<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - news >> marijuana]]> http://gazette.com/rss/news/marijuana Sun, 31 Jul 2016 03:43:34 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Nearly 500 pain patients are ready to buy medical marijuana]]> http://gazette.com/nearly-500-pain-patients-are-ready-to-buy-medical-marijuana/article/feed/378622?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nearly-500-pain-patients-are-ready-to-buy-medical-marijuana/article/feed/378622?custom_click=rss MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Nearly 500 patients suffering intractable pain have registered to buy medical marijuana starting Monday.

Minnesota residents with a handful of serious conditions have been buying medical marijuana for more than a year. But Monday marks a new chapter in Minnesota's medical marijuana program: Patients with serious pain can being using it too, too.

State health officials said Friday that 481 pain patients had pre-registered through their doctors to start picking. State law defines intractable pain as pain that can't be treated with other methods.

The expansion to include pain patients has been in the works for years.

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]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 10:49:19 -0600 <![CDATA[More time given for Arkansas medical marijuana petitions]]> http://gazette.com/more-time-given-for-arkansas-medical-marijuana-petitions/article/feed/378328?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/more-time-given-for-arkansas-medical-marijuana-petitions/article/feed/378328?custom_click=rss LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The group behind one of two efforts to legalize medical marijuana in Arkansas won additional time to circulate petitions Thursday after falling short of the required signatures to put its proposal on the November ballot.

Secretary of State Mark Martin's office told Arkansans United for Medical Marijuana it had verified that 72,309 signatures the group submitted came from registered voters, falling short of the 84,859 needed. But since the group had gathered at least 75 percent of the valid signatures required, it has until Aug. 29 to collect more, Martin's office said.

David Couch, the sponsor of the marijuana proposal, said the group has been gathering signatures while the petitions were being revi

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]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 18:14:49 -0600 <![CDATA[Second dispensing organization authorized in Florida]]> http://gazette.com/second-dispensing-organization-authorized-in-florida/article/feed/378095?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/second-dispensing-organization-authorized-in-florida/article/feed/378095?custom_click=rss TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's Department of Health has granted its second dispensing authorization for medical marijuana.

On Wednesday the agency notified Surterra Therapeutics that it has been approved for processing and dispensing low-THC cannabis.

Surterra is the dispensing partner for the Homestead-based Alpha Foliage, which was granted the license for the Southwest Florida region.

Spokeswoman Monica Russell says Surterra expects to begin in-home state delivery within a week. Its first dispensary facility will be in Tampa and is expected to open next month.

Patients suffering from cancer, epilepsy, chronic seizures and chronic muscle spasms can order medical marijuana by contacting their physician, as l

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]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 10:25:12 -0600 <![CDATA['Where's my stuff?'_ first medical pot shop opens in Florida]]> http://gazette.com/wheres-my-stuff-first-medical-pot-shop-opens-in-florida/article/feed/376846?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wheres-my-stuff-first-medical-pot-shop-opens-in-florida/article/feed/376846?custom_click=rss TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The first shop that can legally sell medical marijuana in Florida opened at a strip mall in Tallahassee on Tuesday and Dallas Nagy became its first customer, buying cannabis capsules that he hopes will ease his chronic muscle spasms and seizures.

"Where's my stuff?" Nagy joked as he handed over $60 at the shop after travelling about 200 miles from his hometown in Hudson, near Tampa, for the ceremonial opening of the Trulieve dispensary attended by several doctors, patient advocates and members of the press.

Trulieve, which gets its pot plants from partner Hackney Nursery, has been licensed to distribute medical marijuana more than two years after the sales were approved by the Florida Legislature in

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]]> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 18:38:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Legislature aware part of Ohio pot law legally questionable]]> http://gazette.com/legislature-aware-part-of-ohio-pot-law-legally-questionable/article/feed/376252?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/legislature-aware-part-of-ohio-pot-law-legally-questionable/article/feed/376252?custom_click=rss

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A key lawmaker says apparently unconstitutional portions of Ohio's medical marijuana law, which set aside a piece of the state's future pot business for minorities, were left in the bill during legislative debate to secure needed votes.

Republican state Sen. Bill Seitz (syts) says legally prickly provisions exposed by The Associated Press in June may require changes. The law takes effect Sept. 8.

Seitz had drafted an amendment fixing the sections. He says it never was introduced because support for the fast-tracked legislation was tenuous. It cleared the Senate by three votes.

