<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - news >> marijuana]]> http://gazette.com/rss/news/marijuana Wed, 04 Mar 2015 04:26:09 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Washington House readies its version of pot-market overhaul]]> http://gazette.com/washington-house-readies-its-version-of-pot-market-overhaul/article/feed/210397?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/washington-house-readies-its-version-of-pot-market-overhaul/article/feed/210397?custom_click=rss SEATTLE (AP) — With the state Senate passing a bill to regulate medical marijuana, Washington's House of Representatives is preparing its own version of a pot-market overhaul, one that could cut prices at licensed recreational stores.

The measure, sponsored by Rep. Reuven Carlyle, aims to make the state's legal marijuana stores more competitive with the black market. It calls for eliminating the three-tier tax structure voters approved in Initiative 502 and replacing it with a single excise tax of 30 percent at the point of sale.

But Carlyle's bill would take effect only if the Senate's medical marijuana bill also becomes law. That's to encourage a coordinated approach to the recreational and medical systems, the Seattle De

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]]> SEATTLE (AP) — With the state Senate passing a bill to regulate medical marijuana, Washington's House of Representatives is preparing its own version of a pot-market overhaul, one that could cut prices at licensed recreational stores.

The measure, sponsored by Rep. Reuven Carlyle, aims to make the state's legal marijuana stores more competitive with the black market. It calls for eliminating the three-tier tax structure voters approved in Initiative 502 and replacing it with a single excise tax of 30 percent at the point of sale.

But Carlyle's bill would take effect only if the Senate's medical marijuana bill also becomes law. That's to encourage a coordinated approach to the recreational and medical systems, the Seattle De]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 17:01:43 -0700 <![CDATA[New medical marijuana bill in Senate stricter than House's]]> http://gazette.com/new-medical-marijuana-bill-in-senate-stricter-than-houses/article/feed/209882?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-medical-marijuana-bill-in-senate-stricter-than-houses/article/feed/209882?custom_click=rss ATLANTA (AP) — A senator said Monday that he has filed a new bill to legalize medicinal marijuana in Georgia that would avoid legal problems that could arise under the House version, which passed overwhelmingly last week.

Sen. Lindsey Tippins of Cobb County said his proposal would set up a four-year study that would be open only to children under 18 who have seizures that have not been responsive to medication.

House Bill 1, sponsored by Rep. Allen Peake of Macon, calls for limited quantities of cannabis oil to be used by prescription to treat seizure disorders and eight other major medical conditions. Tippins' measure limits the study to epilepsy.

"I'm just trying to do it right and legal," Tippins said.

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]]> ATLANTA (AP) — A senator said Monday that he has filed a new bill to legalize medicinal marijuana in Georgia that would avoid legal problems that could arise under the House version, which passed overwhelmingly last week.

Sen. Lindsey Tippins of Cobb County said his proposal would set up a four-year study that would be open only to children under 18 who have seizures that have not been responsive to medication.

House Bill 1, sponsored by Rep. Allen Peake of Macon, calls for limited quantities of cannabis oil to be used by prescription to treat seizure disorders and eight other major medical conditions. Tippins' measure limits the study to epilepsy.

"I'm just trying to do it right and legal," Tippins said.]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 17:46:52 -0700 <![CDATA[Excerpts of editorials from Illinois newspapers]]> http://gazette.com/excerpts-of-editorials-from-illinois-newspapers/article/feed/122567?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/excerpts-of-editorials-from-illinois-newspapers/article/feed/122567?custom_click=rss EDITORS:

NEWS DIRECTORS:

Thanks to all members for submitting editorials that help The Associated Press assemble the weekly Illinois Editorial Roundup. Due to several factors, it has become more challenging to find fresh, original editorials on member websites. We would very much appreciate if you could take a few minutes to submit editorials that you would like to share with other members. They can be sent to our main email address, chifax@ap.org. Please use "Editorial Submission" as the subject line.

Please remember that we try to use editorials with appeal and interest for a statewide audience, and that not all submissions can be used. If you have any questions, please contact AP-Illinois News Editor Hugh Dellios at

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]]> EDITORS:

NEWS DIRECTORS:

Thanks to all members for submitting editorials that help The Associated Press assemble the weekly Illinois Editorial Roundup. Due to several factors, it has become more challenging to find fresh, original editorials on member websites. We would very much appreciate if you could take a few minutes to submit editorials that you would like to share with other members. They can be sent to our main email address, chifax@ap.org. Please use "Editorial Submission" as the subject line.

