<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - news >> marijuana]]> http://gazette.com/rss/news/marijuana Wed, 24 Aug 2016 10:13:26 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Montana Editorial Roundup]]> http://gazette.com/montana-editorial-roundup/article/feed/389412?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/montana-editorial-roundup/article/feed/389412?custom_click=rss The Missoulian, Aug. 21, on the state's handling of sexual assault cases:

Last week the Missoula County Attorney's Office marked yet another milestone with the announcement that the Montana Attorney General's Office is ending its oversight of the local office's handling of sexual assault cases.

Does that mean it's time to close the book on the issue of sexual assaults in Missoula? To declare the work done and rest easy, knowing the University of Montana, Missoula Police Department and Missoula County Attorney's Office are leading the way on best practices for sexual assault response, not just at the state level but nationally as well?

Not at all.

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]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 09:54:15 -0600 <![CDATA[Anti-marijuana initiative sponsor won't appeal judge's order]]> http://gazette.com/anti-marijuana-initiative-sponsor-wont-appeal-judges-order/article/feed/389411?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/anti-marijuana-initiative-sponsor-wont-appeal-judges-order/article/feed/389411?custom_click=rss HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The sponsor of a proposed initiative to repeal Montana's medical marijuana law says he won't appeal a Flathead County judge's order denying his request to place the measure on November's ballot.

District Judge Heidi Ulbricht on Tuesday rejected Billings car dealer Steve Zabawa's request to intervene after he claimed thousands of signatures gathered for the measure were lost or improperly invalidated.

Zabawa said Wednesday there is not enough time to appeal to the Montana Supreme Court before the Secretary of State's Office certifies the ballots and sends them for printing.

Instead, he says his organization Safe Montana will focus on opposing another ballot initiative that would ease restrictions o

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]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 09:47:00 -0600 <![CDATA[Counting complete on signatures for medical marijuana plan]]> http://gazette.com/counting-complete-on-signatures-for-medical-marijuana-plan/article/feed/389162?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/counting-complete-on-signatures-for-medical-marijuana-plan/article/feed/389162?custom_click=rss OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Secretary of State Chris Benge's office has finished counting the signatures on a petition drive to put a proposal to legalize medical marijuana before voters.

Benge announced Tuesday that 67,761 signatures were counted, surpassing the 65,987 signatures of registered voters needed to put the issue on an election ballot by fewer than 2,000 signatures.

The secretary of state's office will now send a report on its findings to the Oklahoma Supreme Court, which determines whether the number of signatures is sufficient to put the question on the ballot.

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]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 20:06:24 -0600 <![CDATA[Hundreds apply for new Arizona pot dispensary licenses]]> http://gazette.com/hundreds-apply-for-new-arizona-pot-dispensary-licenses/article/feed/388814?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hundreds-apply-for-new-arizona-pot-dispensary-licenses/article/feed/388814?custom_click=rss PHOENIX (AP) — State officials say they received hundreds of applications for approximately 30 new licenses for medical marijuana dispensaries.

The Department of Health Services says it has processed 750 applications and that it anticipates awarding 31 dispensary licenses after reviewing those applications that are deemed to be complete and in in compliance with requirements.

Arizona now has 99 licensed dispensaries and that 92 of those are open and operating.

According to the department, 97 percent of the state's residents live within 25 miles of an operating dispensary.

The department administers the medical marijuana program launched through voters' approval of a 2010 proposition put on the 2010 ballot throug

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]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 05:00:13 -0600 <![CDATA[Ohio regulators get $1.8M for medical marijuana program]]> http://gazette.com/ohio-regulators-get-1.8m-for-medical-marijuana-program/article/feed/388760?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ohio-regulators-get-1.8m-for-medical-marijuana-program/article/feed/388760?custom_click=rss COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Two agencies that will regulate Ohio's forthcoming medical marijuana program are getting the $1.8 million they sought from the state to start that work.

The law that legalizes certain types of medical marijuana in Ohio takes effect Sept. 8, though the program isn't expected to be fully operational for some time.

About $923,000 of the initial funding goes to the Department of Commerce. It will license cultivators, processors and laboratories that test the drug, as well as lead the creation of a related research database.

