More bans, lawsuits and marijuana studies 


Green mountains fail

The trend of regional governments opting out of allowing recreational-marijuana stores continued last week, when Green Mountain Falls' Board of Trustees voted 5 to 1 against allowing them in city limits.

"According to the state, [dispensaries] can't be too close to a school or too close to a government building," Mayor Pro Tem Jane Newberry was quoted in the Gazette as saying. "We're really sort of landlocked when it comes to that."

The daily reports that a recall of several trustees, initiated by local resident Judy Wiedner, is in the beginning stages.

(See the results of Colorado Springs City Council's vote, which comes after our deadline, and a timeline of the plant's history on p. 18.)

Supreme stubbornness

The national medical-cannabis advocacy group Americans for Safe Access deserves points for tenacity, if nothing else. In 2002, a coalition built around ASA petitioned the federal government to reclassify marijuana from a Schedule I substance. The Drug Enforcement Administration waited nine years to deny the petition, but finally did in July 2011.

The group then appealed the decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit, which in January offered a 2-1 ruling against ASA, saying that there was not enough advanced clinical evidence of marijuana's medical efficacy to overturn the DEA's decision.

Well, now comes word that the ASA last week petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to review the decision. Says the group's attorney, Joe Elford, in a release. "The Court has unreasonably raised the bar for what qualifies as an 'adequate and well-controlled' study, thereby continuing the government's game of 'Gotcha.'"

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