San Jose Leaders Eye Changes To Medical Marijuana Rules

CALIFORNIA: With just weeks to go before a December deadline for compliance, medical marijuana providers are still balking at some of San Jose‘s rules and city officials are offering to ease them.

Nineteen pot providers have been seeking to meet San Jose’s regulatory requirements by Dec. 18. The rules, adopted in June 2014, restrict pot stores to select industrial and commercial areas away from schools and parks and impose a host of security, tax payment and other requirements. Dispensaries that fail to meet the requirements by the deadline face closure.

But one rule in particular requiring pot stores to demonstrate that their marijuana is cultivated locally and not from collectives around the state remains a sticking point. City officials plan to ask the City Council to ease the rules Tuesday, allowing another five months for shops to sell through products obtained from “third-party” vendors and letting San Jose pot clubs buy and sell to one another.

 

Colorado Seeks Permission To Grow & Study Pot At State Universities

COLORADO:  After years of trying to stamp out marijuana use on college campuses, Colorado officials are now asking the federal government to allow its state universities to grow their own pot.

The reason, they say, is that the legalization of the drug here has raised questions about its health effects, questions that can only be answered by studying large amounts and different strains of marijuana.

But researchers face bureaucratic hurdles in scoring pot from the one federally approved marijuana farm, a 12-acre facility at the University of Mississippi’s National Center for Natural Products Research.

RI Could Become First State To Legalize Pot Without Voter Approval

RHODE ISLAND:  Governor Lincoln Chafee could become the first governor in America to legalize marijuana without putting the decision to the voters.

After attending a meeting of the National Governors Association in Washington, D.C., last week, Chafee discussed the possibility of “pot for potholes” – using marijuana sales revenue for infrastructure improvement – by passing a bill approved by state lawmakers.

At least one local expert thinks it’s a dangerous proposition. [Read more…]