Minority Democrats sought the provisions, which provide 15 percent of marijuana-related licenses to businesses of economi

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]]> Sun, 24 Jul 2016 11:20:52 -0600 <![CDATA[First home delivery of medical marijuana made in Florida]]> http://gazette.com/first-home-delivery-of-medical-marijuana-made-in-florida/article/feed/376021?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/first-home-delivery-of-medical-marijuana-made-in-florida/article/feed/376021?custom_click=rss TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The first organization authorized to dispense medical marijuana in Florida has made its first home delivery.

Kim Rivers, CEO of Trulieve, said Saturday that the company has delivered low-THC medical cannabis to a patient in Hudson, Florida, who is suffering from dystonia, a condition characterized by chronic muscle spasms and seizures. Hudson is in Pasco County, near Tampa.

Trulieve and Hackney Nursery, which is the dispensing organization for Northwest Florida, received processing and dispensing authorization from the state Department of Health on Tuesday. Trulieve plans to begin in-store sales at a dispensary in Tallahassee on Tuesday.

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]]> Sat, 23 Jul 2016 21:15:13 -0600 <![CDATA[Lawmaker says he should have revealed ties to pot industry]]> http://gazette.com/lawmaker-says-he-should-have-revealed-ties-to-pot-industry/article/feed/375654?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lawmaker-says-he-should-have-revealed-ties-to-pot-industry/article/feed/375654?custom_click=rss ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Maryland lawmaker says he wished he had been more transparent about his business connection to the cannabis industry prior to championing the legalization of medical marijuana in the state.

The Washington Post reported on Saturday that Del. Dan K. Morhaim is the clinical director for a company called Doctor's Orders, which is seeking a license from the state to dispense medical marijuana. Morhaim, a Democrat from Baltimore County, is also an emergency room doctor.

Morhaim told The Baltimore Sun Wednesday (http://bsun.md/29Thjw0) that his affiliation with Doctor's Orders isn't a conflict of interest and he followed all disclosure rules. Still, he says he should have disclosed the connection.

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]]> Fri, 22 Jul 2016 09:42:37 -0600 <![CDATA[Medical marijuana could be available in Florida next week]]> http://gazette.com/medical-marijuana-could-be-available-in-florida-next-week/article/feed/374769?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/medical-marijuana-could-be-available-in-florida-next-week/article/feed/374769?custom_click=rss TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — More than two years after being approved by Florida's Legislature, medical marijuana is expected to be available in the state by the end of next week.

On Wednesday, the Department of Health informed Trulieve and Hackney Nursery that they have received authorization to process and dispense low-THC cannabis. The Gadsden County nursery in Northwest Florida is the first of the six dispensing organizations to receive processing authorization.

Trulieve CEO Kim Rivers said they will be able to begin statewide delivery almost immediately and intend to begin sales at a dispensary facility in Tallahassee on Tuesday.

Medical marijuana was passed by the legislature in 2014 with many expecting it to be ava

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]]> Wed, 20 Jul 2016 18:20:33 -0600 <![CDATA[Medical marijuana program will tap input from physicians]]> http://gazette.com/medical-marijuana-program-will-tap-input-from-physicians/article/feed/374159?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/medical-marijuana-program-will-tap-input-from-physicians/article/feed/374159?custom_click=rss HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's Department of Health expects to begin working soon with physicians from health systems and professional organizations as it writes medical marijuana program regulations.

Secretary of Health Karen Murphy said Tuesday that her department also will seek guidance from the physicians on carrying out the medical marijuana law's research program.

Under the law, a research program to study medical marijuana's impact on the treatment and symptom management of serious medical conditions must be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

After that, the department would select one or more health systems to conduct it.

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]]> Tue, 19 Jul 2016 11:53:30 -0600 <![CDATA[Hawaii pot dispensaries can legally open, but none are ready]]> http://gazette.com/hawaii-pot-dispensaries-can-legally-open-but-none-are-ready/article/feed/372991?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hawaii-pot-dispensaries-can-legally-open-but-none-are-ready/article/feed/372991?custom_click=rss

HONOLULU (AP) — Medical marijuana dispensaries can now legally open in Hawaii, but not one is ready to do so.

The state Department of Health said none of the state's eight dispensaries was approved to open by July 15, the first day they were allowed by law.

One big hurdle is the state hasn't certified a lab to test the dispensaries' products.

