<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - news >> marijuana]]> http://gazette.com/rss/news/marijuana Thu, 05 May 2016 14:09:50 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Ohio bill to legalize medical marijuana clears House panel]]> http://gazette.com/ohio-bill-to-legalize-medical-marijuana-clears-house-panel/article/feed/345705?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ohio-bill-to-legalize-medical-marijuana-clears-house-panel/article/feed/345705?custom_click=rss COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A proposal to legalize medical marijuana in Ohio has cleared a legislative panel and appears headed for a full House vote next week.

The bill would bar patients from smoking the substance but allow them to use it in vapor form.

Under the legislation, a nine-member Medical Marijuana Control Commission would set the rules for cultivating, distributing and licensing cannabis. Communities could opt out of hosting dispensaries. Employers who want to maintain drug-free workplaces would be protected from liability.

Rep. Kirk Schuring chairs the House committee that approved the bill Thursday. The Canton Republican says he expects the full House to vote on the bill on Tuesday.

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]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 12:41:31 -0600 <![CDATA[Correction: California Marijuana Legalization story]]> http://gazette.com/correction-california-marijuana-legalization-story/article/feed/345091?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/correction-california-marijuana-legalization-story/article/feed/345091?custom_click=rss SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In a story May 4 about a campaign to legalize marijuana in California, The Associated Press misspelled the surname of the state's lieutenant governor in one reference. He is Gavin Newsom, not Newson.

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<![CDATA[Pot shops to sell recreational edibles, extracts in June]]> http://gazette.com/pot-shops-to-sell-recreational-edibles-extracts-in-june/article/feed/345679?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pot-shops-to-sell-recreational-edibles-extracts-in-june/article/feed/345679?custom_click=rss EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Recreational marijuana users will be able to purchase more than just flowers next month.

The Register-Guard reports (http://is.gd/JQwF9m ) that starting June 2, medical marijuana dispensaries will be able to sell low-dose edibles and extracts to recreational customers.

The edible products are already available to medical marijuana cardholders in varying dosages. For recreational users, edibles will have to contain no more than 15 milligrams of THC and extracts can have up to 1,000 milligrams of the psychoactive chemical in marijuana.

Dispensary operators say 15 milligrams for a single brownie or cookie is a very low dose. Currently most stores sell edible products with 100 to 200 milligrams of THC.

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]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 12:05:50 -0600 <![CDATA[Oklahoma House OKs bill allowing medical use of cannabis oil]]> http://gazette.com/oklahoma-house-oks-bill-allowing-medical-use-of-cannabis-oil/article/feed/345633?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/oklahoma-house-oks-bill-allowing-medical-use-of-cannabis-oil/article/feed/345633?custom_click=rss OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma House has given final approval to legislation that expands the medical use of an oil derived from marijuana.

The House voted 69-14 for the measure and sent it to Gov. Mary Fallin to be signed into law.

The treatment allows the medically supervised use of cannabidiol, a non-intoxicating derivative of marijuana. Backers say the oil effectively treats people who experience epileptic seizures. Previously, its use was limited to children under 18, but the bill approved Thursday removes the age restriction.

The measure also allows its use to treat spasticity due to multiple sclerosis, paraplegia and symptoms of chronic wasting disease.

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]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 10:54:29 -0600 <![CDATA[Highlights of what passed, failed in legislative session]]> http://gazette.com/highlights-of-what-passed-failed-in-legislative-session/article/feed/345417?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/highlights-of-what-passed-failed-in-legislative-session/article/feed/345417?custom_click=rss HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Despite Wednesday's adjournment deadline, Connecticut legislators planned to return, possibly early next week, to vote on a new budget for fiscal year 2017, budget-related bills and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's criminal justice bill.

Highlights of bills that passed and failed during this year's regular session of the Connecticut General Assembly:


— Campus Police: The bill allows the state's regional community colleges to create special armed police forces.

— Medical Marijuana: Legislation allows minors with certain debilitating conditions to use Connecticut's medical marijuana program.

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]]> Wed, 04 May 2016 23:18:50 -0600 <![CDATA[2nd medical marijuana dispensary opening in New Hampshire]]> http://gazette.com/2nd-medical-marijuana-dispensary-opening-in-new-hampshire/article/feed/345448?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/2nd-medical-marijuana-dispensary-opening-in-new-hampshire/article/feed/345448?custom_click=rss DOVER, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's second medical marijuana dispensary is opening, in Dover.