Please remember that we try to use editorials with appeal and interest for a statewide audience, and that not all submissions can be used. If you have any questions, please contact AP-Illinois News Editor Hugh Dellios at ]]> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 08:16:11 -0700 <![CDATA[In a twist, fight for medical pot goes to Florida Statehouse]]> http://gazette.com/in-a-twist-fight-for-medical-pot-goes-to-florida-statehouse/article/feed/207218?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/in-a-twist-fight-for-medical-pot-goes-to-florida-statehouse/article/feed/207218?custom_click=rss

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Republicans lawmakers in Florida who once opposed medical pot are now embracing it, motivated by the strong show of support from voters and worried that another constitutional amendment during next year's presidential race could drive opponents to the polls.

Last year, lawmakers in the GOP-controlled Legislature passed a law to allow low-potency strains of marijuana helpful to a very limited group of patients. But many people argued it was inadequate and took the fight to voters with a constitutional amendment that would have widely expanded the drug's availability to the sick. It got about 58 percent of the vote in November, but needed 60 percent to pass under Florida law.

Though it was a rare

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]]> WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Republicans lawmakers in Florida who once opposed medical pot are now embracing it, motivated by the strong show of support from voters and worried that another constitutional amendment during next year's presidential race could drive opponents to the polls.

Last year, lawmakers in the GOP-controlled Legislature passed a law to allow low-potency strains of marijuana helpful to a very limited group of patients. But many people argued it was inadequate and took the fight to voters with a constitutional amendment that would have widely expanded the drug's availability to the sick. It got about 58 percent of the vote in November, but needed 60 percent to pass under Florida law.

Though it was a rare ]]> Sun, 22 Feb 2015 15:31:19 -0700 <![CDATA[Utah lawmakers to talk Medicaid, gas tax, medical marijuana]]> http://gazette.com/utah-lawmakers-to-talk-medicaid-gas-tax-medical-marijuana/article/feed/207049?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/utah-lawmakers-to-talk-medicaid-gas-tax-medical-marijuana/article/feed/207049?custom_click=rss SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — With three weeks left before Utah lawmakers wrap up their annual session, the House and Senate hope to fuse their competing visions for tackling Medicaid and the state gas tax while moving through hundreds of other bills. Add into the mix issues such as medical marijuana, and it's a recipe for a busy week.

Here's where some of those key issues stand:

MEDICAID

Gov. Gary Herbert this week scaled back his three-year Medicaid expansion plan, which would use federal money to enroll Utah's poor in private health insurance. Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox told reporters Thursday that the governor's office is now looking at trying out the plan for two years in response to concerns from House Republicans about the l

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]]> SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — With three weeks left before Utah lawmakers wrap up their annual session, the House and Senate hope to fuse their competing visions for tackling Medicaid and the state gas tax while moving through hundreds of other bills. Add into the mix issues such as medical marijuana, and it's a recipe for a busy week.

Here's where some of those key issues stand:

MEDICAID

Gov. Gary Herbert this week scaled back his three-year Medicaid expansion plan, which would use federal money to enroll Utah's poor in private health insurance. Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox told reporters Thursday that the governor's office is now looking at trying out the plan for two years in response to concerns from House Republicans about the l]]> Sat, 21 Feb 2015 12:31:32 -0700 <![CDATA[Bill for medical marijuana dispensaries advances in House]]> http://gazette.com/bill-for-medical-marijuana-dispensaries-advances-in-house/article/feed/205814?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bill-for-medical-marijuana-dispensaries-advances-in-house/article/feed/205814?custom_click=rss

HONOLULU (AP) — Michelle Tippens was taking more than a dozen medications for years after a car accident left her with multiple spine fractures and traumatic brain injuries.

But when she switched to medical marijuana she was able to wean herself off all of the pills, she said.

Tippens is one of nearly 13,000 patients in Hawaii who have conditions that could be treated with medical marijuana. But because there are no dispensaries in Hawaii, they're left to fend for themselves, buying on the black market or growing it themselves.

"In order to qualify for the card, you have to be really sick," said Tippens, who wore a necklace of old pill bottles to the Legislature on Tuesday. "And a lot of people who are really sick are

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]]> HONOLULU (AP) — Michelle Tippens was taking more than a dozen medications for years after a car accident left her with multiple spine fractures and traumatic brain injuries.

But when she switched to medical marijuana she was able to wean herself off all of the pills, she said.

Tippens is one of nearly 13,000 patients in Hawaii who have conditions that could be treated with medical marijuana. But because there are no dispensaries in Hawaii, they're left to fend for themselves, buying on the black market or growing it themselves.

