Colorado School Allows Medical Marijuana
FALCON, Colorado (AP) — A Colorado Springs-area school district will now allow students who rely on medical marijuana to take doses at school. The Falcon District 49 school board unanimously approved the policy Thursday. Parents or state-licensed caregivers, but not school staffers, would be allowed to give students non-inhalable forms of marijuana, such as edibles and oils. All Colorado schools would be required to allow such medical marijuana use under a bill passed by state lawmakers and awaiting the governor’s signature. Gov. John Hickenlooper has said he supports it. Falcon’s policy was inspired by the suspension of a disabled student who accidentally brought cannabis pills to school in his lunch. He uses medical marijuana to treat his seizures.
ATHENS, Georgia (CRN) – Chauncey Rivers, a sophomore defensive lineman for the University of Georgia football team, has been dismissed from the team for his third marijuana violation in seven months. “It’s extremely disappointing,” head coach Kirby Smart said in a statement. “He’s been given previous opportunities to remain on our football team but continues to exhibit a lack of good judgment and commitment to the standards we require and expect from our players. He’s put himself in a difficult position but we hope he finds a path that will provide some direction in his future.” All of Rivers marijuana charges have been for possession of less than an ounce.
LOS ANGELES, California (CRN) – Speed Weed, a medical marijuana delivery service, is the second such company shut down by the city in the wake of Proposition D. The voter-approved May 2013 legislation prohibited delivery services, resulting first in the shuttering of Nestdrop. Some 25,000 consumers have made use of the services, which allow selection of flower, edibles, and concentrates through an online menu and checkout system. Delivery logistics were patterned from Domino’s Pizza and FedEx in an operation the city attorney’s office called “sophisticated and wide-ranging”.
AURORA, Colorado (CRN) – The Colorado City of Aurora will use some of its $4.5 million windfall from marijuana taxes to help the homeless. Aurora City Council members earmarked $220,000 to Colfax Community Network, a non-profit that helps low-income families living in motels and apartments, for the rest of this year’s operating expenses. Another $1.5 million will be provided for the city’s 2017 and 2018 budget for homeless services, doubling that budget. The funds were generated by Aurora’s marijuana sales taxes and will also provide Comitis Crisis Center and Aurora Mental Health with vans to further their homeless outreach.
WALTON, England (CRN) – A wheelchair-bound man growing cannabis to treat his chronic pain from a spinal tumor was shot in the chest by an attacker last September. Now he is facing prosecution in Liverpool Crown Court for maintaining an illegal Class B drug factory. Neil Burton, 41, had been diagnosed with the tumor nine years ago, spent 14 months in the hospital, and then began smoking marijuana for the pain. But debts to his suppliers eventually got him coerced into maintaining the grow operation in his home, according to his barrister. When Burton called the police after being shot, their investigation led them to the cannabis farm. The judge suspended both years of Burton’s two-year prison sentence, showing mercy on the man who spent another two months in the hospital after the shooting.
SYDNEY, Australia (CRN) – The Premier of New South Wales, Mike Baird, will open the United in Compassion Medicinal Cannabis Symposium, the first such medical marijuana expo in Australia. The conference, organized by an Australian mother who lost her son to cancer, takes place over two days at Rosehill Gardens in West Sydney. New South Wales recently passed legislation allowing the cultivation of medicinal cannabis and has already applied for a license to grow the cannabis under an Australian medical system.