<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - news >> marijuana]]> http://gazette.com/rss/news/marijuana Thu, 08 Oct 2015 17:37:29 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Petitions filed to allow medical marijuana use in Missouri]]> http://gazette.com/petitions-filed-to-allow-medical-marijuana-use-in-missouri/article/feed/279376?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/petitions-filed-to-allow-medical-marijuana-use-in-missouri/article/feed/279376?custom_click=rss JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The first step to put medical marijuana to a statewide vote next year came Thursday, with supporters filing initiative petitions with the Missouri secretary of state.

The two petitions from pro-medical marijuana group New Approach Missouri, would ask voters whether to amend the state constitution to allow physicians to recommend the drug to patients with certain illnesses, such as cancer, epilepsy and post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as "any other chronic, debilitating or otherwise equivalent condition."

Patients with the proper approval who follow new state rules for using pot, such as only possessing a limited amount, would be shielded from criminal and civil penalties under state law.

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]]> Thu, 08 Oct 2015 16:29:13 -0600 <![CDATA[Illinois approves 3,100 medical marijuana patients]]> http://gazette.com/illinois-approves-3100-medical-marijuana-patients/article/feed/279248?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/illinois-approves-3100-medical-marijuana-patients/article/feed/279248?custom_click=rss SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois is continuing to approve patients to use medical marijuana, with about 100 more approval letters sent in September.

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced Wednesday it has approved 3,100 patients to use medical marijuana in the state's pilot program. That includes 16 children.

Medical marijuana growers say they will have products ready to sell later this month in licensed dispensaries. So far, dispensaries in Mundelein, Canton and Quincy are fully licensed and ready to open.

The health department said that about 4,000 people have submitted complete applications. The program began accepting application in September of 2014.

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]]> Thu, 08 Oct 2015 03:05:43 -0600 <![CDATA[Michigan House OKs bill to tax, regulate medical marijuana]]> http://gazette.com/michigan-house-oks-bill-to-tax-regulate-medical-marijuana/article/feed/279063?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/michigan-house-oks-bill-to-tax-regulate-medical-marijuana/article/feed/279063?custom_click=rss LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan would tax and regulate medical marijuana in a tiered licensing system similar to alcohol under legislation passed Wednesday by the House, where advocates said action is necessary due to confusion surrounding the legality of dispensary businesses and non-smokable forms of the drug.

The main bill, approved 95-11 and sent to the Senate, would require a state operating license to grow, process, sell, transport and test marijuana used for medical purposes. "Provisioning centers" that sell the drug to patients or their caregivers would pay a 3 percent tax on their gross retail income, in addition to the 6 percent state sales tax.

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]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 21:31:13 -0600 <![CDATA[List of conditions recommended by Illinois marijuana board]]> http://gazette.com/list-of-conditions-recommended-by-illinois-marijuana-board/article/feed/279109?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/list-of-conditions-recommended-by-illinois-marijuana-board/article/feed/279109?custom_click=rss COUNTRYSIDE, Ill. (AP) — An advisory board recommended that Illinois add eight health conditions to the state's current 39 diseases and conditions eligible for the pilot medical marijuana program; all need approval by Illinois Department of Public Health Director Nirav Shah, an appointee of Gov. Bruce Rauner.

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<![CDATA[Illinois panel OKs medical marijuana for 8 health conditions]]> http://gazette.com/illinois-panel-oks-medical-marijuana-for-8-health-conditions/article/feed/278858?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/illinois-panel-oks-medical-marijuana-for-8-health-conditions/article/feed/278858?custom_click=rss COUNTRYSIDE, Ill. (AP) — An advisory board voted Wednesday to add eight health conditions — including chronic pain syndrome, autism, osteoarthritis and post-traumatic stress disorder — to the list of illnesses that can be treated by medical marijuana in Illinois.

The state's Medical Cannabis Advisory Board had expressed frustration last month when Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration rejected its first 11 suggestions for expanding the list of medical conditions. Osteoarthritis and PTSD were on that earlier list, so Wednesday's votes reaffirmed the board's viewpoint and put the matter back in Rauner's hands.

Board chair Dr.

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]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 15:47:55 -0600 <![CDATA[Bill would expand Right to Try Act to include marijuana]]> http://gazette.com/bill-would-expand-right-to-try-act-to-include-marijuana/article/feed/278956?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bill-would-expand-right-to-try-act-to-include-marijuana/article/feed/278956?custom_click=rss TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A pair of Republican lawmakers who helped author a bill to make a certain strain of marijuana permissible for treatment is seeking to go one step further.

