<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - news >> marijuana]]> http://gazette.com/rss/news/marijuana Mon, 25 May 2015 23:47:17 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Medical pot businesses to battle black market for customers]]> By CARLA K. JOHNSON http://gazette.com/medical-pot-businesses-to-battle-black-market-for-customers/article/feed/236552?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/medical-pot-businesses-to-battle-black-market-for-customers/article/feed/236552?custom_click=rss

CHICAGO (AP) — When retailers open state-approved medical marijuana shops in Illinois later this year, they will face a distinct disadvantage in luring prospective patients across their thresholds: Marijuana will always be cheaper on the black market.

So what incentives might entice those patients?

Think cannabis-infused premium chocolate. Well-lit display cases that showcase buds as if they were jewelry. Informed employees who can guide each patient to the best strain for their needs.

Dispensary owners in Illinois are thinking, too, about Tupperware-style education parties, spa-like interior design and good old-fashioned customer service — all ways to beat out their fiercest competitors: underground dealers.

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]]> CHICAGO (AP) — When retailers open state-approved medical marijuana shops in Illinois later this year, they will face a distinct disadvantage in luring prospective patients across their thresholds: Marijuana will always be cheaper on the black market.

So what incentives might entice those patients?

Think cannabis-infused premium chocolate. Well-lit display cases that showcase buds as if they were jewelry. Informed employees who can guide each patient to the best strain for their needs.

Dispensary owners in Illinois are thinking, too, about Tupperware-style education parties, spa-like interior design and good old-fashioned customer service — all ways to beat out their fiercest competitors: underground dealers.]]> Sat, 23 May 2015 10:46:14 -0600 <![CDATA[Hearing set on adding autism to medical marijuana list]]> By ED WHITE http://gazette.com/hearing-set-on-adding-autism-to-medical-marijuana-list/article/feed/236514?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hearing-set-on-adding-autism-to-medical-marijuana-list/article/feed/236514?custom_click=rss

VAN BUREN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Lisa Smith says her son's behavior was dangerous: hair pulling, kicks, punches, all related to a severe form of autism. But it began to change more than a year ago when he was given daily oral doses of oil extracted from marijuana.

"That's all stopped. He's more focused, he's calmer," Smith said of 6-year-old Noah. "He sleeps better through the night. He has a better appetite. You can tell he's growing, gaining weight."

Noah is registered to use marijuana to control epileptic seizures; the effect on his autism was an unexpected benefit. Based on that success, Smith is asking the state of Michigan to add autism to the list of conditions that qualify for medical marijuana.

A public heari

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]]> VAN BUREN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Lisa Smith says her son's behavior was dangerous: hair pulling, kicks, punches, all related to a severe form of autism. But it began to change more than a year ago when he was given daily oral doses of oil extracted from marijuana.

"That's all stopped. He's more focused, he's calmer," Smith said of 6-year-old Noah. "He sleeps better through the night. He has a better appetite. You can tell he's growing, gaining weight."

Noah is registered to use marijuana to control epileptic seizures; the effect on his autism was an unexpected benefit. Based on that success, Smith is asking the state of Michigan to add autism to the list of conditions that qualify for medical marijuana.

A public heari]]> Sat, 23 May 2015 05:01:30 -0600 <![CDATA[Senate panel OKs letting VA docs give advice on medical pot]]> By ANDREW TAYLOR http://gazette.com/senate-panel-oks-letting-va-docs-give-advice-on-medical-pot/article/feed/236072?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/senate-panel-oks-letting-va-docs-give-advice-on-medical-pot/article/feed/236072?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — A GOP-controlled Senate panel Wednesday approved a plan to permit veterans to receive information about medical marijuana from their government doctors.

The proposal by freshman Sen. Steve Daines would lift a rule blocking Department of Veterans Affairs doctors from discussing the pros or cons of medical pot with their patients. They would still not be able to prescribe it.

