0600 <![CDATA[APNewsBreak: Illinois medical marijuana director resigns]]> http://gazette.com/apnewsbreak-illinois-medical-marijuana-director-resigns/article/feed/366037?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/apnewsbreak-illinois-medical-marijuana-director-resigns/article/feed/366037?custom_click=rss

CHICAGO (AP) — An attorney appointed last year by Gov. Bruce Rauner to lead the Illinois medical marijuana program has resigned to pursue work in the private sector.

Joseph Wright, 32, who was in the position for just over one year, told The Associated Press on Monday he felt the time was right to seek other opportunities, possibly in the medical cannabis industry.

A spokeswoman for the governor confirmed the resignation Monday. Spokeswoman Catherine Kelly told the AP the governor's office "will have no further comment" on the reasons for the resignation.

Wright, who resigned Friday, was paid $53,770 last year for his time in the post, and $35,000 for the first six months of this year, according to a public database o

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]]> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 15:20:34 -0600 <![CDATA[Justices reject appeal over medical marijuana in Montana]]> http://gazette.com/justices-reject-appeal-over-medical-marijuana-in-montana/article/feed/366083?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/justices-reject-appeal-over-medical-marijuana-in-montana/article/feed/366083?custom_click=rss HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday it won't hear an appeal challenging a Montana law that limits medical marijuana providers to selling the drug to a maximum of three patients each, dealing a blow to advocates who are attempting to delay enforcement of the law.

The nation's high court let stand a Montana Supreme Court ruling that upheld key provisions of a state law passed in 2011 that rolled back much of the 2004 voter-approved initiative legalizing medicinal marijuana. The state Supreme Court ordered those provisions to take effect Aug. 31, more than five years after the Montana Legislature passed the bill.

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]]> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 12:54:09 -0600 <![CDATA[Justices reject appeal over medical marijuana in Montana]]> http://gazette.com/justices-reject-appeal-over-medical-marijuana-in-montana/article/feed/365961?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/justices-reject-appeal-over-medical-marijuana-in-montana/article/feed/365961?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court won't hear an appeal challenging a Montana law that limits medical marijuana providers to selling the drug to a maximum of three patients each.

The justices on Monday let stand a Montana Supreme Court ruling that upheld key provisions of a state law that rolled back much of the 2004 voter-approved initiative legalizing medicinal marijuana.

The Montana Cannabis Industry Association said the rollbacks would force the closure of dispensaries and leave patients without a legal way to obtain the drug.

The new restrictions are set to take effect Aug. 31.

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]]> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 08:38:50 -0600 <![CDATA[LSU and Southern approve plans to grow medical marijuana]]> http://gazette.com/lsu-and-southern-approve-plans-to-grow-medical-marijuana/article/feed/365487?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lsu-and-southern-approve-plans-to-grow-medical-marijuana/article/feed/365487?custom_click=rss BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU and Southern University both want to begin growing marijuana for medical use.

The boards of both schools approved plans Friday to pursue licensing, local media report. It would make them the sole growers and researchers for the state.

This spring, the Louisiana Legislature widened the state's medical marijuana laws, making the treatment available to a wider range of people with debilitating diseases.

The University of Mississippi currently grows marijuana for federal research, but the Louisiana schools plan to produce marijuana oil for patients. If the schools had not moved forward, private growers could have been selected.

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]]> Sat, 25 Jun 2016 11:33:29 -0600 <![CDATA[State attorneys oppose delay of medical pot restrictions]]> http://gazette.com/state-attorneys-oppose-delay-of-medical-pot-restrictions/article/feed/365317?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/state-attorneys-oppose-delay-of-medical-pot-restrictions/article/feed/365317?custom_click=rss HELENA, Mont. (AP) — State attorneys say a judge should only delay enforcement of new medical marijuana restrictions until the U.S. Supreme Court decides whether to take up the matter.

The Montana Supreme Court previously set Aug. 31 as the date to enforce a state law that prevents marijuana providers from selling the drug to more than three patients.

The Montana Cannabis Industry Association has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the state court's decision. The group also asked District Judge James Reynolds to delay enforcement until either the U.S. Supreme Court takes action or voters decide on a marijuana initiative expected to be on the November election ballot.

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]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 15:47:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Correction: Medical Marijuana story]]> http://gazette.com/correction-medical-marijuana-story/article/feed/364485?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/correction-medical-marijuana-story/article/feed/364485?custom_click=rss SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — In a story June 22 about delays in the state's processing of medical marijuana card renewals, The Associated Press reported erroneously that there were excessive application delays a year ago. There were no excessive delays last year.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Auditor decries delays in medical marijuana cards

New Mexico's state auditor and attorney general are looking into a backlog of applications for medical marijuana registry identification cards at the Department of Health amid a surge in requests


Associated Press


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]]> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 17:24:43 -0600 <![CDATA[Marijuana suspension doesn't slow maturing Cardinals pitching prospect Alex Reyes' progress]]> http://gazette.com/marijuana-suspension-doesnt-slow-maturing-cardinals-pitching-prospect-alex-reyes-progress/article/1578821?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/marijuana-suspension-doesnt-slow-maturing-cardinals-pitching-prospect-alex-reyes-progress/article/1578821?custom_click=rss Area baseball fans could get a glimpse of the St. Louis Cardinals' future when right-hander Alex Reyes starts Game 1 of a doubleheader on Thursday at the Colorado Springs Sky Sox.

