Colorado Alters Pot Rule, Alarming Some
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Colorado Alters Pot Rule, Alarming Some
Posted by CN Staff on November 04, 2009 at 05:09:02 PT
By Tom McGhee, The Denver Post
Source: Denver Post
Denver, CO -- Colorado health officials on Tuesday temporarily struck the definition of "caregiver" from rules governing sales of medical marijuana, which providers say may make it harder for patients to buy pot legally.Last summer, the state Board of Health defined a list of duties, such as grocery shopping or meal preparation, that an individual could perform that would qualify him or her as a patient's caregiver and thus legally eligible to sell medical marijuana. The language also made it possible to qualify if the only service the person provided was selling pot.
But because a Colorado Court of Appeals opinion released last week found that a "caregiver" must do more than provide medical marijuana, the board temporarily removed the definition."I don't believe this leaves the board any leeway," Jim Martin, executive director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, said of the ruling made Thursday in the case of Stacy Clendenin.In 2006, Clendenin was charged with cultivation of marijuana in her Longmont home, which is a felony.Clendenin argued that the marijuana she grew was distributed to authorized medical-marijuana patients through dispensaries. The court ruled that a caregiver must do more for a patient with one of eight qualifying debilitating medical conditions than provide pot. Board Buys Itself Time  By changing the rule to eliminate the definition of caregiver, the state Board of Health has eliminated conflicting standards for people trying to comply with state law. The panel also has given itself time to consider whether to repeal the language permanently. The board will resume discussion of the definition during a public meeting Dec. 16.State Sen. Chris Romer, D-Denver, plans to introduce a bill next year clarifying regulations for the use of medical-marijuana.Martin said he expects lawmakers to formulate rules with input from all sides in the debate.  A Kink for Businesses   But the board's temporary action could require small dispensaries and growers to offer more care than they are capable of, said attorney Warren Edson, who represents dispensaries and growers.The board has changed the rules for an industry that has grown up since the now invalid language was approved, Edson said. "They told us in July, you don't have to do anything but (provide) pot. We have a whole industry that has grown up that is screwed." Snipped   Complete Article: Denver Post (CO)Author: Tom McGhee, The Denver PostPublished: November 4, 2009Copyright: 2009 The Denver Post CorpWebsite: openforum denverpost.comCannabisNews Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #12 posted by Sam Adams on November 04, 2009 at 09:24:40 PT
big picture
it's increasingly hard for me to avoid seeing us all as slaves on the big plantation. The whole USA has been converted into a giant "company town".They want you to buy the drugs they're selling, go to the prisons they're running, etc. Everything you do from the minute you awake must be controlled & focused toward the benefit of the 1% political/corporate elite.Cannabis causes SO many problems to the grand scheme. You don't need their over-priced drugs anymore, don't need the corporate swill beer that most drink until they get sick. And where does said swill come from anyway? Colorado.Big Pharma and Big Alcohol lay claim to your mind, the corporate cancer industry's got your body. The government owns everything else. 
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Comment #11 posted by Hope on November 04, 2009 at 09:14:41 PT
If they wanted to add anything
to a grower's responsibility to a patient, maybe a "required" five to ten minute personal consultation, by phone or in person, on how the plant product was produced, and answering any questions pertaining to that and it's most responsible use would bridge over to the prohibitionist's proclivity for nit picking and interminable harassment.
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Comment #10 posted by Zandor on November 04, 2009 at 09:14:18 PT
Don't you just love how they CHEAT!!!
They change the rules AFTER the game has started and then punish the players for NOT following the new rules years AFTER the game started?Somehow that's all LEGAL?Not just going forward as a normal person would think...but retroactively making the news rules apply to a period of time that has already passed.Now where did I put my Way back machine?
Wheres Sherman & Peabody with their way back machine when we need em now?
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Comment #9 posted by dongenero on November 04, 2009 at 09:07:22 PT
How about the pharmaceuticals?
Shouldn't ill patients get back rubs from the Pharmaceutical manufacturers too? Wait,they may be able to make synthetic drugs but, we may have to see their massage credentials first. I wonder which CEO has better hands, Pfizer's CEO or Merck's CEO?
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Comment #8 posted by Hope on November 04, 2009 at 09:06:00 PT
Lol! Sam.
But then they'd arrest them for massaging without a masseuse license or being insured against masseuse malpractice.Busybodies. Like ant people sent to torment humanity.
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Comment #7 posted by Hope on November 04, 2009 at 09:03:11 PT
As long as you've been in this long-running, political 'tooth and toenail' battle with prohibitionists, surely you didn't think they'd ever quit. They're punishing fanatics. They are so into punishing others as a control effort, that they are little "Lords" over the rest of us, in their own minds. Prohibitionists have no respect for others, as adult humans, as to being capable of making personal choices, or even simple respect, just as a fellow human being. Prohibitionists feel righteous punishing others because of the type vegetation they might ingest. That is just so not right.Many prohibitionists are hugely fearful and easily led. Many are seething and seeping hatred and revenge. Because they have no respect for many others, because they are hate and fear filled and driven... you can never doubt that they are up to something to further their fanaticism, all the time.I'm glad you've had a "Good run". Good runs are always nice. It may not be the end of your time of relative peace. It might even get a lot better someday.Don't give up.
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Comment #6 posted by Sam Adams on November 04, 2009 at 08:46:03 PT
if they want to go technical, fine, we can play that game. From now on every patient who buys from a dispenary must go to the grower's house that afternoon for a 2-minute back rub (massage). 
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Comment #5 posted by tintala on November 04, 2009 at 08:27:19 PT:
With the Board Of UNHEALTH trying to dismantle our laws that the constituents voted for in Co, this will drive our sources underground to the blackmarket, with caregivers trying to be compliant to all the details and laws, now it's even worse, so, I suppose I will be faltering to the black market now that COLORADO has decided to compromise the integrity of our mmj laws, I had a good run, now the patients will be having a second look at street corner dime bags for their meds too.. Thanks ROB CORRY for trying but I beleive you made things worse by bringing the LONGMONT case to the COURT OF APPEALS
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Comment #4 posted by Hope on November 04, 2009 at 07:06:15 PT
"More care than they are capable of"
Does having to be a licensed and trained health care worker, nurse, doctor, home health care aide, come to mind? It's just more crappy dang nitpicking by prohibitionists to try to shut down and block what they personally, rather insanely, disapprove of.*sigh*
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on November 04, 2009 at 06:58:16 PT
Former Official Criticizes New Marijuana Policy
Former Administration Official Criticizes New Marijuana PolicyNovember 4, 2009In October, the Obama administration eased the long-standing marijuana policy which made its use subject to prosecution even in states where it was legal for medicinal purposes. Although the move was praised by many, there have also been critical voices, some of them coming from former administration officials. One of them is Bob Weiner, a former drug policy spokesman who left the White House in 2001. He recently stated that the new law—which instructs federal prosecutors to stop prosecuting those who use marijuana for medical purposes in the 13 states where it is legal—may lead the administration to get "more than they bargained for."URL:
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on November 04, 2009 at 06:44:43 PT
I've always had trouble when trying to read a pdf file so I really can't check it but I'm sure others will be able to read it. Thank you for the link.
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Comment #1 posted by SnowedUnder on November 04, 2009 at 05:34:23 PT:
A very sobering report
I hope this works for you FoM
I'm not that computer savy.
I think all our drug laws should be judged on the harms they do. Not what the msm puts out there. 
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