"In order to qualify for the card, you have to be really sick," said Tippens, who wore a necklace of old pill bottles to the Legislature on Tuesday. "And a lot of people who are really sick are]]> Tue, 17 Feb 2015 22:46:05 -0700 <![CDATA[Bills would legalize medical pot centers, drug alternatives]]> http://gazette.com/bills-would-legalize-medical-pot-centers-drug-alternatives/article/feed/204996?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bills-would-legalize-medical-pot-centers-drug-alternatives/article/feed/204996?custom_click=rss

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Confusion surrounding the legality of marijuana dispensaries and non-smokable forms of the drug are prompting lawmakers to propose changes related to Michigan's voter-approved law that legalized marijuana for medical use.

Bipartisan legislation introduced Thursday would allow for "provisioning centers," businesses where patients with a state-issued medical marijuana card could buy surplus marijuana that suppliers produce for other patients.

Advocates say the bill is needed because the state Supreme Court ruled in 2013 that qualified patients and caregivers cannot transfer marijuana to another patient or anyone else, and dispensaries that facilitate such transactions can be shut down as a public nuisanc

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]]> LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Confusion surrounding the legality of marijuana dispensaries and non-smokable forms of the drug are prompting lawmakers to propose changes related to Michigan's voter-approved law that legalized marijuana for medical use.

Bipartisan legislation introduced Thursday would allow for "provisioning centers," businesses where patients with a state-issued medical marijuana card could buy surplus marijuana that suppliers produce for other patients.

Advocates say the bill is needed because the state Supreme Court ruled in 2013 that qualified patients and caregivers cannot transfer marijuana to another patient or anyone else, and dispensaries that facilitate such transactions can be shut down as a public nuisanc]]> Sat, 14 Feb 2015 09:45:52 -0700 <![CDATA[Vermont delegation heads to Colorado for pot fact-finding]]> http://gazette.com/vermont-delegation-heads-to-colorado-for-pot-fact-finding/article/feed/202845?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/vermont-delegation-heads-to-colorado-for-pot-fact-finding/article/feed/202845?custom_click=rss MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Senior Vermont law enforcement officials and others are planning a fact-finding trip to Colorado next week to look at that state's experience with marijuana legalization.

Public Safety Commissioner Keith Flynn, Chitttenden County State's Attorney T.J. Donovan and pro- and anti-legalization advocates will be among those traveling to the Rocky Mountains.

"Colorado was the first state to legalize marijuana, and we want to see the impacts of that law." Flynn said Friday. "Legalization is being discussed in Vermont and we believe that an on the ground look at how it has been implemented will give us a unique insight into the issue.

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]]> MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Senior Vermont law enforcement officials and others are planning a fact-finding trip to Colorado next week to look at that state's experience with marijuana legalization.

Public Safety Commissioner Keith Flynn, Chitttenden County State's Attorney T.J. Donovan and pro- and anti-legalization advocates will be among those traveling to the Rocky Mountains.

"Colorado was the first state to legalize marijuana, and we want to see the impacts of that law." Flynn said Friday. "Legalization is being discussed in Vermont and we believe that an on the ground look at how it has been implemented will give us a unique insight into the issue.]]> Sat, 07 Feb 2015 14:01:11 -0700 <![CDATA[Georgia editorial roundup]]> http://gazette.com/georgia-editorial-roundup/article/feed/190894?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/georgia-editorial-roundup/article/feed/190894?custom_click=rss Recent editorials from Georgia newspapers:

Feb. 3

Morning News, Savannah, Georgia, on medicinal marijuana:

IT'S DISAPPOINTING that Georgia's sheriffs oppose a measure that could do much good for Georgians who suffer from chronic diseases like cancer and seizure disorders.

Last week, the executive director of the Georgia Sheriffs' Association, J. Terry Norris, said members of the organization are concerned that a bill that would legalize cannabis oil for medical use in limited circumstances would expand. Mr. Norris told an Atlanta area TV station that the sheriffs didn't object to children getting the treatment. But adults apparently were another matter.

That prompts some questions.

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]]> Recent editorials from Georgia newspapers:

Feb. 3

Morning News, Savannah, Georgia, on medicinal marijuana:

IT'S DISAPPOINTING that Georgia's sheriffs oppose a measure that could do much good for Georgians who suffer from chronic diseases like cancer and seizure disorders.

Last week, the executive director of the Georgia Sheriffs' Association, J. Terry Norris, said members of the organization are concerned that a bill that would legalize cannabis oil for medical use in limited circumstances would expand. Mr. Norris told an Atlanta area TV station that the sheriffs didn't object to children getting the treatment. But adults apparently were another matter.

That prompts some questions.]]> Wed, 04 Feb 2015 15:02:16 -0700