<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - news >> marijuana]]> http://gazette.com/rss/news/marijuana Thu, 29 Sep 2016 06:20:00 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Arkansas governor: medical pot would hurt state's businesses]]> http://gazette.com/arkansas-governor-medical-pot-would-hurt-states-businesses/article/feed/403544?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/arkansas-governor-medical-pot-would-hurt-states-businesses/article/feed/403544?custom_click=rss LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' governor and lieutenant governor said Wednesday that legalizing medical marijuana would hurt the state's efforts to keep and attract businesses, as the two Republicans targeted a pair of ballot measures that they contend would prevent companies from maintaining drug-free workplaces.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin were joined by business leaders as they criticized the competing proposals to allow patients with certain medical conditions and a doctor's recommendation to buy marijuana from dispensaries. Arkansas voters narrowly rejected legalizing medical marijuana four years ago.

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]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:59:37 -0600 <![CDATA[Judge: Private prison not negligent in inmate's death]]> http://gazette.com/judge-private-prison-not-negligent-in-inmates-death/article/feed/403614?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/judge-private-prison-not-negligent-in-inmates-death/article/feed/403614?custom_click=rss HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A magistrate judge has concluded that a private prison in Shelby is not to blame for the death of a medical marijuana provider who was incarcerated there.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn Ostby on Wednesday recommended the dismissal of a negligence lawsuit filed by the wife of Richard Flor against Corrections Corporation of America.

U.S. District Judge Susan Watters must approve the recommendation.

The 68-year-old Flor died in custody in 2012 of colon cancer. He had previously pleaded guilty to running a medical marijuana operation in his Miles City home.

Sherry Flor says her husband was treated like "an abandoned dog" instead of being properly cared for at the prison.

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]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:30:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Marijuana measures on the ballot in 9 states on Nov. 8]]> http://gazette.com/marijuana-measures-on-the-ballot-in-9-states-on-nov.-8/article/feed/403432?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/marijuana-measures-on-the-ballot-in-9-states-on-nov.-8/article/feed/403432?custom_click=rss Voters on Nov. 8 will decide ballot measures in nine states that would expand legal access to marijuana. Here's a rundown:

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RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA

In five states, the ballot measures propose to legalize recreational marijuana use for anyone 21 and over.

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ARIZONA: Proposition 205 would allow adults to buy and possess up to an ounce of marijuana and grow up to six plants at home. The initiative would establish a new department that would regulate pot like alcohol and impose a 15 percent tax on pot sales that would benefit municipalities, schools and the state health department. Many business groups and the Republican-led government, including Gov. Doug Ducey, oppose the measure.

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]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 08:49:01 -0600 <![CDATA[9 states to vote soon on expanding legal access to marijuana]]> http://gazette.com/9-states-to-vote-soon-on-expanding-legal-access-to-marijuana/article/feed/403326?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/9-states-to-vote-soon-on-expanding-legal-access-to-marijuana/article/feed/403326?custom_click=rss

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — From California, with its counterculture heritage, to the fishing ports and mill towns of Maine, millions of Americans in nine states have a chance to vote Nov. 8 on expanding legal access to marijuana. Collectively, the ballot measures amount to the closest the U.S. has come to a national referendum on the drug.

Five states — Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada — will consider legalizing the recreational use of pot. Three others — Florida, Arkansas and North Dakota — will decide whether to permit marijuana for medical purposes. Montana will weigh whether to ease restrictions on an existing medical marijuana law.

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]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 01:36:35 -0600 <![CDATA[Retired judge: Most Arkansas medical pot signatures valid]]> http://gazette.com/retired-judge-most-arkansas-medical-pot-signatures-valid/article/feed/403102?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/retired-judge-most-arkansas-medical-pot-signatures-valid/article/feed/403102?custom_click=rss LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A retired Arkansas judge appointed by the state Supreme Court to review a medical marijuana initiative's petitions as part of a lawsuit said Tuesday that more than enough valid signatures were submitted for the proposal.

Separately, the Supreme Court said it wouldn't reconsider its decision to reject another lawsuit trying to block the proposal.

Retired Judge John B. Robbins said in a report issued to the court that he disqualified 2,087 of the signatures submitted and approved by election officials for the proposal, leaving it with 75,429 valid signatures. The proposal needed at least 67,887 signatures from registered voters to qualify for the November ballot.

