Listen To Voters on Medical Marijuana
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Listen To Voters on Medical Marijuana
Posted by CN Staff on March 08, 2010 at 04:45:43 PT
Source: Denver Post
Denver -- Medical marijuana legislation pending in the state legislature could legitimize hundreds of dispensaries, and we don't think that honors the intent of voters who approved narrowly drawn access for sick people.While state lawmakers may believe they have the authority to create a dispensary system for medical marijuana — that is, we think, a debatable legal question — we don't think they should. That is an issue voters ought to decide.
The dispensary system that has sprouted of its own accord in the last seven months looks to us like a backdoor effort to legalize marijuana. Voters demonstrated in 2006 that they did not support legalization when they overwhelmingly shot down a ballot question on the issue.We're not sure how they would respond to a measure creating a dispensary system. We hope they get the chance to weigh in on the matter in a straightforward ballot question. That would clear up the ambiguity lawmakers currently find themselves wrestling with in House Bill 1284, which they took up last week in a marathon hearing.The bill creates a state licensing authority and regulatory scheme for dispensaries, hundreds of which have cropped up in the state since the summer. For much of the last decade, the medical marijuana system appears to have operated in ways that roughly comported with the constitutional amendment voters approved in 2000.The state limited caregivers to five patients each, and dispensaries, which are not mentioned anywhere in the constitutional amendment, were nowhere to be seen. Snipped   Complete Article: Denver Post (CO)Published: March 8, 2010Copyright: 2010 The Denver Post CorpWebsite: openforum denverpost.comCannabisNews Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #10 posted by Boulder Patient on March 11, 2010 at 20:06:08 PT:
It's good to be here :)
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Comment #9 posted by FoM on March 11, 2010 at 12:28:51 PT
Boulder Patient 
Welcome to CNews. 
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Comment #8 posted by Boulder Patient on March 11, 2010 at 11:57:54 PT:
Pushback against Cannabis in Colorado is on
The pushback against medical cannabis in Colorado is in full swing, but there was a recent victory that gave us hope. A judge ruled that a town can't close a dispensary by citing federal law!My hope is that the majority sees that a year of dispensaries hasn't made anything worse in Colorado, and in fact things have gotten better. Tens of millions in tax revenue, and countless new jobs and a boost to the local economy is nothing to sneeze at!
Colorado Judge Rules Town Can't Close Medical Marijuana Dispensary
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Comment #7 posted by John Tyler on March 08, 2010 at 19:29:42 PT
movies off topic
This should be interesting. Forest Whitaker is making a movie about Louis Armstrong by focusing on "Satchmo"'s love of the plant. Whitaker will star as Armstrong and direct the biopic in 2011.
Link, if anyone has seen the new “Alice in Wonderland” movie with Johnny Depp let us know how you liked it.
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Comment #6 posted by The GCW on March 08, 2010 at 17:05:41 PT
Democrats in Colorado getting phone calls
Democrats in Colorado may be getting phone calls about the Senate election race coming up between former Speaker of the House Andrew Romanoff and U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet.I've gotten at least 3 from Bennet camp. The caucus is coming up March 16th...While I don't know much about Bennet, there are some issues with Romanoff that must be mentioned.During the 2006 election there was an issue with the wording in the Blue Book, which may have effected the rusults in a negative way concering RE-legalizing cannabis in Colorado that was directly due to Romanoff's actions.Romanoff's actions concerning the 2006 vote concerning cannabis RE-legalization, is reason to keep Romanoff out of political office.-0-The following links to MAP archive news helps shed light on why it would be best to keep Romanoff out of office. Again, I don't know Bennet's stand but Romanoff did the cannabis issue harm and should be sent home.US CO: PUB LTE: Return Blue Books CO: PUB LTE: Dishonest Voter Guide; Dishonest Romanoff CO: Editorial: Ambushing The Pot Initiative CO: Officials Sniff at Bid to Legalize Marijuana
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on March 08, 2010 at 10:01:56 PT
Colorado Asks US To Halt Medical Marijuana Raids
March 8, 2010 Denver -- Colorado lawmakers trying to regulate marijuana dispensaries are asking the U.S. attorney general to stop raids of medical marijuana operations.The group e-mailed the request to Eric Holder on Monday, following up on a letter sent last week.The lawmakers say the raids are discouraging dispensary operators and medical marijuana patients and growers from working with them on the proposed regulations.The letter was sent by Sens. Chris Romer and Nancy Spence and Reps. Tom Massey and Beth McCann.A suburban Denver man has been charged with possession in federal court after agents raided his home and found 224 pot plants. Agents have also raided two laboratories that test medical marijuana after their owners applied for drug licenses.Copyright: 2010 The Associated PressURL:
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on March 08, 2010 at 07:27:11 PT
I can imagine how scary it must be in Texas if this is how the people think about marijuana. We would get a $100 fine for a close to similar amount. 
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Comment #3 posted by Hope on March 08, 2010 at 07:21:19 PT
Grits for Breakfast
Absurdist 35-year pot sentence a hometown embarrassment
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on March 08, 2010 at 06:19:36 PT
Federal Law
After reading this blog about a man getting 35 years in Texas we really need to change our Federal Law. How Not To Get 35 Years For Pot Possession
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Comment #1 posted by The GCW on March 08, 2010 at 06:00:17 PT
The small majority vs the large minority.
"Voters demonstrated in 2006 that they did not support legalization when they overwhelmingly shot down a ballot question on the issue."*If researched, I belive most of the dispensaries are in counties which did vote to legalize the superplant. Most are in Denver, Boulder, Summit counties...COLORADO AMENDMENT 44 / COUNTY RESULTS
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