Legislators Await First Bill To Regulate MMJ

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  Legislators Await First Bill To Regulate MMJ

Posted by CN Staff on January 15, 2010 at 06:00:59 PT
By John Ingold, The Denver Post 
Source: Denver Post 

Colorado -- The first official bill to regulate medical marijuana in Colorado will come before the legislature today, its sponsor said, as cannabis advocates on Thursday took different tacks in fighting for their cause.The bill, from state Sen. Chris Romer, would create stricter requirements for the relationship between patients seeking marijuana and the doctors recommending it to them.
The bill would bar marijuana providers from paying doctors who recommend pot to patients, would require marijuana-recommending doctors to be in good standing with no restrictions on their medical licenses and would require the doctor and patient to have a "bona fide" relationship in which the doctor provides the patient a full examination and follow-up care. The bill also would create a special review board to scrutinize the applications of patients under age 21. Romer said he expects the bill to have bipartisan support at the Capitol."There's about as much consensus as you're ever going to get on this subject," said Romer, D-Denver.Brian Vicente, executive director of the medical-marijuana patient-advocacy group Sensible Colorado, said he supports a number of items in the bill but opposes the under-21 review board. He said young patients shouldn't have to go to extra lengths to get medicine and that the average age of medical-marijuana patients in the state is 40."Romer's review board is a solution in search of a problem," Vicente said.Still, the bill, which is supported by the state health department, is likely to be the least controversial medical-marijuana measure at the Capitol this session. State Rep. Tom Massey, R-Poncha Springs, is expected later in the session to introduce a more hotly debated bill — backed by law enforcement and loathed by medical-marijuana advocates — that would limit the number of patients a marijuana provider could serve to five and effectively outlaw retail marijuana dispensaries. Snipped   Complete Article: Denver Post (CO)Author: John Ingold, The Denver PostPublished: January 15, 2010Copyright: 2010 The Denver Post CorpWebsite: openforum denverpost.comCannabisNews Medical Marijuana Archives 

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Comment #8 posted by charmed quark on January 15, 2010 at 17:11:00 PT

No - I was told he is planning to sign it on his last day, Tuesday. He's going to Switzerland this weekend for a wedding and we are all afraid he'll break his leg again or something and not be able to sign it. I hate this last second stuff
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Comment #7 posted by rchandar on January 15, 2010 at 13:01:38 PT:

New Jersey?
I looked at the message boards just now. Anywhere, did Governor Corzine sign our bill into law in NJ? Today's Friday: if there's something amiss, we should know about it.--rchandar
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Comment #6 posted by BGreen on January 15, 2010 at 12:28:58 PT

Look at these webcams
Here are a couple of webcams from coffeeshops in Amsterdam. You'll see exactly what it's like in these shops where they're selling (gasp) cannabis and hashish to customer after customer.Look at how it looks like, well, people in any coffeeshop in the world. If you didn't know cannabis was being consumed you would not know it was being consumed.I HATE bars where alcohol is served. I've spent three decades playing in those filthy places with fights and piss and vomit and drunks getting right in your face and spilling drinks on our equipment. Our idiotic government and law enforcement would have you believe that cannabis shops are dangerous and vile places, but you look at these webcams and see the truth.The Coffeeshop Siberie The Coffeeshop de Supermarkt love the vibes of these coffeshops.The Reverend Bud Green
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on January 15, 2010 at 12:11:44 PT

I just got back from seeing the surgeon and I saw this being talked about in my one e-mail group. This is not good. We don't need this in our movement.
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Comment #4 posted by Sam Adams on January 15, 2010 at 11:19:15 PT

article on MPP scandal
someone just forwarded this to me, no comment but I thought it was revealing:"As part of an ongoing investigation, HIGH TIMES magazine has confirmed that at least seven full-time staff members of the Washington, DC based Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) have quit their jobs in protest of an alleged incident of sexual misconduct by MPP Executive Director Rob Kampia, which took place following an informal staff “happy hour” in August of 2009."
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Comment #3 posted by Sam Adams on January 15, 2010 at 08:58:03 PT

meanwhile, from the world of reality.... --Federal prosecutors announced Thursday that they have filed a health care fraud charge against a doctor accused of faking research for a dozen years in published studies that suggested after-surgery benefits from painkillers including Vioxx and Celebrex.Court documents indicate that Dr. Scott Reuben, an anesthesiologist, has agreed to plead guilty in exchange for prosecutors recommending a more lenient sentence of up to 10 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine and forfeiture of assets worth at least $50,000 that Reuben received for the research.Prosecutors allege the former chief of acute pain at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield sought and received research grants from pharmaceutical companies but never performed the studies. He fabricated patient data and submitted information to anesthesiology journals that unwittingly published it, court documents allege.Pfizer gave Reuben five research grants between 2002 and 2007. He also was a member of the company's speakers bureau, giving talks about Pfizer drugs to colleagues. The company has said it was not involved in the conduct of Reuben's studies or in the interpretation or publication of the results.
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Comment #2 posted by Sam Adams on January 15, 2010 at 08:54:51 PT

Can anyone name another medication - any medication at all - where a review board of bureaucrats is needed for under 21's?Why don't they review Big Pharma prescriptions on under 12's? Wouldn't that be interesting. There are many millions of children taking powerful psychotropic drugs.

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Comment #1 posted by goneposthole on January 15, 2010 at 06:38:35 PT

The State of Colorado
... wants street dealing to return to the cities and towns of Colorado. That is what will happen.I feel sorry for the police."It's legal now, we don't do anything."A police officer answering a question from a Denver-area nurse about what is done about marijuana.Legal cannabis will reduce crime.
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