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]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:46:31 -0600 <![CDATA[Medical pot applicant plans to sue over lack of diversity]]> http://gazette.com/medical-pot-applicant-plans-to-sue-over-lack-of-diversity/article/feed/403173?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/medical-pot-applicant-plans-to-sue-over-lack-of-diversity/article/feed/403173?custom_click=rss ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — An applicant for a license to grow medical marijuana in Maryland plans to sue a state commission for allegedly failing to consider racial diversity when the panel named the top 15 finalists, a lawyer for the applicant said Tuesday.

John Pica, who represents Alternative Medicine Maryland, said the applicant plans to file the lawsuit next week against the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission. Pica said Alternative Medicine wants to stop the panel from taking further action on awarding licenses until it follows a provision in state law requiring diversity to be considered in the process. Alternative Medicine is led by Dr. Greg Daniels, a black physician and businessman.

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]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:37:10 -0600 <![CDATA[Retired judge: Most of Arkansas medical pot signatures valid]]> http://gazette.com/retired-judge-most-of-arkansas-medical-pot-signatures-valid/article/feed/403184?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/retired-judge-most-of-arkansas-medical-pot-signatures-valid/article/feed/403184?custom_click=rss LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A retired judge appointed to review petitions for an Arkansas medical marijuana initiative has found more than enough signatures officials approved for the proposal were valid, despite efforts by opponents to disqualify it from the November ballot.

Retired Judge John B. Robbins says in a report submitted to the state Supreme Court Tuesday that only 2,087 of the 15,000 signatures challenged should be disqualified for not meeting reporting requirements for paid canvassers. Robbins was appointed by the court to review the signatures in a lawsuit aimed at blocking votes on the Nov. 8 ballot measure.

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]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:18:47 -0600 <![CDATA[Panel: Don't add eye disease to medical marijuana list]]> http://gazette.com/panel-dont-add-eye-disease-to-medical-marijuana-list/article/feed/403171?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/panel-dont-add-eye-disease-to-medical-marijuana-list/article/feed/403171?custom_click=rss LANSING, Mich. (AP) — An advisory panel is recommending that an eye disease not be added to the conditions that qualify for medical marijuana in Michigan.

Only one of six members on the review panel was in favor Tuesday.

The petition was filed by Melba Velez Ortiz, a professor at Grand Valley State University. She wants to add retinitis pigmentosa to the marijuana list. It's an inherited disease that greatly affects the retina and can lead to night blindness and loss of vision.

Ortiz says there's research showing marijuana can slow down the disease.

In 2008, Michigan voters approved marijuana for the side effects of cancer and a few other illnesses. Only one condition, post-traumatic stress disorder, has been ad

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]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:45:16 -0600 <![CDATA[Correction: Nevada Ballot Measure-Marijuana-Things to Know]]> http://gazette.com/correction-nevada-ballot-measure-marijuana-things-to-know/article/feed/402192?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/correction-nevada-ballot-measure-marijuana-things-to-know/article/feed/402192?custom_click=rss LAS VEGAS (AP) — In a story Sept. 25 about Nevada's recreational marijuana ballot measure, The Associated Press erroneously reported the four other states voting on marijuana legalization this fall. They are California, Arizona, Massachusetts and Maine. Also, the story should have made it clear that concerns about marijuana safety were based in part on a study about marijuana-related car crashes in Washington.

A corrected version of the story is below.

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]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 12:40:30 -0600 <![CDATA[Analysis: Arkansas ballot cases test of new canvasser rules]]> http://gazette.com/analysis-arkansas-ballot-cases-test-of-new-canvasser-rules/article/feed/401915?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/analysis-arkansas-ballot-cases-test-of-new-canvasser-rules/article/feed/401915?custom_click=rss LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A 2013 law requiring initiative campaigns to register their paid canvassers with the state and conduct criminal background checks on them was intended to help Arkansas crack down on questionable signatures being submitted for ballot measures. Three challenges before the state's highest court will be the first major test of those restrictions, and may open the door for new ways to challenge future proposals.

Lawsuits pending before the Arkansas Supreme Court on proposals to legalize medical marijuana, allow casino gambling and limit medical lawsuit damages hinge on accusations that campaigns didn't follow the 3-year-old rules on registering and reporting paid canvassers.

