<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - news >> marijuana]]> http://gazette.com/rss/news/marijuana Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:50:14 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[New Mexico GOP says Democrat failed to report conflict]]> http://gazette.com/new-mexico-gop-says-democrat-failed-to-report-conflict/article/feed/444852?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-mexico-gop-says-democrat-failed-to-report-conflict/article/feed/444852?custom_click=rss SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Republican Party of New Mexico criticized the Democratic leader of the state House of Representatives on Tuesday for not disclosing his work as an attorney for a licensed marijuana producer as the Legislature considers several cannabis-related bills.

State GOP spokesman Tucker Keene said House Speaker Brian Egolf of Santa Fe failed to mention on a state financial disclosure statement that he represented a marijuana producer in a lawsuit against the state.

Egolf says he complied with disclosure requirements by listing each state agency before which he has represented a client, and that he sees no conflict in acting on marijuana-related legislation that is not specific to his client.

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]]> Tue, 14 Feb 2017 22:17:32 -0700 <![CDATA[Medical marijuana reforms clear New Mexico Senate]]> http://gazette.com/medical-marijuana-reforms-clear-new-mexico-senate/article/feed/444569?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/medical-marijuana-reforms-clear-new-mexico-senate/article/feed/444569?custom_click=rss SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Revisions to New Mexico's medical marijuana program are advancing in the New Mexico Legislature that would make room for larger crops to satisfy demand and broaden the use of cannabis as a treatment for dependence on other drugs.

The New Mexico state Senate approved revisions Monday to the state's 2007 medical cannabis law sponsored by Sen. Cisco McSorley, D-Albuquerque. The bill now moves to the House of Representatives.

It would add to the current law 14 medical conditions that qualify for a treatment with marijuana and already have been reviewed by regulators, including patients diagnosed with substance use disorders without specifying what addictions are covered.

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]]> Mon, 13 Feb 2017 19:48:01 -0700 <![CDATA[New Mexico may allow medical marijuana for all veterans]]> http://gazette.com/new-mexico-may-allow-medical-marijuana-for-all-veterans/article/feed/443763?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-mexico-may-allow-medical-marijuana-for-all-veterans/article/feed/443763?custom_click=rss SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Extensive revisions to New Mexico's medical marijuana program that would automatically allow all military veterans to qualify as patients are advancing in the state Legislature.

The Senate Judiciary Committee endorsed the proposed legislation on Wednesday despite objections from members to the veterans' eligibility provisions. The bill's next stop is the full Senate.

Other proposed changes to a 2007 law legalizing medical cannabis would add treatable medical conditions including substance abuse disorder. State registry cards for approved patients would require renewal every three years instead of annually.

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]]> Wed, 08 Feb 2017 20:50:59 -0700 <![CDATA[Nevada official eyes summer launch of recreational marijuana]]> http://gazette.com/nevada-official-eyes-summer-launch-of-recreational-marijuana/article/feed/443753?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nevada-official-eyes-summer-launch-of-recreational-marijuana/article/feed/443753?custom_click=rss CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Recreational marijuana shops could open in Nevada as early as July 1 under a timeline proposed by the state's top tax official Wednesday.

Regulators at the state Department of Taxation have been crafting rules and deadlines to govern recreational marijuana since Nevada voters legalized it for adults 21 and older in November.

Executive Director Deonne Contine told a panel of state lawmakers that she expects to publicize a draft of those regulations in March and begin accepting applications for temporary licenses to sell recreational pot in May — well in advance of the state's Jan. 1, 2018 deadline.

Temporary licenses will be open only to medical marijuana shops in good standing with the state

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]]> Wed, 08 Feb 2017 19:20:42 -0700 <![CDATA[Pot pioneer Colorado just now taking look at PTSD treatment]]> http://gazette.com/pot-pioneer-colorado-just-now-taking-look-at-ptsd-treatment/article/feed/441973?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pot-pioneer-colorado-just-now-taking-look-at-ptsd-treatment/article/feed/441973?custom_click=rss

DENVER (AP) — The first state to legalize marijuana is just now taking steps to consider the drug medicine for people suffering from post-traumatic stress.

Colorado has authorized medical marijuana for nearly two decades, and the state approved recreational pot use in 2012. But doctors here still cannot recommend marijuana's use to treat post-traumatic stress, forcing sufferers to pay higher taxes for recreational pot.

Many Colorado PTSD patients interested in pot say they lie to doctors about having chronic pain, allowing them to qualify for medical pot cards.

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]]> Tue, 31 Jan 2017 09:17:35 -0700 <![CDATA[California looks to build $7 billion legal pot economy]]> http://gazette.com/california-looks-to-build-7-billion-legal-pot-economy/article/feed/441713?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/california-looks-to-build-7-billion-legal-pot-economy/article/feed/441713?custom_click=rss

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The future of California's legal marijuana industry is being shaped in a warren of cubicles tucked inside a retired basketball arena, where a garden of paper cannabis leaves sprouts on file cabinets and a burlap sack advertising "USA Home Grown" dangles from a wall.

Here, in the outskirts of Sacramento, a handful of government workers face a daunting task: By next year, craft regulations and rules that will govern the state's emerging legal pot market, from where and how plants can be grown to setting guidelines to track the buds from fields to stores.

Getting it wrong could mean the robust cannabis black market stays that way — outside the law — undercutting the attempt to create the nation's

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