<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - news >> marijuana]]> http://gazette.com/rss/news/marijuana Tue, 28 Jul 2015 23:05:55 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Decision on medical marijuana dispensaries looms in NY]]> http://gazette.com/decision-on-medical-marijuana-dispensaries-looms-in-ny/article/feed/256135?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/decision-on-medical-marijuana-dispensaries-looms-in-ny/article/feed/256135?custom_click=rss ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state health officials plan to announce this week the companies selected to operate medical marijuana dispensaries.

A spokesperson for the state Department of Health says Tuesday that the agency intends to identify the winning applicants for five available dispensary licenses by Friday.

Under a law passed last year, the state will authorize no more than five organizations, each of which could operate up to four dispensaries.

The program is expected to begin next year. Patients with certain diseases — including cancer, AIDS, Lou Gehrig's disease, epilepsy — will be allowed to get prescriptions to obtain forms of the drug that are edible or vaporized, but not smoked.

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]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 11:55:05 -0600 <![CDATA[Court details rules for immunity in medical marijuana cases]]> http://gazette.com/court-details-rules-for-immunity-in-medical-marijuana-cases/article/feed/256030?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/court-details-rules-for-immunity-in-medical-marijuana-cases/article/feed/256030?custom_click=rss LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court says judges should follow a four-part test before trial to determine whether defendants in cases involving medical marijuana are immune from prosecution.

The court in a unanimous decision released Monday sent two cases back to Oakland County Circuit Court, saying defendants must show they're entitled to immunity.

The court says a defendant must have had a valid registry identification card, complied with state limits on amounts of medical marijuana; kept marijuana plants in an enclosed, locked facility; and participated in the medical use of marijuana.

The cases involved two medical marijuana patients, including one certified to supply medical marijuana to others.

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]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 06:10:41 -0600 <![CDATA[Man sentenced in widely-watched medical marijuana case]]> http://gazette.com/man-sentenced-in-widely-watched-medical-marijuana-case/article/feed/255196?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/man-sentenced-in-widely-watched-medical-marijuana-case/article/feed/255196?custom_click=rss SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The only member of the so-called "Kettle Falls Five" marijuana-growing family to plead guilty has received a 16-month sentence, but will remain out of custody pending an appeal.

The Spokesman-Review reports ( http://bit.ly/1emJLYA ) that U.S. District Court Judge Thomas O. Rice did not accept Jason Zucker's explanation that the plants he and others grew on property in northeastern Washington state were for medicinal purposes.

The federal case was widely watched because medical and recreational marijuana is legal under state law in Washington.

Zucker was sentenced Friday.

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]]> Fri, 24 Jul 2015 17:33:41 -0600 <![CDATA[Medical marijuana, now legal, still not easy to get for some]]> http://gazette.com/medical-marijuana-now-legal-still-not-easy-to-get-for-some/article/feed/253512?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/medical-marijuana-now-legal-still-not-easy-to-get-for-some/article/feed/253512?custom_click=rss

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — It's a 400-mile, seven-hour, $100 or more journey from Maria Botker's home in tiny Clinton to the nearest clinic where she can buy medical marijuana — the only drug that does the trick for her daughter's rare and aggressive seizure disorder.

In addition to the medicine's high cost, the short list of qualifying conditions and the difficulty in getting a doctor's approval to sign up, there's one more thing making the program difficult for Minnesota patients. Some have to come an awfully long way to get it, with only two of eight dispensaries opening since the July 1 launch.

The law doesn't require all eight to be open until July 2016. A third location is slated to open Thursday in Rochester.

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]]> Sun, 19 Jul 2015 12:32:14 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Editorial Roundup]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-editorial-roundup/article/feed/244403?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-editorial-roundup/article/feed/244403?custom_click=rss The Aurora Sentinel, July 9, on vaccinating children:

It's time for Colorado to join California in solving an ailing public health problem that's easy to cure. Last week, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a measure that virtually eliminates all exemptions to that state's childhood vaccination policy.

"The science is clear that vaccines dramatically protect children against a number of infectious and dangerous diseases," Brown wrote as part of his bill-signing ceremony. "While it's true that no medical intervention is without risk, the evidence shows that immunization powerfully benefits and protects the community.

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]]> Wed, 15 Jul 2015 14:18:21 -0600 <![CDATA[Court to consider medical marijuana commercial sales]]> http://gazette.com/court-to-consider-medical-marijuana-commercial-sales/article/feed/251867?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/court-to-consider-medical-marijuana-commercial-sales/article/feed/251867?custom_click=rss HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Advocates are asking the Montana Supreme Court to reject the state's push to end commercial sales of medical marijuana, saying that elderly and disabled patients' access would be cut off if they can't buy the drug.

The attorney representing 11 industry advocates, patients, providers and doctors said Monday the medical marijuana industry would die if the high court lifts a Helena judge's block on portions of the 2011 Montana Legislature's overhaul of the medical marijuana system.

"This is indefensible what they've done, trying to shut down commercial traffic for those in need," Bozeman attorney James Goetz said. "There are plenty of people who are just unable to grow their own.

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]]> Mon, 13 Jul 2015 16:46:41 -0600 <![CDATA[AP News Guide: Oregon weed legal soon, but not legally sold]]> http://gazette.com/ap-news-guide-oregon-weed-legal-soon-but-not-legally-sold/article/feed/248362?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ap-news-guide-oregon-weed-legal-soon-but-not-legally-sold/article/feed/248362?custom_click=rss

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Come Wednesday, the pot stashes in Oregon are legal — up to 8 ounces. So is the homegrown, up to four plants a household.

The legalization of recreational marijuana on Wednesday makes the state the fourth to do so, following Colorado, Washington state and Alaska. The nation's capital, Washington, D.C., also allows possession of personal amounts, though not sales.

Here's a look at Oregon's law and the legal pot movement:

WHAT CHANGES JULY 1 IN OREGON?

Not much, actually. In populous parts of the state that have long been tolerant of marijuana, police don't generally bust people using it in private. Most important, though, is that under the new law it's still illegal to sell recreational ma

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]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 05:31:49 -0600 <![CDATA[Medical pot sales to begin in Minnesota, but fight not over]]> http://gazette.com/medical-pot-sales-to-begin-in-minnesota-but-fight-not-over/article/feed/247517?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/medical-pot-sales-to-begin-in-minnesota-but-fight-not-over/article/feed/247517?custom_click=rss

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — There will be no baggies of pot awaiting patients next week when Minnesota joins 21 other states in offering medical marijuana. No glass pipes, no plants to tend at home. Instead, the nation's latest medical marijuana program is a world of pill bottles and vials of marijuana-infused oil.

For the qualifying patients seeking relief from pain, medical marijuana advocates and some lawmakers, Wednesday isn't the finish line, but the first step. The state's restrictive approach, unseen in the industry, is likely to mean high costs, long drives and reluctant doctors.

"The door is opening," said Bob Cappechi of the Marijuana Policy Project, a national outfit that pushes to loosen marijuana laws. "This will st

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