<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - news >> marijuana]]> http://gazette.com/rss/news/marijuana Thu, 03 Sep 2015 02:54:50 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Medical marijuana company delays 2 clinic openings]]> http://gazette.com/medical-marijuana-company-delays-2-clinic-openings/article/feed/267517?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/medical-marijuana-company-delays-2-clinic-openings/article/feed/267517?custom_click=rss ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Citing a need to keep costs down amid low patient enrollment, one of Minnesota's medical marijuana manufacturers announced Wednesday it's delaying its plans to open two more dispensaries this fall.

The decision by Minnesota Medical Solutions, or MinnMed, to push back its Moorhead clinic's opening until the spring of 2016 is a potential setback for patients in the western half of the state who will still face hours-long drives to the nearest dispensary in Minneapolis. The company also delayed a planned location in the western Twin Cities metro area until next spring.

State law requires the two manufacturers to open four dispensaries each by July 2016.

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]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 17:13:10 -0600 <![CDATA[Man who got life for marijuana charge goes free in Missouri]]> http://gazette.com/man-who-got-life-for-marijuana-charge-goes-free-in-missouri/article/feed/266953?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/man-who-got-life-for-marijuana-charge-goes-free-in-missouri/article/feed/266953?custom_click=rss

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A man sentenced to life without parole on a marijuana-related charge was freed Tuesday from a Missouri prison after being behind bars for more than two decades — a period in which the nation's attitudes toward pot steadily softened.

Family, friends, supporters and reporters flocked to meet Jeff Mizanskey as he stepped out of the Jefferson City Correctional Center into a sunny morning, wearing a new pair of white tennis shoes and a shirt that read "I'm Jeff & I'm free."

"I spent a third of my life in prison," said Mizanskey, now 62, who was greeted by his infant great-granddaughter. "It's a shame.

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]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 18:38:58 -0600 <![CDATA[17 in running for medical marijuana producer licenses in NM]]> http://gazette.com/17-in-running-for-medical-marijuana-producer-licenses-in-nm/article/feed/267111?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/17-in-running-for-medical-marijuana-producer-licenses-in-nm/article/feed/267111?custom_click=rss SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Department of Health says a committee has whittled down from 86 to 17 the number of applicants seeking licenses to produce medical marijuana.

Health Secretary Retta Ward will review the finalists and decide how many licenses will be granted. She's expected to make a decision in the next 30 days.

Officials considered a number of factors in narrowing the list of potential producers, including plans for production, security, sales and distribution, quality assurance and their agricultural experience.

The department did not release the names of the applicants but said it's working on a rule change that would allow for the names of licensed producers and their employees to be made publi

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]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 11:39:37 -0600 <![CDATA[New laws on marijuana, truancy, drones take effect in Texas]]> http://gazette.com/new-laws-on-marijuana-truancy-drones-take-effect-in-texas/article/feed/266943?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-laws-on-marijuana-truancy-drones-take-effect-in-texas/article/feed/266943?custom_click=rss AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas is taking its first step toward easing limits on medical marijuana — even as it imposes bans on synthetic forms of the drug.

A measure allowing some epilepsy patients to get low-THC cannabis oil, Texas' first concession on medical marijuana, is one of nearly 700 new laws taking effect Tuesday.

Also kicking in are laws strengthening restrictions on synthetic marijuana.

So are laws scrapping criminal penalties for skipping school and ending the "pick-a-pal" grand jury system, which critics said created conflicts of interest.

Elected officials accused of ethics crimes will now be tried in their home counties and "revenge porn," or posting explicit pictures of ex-lovers online, becomes a

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]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 00:05:34 -0600 <![CDATA[Ruling: Medical pot caregivers must abide by amount limit]]> http://gazette.com/ruling-medical-pot-caregivers-must-abide-by-amount-limit/article/feed/266679?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ruling-medical-pot-caregivers-must-abide-by-amount-limit/article/feed/266679?custom_click=rss TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A new Arizona court ruling says medical marijuana caregivers must abide by the legal limit set by state law for how much pot they can possess to provide to qualified registered patients.

The Court of Appeals said Friday that a judge in Tucson wrongly ruled that Ryan Mitchell Gillie could attempt to invoke an immunity provision of the state's medical marijuana law.

That provision allows a registered caregiver to possess 2.5 ounces of marijuana for a designated patient.

