Lawmaker: End Medical Pot Free-For-All
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Lawmaker: End Medical Pot Free-For-All
Posted by CN Staff on November 09, 2009 at 10:32:22 PT
By Gene Davis, DDN Staff Writer
Source: Denver Daily News
CO -- A Colorado Republican announced on Friday that he is seeking an end to the medical marijuana free-for-all that he believes is going on in the state.Sen. Al White, R-Hayden, signaled that he plans to introduce legislation that would bring state rules to the currently unregulated medical marijuana industry in Colorado. White joins the ranks of Denver City Councilman Charlie Brown and Sen. Chris Romer, D-Denver, in trying to get a hold of what many call an out-of-control medical marijuana industry.
“What we’ve effectively got now is de facto decriminalization of marijuana,” White said in a statement. “That is not what the people of this state voted for.”White’s draft proposal would establish a state monopoly to grow and distribute marijuana. The lawmaker believes doing so would help keep black market marijuana out of the supply chain.Additionally, the draft proposal would require any prescription for the substance to be filled by a licensed pharmacist. “We don’t allow unlicensed people to simply open up a shop and sell controlled substances like Valium or Oxycontin – that’s why they call them ‘controlled substances,’” said White. “So, why are we allowing that to happen with medical marijuana?”Meanwhile, Brian Vicente of the medical marijuana advocacy group Sensible Colorado pointed out that Amendment 20 — which voters passed in 2000, legalizing the herb for select sick patients in Colorado — enshrines the right of patients to grow their own medical marijuana. “I think it’s important for patients to maintain that right so they don’t have to go to the government to get their medicine,” he said. “Some folks end up growing their own because they can’t afford prescription medicine.”Under White’s plan, revenue from the sale of marijuana would initially be split equally between a “rainy day fund” and a special fund for colleges and universities. After the “rainy day fund” reached $1 billion, the revenue stream would be directed entirely to higher education. Colorado is currently facing a budget gap in excess of $1 billion over the next few years. “The legislature has an obligation to honor the will of the voters and make this work,” concluded White. “I’m looking forward to working with my colleagues across party lines next year to make that happen.”Source: Denver Daily News (CO)Author: Gene Davis, DDN Staff WriterPublished: Monday, November 9, 2009 Copyright: 2009 Denver Daily NewsContact: editor thedenverdailynews.comURL: Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #10 posted by herbologist on November 11, 2009 at 06:20:08 PT:
constitutional right,
We the people voted this into our constitution and only the people can remove or change these rights.No law enforcement or judge,panel,group has those rights to change anything.I think we are nearing another Tea Party.The people have to make clear their wishes and eliminate those that stand against what the people Voted for.We the people not those loosing their jobs or security or Propaganda hype.
     Be well,Be safe.Herbologist
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Comment #9 posted by FoM on November 10, 2009 at 10:34:14 PT
AP: Denver Judge Overturns Medical Pot Ruling
The Associated PressDenver -- A Denver judge has overturned a state health board ruling that narrowed the definition of who can supply medical marijuana.Denver District Court Judge Larry Naves said Tuesday that the order adopted by the health board on Nov. 3 is "invalid and void."A state health department official said she doesn't know if the ruling will be appealed.Medical marijuana advocates challenged the rule change in court, saying it was made with little notice.The board temporarily suspended its rule governing who can supply marijuana to patients in light of a recent Appeals Court ruling. That ruling said suppliers must do more than just provide medical marijuana to be considered a caregiver.Naves said he didn't see any evidence that the board considered how the vote would affect the health of patients.Copyright: 2009 Associated PressURL:
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Comment #8 posted by kaptinemo on November 09, 2009 at 17:56:56 PT:
Do they need to see pitchforks and tar-barrels?
What will it take to rid the electorate of this unwarranted paternalism on the part of these elected officials?The voters spoke years ago. They have not spoken since, except to voice greater support for the new law. So...if they did not ask for these proposed regulations, then who did?If legislation is not demanded by the electorate, then it is not the prerogative of the legislature to initiate it. I repeat: who asked for it?
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Comment #7 posted by FoM on November 09, 2009 at 15:38:01 PT
Lies About Pot Drive People To Drink
November 9, 2009URL:
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Comment #6 posted by dongenero on November 09, 2009 at 14:55:16 PT
not what they voted for?