Rep. Matt Gaetz of Fort Walton Beach announced on Wednesday that he has filed a bill that would allow terminally ill patients to use experimental drugs to include non-smokeable marijuana of all strengths and doses. Sen. Rob Bradley of Fleming Island is expected to sponsor a similar bill in the Senate.

"In speaking to families, they said they appreciated what we did (in 2014) but it did not go far enough," Bradley said.

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]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 15:44:51 -0600 <![CDATA[New Mexico to license 12 new medical marijuana producers]]> http://gazette.com/new-mexico-to-license-12-new-medical-marijuana-producers/article/feed/278386?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-mexico-to-license-12-new-medical-marijuana-producers/article/feed/278386?custom_click=rss SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Department of Health says it will issue licenses to a dozen new producers as part of the state's medical marijuana program.

The department made the announcement Monday after a committee whittled down the list of applicants from 86 and made a recommendation last month to Health Secretary Retta Ward. She made the final decision.

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.

Now, licensure for the 12 finalists is contingent upon their acceptance and demonstration of regulatory compliance.

This will bring the number of lic

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]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 16:36:16 -0600 <![CDATA[Editorials from around Ohio]]> http://gazette.com/editorials-from-around-ohio/article/feed/278265?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorials-from-around-ohio/article/feed/278265?custom_click=rss Excerpts of recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers:

The (Cleveland) Plain-Dealer, Oct. 3

Americans reacted to news of the mass school shooting in a rural Oregon community college with heartache, shock, sadness — and a sense of recognition.

Not again, came the collective plea. Who could be so cruel, so without compassion? How can anyone target innocents like that? But we should also ask what more citizens do to identify those at risk for such madness.

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]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 11:15:47 -0600 <![CDATA[AP PHOTOS: Harvest of medical marijuana begins in Illinois]]> http://gazette.com/ap-photos-harvest-of-medical-marijuana-begins-in-illinois/article/feed/277776?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ap-photos-harvest-of-medical-marijuana-begins-in-illinois/article/feed/277776?custom_click=rss

ALBION, Ill. (AP) — It's harvest time in southeastern Illinois. And in one city, that means not just corn, but medical marijuana.

The Associated Press recently gained an exclusive look at Illinois' first legal marijuana crop, and the new farmland ritual beginning amid the cornfields surrounding the historic town of Albion.

Illinois is among 23 states that allow marijuana for at least medicinal purposes. The state's restrictive law doesn't allow people to grow their own, only state-approved cultivation centers with rigid security systems.

A company called Ataraxia is harvesting medical marijuana that will soon be sold in dispensaries around the state. It's the first center to make it to the finish line after running a

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]]> Sat, 03 Oct 2015 14:21:44 -0600 <![CDATA[AP EXPLAINS: Steps to harvesting medical marijuana]]> http://gazette.com/ap-explains-steps-to-harvesting-medical-marijuana/article/feed/277745?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ap-explains-steps-to-harvesting-medical-marijuana/article/feed/277745?custom_click=rss

ALBION, Ill. (AP) — Thousands of legal medical marijuana plants are growing under lights in a warehouse in Albion, a small southeastern Illinois city whose residents are more familiar with corn and soybeans. Ataraxia, which runs the facility, was the state's first cultivation company allowed to start growing plants. It has started harvesting and will be the first to deliver to licensed dispensaries throughout the state by mid-October. The Associated Press was given exclusive access to see the crop.

Here's a brief explanation of the 60- to 67-day growing process:



The life cycle starts in the "mother room," where about 20 strains of lush, green marijuana plants thrive.

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]]> Sat, 03 Oct 2015 11:04:33 -0600 <![CDATA[AP Exclusive: Legal marijuana stirs hope in Illinois town]]> http://gazette.com/ap-exclusive-legal-marijuana-stirs-hope-in-illinois-town/article/feed/277746?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ap-exclusive-legal-marijuana-stirs-hope-in-illinois-town/article/feed/277746?custom_click=rss

ALBION, Ill. (AP) — A skunky aroma fills the room in which hundreds of lush marijuana plants grow, some nearly ready for harvest. Grower Ashley Thompson, a former high school agriculture teacher in this rural part of southeastern Illinois, takes the scent of weed home with her.

She doesn't mind. It's the fragrance of money and jobs.

"My family says I smell," said Thompson, who quit the classroom to work for Ataraxia, one of a handful of cultivation centers in Illinois, which is one of 23 states with medical marijuana. "I can't tell though.