Prosecutors argued that the provision didn't apply because Gillie had 3.5 ounces of marijuana though he was designated as caregiver for only one patient.

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]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 08:37:35 -0600 <![CDATA[Medical marijuana cultivation center takes shape near Anna]]> http://gazette.com/medical-marijuana-cultivation-center-takes-shape-near-anna/article/feed/266678?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/medical-marijuana-cultivation-center-takes-shape-near-anna/article/feed/266678?custom_click=rss ANNA, Ill. (AP) — The owner of a southern Illinois medical marijuana cultivation center says he expects his new facility to be complete by next month.

Wellness Group Pharms managing partner Paul Montes tells WSIU-TV (bit.ly/1UfEIwO ) that construction of a 27,000-square-foot indoor growing warehouse outside Anna is expected to be finished in September.

Montes told the Union County Economic Development Corporation he plans to initially hire between 25 and 30 workers but hopes that his workforce will be much larger once the state pilot project begins in earnest. He expects to harvest the first pot crops in January.

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]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 03:15:19 -0600 <![CDATA[Editorials from around New England]]> http://gazette.com/editorials-from-around-new-england/article/feed/266369?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorials-from-around-new-england/article/feed/266369?custom_click=rss Excerpts of recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New England newspapers:

The Providence Journal (R.I.), Aug. 23, 2015

President Obama's Iran nuclear deal, even in the outline initially revealed to the American people, seemed to substitute appeasement for firmness against an enemy that supports terrorism while vowing to annihilate Israel and attack the United States. It is not surprising that polls show a majority of Americans oppose the deal. But a frightening report by the Associated Press last week cannot help but further erode the public's trust in the president's position.

The AP discovered a secret side deal with a U.N.

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]]> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 14:28:25 -0600 <![CDATA[Doctor fights charges he misled patients about marijuana]]> http://gazette.com/doctor-fights-charges-he-misled-patients-about-marijuana/article/feed/265954?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/doctor-fights-charges-he-misled-patients-about-marijuana/article/feed/265954?custom_click=rss CHICAGO (AP) — Supporters of an Illinois doctor who's in trouble for a marijuana recommendation say his case could have a chilling effect on other doctors' participation in the state's medical cannabis pilot program.

Dr. Joseph J. Starkman, 36, faces possible suspension or revocation of his license for multiple violations of the Medical Practice Act. Starkman finished his testimony Friday, said Stephanie Wolfson, an attorney for Starkman who was at the hearing.

State regulators allege Starkman misled a 79-year-old patient by issuing a bogus medical marijuana certification for a $250 fee. They claim Starkman told the patient he qualified for marijuana after learning the man had a previous diagnosis of glaucoma, but that Star

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]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 12:31:13 -0600 <![CDATA[Michigan rejects medical marijuana for severe autism]]> http://gazette.com/michigan-rejects-medical-marijuana-for-severe-autism/article/feed/265775?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/michigan-rejects-medical-marijuana-for-severe-autism/article/feed/265775?custom_click=rss DETROIT (AP) — Michigan won't allow the use of medical marijuana to control the effects of severe autism, an official said Thursday, rejecting the recommendation of an advisory panel.

Michigan would have been the first state to add autism to the list of conditions that qualify for pot. But Mike Zimmer, director of the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, said he wasn't swayed, citing a lack of deep research and other concerns.

"It's disappointing, and I believe he's making a very huge mistake," said Lisa Smith of Wayne County's Van Buren Township, who filed the petition. "The children and families that can be helped by this are numerous."

Marijuana wouldn't be smoked.

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]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 15:34:31 -0600 <![CDATA[Man sentenced to prison for marijuana growing operation]]> http://gazette.com/man-sentenced-to-prison-for-marijuana-growing-operation/article/feed/265647?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/man-sentenced-to-prison-for-marijuana-growing-operation/article/feed/265647?custom_click=rss PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A western Massachusetts man has been sentenced to prison for growing marijuana that he said was for medicinal purposes.

The Berkshire Eagle (http://bit.ly/1Ijnti5 ) reports that 39-year-old Daniel Chao of North Adams pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges of fraudulent use of a medical marijuana registration card or cultivation registration and cultivation of marijuana.

A judge sentenced him to up to two years in prison.

