Posted on June 19, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
Researchers say legalized medical marijuana does not lead to increased pot smoking among teens.
‘We are confident that marijuana use by teenagers does not increase when a state legalizes medical marijuana’
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — It may be counterintuitive, but an extensive study by researchers at three universities concludes there’s no link between the legalization of medical marijuana to increased use of the drug among high school students.
Statistics do show that teen marijuana use has been rising since 2005, but the study suggests that increase is due to other factors, not the recent growth of the medical marijuana industry.
“There is anecdotal evidence that medical marijuana is finding its way into the hands of teenagers, but there’s no statistical evidence that legalization increases the probability of use,” said Daniel I. Rees, a professor of economics at the University of Colorado Denver. Continue reading
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Posted on July 2, 2011 by Bob Berwyn
The clash between states and the federal government over medical marijuana may be intensifying.
U.S. Department of Justice memo appears to target commercial medical marijuana growers
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Congressman Jared Polis, a Boulder Democrat, is sparring with the U.S. Department of Justice over the language of a June 29 memo from the federal agency that seems to target large-scale medical marijuana growers and dispensaries.
The memo is intended to clarify the federal government’s role in enforcing the prohibition on illegal drug use. The widespread legalization of medical cannabis has resulted in some confusion in a classic case of states’ rights versus federal law. Federal officials are obligated to enforce the controlled substances act, even as more and more states legalize medical use of marijuana.
In a related story, the Fort Collins Coloradoan reports that drug-related school expulsions have soared in the Poudre School District as medical marijuana use becomes more widespread. Continue reading
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Posted on January 20, 2011 by Bob Berwyn
Colorado lawmakers are tweaking the state's medical marijuana code.
Early version would create two classes of medical marijuana licences
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — A bill introduced in the State Legislature and assigned to the judiciary committee aims to clarify numerous provisions in the existing Colorado Medical Marijuana Code. The bill will likely be tweaked several times before it reaches a vote in the floor, but here’s the summary of the initial version:
Under current law, any person applying for or who has been issued a medical marijuana license is subject to certain residency requirements. The bill narrows the application of the residency requirements to owners only, as defined by rule of the department of revenue. A medical marijuana infused-products manufacturer is limited to having no more than 500 marijuana plants on site unless the manufacturer is granted a waiver. Continue reading
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Posted on January 12, 2011 by Bob Berwyn
Colorado regulators and attorneys continue to wrangle over medical marijuana laws.
Colorado Department of Revenue continues rule-making process; patient advocates cite privacy concerns
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — A challenge to Colorado’s medical marijuana statutes — House Bill 10 – 1284 and Senate Bill 10 – 109 — was rejected this week by the state Supreme Court. The petition claimed that the statute unlawfully hinders patients from accessing cannabis, and asked the Supreme Court to decide the issue based on “urgent constitutional issues.”
The petition was filed Jan. 5by Andrew B. Reid, senior counsel for Springer and Steinberg, P.C., a Denver law firm, on behalf of Kathleen Chippi, a Nederland caregiver and dispensary owner, and the Patient and Caregivers Rights Litigation project, an association of patients, caregivers and physicians that have been harmed by the passage of these laws.
The petition had asked the court to overturn large parts of laws passed by the Colorado legislature last year (HB 10-1284 and SB 10-109) because they restrict patient access to medicine and violate patient privacy rights guaranteed by the Colorado Constitution. Continue reading
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