The Pot Dispensary Wars

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  The Pot Dispensary Wars

Posted by CN Staff on January 16, 2010 at 09:07:31 PT
By Vincent Carroll 
Source: Denver Post 

Colorado -- Medical marijuana backers just won't take yes for an answer. The Denver City Council this week took the extraordinary step of passing regulations that will allow 200 to 300 marijuana dispensaries in a town where none existed just months ago. Not a single council member voted no. So were dispensary backers grateful? Not on your life. The hearing was rife with complaints that the restrictions trampled on patient and caregiver rights. A lawsuit was threatened. From the alarmed reaction, you'd have thought the council had been supplanted by a cabal of pot prohibitionists from the attorney general's office.
The irony is that the dispensaries — in Denver and elsewhere — face a genuine threat: The legislature is considering shutting them down by limiting each "caregiver" to five patients, making such disputes as occurred in Denver irrelevant. "If you believe in the dispensary model — and I believe in the dispensary model — you better start working now to save it," Councilman Charlie Brown advised the critics, after counseling flexibility on their part. Brown is right. The self-righteous carping only confirms the worst suspicions of dispensary opponents: that the medical marijuana lobby is actually interested mainly in the backdoor legalization of cannabis itself — a status that Colorado voters rejected in 2006, six years after they legalized medical marijuana with Amendment 20. As someone who supports a regulated dispensary model (and explained why in last Saturday's column), I'm baffled by the all-or-nothing attitude of some proponents toward modest restrictions. It's one thing to argue, for example, that Denver's spacing requirement of 1,000 feet between dispensaries and schools, day care centers and other dispensaries is excessive (I happen to agree) and quite another to insist that it "is an effective ban on a constitutional right," as attorney Robert Corry argued in a letter to the City Council.  Snipped   Complete Article: Denver Post (CO)Author: Vincent Carroll Published: January 16, 2010Copyright: 2010 The Denver Post CorpWebsite: openforum denverpost.comCannabisNews Medical Marijuana Archives 

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Comment #7 posted by FoM on January 17, 2010 at 15:40:32 PT

Related Article From The Huffington Post Blog
Nothing Focuses The Mind Like A Near Death Experience Unless You Are A Colorado MMJ Supporter***By Chris RomerChris Romer Is A State Senator Representing District 32 In Denver.January 17, 2010 URL:
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Comment #6 posted by Hope on January 17, 2010 at 11:09:27 PT

Off Topic, but...
You wanna see something scary?The latest news about the BPA debacle. news media seems like they are are going to take this one on, this time.Government doesn't have time to shut down wide spread use of known dangers by our food and medicine supply providers... yet spends millions prohibiting, chasing down and trying to destroy an herb that has all appearances of being something extremely beneficial in fighting some cancers?
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Comment #5 posted by runruff on January 17, 2010 at 04:59:25 PT

We are stuck in the twentieth century.
While we are still making fun of "cops and doughnuts" at Dunkin's, they have graduated to Starbucks and piscottis.They may have to go back to Dunkin' Doughnuts if I am any judge of budget cuts to come!In the old days of the WoD, more drug deals were being made at the local doughnut shop than all of Columbia!Even now except the profits are growing smaller and their days are numbered like the "stinking badges" on their shirts! Hey I didn't say "stinking badges" the Mexican guy in the "Treasure of the Sierra Madre" said that!
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Comment #4 posted by runruff on January 17, 2010 at 04:47:30 PT

Cops disease.
"Corruptsinlazium".It is also a prominent in DAs and other politicians.
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Comment #3 posted by Had Enough on January 16, 2010 at 20:22:04 PT

I found this comment...
“biamen wrote:All you get-a-life losers who blame anything on the Post's editorial copy have not a clue about anything, you utter morons.
I supposed the Wall Street firms that went under (Shearson Lehman, Bear Stears) were "liberal" institutions too, right morons?Solar_satellite responded:Why do you say this? The Post's editorializing spills out into the rest of the newspaper. Surely readers' reactions to the Post's opinions and its insistence on misrepresenting opinion as news have some bearing on whether or not readers choose to continue to subscribe. You assume incorrectly that objections to the Post's opinions could not influence its profitability and that the objectors are right-wing loonies. What has crystallized my abhorrence of the Post has been the crusade it has been waging against medical marijuana using putative news articles as well as editorials. The Post talks out of both sides of its mouth simultaneously, as in its notable recent editorial urging the destruction of medicinal cannabis dispensaries while disingenuously and off-handedly claiming to support the legalization of marijuana outright. Having bent any number of news stories to suit its nefarious agenda in this regard, some of the Post's columnists nonetheless contradict its stance -- the Post's management is like William Randolph Hearst if he suffered from narcolepsy. Based on its profoundly retrograde stance on dispensaries, which has done a tremendous disservice to the public debate over cannabis, and its execrable writing and editing, the Post deserves to fail. I wonder whether a concerted campaign to get readers to cancel their subscriptions, advertisers to cancel their advertising, and those the Post has gratuitously wronged to publicly demonstrate their anger might not have some salutory effect, and I may be pursuing such a broad campaign soon.***Comment   Yesterday, 11:13 pmFound here...

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Comment #2 posted by Had Enough on January 16, 2010 at 20:06:16 PT

DENVER POST OWNER PLANS PREPACKAGED CHAPTER 11 BANKRUPTCYDENVER — The holding company for MediaNews Group Inc. newspapers, including The Denver Post and San Jose Mercury News, says it plans to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.Affiliated Media Inc. said Friday it would file a "prepackaged" plan already approved by lenders, which should allow it to emerge from bankruptcy more quickly.It would be at least the 13th bankruptcy filing by a U.S. newspaper publisher in the past 13 months. The owners of dozens of newspapers have been pushed into bankruptcy protection as the recession and competition from the Internet have sapped advertising revenue.MediaNews' management and newspaper operations, employees and vendors won't be affected by the holding company's restructuring, MediaNews Group Chairman and CEO William Dean Singleton said. He is the chairman of The Associated Press board of directors.A date for the filing hasn't been announced, but the company said it would be in the near future. The reorganization plan was expected to be filed in federal bankruptcy court in Delaware.More...,2933,583175,00.html
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on January 16, 2010 at 19:51:05 PT

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