The state pharmacy board will get about $882,000. Its roles include licensing medical marijuana dispensaries, upgrading the state's automated prescription reporting system and cre

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]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 23:11:21 -0600 <![CDATA[A pot of money: Oregon collects $25.5M in marijuana taxes]]> http://gazette.com/a-pot-of-money-oregon-collects-25.5m-in-marijuana-taxes/article/feed/388705?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/a-pot-of-money-oregon-collects-25.5m-in-marijuana-taxes/article/feed/388705?custom_click=rss

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon has processed $25.5 million in tax payments from recreational marijuana from January through the end of July.

The state's Department of Revenue says medical marijuana dispensaries were required to file their second-quarter returns for recreational marijuana by Aug. 1.

Oregonians legalized recreational marijuana in late 2014.

But it can only be sold by medical marijuana dispensaries until the Oregon Liquor Control Commission finalizes rules for the new industry. That's expected to happen by next year.

Medical marijuana dispensaries started collecting a 25 percent tax on their recreational marijuana sales in January.

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]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 17:57:34 -0600 <![CDATA[Analysis: Arkansas ballot deep with amendments, initiatives]]> http://gazette.com/analysis-arkansas-ballot-deep-with-amendments-initiatives/article/feed/388037?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/analysis-arkansas-ballot-deep-with-amendments-initiatives/article/feed/388037?custom_click=rss LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Remember all the times in the past 20 years when Arkansas voters were so overwhelmed by ballot questions that they just voted against everything?

It didn't happen.

In the last 10 general elections, voters have considered more than three dozen issues on statewide ballots, including constitutional amendments, initiated acts or referred questions that ran the range from barring gay marriage, changing the state's tax structure or expanding gambling across a Bible Belt state.

Voters have approved more than two-thirds of the ballot issues they've considered since 1996, which perhaps explains why, come November, some people in the state will consider more questions than they do candidates.

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]]> Sat, 20 Aug 2016 16:37:18 -0600 <![CDATA[Rankings of medical marijuana applicants to be released]]> http://gazette.com/rankings-of-medical-marijuana-applicants-to-be-released/article/feed/387910?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rankings-of-medical-marijuana-applicants-to-be-released/article/feed/387910?custom_click=rss

OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) — Maryland's medical marijuana commission next week will be releasing the rankings of top applicants to become growers and processors.

Patrick Jameson, the commission's director, made the announcement Saturday during a panel discussion at a local government convention.

The commission already has named the top 15 growers and 15 processors now on the path to get be licensed.

Jameson says the commission will release names of the top 20 growers and top 30 processors.

That's significant, because if any of the top 15 applicants fail to get licensed, others will be eligible according to rank. Also, two applicants initially in the top 15 were bumped to spots 16 and 17 to better represent geographic

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]]> Sat, 20 Aug 2016 14:34:46 -0600 <![CDATA[New Mexico extends re-enrollment period for pot patients]]> http://gazette.com/new-mexico-extends-re-enrollment-period-for-pot-patients/article/feed/387739?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-mexico-extends-re-enrollment-period-for-pot-patients/article/feed/387739?custom_click=rss SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico health officials are extending the enrollment period by up to 60 days for patients who need to renew their certification for the state's medical marijuana program.

The announcement was made Friday with a posting on the Health Department's website .

Officials say state and local law enforcement agencies have been alerted about the temporary change, which affects those patients whose cards expire between June 15 and December 31, 2016.

With the automatic extension, patients will still be able to purchase medical marijuana from licensed producers. They must still keep their registry card on them even if it has expired.

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]]> Fri, 19 Aug 2016 17:53:22 -0600 <![CDATA[More signatures submitted on Arkansas medical marijuana plan]]> http://gazette.com/more-signatures-submitted-on-arkansas-medical-marijuana-plan/article/feed/387583?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/more-signatures-submitted-on-arkansas-medical-marijuana-plan/article/feed/387583?custom_click=rss LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Supporters of a plan to legalize medical marijuana in Arkansas turned in additional signatures Friday in hopes of qualifying for the November ballot.

If enough signatures are validated, the proposal from Arkansans United for Medical Marijuana will be the second medical marijuana measure on the general election ballot this year. The group needs 84,859 valid signatures to make it onto the ballot, and Secretary of State Mark Martin's office has already verified 72,309 signatures.

The proposal's sponsor, David Couch, said he turned in 34,804 additional signatures Friday and that he's confident the measure will qualify for a public vote.

