Tag Archives: medical marijuana

Lawmakers Work to Eliminate Penalties for Using Medical Pot While on Parole

MARIJUANA-300The Colorado Senate started work yesterday on a bill to allow medical marijuana use by people on probation or parole. Colorado has allowed medical marijuana use for 15 years, but not by people on probation or parole. The bill would change that policy so those with permission to use marijuana for medical purposes wouldn’t be Continue reading

U.S. Senate Bill Would Allow Tax Returns for Marijuana Businesses

MARIJUANA-300A bill that would reconcile state marijuana laws and federal tax law has been introduced in the U.S. Senate. The Small Business Tax Equity Act, introduced by Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), would allow marijuana businesses operating in compliance with state law to take ordinary business tax deductions. Twenty-three states, the Continue reading

Lawmakers Take Vote on Probationary Pot

MARIJUANA-300House lawmakers gave preliminary approval to allowing medical marijuana use by people on probation or parole in Colorado. Colorado has allowed medical marijuana use for 15 years, but not by people on probation or parole. The bill given initial approval on a voice vote yesterday would change that policy so those with Continue reading

Bill in Senate Would Require Medical Pot to be Tested

MARIJUANA-300Recreational pot sold in Colorado must be tested for pesticides and contaminants such as mold and mildew. Oddly, the requirement doesn’t apply to medical marijuana sold to people with debilitating conditions – but a bill debated yesterday in the state Senate would change that. The head-scratching situation of requiring testing of Continue reading

Marijuana Recommended for Sufferers of PTSD

MARIJUANA-300Colorado’s chief medical officer plans to recommend post-traumatic stress disorder as a condition to be treated with medical marijuana. The addition of PTSD would be the first medical ailment added to Colorado’s medical pot program since it was approved by voters in 2000. The decision still awaits consideration by the full Continue reading

Lawmakers Consider Allowing Medical Use of Pot While on Probation

MARIJUANA-300Colorado has allowed medical marijuana use for 15 years – but not for people on probation or parole. A bill in the state House would change that policy. It would say that pot use doesn’t amount to a probation violation for people with medical clearance to use the drug. The hearing comes two days after Arizona’s highest court Continue reading

Senators Introduce Federal Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana

MARIJUANA-300Three senators are introducing a bill to remove federal prohibitions on medical marijuana in states where it is already legal. The measure is being unveiled on Capitol Hill today by Republican Rand Paul of Kentucky and Democrats Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Cory Booker of New Jersey. It will aim to Continue reading

Marijuana Legislation to be Heard this Week

MARIJUANA-300Several marijuana-related bills await legislative action this week. The most controversial is an attempt to increase oversight on caregivers, those designated to grow medical marijuana on behalf of patients. The bill up for its first hearing Thursday also makes it harder to claim “severe pain” as a qualifying condition for a medical Continue reading

Lawmakers to Tour Marijuana Dispensaries

MARIJUANA-300A marijuana industry group is taking Colorado lawmakers on a tour of some Denver dispensaries to show them how the pot business works. The tour is sponsored by a new industry group called the Colorado Cannabis Chamber of Commerce. They’ll be loading up a handful of lawmakers this afternoon to tour some dispensaries and see how Continue reading

Legislature Considers Complete Overhaul of Marijuana Regs

MARIJUANA-300Two years into recreational marijuana legalization, Colorado is taking a second look at its rules for medical marijuana. A panel of state senators is indicating the process could get messy. They voted yesterday to scrap most of the administration’s suggestions on updating the state’s regulations governing medical pot Continue reading

Lawmaker Prepare to Revisit Medical Marijuana Rules

MARIJUANA-300Just as Colorado is settling in for a second year of recreational marijuana sales, state lawmakers have some big decisions to make about its older cousin, the medical marijuana market. The state’s medical-pot regulations are due for automatic renewal in 2015. That means that all the rules about growing, processing and selling medical pot Continue reading

Marijuana Tax Collections Down for September

MARIJUANA-300Recreational marijuana sales in Colorado took a month-over-month dive in September for the first time since the drug was legalized. The Colorado Department of Revenue says retailers sold $31,626,965 in recreational marijuana in September – down 7.3 percent from August’s retail sales of $34,125,200. The sales of medical Continue reading