The law is exactly what they voted for. Unless someone has initiated a law that was not on the referendum? What White does not like is that people voted for what he now calls de facto legalization. He wishes to over ride the voters.Really, if you want to talk de facto legalization, Holland has de facto legalization.
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Comment #5 posted by The GCW on November 09, 2009 at 13:55:22 PT
Also on the 16th:
Plus: on the 16th:Help Colorado Lead the Nation  
11/16 Event: Moving Marijuana Reform Forward in Colorado
Please join Sensible Colorado, SAFER, and the Marijuana Policy Project on Monday, Nov. 16th, for a Thanksgiving Celebration to commemorate how far marijuana policy reform has come in Colorado, and to find out where it is headed as we move forward into the new year. This event is FREE and open to the public! Our featured guest speaker will be Rob Kampia, executive director of the MPP. Mason Tvert from SAFER will attend.and Brian Vicente of Sensible Colorado will attend.This free event will be held at the Gilmore Art Center, an art gallery in the Mile High Framing building at 2119 Curtis St. in Denver. Light food and drinks will be served, and recommended attire is casual to business-casual. 
When:    Nov 16, 2009 Time:     6:00 PMLocation:  Gilmore Art Center   Mile High Framing (2119 Curtis St., Denver, 80205.) -see map.
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Comment #4 posted by The GCW on November 09, 2009 at 13:54:01 PT
Comment #2 also in the Summit Daily
US CO: Medical marijuana rule gets court reviewWebpage: 9 Nov 2009Source: Summit Daily News (CO) 
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Comment #3 posted by FiddleMan on November 09, 2009 at 12:43:20 PT
Let the People Vote for Legalization!
“What we’ve effectively got now is de facto decriminalization of marijuana,” White said in a statement. “That is not what the people of this state voted for.” ---That’s because the voter were not given the opportunity to vote for Legalization. Let the voters vote for whether they want Cannabis Legalized and they WILL vote for Legalization!“White’s draft proposal would establish a state monopoly to grow and distribute marijuana. The lawmaker believes doing so would help keep black market marijuana out of the supply chain.”---It is wrong to make the people go to a “Monopolized State Drug Dealer” for something that will grow in their back yard. The people need the right to grow their own! Not to mention that businesses need to flourish, prosper and be taxed accordingly. This is the "American Way"!Allow the people to Vote for Legalization, then treat Cannabis like Alcohol and Tax/Regulate it. This is not difficult! JUST DO IT! This is what the people want!----------ONLY Legalization WILL stop the Black Market!----------Let the People Vote for Full Legalization of Cannabis!
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on November 09, 2009 at 11:32:10 PT
AP: Medical Marijuana Rule Gets Court Review
 November 9, 2009 DENVER (AP) - Medical marijuana rules are headed to a Denver judge.Denver District Court Judge Larry Naves has scheduled a hearing Tuesday morning on state regulations limiting who can supply the drug to patients.The state board of health temporarily narrowed the definition last week. But medical marijuana supporters are asking Naves to block those limits from taking effect, saying the state didn't give enough notice of the vote.The question is about the definition of "caregiver" and who can supply marijuana to people who medically qualify to use the drug. It's unclear how long it will take Naves to decide whether to block the new rule.The state health board is planning to make its final decision on Dec. 16.Copyright 2009 The Associated PressURL:
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on November 09, 2009 at 11:23:52 PT
Boulder Expects Crowd, Long Night for Hearing
Boulder Expects Crowd, Long Night for Medical Marijuana HearingBy Heath Urie, Camera Staff WriterNovember 9, 2009Anyone who wants to talk to the Boulder City Council about a possible moratorium on medical-marijuana dispensaries should plan on a late night Tuesday.The council will consider an emergency ordinance stopping any new dispensaries from opening up until March 31, 2010, so that the city has more time to study whether it wants to regulate the industry. City officials announced Monday that the agenda for the meeting puts the question about dispensaries near the end of the meeting, meaning public comment about the issue won't begin until about 9 p.m. The city is anticipating a packed hearing room for the discussion, so the time for each person to speak has been reduced from three minutes to two minutes. There is no limit on how many people can speak, but anyone who wants to talk needs to sign up with the city clerk between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.The sign-up area is located in the council chambers on the second floor of the Municipal Building, 1777 Broadway.The council is expected to discuss dispensaries for up to three hours. Copyright: 2009 The Daily CameraURL:
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