Temescal Wellness is scheduled to open Thursday. The first one, run by Sanctuary ATC, opened Saturday in Plymouth.

Temescal Wellness is expected to receive certification for a second dispensary in Lebanon in the next few weeks.

A total of four dispensary locations and three cultivation centers will be opening.

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]]> Wed, 04 May 2016 23:16:17 -0600 <![CDATA[Gov. Bentley signs medical marijuana oil bill into law]]> http://gazette.com/gov.-bentley-signs-medical-marijuana-oil-bill-into-law/article/feed/345356?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gov.-bentley-signs-medical-marijuana-oil-bill-into-law/article/feed/345356?custom_click=rss MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley on Wednesday signed legislation into law to allow medical marijuana oil in the state.

The law, which will decriminalize possession of cannabidiol produced in other states, will go into effect June 1.

The legislation, nicknamed Leni's Law, follows a similar bill in 2014 that established a CBD oil medical study at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

"As a physician, I believe it is extremely important to give patients with a chronic or debilitating disease the option to consider every possible option for treatment," Bentley said in a statement. "With Leni's Law, citizens in Alabama will have access to cannabidiol that may help with treatment.

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]]> Wed, 04 May 2016 17:20:00 -0600 <![CDATA[Medical pot ad limits await governor's pen in Colorado]]> http://gazette.com/medical-pot-ad-limits-await-governors-pen-in-colorado/article/feed/345206?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/medical-pot-ad-limits-await-governors-pen-in-colorado/article/feed/345206?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — An expanded limit on marijuana advertising awaits the governor's signature in Colorado.

A bill saying that medical marijuana can't be advertised to people under 21 passed the Senate 24-11 on Wednesday. A similar restriction already exists for recreational marijuana advertisers.

The House has already approved the expanded advertising restriction.

Sponsors call the expanded limit a commonsense safeguard to prevent underage pot consumption.

The industry does not oppose the bill, though the Colorado Press Association does. The CPA pointed out there's no evidence anyone has ever aimed pot advertising at children, and that it can be problematic to define what content may appeal to those over 21 but also

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]]> Wed, 04 May 2016 12:09:45 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: Hawaii OKs bills on mental health, prison, guns]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-hawaii-oks-bills-on-mental-health-prison-guns/article/feed/344914?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-hawaii-oks-bills-on-mental-health-prison-guns/article/feed/344914?custom_click=rss

HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on the Hawaii Legislature passing dozens of bills ahead of a legislative deadline (all times local):

5 p.m.

Incarcerated people in Hawaii who committed misdemeanors could be released early to reduce prison overcrowding under a bill passed Tuesday.

Suicide is one of the leading causes of death for Hawaii teenagers, and lawmakers are concerned about their access to mental health care. In response, lawmakers passed a bill to lower the age of consent from 18 to 14 to receive mental health services.

The Legislature also passed a bill to force gun owners to immediately surrender firearms after undergoing an emergency hospitalization for mental health issues.

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]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 22:06:54 -0600 <![CDATA[Attorney: Prosecutors dropping marijuana dispensary case]]> http://gazette.com/attorney-prosecutors-dropping-marijuana-dispensary-case/article/feed/344782?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/attorney-prosecutors-dropping-marijuana-dispensary-case/article/feed/344782?custom_click=rss OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Federal prosecutors have agreed to drop a nearly four-year effort to seize the property of a California medical marijuana dispensary billed as the nation's largest, the dispensary's attorney said Tuesday.

Henry Wykowski, the attorney for Harborside Health Center in Oakland, said prosecutors did not explain why they were dropping their civil forfeiture case against Harborside. He said the paperwork still has to be filed with the court, which he expected would happen this week.

"It's a wonderful victory for the patients," Wykowski said at a news conference. "It's a wonderful victory for the industry."

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Northern California had no comment, spokesman Abraham Simmons said.

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]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 15:07:34 -0600 <![CDATA[Illinois retail medical marijuana sales top $2M in April]]> http://gazette.com/illinois-retail-medical-marijuana-sales-top-2m-in-april/article/feed/344794?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/illinois-retail-medical-marijuana-sales-top-2m-in-april/article/feed/344794?custom_click=rss CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois medical marijuana industry saw $2.2 million in retail sales during April, the largest one-month figure yet.