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]]> Fri, 19 Aug 2016 13:13:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Marijuana producer challenges New Mexico limits on plants]]> http://gazette.com/marijuana-producer-challenges-new-mexico-limits-on-plants/article/feed/387562?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/marijuana-producer-challenges-new-mexico-limits-on-plants/article/feed/387562?custom_click=rss SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Department of Health is being sued by a medical marijuana producer and a mother who uses oil derived from cannabis to control her infant daughter's seizures.

The lawsuit filed this week in state district court challenges the state's limit on the number of plants a licensed producer may grow.

The limit of 450 plants is keeping some patients from getting what they need, according to the lawsuit, which was filed by New Mexico Top Organics-Ultra Health Inc. and Bernalillo County resident Nicole Sena.

"State programs need rules to operate fairly, and the rules should not be arbitrary," Ultra Health CEO and president Duke Rodriguez said in a statement.

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]]> Fri, 19 Aug 2016 12:08:58 -0600 <![CDATA[Judge denies request to delay medical marijuana restrictions]]> http://gazette.com/judge-denies-request-to-delay-medical-marijuana-restrictions/article/feed/387188?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/judge-denies-request-to-delay-medical-marijuana-restrictions/article/feed/387188?custom_click=rss HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Helena judge has rejected an advocacy group's request to delay enforcement of restrictions on Montana's medical marijuana industry.

District Judge James Reynolds on Wednesday denied the Montana Cannabis Industry Association's request to stay a state Supreme Court order implementing the restrictions on Aug. 31.

The group on its website urges medical marijuana supporters to now focus on passing a ballot initiative that would roll back the restrictions.

After Aug. 31, medical marijuana providers will be barred from selling the drug to more than three patients. The state Supreme Court earlier this year upheld that provision of a 2011 state law passed after the Montana Cannabis Industry Association s

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]]> Thu, 18 Aug 2016 13:48:49 -0600 <![CDATA[Anti-marijuana group presses to add initiative to ballot]]> http://gazette.com/anti-marijuana-group-presses-to-add-initiative-to-ballot/article/feed/386707?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/anti-marijuana-group-presses-to-add-initiative-to-ballot/article/feed/386707?custom_click=rss HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Sponsors of an anti-marijuana initiative that failed to qualify for November's ballot are claiming they submitted enough signatures to put the measure before the voters, but that thousands of names were lost or wrongly rejected by county officials.

The sponsors, a group called Safe Montana and led by Billings car dealer Steve Zabawa, delivered to Secretary of State Linda McCulloch's office more than 3,200 voter signatures they say are valid but were rejected by county officials across the state.

The group separately filed a lawsuit asking a state judge to count those rejected signatures plus an additional 2,588 signatures that it says Flathead County election officials lost.

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]]> Wed, 17 Aug 2016 19:04:43 -0600 <![CDATA[Court to review Ohio attorneys' help to marijuana businesses]]> http://gazette.com/court-to-review-ohio-attorneys-help-to-marijuana-businesses/article/feed/386641?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/court-to-review-ohio-attorneys-help-to-marijuana-businesses/article/feed/386641?custom_click=rss COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court is looking to clarify the services attorneys can provide to clients seeking to comply with the state's new medical marijuana law.

The move comes after the court's Board of Professional Conduct had said attorneys can't ethically provide legal services to people setting up medical marijuana-related business because of federal prohibitions on the drug. Using, growing and selling marijuana remains a federal crime.

Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor said Wednesday the board's non-binding advisory opinion has caused some lawyers to question whether they can help clients follow the new law. She said the court hopes to address their concerns and, if necessary, amend ethics rules to clarify t

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]]> Wed, 17 Aug 2016 11:22:24 -0600 <![CDATA[Court bars feds from prosecuting medical pot cases]]> http://gazette.com/court-bars-feds-from-prosecuting-medical-pot-cases/article/feed/386238?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/court-bars-feds-from-prosecuting-medical-pot-cases/article/feed/386238?custom_click=rss SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday banned the Justice Department from prosecuting medical marijuana cases if no state laws were broken.

A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ordered the federal agency to show that 10 pending cases in California and Washington state violated medical marijuana laws in those states before continuing with prosecutions.

Marijuana remains illegal under federal law, but Congress has barred the Justice Department from spending money to prevent states from regulating the use or sale of medical pot.

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