Med Pot Bill Friendly To Industry OK'd by Panel
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Med Pot Bill Friendly To Industry OK'd by Panel
Posted by CN Staff on March 23, 2010 at 05:22:04 PT
By John Ingold, The Denver Post
Source: Denver Post
Denver, CO  -- Medical marijuana advocates scored another win Monday at the state Capitol when a legislative panel approved a bill creating new dispensary regulations after making several industry-friendly changes.A divided House Judiciary Committee removed a provision that would have allowed local governments to ban dispensaries in their communities. The committee also voted to allow consumption of marijuana-infused products at dispensaries, lower the amount of marijuana a dispensary would have to grow itself, eliminate a cap on the number of patients a dispensary could serve and loosen the rules for past criminal violations that could automatically disqualify someone from owning a dispensary.
House Bill 1284 would require dispensaries to be licensed with the state, grow 70 percent of the marijuana they sell and be subject to strict operational regulations. The committee passed the bill on a 7-4 party-line vote with Democrats in favor, though some votes on amendments were closer. "This provides tremendous opportunities for this business and this form of medication to be used in a highly regulated environment," said Rep. Claire Levy, a Boulder Democrat who chairs the committee.Brian Vicente, the executive director of the medical-marijuana patient-advocacy group Sensible Colorado, called the revised bill a "significant improvement.""This bill is becoming closer to what patients need in this state," he said.But not everyone is pleased. Mark Radtke, the legislative and policy advocate for the Colorado Municipal League, said the organization would fight to restore the ability of local governments to ban dispensaries. Rep. Steve King, a Grand Junction Republican who sits on the committee, said the bill distorts the intent of Amendment 20, the state constitutional provision that legalizes medical marijuana. Snipped   Complete Article: Denver Post (CO)Author: John Ingold, The Denver PostPublished: March 23, 2010Copyright: 2010 The Denver Post CorpWebsite: openforum denverpost.comCannabisNews Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #5 posted by runruff on March 23, 2010 at 08:28:29 PT
Your public pretender!
The public pretender's job is to stand next to you in court while they have their way with you and having a so called lawyer at your side makes all legal.Public pretenders jobs are to tell the defendant what a hopeless situation they are in and the only way out is to cop a plea!But I'm innocent, you may declare!I doesn't matter he will tell you, if they want to convict you they will one way or another and if they have to try you and convict you the sentence will be many time worse, that is why we must plea bargain!It is nothing but fast food justice and it is designed to feed an great gray monster!
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Comment #4 posted by ekim on March 23, 2010 at 08:00:32 PT
education week in May for Hemp Farmers Union Adopts New Policy on Industrial Hemp
Majority of Leading Farming Organizations Now Support Hemp Farming in the book 
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander 
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Comment #3 posted by runruff on March 23, 2010 at 07:48:18 PT
It is no coinky-dink!
In Colorado they are not putting away the herbal folk anymore, now look!Look at this great gray monster and think, there will be many to fall. Without the peaceful, life loving herbal folks all prisons around the country will return to some semblance of normalcy!I have brothers and sisters in that prison and their release will be the most humane act of the 20Th and 21st century. To imprison innocent people of a non-crime is pure Stalinesque in it's very nature! To do it for profit is not only sadistic and a profit structure only Satan could appreciate but is also soooo Republican! 
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Comment #2 posted by The GCW on March 23, 2010 at 06:08:22 PT
Flat-land Colorado counties against cannabis/hemp
When Colorado had the chance to vote at the ballot box to RE-legalize cannabis in 2006 there seemed to be a sharp difference between the types of counties which voted for and the counties which voted against. Most all of the flat-land type counties were against it for different reasons but also for many of the same reasons. They are more conservative for one but also their conservatism serves them well. I thought the flat-land counties shot themselves in both feet by opposing cannabis because if people could use cannabis with THC then it stood to reason farmers could grow hemp without THC.I also think the Colorado vote lost partly due to not spending enough time educating the flat-land counties.Huerfano County (Walsenburg's) where the closing of that prison will effect those citizens will now not have the option of growing hemp at this point in time and they voted 59% to 41% against cannabis / hemp.If citizens / farmers could grow hemp for fuel, food, fiber, etc. etc. perhaps they would not be closing their stores...-Oh well, I guess I'll continue purchasing My hemp seeds and hemp seed oil from My local health food store, which is grown by Canadian farmers.!It always stikes Me as unbelievable that communist Chinese farmers grow hemp but free American farmers may not.!And We see that part of the problem is due to the free American farmer not being smart enought to see that.Indirectly, the issue of medical cannnabis will go toward helping hemp farming too.America is moving toward RE-legalizing cannabis and that is good for the free American farmer even though they are not smart enough to see that yet.
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Comment #1 posted by The GCW on March 23, 2010 at 05:38:52 PT
Private for profit prison goin' down.
Coming prison closure adding to Walsenburg's woes's economy relies heavily on a privately run prison, and its pending closure is creating a domino effect of lost jobs and shuttered businesses. -0-Have lobbyist's for private for profit prisons be an enemy to cannabis users? I think so. Away with them. Whole communities profit by cannabis prohibition. IT'S TIME WHOLE COMMUNITIES PROFIT FROM CANNABIS, now.
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