Program director Joseph Wright said Tuesday the program now includes 36 dispensaries and 6,200 qualified patients.

The average price for dry flower dropped to $12.88 per gram or about $365 per ounce. That's significantly lower than when the sales started. Patient advocate and industry analyst Joel Erickson says the price drop may reflect special sales connected to the 4/20 marijuana holiday last month.

Regulated medical marijuana sales began Nov. 9 in Illinois. Since then, the shops have sold $8.5 million worth of medical marijuana products, including dry flower, concentrates and edib

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]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 14:58:10 -0600 <![CDATA[A look at the House panel's vote on a medical marijuana bill]]> http://gazette.com/a-look-at-the-house-panels-vote-on-a-medical-marijuana-bill/article/feed/344761?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/a-look-at-the-house-panels-vote-on-a-medical-marijuana-bill/article/feed/344761?custom_click=rss BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The House health care committee passed a Senate-approved bill Tuesday that would expand Louisiana's medical marijuana law. The 8-6 vote for Sen. Fred Mills' proposal sends it to the full House for consideration. Here's how committee members voted:


Reps. Kenny Cox, D-Natchitoches; Marcus Hunter, D-Monroe; Katrina Jackson, D-Monroe; Bernard LeBas, D-Ville Platte; Tanner Magee, R-Houma; Dustin Miller, D-Opelousas; Helena Moreno, D-New Orleans; and Rogers Pope, R-Denham Springs.


Reps. Larry Bagley, R-Stonewall; Dodie Horton, R-Haughton; Mike Johnson, R-Bossier City; Julie Stokes, R-Kenner; Tom Willmott, R-Kenner; and Frank Hoffmann, R-West

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]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 14:03:28 -0600 <![CDATA[Medical marijuana expansion effort edges ahead in House]]> http://gazette.com/medical-marijuana-expansion-effort-edges-ahead-in-house/article/feed/344715?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/medical-marijuana-expansion-effort-edges-ahead-in-house/article/feed/344715?custom_click=rss BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A year after lawmakers created the framework for a medical marijuana program in Louisiana, medicinal-grade pot hasn't reached the hands of a single patient amid regulatory hurdles built into the law.

A new effort in the Legislature aims to jumpstart the growth and dispensing of medical marijuana and to expand the program's reach. The bill has won support from the Louisiana Senate and began advancing Tuesday in the state House, with an 8-6 vote of the House Health and Welfare Committee.

The proposal by Republican Sen. Fred Mills, a pharmacist from St. Martin Parish, would add more disease states to the list of those that could be treated with medical marijuana — in a consumable form that can't be sm

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]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 13:17:09 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado pot-in-schools bill awaits governor's pen]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-pot-in-schools-bill-awaits-governors-pen/article/feed/344692?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-pot-in-schools-bill-awaits-governors-pen/article/feed/344692?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — Colorado schools would be required to allow medical marijuana use under a bill awaiting the governor's pen.

Gov. John Hickenlooper says he supports the school requirement.

Senators voted 35-0 Tuesday in favor of the bill. It makes Colorado the second state to require schools to accommodate student pot use.

The bill says schools must permit non-smokeable marijuana medicines at school, as long as and the drug is administered by a parent or adult caregiver. Students could not administer the drug themselves.

The bill gives schools an option not to comply if they lose federal funding because of allowing medical marijuana.



House Bill 1373: http://bit.

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]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 12:34:55 -0600 <![CDATA[Fighting opioid addiction with marijuana moving forward]]> http://gazette.com/fighting-opioid-addiction-with-marijuana-moving-forward/article/feed/344458?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fighting-opioid-addiction-with-marijuana-moving-forward/article/feed/344458?custom_click=rss AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A proposal to use marijuana to battle opioid addiction is being processed by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Tuesday marks the deadline for public comments on the proposal to add opioid addiction to the list of conditions that qualify for medical marijuana in Maine. DHHS spokesman John Martins says the agency has until July 10 for a decision.

Advocates point to a study in the Journal of Pain this year that found chronic pain sufferers reduced opioid use when taking medical cannabis. But the research falls short of concluding marijuana helps wean people off heroin and prescription opioids.

Maine legalized marijuana for medical use in 1999.

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