Medical Marijuana Bill, Ballot Initiative Unveiled
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Medical Marijuana Bill, Ballot Initiative Unveiled
Posted by CN Staff on February 03, 2010 at 12:59:41 PT
By John Ingold, The Denver Post 
Source: Denver Post
Colorado -- State lawmakers are today unveiling a long-awaited and already hotly debated bill to regulate medical-marijuana dispensaries in Colorado.The bill, which is scheduled to be released at an afternoon news conference, is expected to spark a lobbying firefight between law enforcement groups, which want to eliminate retail marijuana dispensaries in Colorado, and medical-marijuana advocates, some of whom favor as few government regulations on the industry as possible.
Other medical-marijuana groups have been lobbying behind the scenes for moderate regulations on the booming industry, hoping that some government oversight will professionalize and legitimize the business. Early drafts of the bill swung wildly across the regulatory spectrum and where the bill's sponsors  three Republicans and a Democrat  ultimately settled is a topic of keen interest for those with a stake in Colorado's cannabis conundrum. Snipped   Complete Article: Denver Post (CO)Author: John Ingold, The Denver Post Published: February 3, 2010Copyright: 2010 The Denver Post CorpWebsite: openforum denverpost.comCannabisNews Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on February 03, 2010 at 18:09:09 PT
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Comment #2 posted by The GCW on February 03, 2010 at 17:50:34 PT
US CO: Lawmakers: Dispensaries stay, but as non-profits
 Webpage: 3 Feb 2010Source: Summit Daily News (CO)State lawmakers today unveiled a bill that would make major changes to Colorado's medical-marijuana industry, allowing retail-style dispensaries to remain open, but forcing them to re-organize as licensed, non-profit "health centers."The bill would also place an 18-month moratorium on new commercial dispensaries. The bill also would require dispensaries to grow the majority of the marijuana they sell, thus eliminating freelance growers.Perhaps most significantly, the bill would draw a crucial distinction between small-scale and large-scale medical-marijuana providers.Small-scale providers  people growing and supplying marijuana to five or fewer patients  would not have to be licensed and would qualify for the protection the medical-marijuana section of Colorado's constitution gives to "caregivers."Large-scale providers, like dispensaries, would have less statutory protection, meaning cities and counties would have broad authority to regulate or even ban them from their communities."That's not a right in the constitution," state Sen. Chris Romer, a Denver Democrat who is one of the bill's sponsors, said of dispensaries. "That's a privilege we're going to grant them with a license. If you want to organize yourself as a medical-marijuana center, then you have to play by the rules we set forth."Cont.
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on February 03, 2010 at 14:38:20 PT
AP: Colo. Lawmakers Propose Marijuana Centers
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