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]]> Sat, 03 Oct 2015 11:03:57 -0600 <![CDATA[News Guide: Key elements of ballot question to legalize pot]]> http://gazette.com/news-guide-key-elements-of-ballot-question-to-legalize-pot/article/feed/277738?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/news-guide-key-elements-of-ballot-question-to-legalize-pot/article/feed/277738?custom_click=rss

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohioans will decide in the Nov. 3 election whether to legalize marijuana for medical reasons and recreational use, a vote that could shift the state from entirely outlawing pot to allowing it for all uses.

The proposed constitutional amendment, known as Issue 3, would make marijuana legal for adults 21 and older to use, purchase or grow in limited quantities. The lengthy ballot initiative lays out a regulatory and taxation scheme for cannabis and creates a network of 10 authorized growing facilities, which have already attracted private investors.

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]]> Sat, 03 Oct 2015 10:35:39 -0600 <![CDATA[Supreme Court to review latest medical marijuana measure]]> http://gazette.com/supreme-court-to-review-latest-medical-marijuana-measure/article/feed/277622?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/supreme-court-to-review-latest-medical-marijuana-measure/article/feed/277622?custom_click=rss TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A measure to legalize medical marijuana is going before the Florida Supreme Court.

Attorney General Pam Bondi on Friday asked the high court to review the wording of a proposed amendment. The court must decide whether or not the amendment is misleading and whether it complies with single-subject requirements.

Supporters of the measure tried to pass a similar amendment during the 2014 election. That ballot measure failed because it did not meet the 60-percent threshold needed to pass.

The Supreme Court is asked to review an amendment if supporters can gather at least 10 percent of the signatures needed to place it on the ballot.

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]]> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 19:53:23 -0600 <![CDATA[Ohio attorney general rejects medical marijuana initiative]]> http://gazette.com/ohio-attorney-general-rejects-medical-marijuana-initiative/article/feed/277558?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ohio-attorney-general-rejects-medical-marijuana-initiative/article/feed/277558?custom_click=rss COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has again rejected a petition for a proposed constitutional amendment to legalize marijuana for medical use, faulting the summary of the petition language.

The so-called Ohio Medical Cannabis Amendment is separate from an initiative already on fall ballots that seeks to legalize marijuana for both medical and recreational use.

DeWine said Friday the summary contains "at least six defects."

For instance, he said the summary states the governor would appoint an Ohio Marijuana Control Commission, though at least one sentence in the amendment says voters would elect the members.

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]]> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 15:44:48 -0600 <![CDATA[Workers prepare for opening of medical marijuana dispensary]]> http://gazette.com/workers-prepare-for-opening-of-medical-marijuana-dispensary/article/feed/277462?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/workers-prepare-for-opening-of-medical-marijuana-dispensary/article/feed/277462?custom_click=rss BELLMAWR, N.J. (AP) — Workers are weighing and stuffing cannabis in bags as part of the final preparations before southern New Jersey's newest medical marijuana dispensary opens its doors Monday.

More than 100 patients have selected Compassionate Sciences Alternative Treatment Center ahead of the Bellmawr facility's opening next week.

The dispensary is prepared to serve 1,800 patients purchasing an ounce, general manager Michael Nelson said. Eventually, patients will be able to choose from two dozen medical marijuana strains.

The dispensary's manager, Gretchen McCarthy, said patients have told her they plan to transfer from one of the three other dispensaries that are now open in the state. Nearly 5,300 patients have

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]]> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 14:57:37 -0600 <![CDATA[Thursday's prep roundup: Source says several Manitou players suspended for pot]]> http://gazette.com/thursdays-prep-roundup-source-says-several-manitou-players-suspended-for-pot/article/1560442?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/thursdays-prep-roundup-source-says-several-manitou-players-suspended-for-pot/article/1560442?custom_click=rss Highlights from Thursday's high school sports scene around the Pikes Peak region.


Source: Manitou soccer players suspended for pot

A family member of a player on the Manitou Springs boys' soccer team told The Gazette on Thursday that members of the Mustangs were suspended earlier this week for marijuana use.

On Thursday, the short-handed Mustangs lost to The Vanguard School, 5-0.

Tuesday's scheduled game against Lamar was postponed.

"I got a call from my athletic director, an hour before we were supposed to leave," Lamar coach Miguel Roman said. "They said the weather was going to be bad and they shouldn't play."

Manitou Springs athletic director John McGee refused comment

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Thu, 01 Oct 2015 23:55:58 -0600