THE STATE New Telluride regulation favors cannabis supporters
The city of Telluride will be seeing a prominent cannabis culture shift beginning in in the next few months. Adults 21 and over, located in Telluride, will be able to enter any cannabis shop in town and make a purchase without a medical cannabis card. “Our county passed Amendment 64 with highest percentage of support [in the state]. So, I’m all for having retail [cannabis] in town,” said Council member Kristen Permakoff in an interview with Telluride News. The new ordinance also includes an opportunity for the town’s current medical cannabis dispensaries to transition into retail stores. They will also be allowed to operate as dual retail and medical facilities under certain conditions. The new regulation will also allow cultivation in commercial buildings, while imposing a restriction keeping retail cannabis shops a minimum of 500 feet away from schools. The new regulation will be put into effect in 2014.
to continue to do business while recreational entrants are temporarily banned, according to Forbes. Recreational cannabis stores will be able to acquire licensing to open dispensariers this January and will last until February 2016. Current medical cannabis storefronts are to be located 1,000 feet away from any school, child care center, drug or alcohol treatment center and other cannabis related businesses. Even with the limited opportunity of restricted advertisement and increased licensing fees, the cannabis industry is looking on Denver’s newfound regulations as guidelines from other states in the future. Michael Elliot, Director of the Medical Marijuana Industry Group, comments on the ordinance’s rules. “As a new industry, we recognize and accept the responsibility to ensure responsible use by adults and to keep this product away from minors.” he states. “We look forward to continuing to work with the city to meet those shared goals.”
help in the reduction of seizures. After attempting over 25 different treatments for her child, May is now fighting for legislation to allow cannabis to be made available for medical use, according to The Salt Lake Tribune. Medical cannabis is illegal in Utah, however May’s efforts have organized other like-minded parents to begin advocating for children suffering from epilepsy. May states that after years of being prescribed a number of prescription drugs, there are few options left for her child. She stumbled upon the cannabis trail through reading an article about Colorado’s famous child advocate, Charlotte, whose amazing progress after using cannabis has reduced her seizures from 300 a week to just one. The Epilepsy Association of Utah supports May’s push and notes the medical value of extracting cannabidiol from the cannabis plant for people with epilepsy. In the past, Utah’s legislative heads have consistently
turned down any measure to legalize medical cannabis, saying that a lack of credible research being a main reason. Currently, possession of less than an ounce of cannabis can incriminate a six month jail time and $1,000 fine. However pharmaceutical company GW is running tests on a cannabis strain that is high in cannabidiol (CBD) that can significantly help patients suffering from epilepsy.
New Jersey State Senate amends aspects of medical cannabis law
The New Jersey State Senate amended New Jersey governor Chris Christie’s recently vetoed medical cannabis law, according to The Tampa Tribune. The amended law now allows medical cannabis to be given to sick children as well as allowing farmers to grow more than three strains of medical cannabis. In the case of children, a pediatrician and psychiatrist must sign to give medical cannabis to patients. Governor Christie released a statement saying he supports the medical cannabis measure to include children with serious illnesses. The current measure requires a child to see a minimum of three doctors before being prescribed medical cannabis. However once the measure is
THE NATION Utah mom seeks cannabis for her son
Jennifer May is making headlines in Utah as she fights for the health and well-being of her 11-year-old son, who has a form of epilepsy called Dravet Syndrome. She is to be prescribed medical cannabis to
Denver creates a cannabis cartel, improving MMJ regulations
The Denver City Council recently approved an ordinance allowing existing medical cannabis dispensaries throughout the city 10 CULTURE • OCTOBER 2013
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