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House Bill 1250, sponsored by Republican Cindy Acree, was originally aimed at banning the sale and manufacture of "medical marijuana-infused consumable food and beverage product[s]."
Acree, however, backed away from her original proposal in the wake of vehement opposition from medical marijuana advocates who, in testimony earlier this month, called HB 1250 "ridiculous," and a "slippery slope."
Acree, who says her concern has always been the marketing of edible medical marijuana products to children, is is now expected to propose new labeling requirements and other packaging safeguards instead of an outright ban on the sale of the products.
Nonetheless, the Cannabis Therapy Institute, a medical marijuana advocacy organization, remains skeptical of Tuesday's vote. "Amendments have been proposed to lessen the impact of this bill, but nothing is set in stone," the organization says on its website. "All options remain on the table, and new, unseen amendments have been promised by the sponsors."
The Colorado Department of Revenue is also expected to complete work this spring on regulations on marketing and packaging of medical marijuana products.
The medicinal use of marijuana has been legal in Colorado since the passage of a voter initiative in 2000.
The bill sponsored by Democratic Rep. Pat Noonan of Ramsay fell on a 50-49 vote.
The bill called for a label to read, "Warning: In some instances, marijuana may trigger acute psychosis or symptoms of schizophrenia and other mental illnesses."
Noonan tells the Billings Gazette in a story published Friday that he was asked to introduce the bill by the Montana Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
Republican Rep. David Howard of Park City opposed the bill, contending it legitimizes what he considers an illegal substance.
Montana voters approved medical marijuana in a 2004 initiative.
Information from: Billings Gazette, http://www.billingsgazette.com
Denver Post staff and wire reports
The Denver Post
Loveland City Attorney John Duval said he has not received notice of a hearing to consider the lawsuit's claim that the city's ban on dispensaries is unconstitutional.
Attorney Robert Corry Jr. filed a complaint in Larimer County District Court late Monday, seeking a temporary restraining order that would allow the dispensaries to remain open. Corry claimed the city's ban on dispensaries "is unconstitutional, because it unduly burdens patients and caregivers."
Meanwhile, Loveland police said all the dispensaries in the city were shuttered, which means the owners avoided jail time or heavy fines.
Voters in November passed a marijuana-dispensary ban by an overwhelming majority. The vote gave the dispensaries until Tuesday to close their doors.
Vallejo pot-laced cookie traced to gas station convenience store
By Lanz Christian Bañes
(Vallejo) Times Herald Mercurynews.com 3/1/11
The clerk at Calco Mart and Gas gas station and convenience store on Maine Street told investigators that a regular customer gave him the two ginger snaps that he then passed on to a Grace Patterson Elementary School fifth-grader, Sgt. Jeff Bassett said in a statement.
The fifth-grader made regular stops to the convenience store, and the clerk would give him small food items, Bassett said.
The student shared one of the cookies with three others at lunch Monday, not knowing it had marijuana in it, said Vallejo City Unified School District spokeswoman Tish Busselle.
Three of the students were taken to Kaiser Permanente Vallejo Medical Center and released Monday evening. All four were OK Tuesday, Busselle said.
The Vallejo Police Department said at least six students may have eaten the cookie, though Busselle said the district has identified only four.
The store clerk told police that he did not know the individually packaged cookies had marijuana, Bassett said. The packages were not clearly marked, Bassett said.
A Patterson Elementary teacher discovered the cookies contained marijuana after she read the label of the uneaten cookie when her students became sick.
The silver package, branded Auntie's Edibles, has a cartoon image of a blonde, motherly woman holding a tray of cookies in oven mitts.
A search of Auntie's Edibles yielded a Facebook page, describing the company as a Colorado-based group specializing in "delectable edibles."
The cookies' ingredients are listed as sugar, brown sugar, maple syrup, cannabis butter, whole eggs, organic flour, ground ginger, vanilla beans, baking soda and sea salt.
The label also has a red stripe with the word "sativa," a reference to the marijuana plant. The notation "6X" is highlighted in a blue star, followed by a fine-print description that reads, "This package contains 6 doses of medicine. Each dose consists of .6g of cannabis."
It also includes a red print warning of the plant's medical cannabis content and that the product should be kept "out of reach of children and pets."
The clerk also was unable to identify the customer who gave him the cookies, Bassett said. The police department has a portion of one of the cookies and both packages, Bassett said.
Meet the man who could finally see Rhode Island compassion centers into existence.
