<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - news >> marijuana]]> http://gazette.com/rss/news/marijuana Thu, 08 Dec 2016 11:06:13 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Arkansas political leaders name 5 to pot panel they opposed]]> http://gazette.com/arkansas-political-leaders-name-5-to-pot-panel-they-opposed/article/feed/429703?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/arkansas-political-leaders-name-5-to-pot-panel-they-opposed/article/feed/429703?custom_click=rss LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas political leaders on Wednesday named five people to the state Medical Marijuana Commission, setting up a panel that will adopt policies and regulations that each of the elected officials opposed when ballot issues were considered at the polls last month.

"We were rather vocal in our opposition to the amendment, but the people spoke and it is our responsibility to take the steps necessary to implement in a fair and responsible way the amendment that was passed by the people of Arkansas," Gov. Asa Hutchinson said.

The governor and the leaders of the Arkansas House and Senate appointed a panel that includes a breast cancer surgeon, a pain specialist, a pharmacist, a former Senate chief of staf

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]]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 19:16:31 -0700 <![CDATA[Judge rules to re-open marijuana dispensaries immediately]]> http://gazette.com/judge-rules-to-re-open-marijuana-dispensaries-immediately/article/feed/429603?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/judge-rules-to-re-open-marijuana-dispensaries-immediately/article/feed/429603?custom_click=rss HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A judge on Wednesday cleared the way for Montana's medical marijuana dispensaries to re-open after a three-month hiatus by ruling that a drafting error in a voter-approved ballot initiative should not delay the measure's implementation.

District Judge James Reynolds of Helena ruled the error that pushed back the effective date of a key portion of the initiative until July 1 should not keep very ill patients from accessing the drug immediately.

"The folks that are maybe the most in need are the least able to provide, to grow their own," Reynolds said in making his ruling. "I think speed is more important than niceties.

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]]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:33:30 -0700 <![CDATA[Montana judge orders medical marijuana ballot measure to take effect immediately]]> http://gazette.com/montana-judge-orders-medical-marijuana-ballot-measure-to-take-effect-immediately/article/feed/429605?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/montana-judge-orders-medical-marijuana-ballot-measure-to-take-effect-immediately/article/feed/429605?custom_click=rss HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana judge orders medical marijuana ballot measure to take effect immediately.

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<![CDATA[Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission members to be named]]> http://gazette.com/arkansas-medical-marijuana-commission-members-to-be-named/article/feed/429316?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/arkansas-medical-marijuana-commission-members-to-be-named/article/feed/429316?custom_click=rss LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Members of the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission are to be announced.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Senate President Pro Tem Jonathan Dismang and House Speaker Jeremy Gillam are to announce the appointments Wednesday at the state Capital.

The five-member commission is to administer and regulate the licensing of medical marijuana dispensaries and cultivation facilities in the state. It is to begin accepting applications for the dispensaries by June.

Voters in November passed a state constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana for patients with certain conditions, including cancer, glaucoma, Tourette's syndrome, Alzheimer's disease and hepatitis C.

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]]> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 18:53:49 -0700 <![CDATA[Knox Medical authorized to distribute medical pot in Florida]]> http://gazette.com/knox-medical-authorized-to-distribute-medical-pot-in-florida/article/feed/429188?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/knox-medical-authorized-to-distribute-medical-pot-in-florida/article/feed/429188?custom_click=rss TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A fourth Florida organization has been allowed to distribute low-THC cannabis as medicine for a narrow list of conditions. This comes less than a month before a state constitutional amendment allowing full legalization of medical marijuana becomes effective.

Amendment 2, endorsed by 71 percent of Florida voters on Election Day, takes effect on Jan. 3 and will allow higher-strength marijuana to be used for a wider list of medical ailments once lawmakers implement a new set of rules.