Daines said veterans should be able to "talk openly and freely with their doctor about all options available to them."

The Appropriations Committee approved the measure by an 18-12 vote as an amendment to a bill funding the Department of Veterans Affairs. Four Republicans joined with panel Democrats in support of the move.

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]]> WASHINGTON (AP) — A GOP-controlled Senate panel Wednesday approved a plan to permit veterans to receive information about medical marijuana from their government doctors.

The proposal by freshman Sen. Steve Daines would lift a rule blocking Department of Veterans Affairs doctors from discussing the pros or cons of medical pot with their patients. They would still not be able to prescribe it.

Daines said veterans should be able to "talk openly and freely with their doctor about all options available to them."

The Appropriations Committee approved the measure by an 18-12 vote as an amendment to a bill funding the Department of Veterans Affairs. Four Republicans joined with panel Democrats in support of the move.]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 19:16:55 -0600 <![CDATA[Editorials from around Pennsylvania]]> By The Associated Press http://gazette.com/editorials-from-around-pennsylvania/article/feed/113785?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorials-from-around-pennsylvania/article/feed/113785?custom_click=rss Editorials from around Pennsylvania:

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PARENTS SHOULD HAVE DISCRETION ON ALLOWING THEIR TEEN CHILDREN TO DRINK IN THE HOME

For teenagers, there are dangerous driving days ahead.

According to AAA, the most deadly dates on the road for teens during warm-weather months are May 20, May 23, June 10, July 4, July 9, Aug. 8 and Aug. 14, based on a five-year study.

In other words, proms, graduations and the associated celebrations combined with warm temperatures and youthful hubris lead to young people making bad decisions. Those decisions often involve driving at high speeds and alcohol.

Some parents believe a responsible way to keep their children safe is to allow them to drink at home, where activities ca

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PARENTS SHOULD HAVE DISCRETION ON ALLOWING THEIR TEEN CHILDREN TO DRINK IN THE HOME

For teenagers, there are dangerous driving days ahead.

According to AAA, the most deadly dates on the road for teens during warm-weather months are May 20, May 23, June 10, July 4, July 9, Aug. 8 and Aug. 14, based on a five-year study.

In other words, proms, graduations and the associated celebrations combined with warm temperatures and youthful hubris lead to young people making bad decisions. Those decisions often involve driving at high speeds and alcohol.

Some parents believe a responsible way to keep their children safe is to allow them to drink at home, where activities ca]]> Wed, 20 May 2015 09:16:46 -0600 <![CDATA[Highlights from around the Capitol]]> http://gazette.com/highlights-from-around-the-capitol/article/feed/231368?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/highlights-from-around-the-capitol/article/feed/231368?custom_click=rss AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas House gave final approval Tuesday to a limited medical marijuana bill that would give epilepsy patients access to trace amounts of cannabis oil.

The next stop is Gov. Greg Abbott's desk, marking a milestone that marijuana-reform advocates say is nothing short of historic in Texas. The Republican hasn't said whether he will sign one of the most talked-about measures in his first legislative session as governor.

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]]> AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas House gave final approval Tuesday to a limited medical marijuana bill that would give epilepsy patients access to trace amounts of cannabis oil.

The next stop is Gov. Greg Abbott's desk, marking a milestone that marijuana-reform advocates say is nothing short of historic in Texas. The Republican hasn't said whether he will sign one of the most talked-about measures in his first legislative session as governor.]]> Tue, 19 May 2015 18:01:41 -0600 <![CDATA[Pot law firm endows marijuana law professorship]]> http://gazette.com/pot-law-firm-endows-marijuana-law-professorship/article/feed/234740?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pot-law-firm-endows-marijuana-law-professorship/article/feed/234740?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — A Colorado law firm specializing in marijuana law has endowed a professorship at the University of Denver. The three-year endowment is believed to be the first funded by the new marijuana industry.

The professorship at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law will be held initially by Sam Kamin, who teaches about cannabis law and helped write Colorado's regulations on the industry.