Dr. Michael Fine appointed interim head of R.I. Department of Health
25 February 2011
Providence Business News
PROVIDENCE – The director of Medical Services for the R.I. Department of Corrections will serve as the interim director of the R.I. Department of Health, Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee’s office announced Thursday.
Dr. Michael Fine takes the place of Dr. David R. Gifford, whose resignation takes effect Friday. Fine will serve until a successor is named to permanently fill the position.
At the corrections department, Fine supervised about 100 employees that cared for 10,000 to 20,000 people annually and 3,700 people at any given time. He took the reins of the $23 million department last year.
At the Department of Health, Fine will oversee a roughly $115 million budget that comes largely from the federal government but faces reductions as the state struggles with a tight budget.
Fine, a former primary care physician, takes charge as the department prepares to decide whether to allow controversial allow medical marijuana dispensaries to open. He also arrives less than two weeks before Chafee is expected to unveil his first state budget.
Fine is a graduate of Haverford College and the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He completed his residency with the Brown University Program in Family Medicine at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island in Pawtucket.
Thought from the editor: Here is yet another example of a cancer inside of the Medical Cannabis program.......inconsiderate degenerates looking to make personal gain off of the sickness and vulnerability of others...As of today's posting, there is no one in Rhode Island licensed to grow Cannabis plants LEGALLY on a large scale level operation.....If you are going to disregard the Slater Act and grow more plants than your Medical Cannabis card allows, ESPECIALLY going over FEDERAL LIMITS, please do not be a coward and stand behind your 'card' or the 'cards' of your patients and bring the rest of the community into turmoil. People like this and the idiots that overgrow warehouses are the reason that house bill 7275 is being introduced. People like this are not pioneers, they will be the reason that your personal legal medical garden will soon be obsolete. They will be the reason that the state issues growing rights to compassion centers only.
Marijuana greenhouses uncovered in Lincoln, Providence
5:58 PM Tue, Feb 22, 2011
Amanda Milkovits PROJO
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Local authorities said they've seized about 250 marijuana plants from two growing operations inside houses in Providence and Lincoln.
Two men were arrested during the drug searches on Friday and Saturday, and Providence police say they are drafting an arrest warrant for a third man.
The two-month investigation by Providence detectives Sgt. Gregory Sion and Elizabeth Wajda started with a tip from East Providence police about a house in Federal Hill.
The house at 50 Knight St., in Providence, was a home in name only, says Providence police Lt. Michael Correia.
"There was no food, no beds, no furniture," he said on Tuesday. The entire second floor and basement were being used to grow marijuana, with lighting, a water filtration system, and other growing material, he said.
Franklyn Munoz, 43, who had keys to the house and was frequently there, was arrested during the raid Friday afternoon. He had further trouble, after police from Providence, Rehoboth, Swansea and the South Coast Anti-Crime task force searched his house at178 Summer St. in Rehoboth later Friday and seized a gun, three bullet-proof vests, and $8,100 cash, said Bernard F. Sullivan, spokesman for the Bristol County Sheriff's Office.
The investigation also led authorities to Lincoln on Saturday, where police said they found about 90 large marijuana plants growing inside a house at 7 Cliffside Drive.
When resident Todd Gagne, 45, opened the door to police, he explained that the strong odor of marijuana emanating from inside was for medical reasons, said Lincoln Police Capt. Raymond Bousquet. Gagne showed the detectives his medical marijuana card and the front bedroom where he was growing plants, Bousquet said.
Lincoln Sgt. Wayne Bouthillette and Officer Jason Bolduc took one look at the 40 to 50 plants in the room -- way over the state law allowance -- and got a search warrant, Bousquet said. Detectives found three large grow rooms with more plants in the basement, he said.
"It was a very sophisticated operation," Bousquet said, adding that it was the largest the Lincoln police had seen.
The indoor grow system speeds up the plants' life cycle for an early harvest, Correia said. One plant can generate anywhere from a half pound to a 1 ½ pound of marijuana, which can sell from $1,500 to $4,500 a pound, he said. The police are investigating where the marijuana was being distributed.
Munoz, who has addresses at Summer Street in Rehoboth and 43 Wesleyan Ave. in Providence, was charged with possession with intent to deliver marijuana, manufacturing/cultivating marijuana, and conspiracy. Police also seized $2,289 cash from him.
Gagne was charged with manufacturing and delivery of marijuana, and distributing marijuana near a school.