<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - news >> marijuana]]> http://gazette.com/rss/news/marijuana Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:07:41 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Montgomery to appeal ruling on Arizona medical marijuana law]]> http://gazette.com/montgomery-to-appeal-ruling-on-arizona-medical-marijuana-law/article/feed/434867?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/montgomery-to-appeal-ruling-on-arizona-medical-marijuana-law/article/feed/434867?custom_click=rss PHOENIX (AP) — Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery says he'll ask the Arizona Supreme Court to review a lower court's ruling that the state's medical marijuana law is constitutional in requiring counties to approve reasonable zoning regulations.

The Court of Appeals' ruling Tuesday rejected Montgomery's argument that the state medical marijuana law is pre-empted by the federal Controlled Substances Act, a federal law that still makes marijuana illegal.

The case in the appeal decided by the appeals court started with a legal dispute over whether Maricopa County officials had to approve zoning for a medical marijuana dispensary in Sun City.

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]]> Thu, 22 Dec 2016 03:19:09 -0700 <![CDATA[Florida Health Department approves seventh marijuana license]]> http://gazette.com/florida-health-department-approves-seventh-marijuana-license/article/feed/434684?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/florida-health-department-approves-seventh-marijuana-license/article/feed/434684?custom_click=rss TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Less than two weeks before Florida's constitutional amendment expanding the legal use of medical marijuana takes effect, the state's Department of Health has approved a seventh license and could be on the verge of adding at least one more.

Department spokeswoman Sarah Revell said they have reached an agreement with McRory's Sunny Hill Nursery for the seventh license. The nursery is affiliated with GrowHealthy and will operate an indoor facility in Lake Worth.

The department also agreed to settle with Plants of Ruskin and 3 Boys Farm. Both nurseries are working on potential terms to present to the department.

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]]> Wed, 21 Dec 2016 16:34:19 -0700 <![CDATA[Court: Medical marijuana law trumps law on transporting pot]]> http://gazette.com/court-medical-marijuana-law-trumps-law-on-transporting-pot/article/feed/434566?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/court-medical-marijuana-law-trumps-law-on-transporting-pot/article/feed/434566?custom_click=rss ST. JOHNS, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's medical marijuana law trumps another law that restricts how users can transport pot in cars, the state appeals court said, reversing the misdemeanor conviction of a man in Clinton County.

Local judges around the state have made similar rulings. But the 2-1 appeals court decision is significant because it now applies statewide.

Callen Latz is a registered medical marijuana user. He was charged in 2014 with violating a law that requires medical pot to be stored in a case in the trunk of a vehicle or in a spot that's not easily accessible.

The marijuana transportation law was signed in 2012, four years after voters approved marijuana for certain illnesses. That created the conflict.

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]]> Wed, 21 Dec 2016 15:03:29 -0700 <![CDATA[Pennsylvania medical marijuana program to issue permits soon]]> http://gazette.com/pennsylvania-medical-marijuana-program-to-issue-permits-soon/article/feed/434615?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pennsylvania-medical-marijuana-program-to-issue-permits-soon/article/feed/434615?custom_click=rss HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania will take applications to grow and distribute medical marijuana over the next couple of months with hopes of having the system up and running by mid-2018, health officials said Wednesday.

Health Secretary Karen Murphy said permit applications for dispensaries and for grower-processors will be available online starting Jan. 17. The monthlong application period will begin Feb. 20 for the first phase, which involves up to 12 grower-processor permits and as many as 27 dispensary licenses. Each dispensary can operate three locations.

The Health Department is dividing up the permits among six regions, with the southeastern part of the state around Philadelphia slated to get the most dispensary

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]]> Wed, 21 Dec 2016 12:18:57 -0700 <![CDATA[Ruling upholds zoning mandates in medical marijuana law]]> http://gazette.com/ruling-upholds-zoning-mandates-in-medical-marijuana-law/article/feed/434254?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ruling-upholds-zoning-mandates-in-medical-marijuana-law/article/feed/434254?custom_click=rss PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona court says the state's medical marijuana law is constitutional in requiring counties to approve reasonable zoning regulations and other regulatory paperwork for dispensaries.

A Court of Appeals ruling Tuesday says the state law isn't pre-empted by the federal Controlled Substances Act, a federal law that still makes marijuana illegal.

The case in the appeal decided by the appeals court started with a legal dispute over whether Maricopa County officials had to approve zoning for a medical marijuana dispensary in Sun City.

The appeals court said the Arizona law requires counties to pass reasonable zoning regulations for dispensaries and issue the necessary zoning documentation for dispensaries

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]]> Tue, 20 Dec 2016 12:25:41 -0700 <![CDATA[Guam governor supports legalizing pot for recreational use]]> http://gazette.com/guam-governor-supports-legalizing-pot-for-recreational-use/article/feed/434148?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guam-governor-supports-legalizing-pot-for-recreational-use/article/feed/434148?custom_click=rss HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Guam Gov. Eddie Calvo has proposed legalizing recreational marijuana on the island, with heavy taxation.

The Pacific Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/2hCHNZJ ) that Calvo announced the plan Monday, just a week after he vetoed a bill that would allow medical marijuana patients to grow their pot at home. Calvo had cited concerns about the cost of regulating residential grow operations.

The governor turned his focus this week to recreational marijuana, which he says could generate tax revenue to fund public safety and education.

He says he wants Guam to learn from other states that have legalized recreational amounts of marijuana.

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]]> Tue, 20 Dec 2016 07:28:12 -0700 <![CDATA[Connecticut Hospice to conduct medical marijuana research]]> http://gazette.com/connecticut-hospice-to-conduct-medical-marijuana-research/article/feed/434005?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/connecticut-hospice-to-conduct-medical-marijuana-research/article/feed/434005?custom_click=rss BRANFORD, Conn. (AP) — The nation's first hospice plans to study how medical marijuana can help dying patients.

Officials from Connecticut Hospice Inc. in Branford said Monday they hope to improve pain management while also reducing opioid use in palliative care.

They also want to decrease nausea and vomiting while improving patients' appetites and overall well-being.

Last week, St. Francis Hospital in Hartford announced it received state approval to begin studying the effectiveness of medical marijuana as a painkiller for traumatic injuries.

Connecticut Hospice Inc. says it has federal approval for its study.

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]]> Mon, 19 Dec 2016 16:43:33 -0700 <![CDATA[US women increasingly use pot during pregnancy, study finds]]> http://gazette.com/us-women-increasingly-use-pot-during-pregnancy-study-finds/article/feed/433819?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-women-increasingly-use-pot-during-pregnancy-study-finds/article/feed/433819?custom_click=rss

CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. women are increasingly using marijuana during pregnancy, sometimes to treat morning sickness, new reports suggest. Though the actual numbers are small, the trend raises concerns because of evidence linking the drug with low birth weights and other problems.

In 2014, almost 4 percent of pregnant women said they'd recently used marijuana, up from 2.4 percent in 2002, according to an analysis of annual drug use surveys.

Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, said the results raise concerns and urged doctors and other health care providers to avoid recommending the drug for pregnant women. Volkow commented in an editorial published online Monday with the study in the Journal of th

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