The law firm, Vicente Sederberg, has committed $45,000 over three years for the professorship. Law partner Brian Vicente attended the University of Denver and wrote Colorado's 2012 constitutional amendment making pot legal for recreational use. The firm now consults business owners in the industry.

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]]> DENVER (AP) — A Colorado law firm specializing in marijuana law has endowed a professorship at the University of Denver. The three-year endowment is believed to be the first funded by the new marijuana industry.

The professorship at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law will be held initially by Sam Kamin, who teaches about cannabis law and helped write Colorado's regulations on the industry.

The law firm, Vicente Sederberg, has committed $45,000 over three years for the professorship. Law partner Brian Vicente attended the University of Denver and wrote Colorado's 2012 constitutional amendment making pot legal for recreational use. The firm now consults business owners in the industry.]]> Mon, 18 May 2015 21:46:40 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado governor signs rules that limit medical pot growers]]> By KRISTEN WYATT http://gazette.com/colorado-governor-signs-rules-that-limit-medical-pot-growers/article/feed/234528?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-governor-signs-rules-that-limit-medical-pot-growers/article/feed/234528?custom_click=rss

DENVER (AP) — Colorado's governor signed into law a crackdown on medical marijuana Monday, one of two measures designed to ferret out people improperly using and selling untaxed marijuana.

The law limits caregivers, those who grow pot on behalf of patients, to 99 plants. The change means that some high-volume caregivers will face the same oversight as commercial growers, paying licensing fees and undergoing background checks.

The new rules have support from the recreational pot industry, which has complained that light regulation on Colorado's caregivers has invited black-market growers who don't face residency requirements, background checks or commercial "seed-to-sale" tracking used to ensure pot plants are grown and sold

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]]> DENVER (AP) — Colorado's governor signed into law a crackdown on medical marijuana Monday, one of two measures designed to ferret out people improperly using and selling untaxed marijuana.

The law limits caregivers, those who grow pot on behalf of patients, to 99 plants. The change means that some high-volume caregivers will face the same oversight as commercial growers, paying licensing fees and undergoing background checks.

The new rules have support from the recreational pot industry, which has complained that light regulation on Colorado's caregivers has invited black-market growers who don't face residency requirements, background checks or commercial "seed-to-sale" tracking used to ensure pot plants are grown and sold]]> Mon, 18 May 2015 19:17:07 -0600 <![CDATA[Hawaii Legislature approves system of medical marijuana dispensaries 15 years after legalizing]]> http://gazette.com/hawaii-legislature-approves-system-of-medical-marijuana-dispensaries-15-years-after-legalizing/article/feed/231346?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hawaii-legislature-approves-system-of-medical-marijuana-dispensaries-15-years-after-legalizing/article/feed/231346?custom_click=rss HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Legislature approves system of medical marijuana dispensaries 15 years after legalizing.

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HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Legislature approves system of medical marijuana dispensaries 15 years after legalizing.]]> Thu, 07 May 2015 17:48:27 -0600
<![CDATA[At medical marijuana warehouse, plants rise as launch nears]]> By KYLE POTTER http://gazette.com/at-medical-marijuana-warehouse-plants-rise-as-launch-nears/article/feed/230450?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/at-medical-marijuana-warehouse-plants-rise-as-launch-nears/article/feed/230450?custom_click=rss

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Kim Kelsey walked row-by-row through a maze of hundreds of growing marijuana plants, dumbstruck, ecstatic and near tears at the 2-foot-tall plants and what she hopes they will do for her son.

After nearly 20 years of struggling to get Alec's epilepsy under control, thousands of seizures, countless combinations of pills and weeks of rallying at the Capitol for a bill to legalize medical marijuana, Kelsey focused Tuesday on a smaller number: 56 days. The state's two medical marijuana manufacturers say they'll be ready to start distributing medicine come July 1, and Kelsey saw the evidence firsthand.