Prosecutors say police found an indoor and outdoor growing operation in 2013 with about 88 marijuana plants. Police also found scales, grow lights and other items.

Prosecutors say Chao was running a growing operation under a different name, and kept detailed journals with l

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]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 06:20:41 -0600 <![CDATA[Minnesota considers medical marijuana for pain patients]]> http://gazette.com/minnesota-considers-medical-marijuana-for-pain-patients/article/feed/265082?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/minnesota-considers-medical-marijuana-for-pain-patients/article/feed/265082?custom_click=rss

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — State officials are weighing a question that could drastically expand Minnesota's medical marijuana program and offer hope of relief to thousands of residents: Should it allow people with intractable pain to buy the new drug?

With its program launched just this summer, the state is seeking public input on the expansion in a series of community meetings statewide starting in Rochester on Wednesday. The final decision is subject to some of the same political pressures and unease that shaped Minnesota's new law into one of the most restrictive programs in the U.S.

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]]> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 14:57:31 -0600 <![CDATA[State to hold public hearing on medical marijuana dispensary]]> http://gazette.com/state-to-hold-public-hearing-on-medical-marijuana-dispensary/article/feed/264865?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/state-to-hold-public-hearing-on-medical-marijuana-dispensary/article/feed/264865?custom_click=rss CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — State and local officials say they're hearing little negative feedback in communities that will soon be home to long-awaited medical marijuana dispensaries, although some residents are seeking reassurance about security.

The state and Prime Alternative Treatment Centers of NH are hosting a public hearing on Tuesday evening in Merrimack about plans to build a dispensary in town. It's the fourth in a series of public hearings by the state Department of Health and Human Services and the three companies it has selected to open the dispensaries.

Hearings have already been held in Peterborough, Lebanon and Plymouth and two more are planned in Manchester and Rochester, all proposed homes for either the dispens

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]]> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 14:01:53 -0600 <![CDATA[Correction: Medical Marijuana Advocate story]]> http://gazette.com/correction-medical-marijuana-advocate-story/article/feed/265007?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/correction-medical-marijuana-advocate-story/article/feed/265007?custom_click=rss GARDEN CITY, Kan. (AP) — In a story Aug. 24 about a Kansas woman facing charges accusing her of using marijuana, The Associated Press, relying on information from the Finney County district attorney, reported erroneously that Shona Banda had pleaded not guilty. Banda has not entered any plea.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Garden City woman has preliminary hearing set in marijuana case

Garden City woman has hearing set in marijuana case

GARDEN CITY, Kan. (AP) — A western Kansas woman has a November hearing scheduled in a case stemming from accusations that arose after her 11-year-old son said in school his mother smokes marijuana "a lot.

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]]> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 12:01:48 -0600 <![CDATA[Illinois announces registration of 1st marijuana dispensary]]> http://gazette.com/illinois-announces-registration-of-1st-marijuana-dispensary/article/feed/264999?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/illinois-announces-registration-of-1st-marijuana-dispensary/article/feed/264999?custom_click=rss SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois regulators have announced the registration of the state's first medical marijuana dispensary.

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional announced Tuesday the first registered dispensary is called Harbory. It's located in the southern Illinois city of Marion.

Registration means the industry is one step closer to sales. But so far no growers have products to sell. Sales are expected later this year.

The dispensary in Marion has completed the state's registration process including an inspection. It's now licensed to operate when medical marijuana becomes available.

The department says dispensaries will continue to be registered on a rolling basis.

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]]> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 11:40:07 -0600 <![CDATA[State says Portland's mobile medical marijuana cart illegal]]> http://gazette.com/state-says-portlands-mobile-medical-marijuana-cart-illegal/article/feed/264689?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/state-says-portlands-mobile-medical-marijuana-cart-illegal/article/feed/264689?custom_click=rss

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — It didn't take long for an entrepreneur to combine two of Portland's favorite things: marijuana and food carts.

But state officials aren't thrilled. The Oregon Health Authority on Monday said the Smoke Buddy, a mobile cart selling medical marijuana, is illegal.

The agency's spokesman, Jonathan Modie, said operating a mobile service or a medicine delivery service is not allowed under the state dispensary rules. The prohibition includes sales at farmers markets, drive-thru windows and mobile dispensaries.

According to Modie, a facility must operate at a particular location to be registered. And any transfer of marijuana to or from a dispensary must take place at the registered address.

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