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]]> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 09:28:39 -0600 <![CDATA[Officials: Panel looking into lawmaker's role in medical pot]]> http://gazette.com/officials-panel-looking-into-lawmakers-role-in-medical-pot/article/feed/401694?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/officials-panel-looking-into-lawmakers-role-in-medical-pot/article/feed/401694?custom_click=rss ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A legislative ethics panel is looking into a Maryland delegate's connection to a medical marijuana company, according to two officials briefed on the inquiry.

The General Assembly's Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics will meet next month to decide whether to have a full investigation into Del. Dan Morhaim. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because ethics matters before the committee are confidential.

Morhaim was a leading advocate for legislation to allow medical marijuana in Maryland. He also was a consultant for Doctors Orders Maryland.

Morhaim says he cleared his involvement with the legislature's ethics adviser. The delegate wrote in an email Friday that he will cooperate fully

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]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 15:35:25 -0600 <![CDATA[Arkansas court rejects challenge to medical marijuana plan]]> http://gazette.com/arkansas-court-rejects-challenge-to-medical-marijuana-plan/article/feed/401047?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/arkansas-court-rejects-challenge-to-medical-marijuana-plan/article/feed/401047?custom_click=rss LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday rejected an attempt to block votes from being counted on an effort to legalize medical marijuana in the state, but two other challenges to the November ballot measures remain pending before the justices.

Justices denied the challenge from a coalition of groups opposed to the measures, which would allow patients with qualifying conditions to buy the drug from dispensaries. The coalition, which includes the state Chamber of Commerce and the Arkansas Farm Bureau, asked the court to prevent officials from counting any votes for the measure in the Nov. 8 election.

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]]> Thu, 22 Sep 2016 17:22:27 -0600 <![CDATA[Kander: Time for Legislature to pass medical marijuana law]]> http://gazette.com/kander-time-for-legislature-to-pass-medical-marijuana-law/article/feed/401147?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/kander-time-for-legislature-to-pass-medical-marijuana-law/article/feed/401147?custom_click=rss ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander, who is the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate, said Thursday that it's "time for the state legislature to step up" and pass a law allowing medical marijuana.

Kander came out in support of medical marijuana in a statement through the secretary of state's office, not his Senate campaign. He was commenting on a judge's ruling Wednesday that a proposal allowing medical marijuana in Missouri won't go to voters because the number of petition signatures fell short.

"While supporters of this important proposal can try to put it on the ballot again in two years, I believe it is time for the state legislature to step up," Kander said in the statement.

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]]> Thu, 22 Sep 2016 14:47:41 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado medical pot law poised to add PTSD as qualifier]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-medical-pot-law-poised-to-add-ptsd-as-qualifier/article/feed/400356?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-medical-pot-law-poised-to-add-ptsd-as-qualifier/article/feed/400356?custom_click=rss

DENVER (AP) — Marijuana pioneer Colorado is poised to add post-traumatic stress disorder to its medical marijuana program, joining 18 other states that consider PTSD a condition treatable by pot.

A panel of state lawmakers voted 5-0 Wednesday to endorse the addition of PTSD to Colorado's 2000 medical pot law. The vote doesn't have legal effect; it's just a recommendation to the full Legislature, which resumes work in January. But the vote indicates a dramatic shift for a state that has allowed medical pot for more than a decade but hasn't endorsed its use for PTSD.

"Cannabis treats all the multiple issues that are going on with PTSD like no other drug," said Dr.

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]]> Wed, 21 Sep 2016 20:11:19 -0600 <![CDATA[Gov. Snyder signs medical marijuana regulations into law]]> http://gazette.com/gov.-snyder-signs-medical-marijuana-regulations-into-law/article/feed/400734?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gov.-snyder-signs-medical-marijuana-regulations-into-law/article/feed/400734?custom_click=rss LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder has signed into law new marijuana regulations that he says clarify Michigan's 8-year-old voter-approved initiative that legalized the drug for medical use.

The Republican governor says the legislation signed Wednesday will implement a "solid framework" giving patients a safe way to buy marijuana.

The laws impose a new tax on dispensary shops and establish a state licensing system to grow, process, sell, transport or test marijuana. Non-smokable forms of the drug such as lotions and tinctures will become legal. A monitoring system will track marijuana from "seed to sale."

Snyder says municipalities can regulate the location and number of marijuana businesses in their communities.<

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