DENVER, CO — Lawmakers took a step toward implementing Colorado’s recreational marijuana law on Tuesday when they set blood-level limits for driving, but a measure to tax retail pot was in limbo a day before the legislative session was set to end.
Along with Washington state, Colorado voters in November approved the use of small amounts of marijuana by adults. The Colorado vote directed state lawmakers to set up a regulatory framework for the sale and taxation of cannabis.
The driving-while-stoned bill sets a 5-nanogram-per-milliliter threshold for tetrahydrocannabinol, the active ingredient in marijuana. The proposal now heads to Governor John Hickenlooper, who has indicated his support for the measure.
“I think this is an important part” of regulating pot, Hickenlooper, a Democrat, told reporters on Monday.
Washington had the 5-nanogram limit set in its ballot language that voters approved in November.
Colorado legislature had failed in its previous attempts to impose a marijuana limit for driving under the state’s medical pot law, which has been in effect since 2001.
Still pending in the legislature is a measure to tax recreational pot, which under the state constitution requires voter approval to implement. It is uncl. . . . . READ MORE
PHOENIX, AZ — Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed a bill into law Wednesday that allows Arizona colleges and universities to conduct medical marijuana research.
Senate Bill 1443, passed in April by both chambers in the state legislature, exempts approved medical research projects from a 2012 law that bans the use or possession of marijuana, including by medical marijuana card holders, on any college or university campus.
A physician from the University of Arizona, Sue Sisley, a specialist in internal medicine and psychiatry, sought the change to the law to continue research into the effectiveness of treating symptoms of post traumatic stress.
Sisley gained approval nearly two years ago from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to conduct a study to determine whether marijuana, in various dosages and methods of administration, can help combat veterans suffering from PTSD.
University of Arizona officials have prevented Dr. Sisley from conducting the research study under the existing ban.
Sisley said her proposal had already been approved by the UA’s Institutional Review Board, which m. . . . . READ MORE