The state's Health Department gave Knox Medical authorization over the weekend. The organization, which has its cultivation and distribution facility in Winter Garden, said on Tuesday that it expects to begin in-home deli

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]]> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 17:10:17 -0700 <![CDATA[Correction: Medical Marijuana-New York story]]> http://gazette.com/correction-medical-marijuana-new-york-story/article/feed/428315?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/correction-medical-marijuana-new-york-story/article/feed/428315?custom_click=rss ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — In a story Dec. 4 about New York state's medical marijuana program, The Associated Press reported erroneously on where Columbia Care NY operates dispensaries, in addition to one in Manhattan. The company also operates a dispensary on Long Island and two in upstate New York, not three in upstate New York.

A corrected version of the story is below:

NY tweaks medical pot law but still no talk of legalization

New York is loosening some restrictions in its nearly year-old medical marijuana law but there is no sign the state is in any hurry to embrace full legalization

By DAVID KLEPPER

Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y.

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]]> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:51:41 -0700 <![CDATA[Elections results for Marsy's Law have been certified]]> http://gazette.com/elections-results-for-marsys-law-have-been-certified/article/feed/428735?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/elections-results-for-marsys-law-have-been-certified/article/feed/428735?custom_click=rss HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The state Board of Canvassers on Monday certified voter passage of a constitutional initiative that establishes certain rights for crime victims, without stating when it takes effect.

A Friday order by the Montana Supreme Court prevented Secretary of State Linda McCulloch from certifying an effective date for Constitutional Initiative 116, also known as Marsy's Law.

"I am pleased that the Supreme Court has taken up the issue of the effective date of CI-116 and the issue can be resolved in the proper venue," McCulloch said in a statement.

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]]> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 13:17:06 -0700 <![CDATA[Legislation aimed at voter-approved medical marijuana law]]> http://gazette.com/legislation-aimed-at-voter-approved-medical-marijuana-law/article/feed/428359?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/legislation-aimed-at-voter-approved-medical-marijuana-law/article/feed/428359?custom_click=rss LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Legislation aimed at Arkansas' new medical marijuana law is planned or already filed for the upcoming Legislative session, including one bill that would delay implementation of the law.

Voters in November approved a constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana for patients with certain conditions, including cancer, glaucoma, Tourette's syndrome, Alzheimer's disease and hepatitis C.

State Rep. Doug House, R-North Little Rock, has filed a bill to delay implementation by 60 days to May 8 to provide more time for lawmakers and state agencies to develop regulations and give the public a chance to comment.

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]]> Sun, 04 Dec 2016 13:10:43 -0700 <![CDATA[Players: Kerr's marijuana admission could spark dialogue]]> http://gazette.com/players-kerrs-marijuana-admission-could-spark-dialogue/article/feed/428059?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/players-kerrs-marijuana-admission-could-spark-dialogue/article/feed/428059?custom_click=rss

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — David West has undergone four surgeries in his long NBA career: left knee, right elbow and right foot twice to fix a couple of toes.

"I don't even like saying all that," he said.

So, yes, just like his coach who tried medicinal marijuana to get some relief, West knows real pain. Draymond Green has never needed an operation — he knocks on a table not once but twice as to not jinx himself — yet he considers that the option of using marijuana "makes a lot of sense.

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]]> Sat, 03 Dec 2016 22:08:15 -0700 <![CDATA[July 1 start date sought for Montana crime victim rights law]]> http://gazette.com/july-1-start-date-sought-for-montana-crime-victim-rights-law/article/feed/428008?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/july-1-start-date-sought-for-montana-crime-victim-rights-law/article/feed/428008?custom_click=rss HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Montana and representatives of city and county governments on Friday asked the state Supreme Court to declare that a voter-passed initiative establishing crime victims' rights should not go into effect until July 1.

And hours later, the Supreme Court issued an order saying the secretary of state could not declare an effective date for Constitutional Initiative 116 until further order from the court. The court gave the state, Secretary of State Linda McCulloch and Attorney General Tim Fox 14 days to file a response to the petition.

Montana's Constitution states that amendments approved by voters take effect on the July 1 after they are passed, unless the proposed ame

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]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 17:57:02 -0700 <![CDATA[Minnesota OKs using medical marijuana for PTSD]]> http://gazette.com/minnesota-oks-using-medical-marijuana-for-ptsd/article/feed/427278?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/minnesota-oks-using-medical-marijuana-for-ptsd/article/feed/427278?custom_click=rss ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota veterans and other residents suffering post-traumatic stress disorder will be allowed to use medical marijuana starting in August, the state's Department of Health announced Thursday as it expanded the slim list of conditions that qualify for the program.

