Few on Either Side Happy with Proposed MMJ Rules
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Few on Either Side Happy with Proposed MMJ Rules
Posted by CN Staff on March 05, 2010 at 04:26:05 PT
By John Ingold, The Denver Post
Source: Denver Post
Denver -- Marijuana activists and law enforcement officials sparred Thursday as the bell rang on the fight over medical-marijuana dispensary regulations at the state Capitol.The first committee hearing on House Bill 1284  which would require dispensaries to be licensed by both state and local governments and is the more controversial of the two medical-marijuana bills at the Capitol  stretched into the evening. Lawmakers said late Thursday that they would not vote on the measure until another date.
What was most clear in early rounds was that neither the law enforcement community nor large sections of the medical-marijuana community much care for the bill.Activists argued the bill could restrict patients' access to marijuana, infringe upon constitutional rights and lead to suffering. Law enforcement groups raised concerns that a legal dispensary system would lead to fraud and a perpetuation of the illegal marijuana market. A rewrite of the bill unveiled at the hearing would require dispensaries to first obtain a license from a local government and then get a state license. Dispensaries would have to grow most of the marijuana they sell. But the new version would also allow for separate licenses for marijuana- growing facilities tied to dispensaries  which could sell a portion of what they grow to other dispensaries  and for marijuana product-makers.Perhaps the biggest change is that dispensaries would be allowed to operate as for-profit companies with few advertising restrictions, whereas previous drafts required dispensaries to be nonprofits with tight advertising restrictions.The bill would also give local governments the authority to ban dispensaries in their communities. Snipped   Complete Article: Denver Post (CO)Author: John Ingold, The Denver PostPublished: March 5, 2010Copyright: 2010 The Denver Post CorpWebsite: openforum denverpost.comCannabisNews Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on March 05, 2010 at 11:39:41 PT
UPI: No Vote on Colorado Marijuana Measure
March 5, 2010Denver -- Colorado lawmakers said they put off a vote on a bill that would require medical-marijuana dispensaries to get licenses from local and state officials.The Denver Post said Friday the decision to put off a vote on the measure until a later date came amid a flurry of opposition from marijuana activists Thursday.If House Bill 1284 is passed, medical-marijuana dispensaries would be required to obtain a license from local government officials as well as from state officials.The bill also requires marijuana- growing facilities and marijuana product-makers to obtain licenses. A rewrite of the bill lessened the advertising restrictions applied to medical-marijuana dispensaries, which will be allowed to be run as for-profit companies, the newspaper reported.Marijuana activists argue the bill could significantly limit how accessible medical marijuana will be for qualified patients, the Post said.On the other side of the debate are law enforcement groups that insist a legal marijuana dispensary system would only be met with fraud, while also perpetuating the illegal marijuana market in the state.Copyright: 2010 United Press International, Inc. URL:
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