The New Jersey native is 2-0 (3.46 ERA) in his first six starts in Triple-A baseball. The No. 11 overall prospect in baseball, according to mlb.com, enjoyed a rapid rise through the Cardinals' farm system, moving up from rookie league and advancing through Class A and AA in 2015 with a strong chance to make the bigs by this July after the 6-foot-3, 175-pounder tore through the minors.

The only thing to slow the 21-year-old down was a 50-day suspension handed down during fall ball in November.

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<![CDATA[Minority goals for Ohio pot market raise legal questions]]> http://gazette.com/minority-goals-for-ohio-pot-market-raise-legal-questions/article/feed/364274?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/minority-goals-for-ohio-pot-market-raise-legal-questions/article/feed/364274?custom_click=rss

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Part of Ohio's new medical marijuana law that sets aside a piece of the state's budding pot business for minorities appears to be unconstitutional, legal experts told The Associated Press.

The provisions were inserted into the fast-tracked bill at the request of Democrats, whose votes were key to its passage in both Republican-controlled legislative chambers. The law made Ohio the 25th state to legalize medicinal cannabis. It takes effect Sept. 8.

The benchmarks require at least 15 percent of Ohio's cultivator, processor, retail dispensary and laboratory licenses to go to the businesses of one of four economically disadvantaged minority groups — blacks, Hispanics, Asians or Native Americans — so lo

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]]> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 12:10:04 -0600 <![CDATA[Group submits signatures for medical marijuana proposal]]> http://gazette.com/group-submits-signatures-for-medical-marijuana-proposal/article/feed/363467?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/group-submits-signatures-for-medical-marijuana-proposal/article/feed/363467?custom_click=rss LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Supporters of medical marijuana turned in thousands of signatures Monday in an effort to put their legalization proposal on the Arkansas ballot this fall, and called on backers of a competing ballot measure to end their campaign.

Arkansans for Compassionate Care submitted 117,469 signatures to the secretary of state's office, which has 30 days to review the petitions and determine whether the group has the 67,887 needed from registered voters to get its proposed initiated act on the ballot. It would legalize medical marijuana for patients with qualifying medical conditions with a doctor's recommendation.

"The patients of Arkansas deserve a safer alternative," Melissa Fults, the group's campaign dire

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]]> Mon, 20 Jun 2016 16:06:48 -0600 <![CDATA[Deadline looms for pot, other proposed ballot measures]]> http://gazette.com/deadline-looms-for-pot-other-proposed-ballot-measures/article/feed/362768?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/deadline-looms-for-pot-other-proposed-ballot-measures/article/feed/362768?custom_click=rss HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana could be thrown into unchartered territory this fall if two competing marijuana initiatives make it to the November ballot.

Initiative 176 would repeal any state laws allowing marijuana to be used for medicinal purposes by conforming state law to federal law.

The other measure, I-182, would expand legal access to the drug after legislative and legal action gutted a 2004 voter-approved law that legalized medicinal marijuana.

If both measures make it on the ballot and are approved by voters, it could send the fight to the state Legislature or courts.

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]]> Fri, 17 Jun 2016 18:15:50 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: California lawmakers OK water for pot growers]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-california-lawmakers-ok-water-for-pot-growers/article/feed/362311?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-california-lawmakers-ok-water-for-pot-growers/article/feed/362311?custom_click=rss SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the California budget (all times local):

1:30 p.m.

Republican lawmakers are objecting to a California budget provision that gives water to medical marijuana growers.

Republicans say a budget bill approved Thursday in the state Assembly gives pot farmers preferential treatment over the rest of the agriculture industry.

The bill allows licensed marijuana growers to use water from natural rivers, streams or lakes without state approval or environmental assessment. It cleared the Assembly in a 46-26 vote. It now goes to the Senate.

Republican Assemblyman James Gallagher of Plumas Lake says the law rewards pot growers who have illegally diverted water from streambeds and

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]]> Thu, 16 Jun 2016 15:35:21 -0600 <![CDATA[Assembly passes bill approving marijuana for PTSD treatment]]> http://gazette.com/assembly-passes-bill-approving-marijuana-for-ptsd-treatment/article/feed/361970?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/assembly-passes-bill-approving-marijuana-for-ptsd-treatment/article/feed/361970?custom_click=rss TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The Assembly on Thursday passed legislation to allow qualified New Jersey residents with post-traumatic stress disorder to get medical marijuana treatment.

The Democrat-led Assembly voted 55-14, with seven abstentions, sending the bill to the Senate for consideration.

Republican Gov. Chris Christie, who has been critical of marijuana legalization in other states, ignored advocates of the bill who asked him to sign the measure as he walked into the statehouse Thursday.

Jim Miller, the co-founder of the Coalition for Medical Marijuana New Jersey and an organizer of a weekly pro-marijuana podcast on the statehouse steps, said he has asked the governor at least four times previously to support the mea

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