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]]> ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Kim Kelsey walked row-by-row through a maze of hundreds of growing marijuana plants, dumbstruck, ecstatic and near tears at the 2-foot-tall plants and what she hopes they will do for her son.

After nearly 20 years of struggling to get Alec's epilepsy under control, thousands of seizures, countless combinations of pills and weeks of rallying at the Capitol for a bill to legalize medical marijuana, Kelsey focused Tuesday on a smaller number: 56 days. The state's two medical marijuana manufacturers say they'll be ready to start distributing medicine come July 1, and Kelsey saw the evidence firsthand.]]> Tue, 05 May 2015 17:47:03 -0600 <![CDATA[SW Kansas mom finds herself at center of national pot debate]]> http://gazette.com/sw-kansas-mom-finds-herself-at-center-of-national-pot-debate/article/feed/229517?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/sw-kansas-mom-finds-herself-at-center-of-national-pot-debate/article/feed/229517?custom_click=rss GARDEN CITY, Kan. (AP) — A southwest Kansas single mother who lost custody of her son for using medical marijuana to ease her Crohn's disease has gone from being a massage therapist eking out a living in the back of a health food store to a national figure at the center of the pot debate.

Shonda Banda, 37, of Garden City, has not been charged since police officers searched her home and found marijuana and cannabis oil last month. But authorities took her 11-year-old son away, put him into protective state custody and referred the case to the Finney County prosecutor for possible drug and child endangerment charges, The Kansas City Star (http://bit.ly/1GKmX1O) reported.

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]]> GARDEN CITY, Kan. (AP) — A southwest Kansas single mother who lost custody of her son for using medical marijuana to ease her Crohn's disease has gone from being a massage therapist eking out a living in the back of a health food store to a national figure at the center of the pot debate.

Shonda Banda, 37, of Garden City, has not been charged since police officers searched her home and found marijuana and cannabis oil last month. But authorities took her 11-year-old son away, put him into protective state custody and referred the case to the Finney County prosecutor for possible drug and child endangerment charges, The Kansas City Star (http://bit.ly/1GKmX1O) reported.]]> Sat, 02 May 2015 16:16:29 -0600 <![CDATA[Recent editorials from Texas newspapers]]> By The Associated Press http://gazette.com/recent-editorials-from-texas-newspapers/article/feed/111242?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/recent-editorials-from-texas-newspapers/article/feed/111242?custom_click=rss Corpus Christi Caller-Times. April 24, 2015.

How can God be everywhere except pre-K?

We have a question for the most devout Christian churchgoers among our readers. Their answer is important not only to them, but to Texans of any faith or lack thereof:

Do you recall ever having been warned from the pulpit about the evils of pre-kindergarten — that it's an abdication of parental responsibility to Satan so that he can raise children as he sees fit?

The question, unfortunately, is as relevant as it is ridiculous. The Texas Legislature is deciding whether to approve a modest pre-K program championed by Catholic Republican Gov. Greg Abbott. A group of unofficial advisers to Lt. Gov.

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]]> Corpus Christi Caller-Times. April 24, 2015.

How can God be everywhere except pre-K?

We have a question for the most devout Christian churchgoers among our readers. Their answer is important not only to them, but to Texans of any faith or lack thereof:

Do you recall ever having been warned from the pulpit about the evils of pre-kindergarten — that it's an abdication of parental responsibility to Satan so that he can raise children as he sees fit?

The question, unfortunately, is as relevant as it is ridiculous. The Texas Legislature is deciding whether to approve a modest pre-K program championed by Catholic Republican Gov. Greg Abbott. A group of unofficial advisers to Lt. Gov.]]> Tue, 28 Apr 2015 20:21:36 -0600 <![CDATA[Patients want faster access to NY medical marijuana]]> By DAVID KLEPPER http://gazette.com/patients-want-faster-access-to-ny-medical-marijuana/article/feed/227825?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/patients-want-faster-access-to-ny-medical-marijuana/article/feed/227825?custom_click=rss

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — With New York's medical marijuana program not planned to start until next year, parents of children with debilitating neurological conditions on Tuesday urged Gov. Andrew Cuomo and lawmakers to make the drug available now for those with the greatest need.

