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Thursday, September 30, 2010

City of Boulder Extends Application Deadline

In an effort to work with local businesses, the City of Boulder recently extended it's medical marijuana business applications to October 31, 2010 for all medical marijuana businesses.

If you haven't turned in your application yet, please do so as soon as possible.

Below is an excerpt from the city's website.

"The city recognizes that this is a new process for everyone involved and that many business owners are trying to work within the city's system. As a result, City Manager Jane Brautigam has made the decision to extend the application deadline for all pre-existing medical marijuana businesses to Oct. 31. To avoid possible delays in the processing of applications and to secure priority of location, business owners are encouraged to file applications as soon as possible, but all completely and correctly filed applications received prior to Oct. 31 will be considered."

Monday, June 7, 2010

HB 1284 is now the law!

If you haven't thought about becoming HB1284 and SB109 compliant yet, you will have to now!

Ritter signs medical marijuana regulations

(AP) – 3 hours ago

DENVER — Colorado's medical marijuana industry will now have to follow new statewide regulations.

Gov. Bill Ritter on Monday signed two bills passed by state lawmakers this session to rein in the growing number of marijuana dispensaries and growers.

Both laws take effect immediately.

One requires that only doctors in good standing be able to recommend medical marijuana. The other sets up a uniform set of rules for marijuana dispensaries and growers statewide.

Cities and counties are able ban dispensaries within their borders. In places where they're allowed, owners will have to undergo criminal background checks. Dispensaries must grow 70 percent of their marijuana, a provision aimed at keeping tabs on where the drug is being sold.

Copyright © 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

SB109 to go the the House Judiciary Committee on Feb. 4!

Proponents for and against Colorado's medical marijuana industry have called for regulation and a lot of proposes ideas haven't gotten very far.

Well, SB109 is a bill that is steadily working it way through the Colorado legislature. If you are against SB109 you had better speak up now or forever hold your peace.

House Judiciary Committee
Hearing on SB109
Thursday., Feb. 4, 2010
Time: 1:30pm

Location: Old Supreme Court Chambers
2nd Floor on the North Side
State Capitol Building
200 E. Colfax, Denver, CO

For last-minute updates and changes, call the Bill Room:
(303) 866-3055

Click here for more information on the bill itself.

Ultimately, I agree with the legislatures underlying reasoning for regulation on the relationship between the doctors and the dispensaries but I am adamantly against the regulations that interfere with the doctor/patient relationship and confidentiality.

I would not want pharmaceutical companies sponsoring doctors to write prescriptions for their medications; why should medical marijuana be any different? If dispensaries want to "court" doctors and give them perks, that's fine.

However, any regulation that is designed to treat doctor's who make medical marijuana recommendations any different that other doctors is an unreasonable intrusion on the doctors and patient's rights.

This bill requires the recommending doctor to perform a complete physical on a patient before issuing a physician's recommendation. To my knowledge, this requirement isn't found in any other area of medicine. Patients usually have a primary physician that performs these checkup and, when a problem is found, the doctor refers the patient to a specialist. Physicians familiar with the benefits of medical marijuana are specialists in this field. They should only be held to the same standard as any other medical specialist.

Finally, to address the issue of fraud by the physicians. There is already a regulatory administrative agency to deal with physicians that abuse their credentials. It is called the Department of Regulatory Agencies. People can file complaints against doctors and the agency will act on them. In these dismal economic times it makes no sense to create additional bureaucratic costs to create a solution that already exists!

I encourage the Colorado legislature to vote no on SB109 in its current form. Please make your voice heard!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Seattle dismisses all marijuana-possession cases

This is a repost from another blog. Click here to see original post.

Monday, January 18, 2010
Seattle dismisses all marijuana-possession cases

That's a decision of the new city attorney, who says he won't bring any new cases, either, unless there are extraordinary circumstances. (A pot-smoking King Kong climbs the Space Needle, threatening to eat Bill Gates?) This is because Seattle voters passed a measure making pot possession the absolute lowest priority for law enforcement. On the state level, Washington is considering measures to decriminalize or legalize marijuana.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Last, but not least..Boulder seeks public comments!

The City of Boulder is seeking public comments on medical marijuana regulations the city should consider when their moratorium expires at the end or March.

THIS IS YOUR CHANCE! Often government ignores the will of the people, but maybe (just maybe), the City of Boulder might listen and take your views into account when they draft their proposed regulations.

For those that are for medical marijuana regulations that promote patients rights, please click here to learn more and play an active role is defining your community.

California on the path to legalize marijuana!

California is one step further along the path to legalize marijuana!

Read more here.

Each time our government, be it local, state or federal, recognizes the role marijuana plays in our society we are one step further towards legalization (or decriminalization.)

In this article I was particularly surprised at the numbers,"by some estimates, California's pot crop is a $14-billion industry, putting it above vegetables ($5.7 billion) and grapes ($2.6 billion). If so, that could mean upward of $1 billion in tax revenue for the state each year." (Quoting the LA Times.)

That's alot of green!

Great article by Jessica Corry!

Jessica Corry and her husband, Rob Corry, have long led the Colorado medical marijuana fight to protect mmj patients rights to safe access to medicine with dignity.

Here is a great article that highlights the recent battle between Sen. Romer and mmj activists.

Read the article here.

Sen. Romer claimed to have wanted to present a bill that would protect mmj patients and give law enforcement the guidance they need to determine legal and illegal marijuana. His proposed bill, since pulled, was an abomination that did not take patients rights into accounts.

After the outcry from mmj activists, he pulled the bill and blamed it on mmj activists unwillingness to participate in the process.

Well, we call BS on you, Sen. Romer! Unless your stance changes, you will find yourself with a large grassroots organization that will not vote for your gubernatorial ambitions.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Want to learn more about opening a dispensary in Colorado?

Come hear me speak at the Cannabis Therapy Institute!

Sign up here!

How to Start a Medical Marijuana Business in Colorado:
Legal Issues in Medical Marijuana Caregiving

A Seminar by Attorney Craig Small and Attorney Richard Gee
Mon., Jan. 25, 2010 6:30pm to 9:00 pm

Best Western Boulder Inn
770 28th Street, Boulder, CO

Do you want to open up your own medical marijuana dispensary, clinic or other caregiving service? Do you already own a medical cannabis business but have some specific legal or business questions? Then this is the class for you!

Learn all the legal issues of becoming a medical marijuana caregiving business from two attorneys with extensive experience in the field. Attorney Craig Small will discuss the legal issues related to operating a medical marijuana caregiving business in Colorado. Get all your questions answered and make sure you stay within the law. Attorney Richard Gee will discusss business and corporate issues related to your caregiving business.
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