Local business man Nicholas Erker from Fort Morgan, CO is working with city officals to transform a closed prison into a marijuana cultivation and distribution facility. While local city ordinances prohibit such activity, Erker has appealed to the city council to consider his proposal. In addition to creating jobs in the community, the city also stands to gain from certain tax incentives.
"After the public hearing, staff will compile all of the citizens' comments and give it to council to consider. There would have to be a lot zoning changes. A lot of work would have to be done," Strand said.
A bipartisan bill called "Charlotte's Web Medical Hemp Act of 2014" was introduced today that would legalize CBD oils for severe epilepsy patients. If passed, the compound will be excluded from the Controlled Substances Act.
"This bill in no way changes my stance on marijuana -- I still disagree with the recreational use of marijuana," Perry said in a statement. "However, these children and individuals like them deserve a chance to lead a healthy and productive life and our government shouldn’t stand in the way."
Rand Paul recently filed an ammendment that protects patients and physicians in medical marijuana states. In short, the ammendment prohibits prosection from a federal level, while also defunding prosecutions.
"What we're trying to do is look at the law and allow states that have changed their laws and have allowed medical marijuana to do so, for doctors to be able to prescribe and for people to be able to get those prescriptions without being worried about the federal government coming in and arresting them," Brian Darling, Paul's communications director, told The Huffington Post.
Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver was arrested Wednesday night in Edmond, Oklahoma for a minor driving violation and marijuana poessesion. Indefinite suspension is the NFL penalty for a third violation of its substance abuse policy.
Jaguars second-year wide receiver Ace Sanders says "personal issues" will keep him away from the start of training camp and that he also faces a four-game suspension for violating the substance abuse policy.
Minnesota has hired a director to lead its newly created Office of Medical Cannabis.
The Legislature legalized the limited use of medical marijuana this year and on Wednesday the Minnesota Department of Health named Michelle Larson to oversee the program.
The new Office of Medical Cannabis has one year to set up a statewide system that can produce, distribute and regulate the use of medical marijuana. Larson comes to the job after serving as deputy director of the health department's Office of Statewide Health Improvement, which tackled hot-button issues like tobacco, obesity and nutrition.
Larson's to-do list for the next few months will include screening and selecting the manufacturers who will produce medical marijuana, developing rules to govern the operation of the dispensary system and building a patient registry.
Minnesota has one of the most restrictive medical marijuana laws among the 23 states that have legalized the drug for medical use. Starting in July 15, patients with certain doctor-certified conditions like cancer, seizure disorders, glaucoma or terminal illnesses, will be able to legally buy marijuana in liquid, pill or other non-smokable forms. The federal government still considers marijuana an illegal substance with no recognized medical use.
In a recent court ruling, certain German residents will now be permitted to grow their own marijuana to alleviate chronic pain. While this is a step forward, it still requires a "thorough and individual examination" of each case.
“The court says the three demonstrated they could not combat their pain any other way and could not afford to purchase medical marijuana, which is permitted in Germany but not usually covered by the country's health insurance system.”