Legislation to authorize emergency access to the drug while state regulators finalize the details of the problem is pending in the state Assembly. But it faces challenges with Cuomo's administration, which said expediting access for certain patients could delay the larger program and run into federal opposition.

Missy Miller said she doesn't understand the need to wait. Her 15-year-old son Oliver suffers from daily seizures — often dozens or hundreds

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]]> ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — With New York's medical marijuana program not planned to start until next year, parents of children with debilitating neurological conditions on Tuesday urged Gov. Andrew Cuomo and lawmakers to make the drug available now for those with the greatest need.

Legislation to authorize emergency access to the drug while state regulators finalize the details of the problem is pending in the state Assembly. But it faces challenges with Cuomo's administration, which said expediting access for certain patients could delay the larger program and run into federal opposition.

Missy Miller said she doesn't understand the need to wait. Her 15-year-old son Oliver suffers from daily seizures — often dozens or hundreds ]]> Tue, 28 Apr 2015 17:02:57 -0600 <![CDATA[Recent Kansas Editorials]]> By The Associated Press http://gazette.com/recent-kansas-editorials/article/feed/227725?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/recent-kansas-editorials/article/feed/227725?custom_click=rss The Wichita Eagle, April 22

Court authority, funds at risk:

Kansans should be aware of a constitutional crisis in the making in Topeka — one that's linked to but also distinct from the unresolved school-finance lawsuit. It's about court funding, and it risks both the balance of powers and the ability of the state's judiciary to function.

The state constitution gives the Kansas Supreme Court "general administrative authority over all courts in this state." But a 2014 law cemented judicial funding to policy reforms, taking away the high court's power to control budgets and pick chief administrative district judges.

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Court authority, funds at risk:

Kansans should be aware of a constitutional crisis in the making in Topeka — one that's linked to but also distinct from the unresolved school-finance lawsuit. It's about court funding, and it risks both the balance of powers and the ability of the state's judiciary to function.

The state constitution gives the Kansas Supreme Court "general administrative authority over all courts in this state." But a 2014 law cemented judicial funding to policy reforms, taking away the high court's power to control budgets and pick chief administrative district judges.]]> Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:10:43 -0600 <![CDATA[With legalization, lawyers turn to business of pot]]> BY SUDHIN THANAWALA http://gazette.com/with-legalization-lawyers-turn-to-business-of-pot/article/feed/226986?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/with-legalization-lawyers-turn-to-business-of-pot/article/feed/226986?custom_click=rss

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Lawyers and pot dealers have long intersected in criminal court, but as marijuana goes mainstream, attorneys have been working to keep sellers and growers legit.

Marijuana divisions are popping up at law firms to advise pot shops on where they can locate, what their websites can say and how to vet new clients.

"It's definitely something that established firms are dipping a toe into, though they are being very cautious, and rightly so," said Sam Kamin, a professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law who teaches a class about representing the marijuana industry.

Kamin said the firms see marijuana as a lucrative new industry, but still worry about the potential ethical and legal pitfalls

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]]> SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Lawyers and pot dealers have long intersected in criminal court, but as marijuana goes mainstream, attorneys have been working to keep sellers and growers legit.

Marijuana divisions are popping up at law firms to advise pot shops on where they can locate, what their websites can say and how to vet new clients.

"It's definitely something that established firms are dipping a toe into, though they are being very cautious, and rightly so," said Sam Kamin, a professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law who teaches a class about representing the marijuana industry.

Kamin said the firms see marijuana as a lucrative new industry, but still worry about the potential ethical and legal pitfalls]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 11:17:58 -0600