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  Lawmakers Propose First Vendor Designation
Posted by CN Staff on March 02, 2012 at 04:17:45 PT
By Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press 
Source: Associated Press 

medical Denver -- Marijuana industry workers face constant scrutiny in Colorado, but a bill pending in the state Legislature could cut them some slack if they run into regulatory trouble for a violation such as selling medical pot to someone without a valid patient card.

Colorado's proposal to create the nation's first "responsible medical marijuana vendor" designation would allow pot shops to train employees in state regulation and how to spot fake cards.

Dispensaries and other marijuana businesses that show all their employees have been trained could get a break if they run afoul of regulations.

The state Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division already requires that people who work with medical marijuana undergo background checks.

Employees must wear state-issued badges and be under video surveillance at all times when they are handling marijuana seeds or plants, as well as products made from marijuana, such as pot brownies.

The proposed responsible-vendor designation would give dispensary owners the option of giving employees additional training in state marijuana regulation and identifying legal medical marijuana cards.

Companies that put all their employees through the responsible vendor training could get a break if they face state sanctions for a regulatory misstep later.

Brian Vicente, head of Sensible Colorado, a pro-legalization group that supports the bill, which awaits a Senate committee hearing, said, "It's really an attempt by the industry to further establish clear regulation and responsibility."

A similar designation already is in place for companies that sell alcohol.

The designation would not exempt a company from regulatory violations, but the MMED could consider the designation a mitigating factor in a possible enforcement action.

Democratic Sen. Lois Tochtrop, who sponsored the bill, said the additional training could give pot workers "more clarity."

"This gives the public more confidence in the industry," Tochtrop said.

The bill faces excellent prospects in the Senate. And so far, the measure faces no organized opposition.

The head of the Cannabis Business Alliance, an industry group in Colorado with members including dispensaries, called the designation "the next logical step" in marijuana regulation.

"It is a necessary step in ensuring that this medicine is professionally handled from seed to sale," CBA Director Robert Hoban said in a statement.

A fiscal analysis prepared for lawmakers suggested Colorado would not lose much money from fines if the designation were adopted. Analysts predicted "very few" businesses would achieve the designation.

Another industry group, the Medical Marijuana Industry Group, has estimated that medical marijuana businesses employ 5,000 to 10,000 people in Colorado.

Source: Associated Press (Wire)
Author: Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press
Published: March 2, 2012
Copyright: 2012 The Associated Press

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Comment #9 posted by schmeff on March 05, 2012 at 12:20:55 PT
Damn Scary Hazardous Substance
"Employees must wear state-issued badges and be under video surveillance at all times when they are handling marijuana seeds or plants, as well as products made from marijuana, such as pot brownies."

Are those 'state-issued badges' the cool kind, that change color to warn you if you've been exposed to deadly levels of killer bud? Would lead shielding help? A seed is very small...it would be an easy trick to turn one's back to the video camera long enough to make a seed disappear. Certainly video surveillance alone is not sufficient. Seeds must be accounted for and shortages should mandate body cavity searches for everyone with a cool badge.

Proliferation cannot be tolerated. Imagine what could happen if a terrorist obtained a seed. They could plant their dangerous WMD* in the middle of one of our major cities!

*Weed of Mass Delirium

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Comment #8 posted by Hope on March 02, 2012 at 22:21:17 PT
Comment 7
Amen to that!

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Comment #7 posted by The GCW on March 02, 2012 at 21:55:49 PT
Hope
liberty and justice for all.

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Comment #6 posted by Hope on March 02, 2012 at 21:47:27 PT
Comment 3 The GCW
Didn't we notice a few times, ages ago, huge jumps in a certain page here being visited if some certain "threatening" words are used?

I'm talking something major, like a spike in like two hundred thousand hits on a thread in a month or a day or something. Maybe it wasn't that much, but I remember it freaked me out.

I've found references to things said here and about some of our friends on major international prohibitionist sites... their defunct "Newsletters".

I'm sure they still send them out and have them in password protected web set ups. I discovered them, surfing, years ago. Searched variations CannabisNews.com. and Cannabis News and searched into the nether regions, the last pages and or prohibitionist sites in particular.

The head prohibitionists are nasty, fearful, hateful folks at their very core, no matter how sweet they act, and they mean to kill if they have to, and destroy whatever they want to to fight this offense.

There came a day, a moment of truth, when we realized that half the people that check news and information here, and that lurk, were here to spy on us.

Lol! Yeah. I know. Paranoid.

But, still.

As much as people might come here to know what's going on, the enemies of freedom concerning the use of cannabis, want to know, too.

That fifty percent poll is meaningful. It was partly done by people speaking openly here and people like Jerry and his movies and his efforts to make the world a better place, dare I say it, his goodness, and just a vast network of grassroots people, high and low, rich and poor, just talking and talking, and having colorful marches and vigils, and writing gazillions of letters to the editor, both hard copy and email, until it was easy for more people to mention it and drag the injustice out into the light of truth.

And we learned stuff. And we knew we weren't alone in thinking a great injustice was being inflicted on mankind and somebody needed to at least stand up and say something.

It's been slow, but we have had amazing progress towards saner policy.

Not enough yet. Of course. This is taking forever! (I feel like a little kid in the backseat on a long car trip.)

And I love Ethan Nadelmann! He's been out there a long time and he's still at it and he smiles more often, I think, than he used to. I love that, too. I found him and Bill Buckley, early on, many years ago, to be an inspiration in the fight to end the injustice.

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Comment #5 posted by runruff on March 02, 2012 at 08:14:05 PT
A Bulletin;
Dear jerry, Never before has support for legalizing marijuana been so widespread or so out in the open.

Public support for making marijuana legal has shifted dramatically in the last two decades, especially in the last few years. For the first time, a recent Gallup poll found that 50 percent of Americans support making marijuana legal, with only 46 percent opposed. As a DPA supporter, you have been at the heart of this debate and are poised to lead the discussion to the tipping point. Please keep spreading the word about DPA by following us on Facebook.

Thank you for making a difference. Sincerely, Ethan Nadelmann Executive Director Drug Policy Alliance

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Comment #4 posted by The GCW on March 02, 2012 at 07:22:20 PT
Important knowledge info
US vs Steele Smith: The First Marijuana Case Allowing Medical Defense

http://www.cannabisculture.com/v2/content/2012/03/01/US-vs-Steele-Smith-First-Marijuana-Case-Allowing-Medical-Defense

By Steelescase.org - Wednesday, February 29 2012

Steele Smith is the central figure in what could be the most significant Federal Marijuana case in US history, the first allowing a medical defense based on State law.

Cont.

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-Dog killers... (this article has a beautiful pic of the Smith's with their dogs)

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Comment #3 posted by The GCW on March 02, 2012 at 07:07:08 PT
INFO OUTFO
The Department of Homeland Security is Searching Your Facebook and Twitter for These Words

By Joel Johnson, Animal New York - Wednesday, February 29 2012

http://www.cannabisculture.com/v2/content/2012/03/01/Department-Homeland-Security-Searching-Your-Facebook-and-Twitter-These-Words

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I noticed SWATSTIKA is not on the list.

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Comment #2 posted by runruff on March 02, 2012 at 06:35:58 PT
X-MARIJUANA-X
When people use fake mmj IDs...people die!

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Comment #1 posted by The GCW on March 02, 2012 at 06:31:22 PT
I hope...
I hope "responsible medical marijuana vendor" becomes obsolete after the November election and it then becomes the,

responsible cannabis vendor.

-Even better designate it like booze and have no designation. JUST LEAVE PEOPLE ALONE.

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