"On the dispensary front, they're all doing their best to open their doors with as diverse a product line to serve all of the many needs of the patients and all the qualifying conditions that are out there," said Chris Garth, executive director of the Hawaii Dispensary Alliance. "Until those products can be tested in a clinical capacity, no dispensary will be able to open their d

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]]> Fri, 15 Jul 2016 19:44:41 -0600 <![CDATA[Agency: Medical pot would be big cost for North Dakota]]> http://gazette.com/agency-medical-pot-would-be-big-cost-for-north-dakota/article/feed/372407?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/agency-medical-pot-would-be-big-cost-for-north-dakota/article/feed/372407?custom_click=rss BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — It would cost North Dakota's Health Department more than $3.5 million a year and a small army of workers to regulate medical marijuana if the issue appears on the November ballot and voters approve it, according to an analysis by the agency.

The analysis was released late Wednesday, a few hours after Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple called a special session of the North Dakota Legislature to address a $310 million shortfall to the state treasury, which may require cuts to the Health Department and other agencies.

Rilie Ray Morgan, a Fargo financial planner who is heading the effort to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes, called the estimates "overblown" and an attempt to derail the effort in a budg

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]]> Thu, 14 Jul 2016 13:37:34 -0600 <![CDATA[Excerpts from recent North Dakota editorials]]> http://gazette.com/excerpts-from-recent-north-dakota-editorials/article/feed/372440?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/excerpts-from-recent-north-dakota-editorials/article/feed/372440?custom_click=rss BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Minot Daily News, Minot, July 13, 2016

Voters might have some homework to do

Supporters of medical marijuana in North Dakota advanced their cause Monday, having apparently secured enough signatures to get their measure on November's ballot.

If enough of the signatures prove legitimate, voters will have a big decision to make come November.

Taking issues straight to the people is a right North Dakotans cherish. And most voters know that with that right comes the responsibility to do not simply what is just for some but what is best for all.

It might well be true that marijuana provides relief from chronic pain as has been touted for years by those in the medical marijuana camp.

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]]> Thu, 14 Jul 2016 12:13:24 -0600 <![CDATA[Correction: Hawaii-Medical Marijuana story]]> http://gazette.com/correction-hawaii-medical-marijuana-story/article/feed/372112?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/correction-hawaii-medical-marijuana-story/article/feed/372112?custom_click=rss

HONOLULU (AP) — In a story July 11 about medical marijuana dispensaries, The Associated Press misspelled the name of the executive director of the Drug Policy Forum of Hawaii. He is Carl Bergquist, not Berquist.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Hawaii law lets nurses certify medical marijuana patients

Hawaii patients may have more options to gain access to medical marijuana now that nurses can certify them for the drug


Associated Press

HONOLULU — Hawaii patients have more options to gain access to medical marijuana now that nurses can certify people for use of the drug, a change advocates say was needed because there's a shortage of doctors willing to do the certificati

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]]> Wed, 13 Jul 2016 16:03:30 -0600 <![CDATA[Medical Marijuana measure qualifies for Montana ballot]]> http://gazette.com/medical-marijuana-measure-qualifies-for-montana-ballot/article/feed/372067?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/medical-marijuana-measure-qualifies-for-montana-ballot/article/feed/372067?custom_click=rss HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A measure that seeks to expand the availability of medical marijuana in Montana has qualified for the November ballot.

The Secretary of State's Office certified Wednesday that supporters of Initiative 182 had gathered 26,668 verified signatures.

I-182 seeks to reverse legislative and legal action that gutted a 2004 voter-approved law that legalized the substance.

If approved, the measure would lift a three-patient limit for caregivers that is scheduled to go into effect next month, establish licensing fees to pay for administering the program and include post-traumatic stress disorders among the conditions for which medicinal marijuana can be used.

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]]> Wed, 13 Jul 2016 14:37:36 -0600 <![CDATA[Maine says medical marijuana can't treat opiate addiction]]> http://gazette.com/maine-says-medical-marijuana-cant-treat-opiate-addiction/article/feed/371490?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/maine-says-medical-marijuana-cant-treat-opiate-addiction/article/feed/371490?custom_click=rss PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The state says the science just isn't there to allow opiate addiction to be treated with medical marijuana.

Maine's Department of Health and Human Services has denied a petition brought forward this spring by Dawson Julia, who runs a medical marijuana caregiver business in Unity.

In its denial, the agency said though animal studies and individual letters that Julia submitted suggest medical marijuana has potential to treat opiate addiction, there aren't yet human test studies published that support such treatment.

The agency noted Julia didn't present information on appropriate marijuana dosage or safety protocols.

However, it noted that human trials are underway, and chronic pain can be t

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