The expansion could have been larger because the state reviewed eight other potential additions submitted through public petitions, including autism spectrum disorders, arthritis and depression. But Department of Health Commissioner Ed Ehlinger said there wasn't enough evidence surrounding marijuana's effectiveness in treating those other conditions, and a lack of effective medication for post-traumatic stress disorder made it an alluring additio

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]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 15:01:20 -0700 <![CDATA[Q&A: Can my employer fire me for legally using marijuana?]]> http://gazette.com/qa-can-my-employer-fire-me-for-legally-using-marijuana/article/feed/427175?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/qa-can-my-employer-fire-me-for-legally-using-marijuana/article/feed/427175?custom_click=rss

BOSTON (AP) — Changing marijuana laws aren't necessarily making weed more welcome in the workplace.

For now, many employers appear to be sticking with their drug testing and personal conduct policies, even in states where recreational marijuana use is now permitted. Others are keeping a close eye on the still evolving legal, regulatory and political environment.

Voters in California, Massachusetts, Maine and Nevada voted Nov. 8 to approve the use of recreational marijuana, joining Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska, where it had previously been legalized. (A recount of Maine's close result is scheduled.) More than two dozen states have medical marijuana programs.

But the drug is still against federal law.

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]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 08:12:59 -0700 <![CDATA[Arkansas agency begins drafting medical marijuana rules]]> http://gazette.com/arkansas-agency-begins-drafting-medical-marijuana-rules/article/feed/427045?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/arkansas-agency-begins-drafting-medical-marijuana-rules/article/feed/427045?custom_click=rss LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Medical marijuana products sold in Arkansas would have to include detailed labels with information about their laboratory analysis, dosage, source and warnings under a draft of rules being prepared for the launch of the first medical pot program in the Bible Belt.

The proposed rules, which the state Department of Health released Wednesday to The Associated Press, detail the process for patients to obtain registry cards for buying medical marijuana, the lab testing requirements for the drug and the process for adding new qualifying conditions. Voters on Nov.

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]]> Wed, 30 Nov 2016 19:54:14 -0700 <![CDATA[The tax man cometh: California ponders legal pot, paying up]]> http://gazette.com/the-tax-man-cometh-california-ponders-legal-pot-paying-up/article/feed/426993?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-tax-man-cometh-california-ponders-legal-pot-paying-up/article/feed/426993?custom_click=rss LOS ANGELES (AP) — California's legal marijuana industry is expected to involve everything from backyard growers to sprawling fields in the farm belt, storefront sellers along rural roads to chain-store like outlets in Los Angeles.

State tax collectors are taking initial steps to get a hand into that vast, emerging economy, with billions of dollars at stake in the future for the state treasury. State analysts have estimated that state and local governments could eventually collect over $1 billion annually from the production and sale of legal pot.

Just how big a job that will be, no one knows.

The state has no reliable way to predict how many new retailers will enter the marketplace when marijuana becomes legal in 201

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]]> Wed, 30 Nov 2016 15:35:30 -0700 <![CDATA[Weed is winning, but the train could still go off the tracks]]> http://gazette.com/weed-is-winning-but-the-train-could-still-go-off-the-tracks/article/feed/425905?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/weed-is-winning-but-the-train-could-still-go-off-the-tracks/article/feed/425905?custom_click=rss

DENVER (AP) — Weed is winning in the polls, with a solid majority of Americans saying marijuana should be legal. But does that mean the federal government will let dozens of state pot experiments play out? Not by a long shot.

The government still has many means to slow or stop the marijuana train. And President-elect Donald Trump's nomination of Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions to be the next attorney general has raised fears that the new administration could crack down on weed-tolerant states 20 years after California became the first to legalize medical marijuana.

"We need grown-ups in charge in Washington to say marijuana is not the kind of thing that ought to be legalized.

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