<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - news >> marijuana]]> http://gazette.com/rss/news/marijuana Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:03:49 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Colorado crackdown on homegrown pot advances]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-crackdown-on-homegrown-pot-advances/article/feed/451362?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-crackdown-on-homegrown-pot-advances/article/feed/451362?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — A Colorado plan to crack down on homegrown pot is rapidly heading to the governor's desk after lawmakers changed the bill to give pot patients more leeway.

A Senate committee vote 5-0 to set a statewide limit of 12 plants per residential property. That's down from 99 plants under current law.

The bill was changed to give medical marijuana patients and their caregivers up to 24 plants, if they register with the state and with local authorities. Currently, registration is required only if patients have more than 99 plants.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and lawmakers from both parties have called the marijuana crackdown a top priority as the state awaits word of how the new federal administration plans to

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]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:14:39 -0600 <![CDATA[2 bills advance in Colorado to curb growing pot at home]]> http://gazette.com/2-bills-advance-in-colorado-to-curb-growing-pot-at-home/article/feed/450104?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/2-bills-advance-in-colorado-to-curb-growing-pot-at-home/article/feed/450104?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — The nation's most generous grow-your-own marijuana laws came closer Monday to being curbed in Colorado, where the state House advanced a pair of bills aimed at cracking down on people who grow weed outside the commercial, taxed system.

One bill would set a statewide limit of 16 marijuana plants per house, down from a current limit of 99 plants before registering with state health authorities.

The bill passed 65-10 after sponsors argued that Colorado's generous home-grown weed laws make it impossible to tell whether someone is growing plants legally, or whether the plants are destined for the black market.

Of the 28 states with legal medical marijuana, only Colorado currently allows more than 16 pot plant

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]]> Mon, 13 Mar 2017 15:05:42 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado House approves 16-plant home pot limit]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-house-approves-16-plant-home-pot-limit/article/feed/449697?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-house-approves-16-plant-home-pot-limit/article/feed/449697?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — Colorado is moving to curb the nation's most generous marijuana allowance for medical patients growing their own plants.

The state House gave preliminary approval Friday to a bill limiting marijuana patients 16 plants in their homes, down from 99.

The measure aims to make it harder to grow pot outside the taxed and regulated commercial pot system.

Colorado regulators have tried for years to stop people from growing large amounts of pot without state taxation or oversight. But because Colorado's constitution gives people the right to grow as much pot as their doctors recommend, the state has had a hard time making that happen.

"We need to close this loophole," said Rep. KC Becker, a Boulder Democrat

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]]> Fri, 10 Mar 2017 14:52:55 -0700 <![CDATA[Nevada Democrat argues for cities to license public pot use]]> http://gazette.com/nevada-democrat-argues-for-cities-to-license-public-pot-use/article/feed/449532?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nevada-democrat-argues-for-cities-to-license-public-pot-use/article/feed/449532?custom_click=rss CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A Las Vegas Democrat argued before his colleagues Thursday that Nevada's history of promoting vices and the state's lax laws on smoking indoors make it prime to legalize the nation's first public sites to use marijuana.

Cities and counties in Nevada would have the authority to license public places or events where adults could legally use marijuana under state Sen. Tick Segerblom's proposal.

State law currently confines the marijuana use to private homes.

Segerblom said Nevada should give local governments the discretion to designate businesses, festivals, casino bars, clubs, outdoor events, massage parlors or other public spaces where the tens of millions of tourists who visit Nevada every ye

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]]> Thu, 09 Mar 2017 21:20:03 -0700 <![CDATA[Pot for pets: Owners treat sick animals with cannabis]]> http://gazette.com/pot-for-pets-owners-treat-sick-animals-with-cannabis/article/feed/449096?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pot-for-pets-owners-treat-sick-animals-with-cannabis/article/feed/449096?custom_click=rss

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Michael Fasman's 12-year-old dog, Hudson, limps from pain caused by arthritis and an amputated toe, but Fasman doesn't want to give her painkillers because "they just knock her out."

So the San Francisco resident has turned to an alternative medicine that many humans use to treat their own pain and illness: marijuana.

On a recent morning, Fasman squeezed several drops of a cannabis extract onto a plate of yogurt, which the Portuguese water dog lapped up in seconds. It's become part of Hudson's daily routine.

"We think it's really lifted her spirits and made her a happier dog," Fasman said. "It's not that she's changed. She's just back to her good old self.

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]]> Wed, 08 Mar 2017 11:30:03 -0700 <![CDATA[Colorado moves to limit home-grown marijuana]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-moves-to-limit-home-grown-marijuana/article/feed/448632?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-moves-to-limit-home-grown-marijuana/article/feed/448632?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — Colorado is moving toward limiting growing marijuana at home under a bill that sets a max of 12 plants per residential property.

A House committee voted 11-2 Monday to curb the nation's most generous allowances for growing pot at home.

Colorado currently allows medical pot patients to grow up to 99 plants, far beyond other marijuana states, and it also allows recreational users to group their allotted six plants into massive co-ops, entire greenhouses of pot that aren't tracked or taxed.

Some jurisdictions including Denver already limit homes to 12 marijuana plants.

But sponsors say lower limits are needed statewide to avoid attracting black-market pot growers.

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]]> Tue, 07 Mar 2017 00:26:45 -0700 <![CDATA[Senators ask feds not to clamp down on state marijuana laws]]> http://gazette.com/senators-ask-feds-not-to-clamp-down-on-state-marijuana-laws/article/feed/448091?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/senators-ask-feds-not-to-clamp-down-on-state-marijuana-laws/article/feed/448091?custom_click=rss BOSTON (AP) — Senators from eight states that have legalized the recreational or medicinal use of marijuana are asking Attorney General Jeff Sessions to uphold the Department of Justice's existing enforcement policy toward states with voter-approved marijuana laws.

Massachusetts Democratic Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey were among those who signed the Thursday letter. Massachusetts voters backed the recreational use of pot last year.

The senators point to comments by White House spokesman Sean Spicer suggesting stepped-up enforcement of federal laws against recreational marijuana.

Eight states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational marijuana.

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]]> Thu, 02 Mar 2017 14:31:54 -0700 <![CDATA[New Mexico tribe puts up land for $160M medicinal greenhouse]]> http://gazette.com/new-mexico-tribe-puts-up-land-for-160m-medicinal-greenhouse/article/feed/447291?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-mexico-tribe-puts-up-land-for-160m-medicinal-greenhouse/article/feed/447291?custom_click=rss

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — On a patch of tribal land in western New Mexico, a company plans to build a $160 million state-of-the-art greenhouse for researching and growing medicinal plants, including marijuana.

Bright Green Group of Companies is partnering with Acoma Pueblo on what would be the nation's largest commercial growing operation, by far dwarfing medical marijuana greenhouses already planned in Massachusetts, Illinois and California.

Plans call for Bright Green's greenhouse and its associated research facility to eventually cover nearly 6 million square feet, or about 100 football fields. Officials at the Delaware-based company say they would have room for as many as 40 million medicinal plants, from marijuana to pe

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