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Romer Backs Lower Fees For Marijuana Dispensaries
Posted by CN Staff on April 30, 2010 at 18:49:20 PT
By Colleen Slevin, The Associated Press
Source: Associated Press
Denver --  A lawmaker trying to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries is backing off a proposal to charge high fees to weed out operators who may have criminal ties. Sen. Chris Romer said Friday that strict regulations, enforced with armed auditors, is the best way to make sure that dispensaries are following the law.Romer had proposed that dispensaries pay an non-refundable application fee of $10,000 to $35,000, depending on their size, to apply for a license under new regulations lawmakers are considering. Dispensary owners and some lawmakers opposed the idea during a marathon hearing Tuesday, fearing it would only allow large operators to remain in business.
Romer is now backing lower fees proposed by the Department of Revenue: $7,500 for dispensaries with fewer than 300 patients, $12,500 for 300 to 500 and $18,000 for more than 500.The fee would cover the cost of doing state and national criminal background checks on dispensary operators and investigating the source of dispensaries' financing, said Matt Cook, senior director of the revenue department's enforcement group. People with unpaid child support or student loans would also be barred from getting a license.Dispensaries that get licenses would have to pay an additional licensing fee to cover ongoing regulation, an amount to be determined based on how many dispensaries remain in operation.Cook said the department believes about 1,100 dispensaries are operating in the state, but he only expects about half to apply for licenses. He said some of the others won't be able to qualify and others may not want to put up with the hassle of being regulated.Brian Vicente, executive director of Sensible Colorado, a medical marijuana patients' group, said the proposed fees are still too high and that costs would just be passed on to patients.Source: Associated Press (Wire)Author: Colleen Slevin, The Associated PressPublished: April 30, 2010Copyright: 2010 The Associated PressCannabisNews Medical Marijuana Archives
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Comment #14 posted by Had Enough on May 01, 2010 at 09:42:43 PT
Addendum to #13
FDR put our country in bankruptcy in 1933. That also had series implications as our status of a sovereign nation & our constitution. Also how our military operated and how laws were made. The politicians were able to skirt the constitution because of this and our status as a citizen.
 A law, among many others was made up, every citizen was ordered to turn in all their gold, and it was then illegal for an American, except select few to posses it. From that point on were no longer on the gold & silver standard, and the Federal Reserve Bank, that is privately owned, controls our economy since then, and now. 
 We have been a corporate united states since then... with the international bankers holding our debt. They also took all our gold reserve in the process. Our labor/taxes goes to pay this perpetual debt by design. 
 We need to declare sovereignty again and arrest the bonds of the politicians. Then make them re-swear an oath to the constitution of the 1860 era...the one that was in place right before the civil war between the states.
 Eighty-five years after the Independence of the united States, seven southern nation States of America walked out of the Second Session of the thirty-sixth Congress on March 27, 1861. In so doing, the Constitutional due process quorum necessary for Congress to vote was lost and Congress was adjourned sine die, or "without day." This meant that there was no lawful quorum to set a specific day and time to reconvene which dissolved Congress. This dissolution automatically took place because there were no provisions within the Constitution allowing the passage of any Congressional vote without a quorum. Lincoln's second executive order of April, 1861, called Congress back into session days later, but not under the lawful authority of the Constitution. In his capacity as Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Military, Lincoln called Congress into session under authority of Martial Law. Since April of 1861, "Congress" has not met based on lawful process. Our current "Congress" is based on a legal fiction not much different than a proper name written in all caps. 
Legal fiction "laws", such as the Reconstruction Acts and the implementation of the Lieber Code, were soon instituted by Lincoln and thus  became the basis for our current "laws." Every purported "Act" in effect today is based on legal fiction, not lawful due process...
 This is all part of the global take over for world control...and they are still at it...Our central bank called the Federal Reserve Bank, a private bank owned by the same world bankers of old, needs to be shut down and sent back to Europe!!!
 I wish America would wake up and take our country back.
 The American Bankruptcy -
 U.S. Bankruptcy -
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Comment #13 posted by Had Enough on May 01, 2010 at 09:34:16 PT
Re: #8 - Herbologist
I’d like to expand a little on your comment...I’m sure you won’t mind... :)***Lawyers/Politicians belong to a union called The Bar Association."British Accreditation Registry" is what "BAR" stands for. They are an association headquartered out of the City of London in a district that is not part of the United Kingdom. The BAR is responsible for the most outrageous and criminal behavior found in Courts throughout the world and the destruction of the United States of America.In 1812 the United States Congress ratified the 13th Amendment which kicked BAR lawyers and similar 'club members' out of office and stripped them of citizenship. In retaliation, the British sent their army to invade again, and burned down the White House and the Library of Congress in 1814.After the British burned Washington, Thomas Jefferson donated his extensive library to replace the burned library of Congress. In the next banker War, while Union troops starved during Lincoln's Uncivil Morrill Tax War, Lincoln spent a small fortune of tax payers money dolling up the White House to make it 'fit for a king' (See PBS Documentary "Abraham Lincoln House Divided).From 1812 up until dishonest Abe’s immoral Morrill Tax Un-Civil War, there were no BAR Associations in the United States of America. Every copy of the Constitution in that period contained the last properly ratified Amendment which banished BAR lawyers from citizenship and office.In 1861 when Lincoln imposed an unconstitutional 37% Morrill Tax on the States and threatened invasion if the States did not pay up, lawyers refused to acknowledge States rights to leave the Union the States had voluntarily joined, the Nation burned.The properly ratified 13th Amendment which is the last properly ratified Supreme Law of the Land reads: “If any Citizen of the United States shall accept, claim, receive or retain any Title of Nobility or Honor, or shall, without the Consent of Congress, accept and retain any present, Pension, Office or Emolument of any kind whatever, from any Emperor, King, Prince or foreign Power, such Person shall cease to be a Citizen of the United States, and shall be incapable of holding any Office of Trust or Profit under them, or either of them.”By joining the BAR, which is a private club headquartered in London, and in accepting the title “Esquire”, BAR lawyers loose citizenship and the right to hold any office in government. Since 1812, Congressmen and women who are and have been members of the BAR are not entitled to vote, their votes in Congress are clearly all null and void.Lincoln, a lawyer, and one of the most dishonest and certainly one of the most disastrous Presidents, when he was loosing his illegal and criminal uncivil war against the Confederate Nation, in yet another extraordinarily deceptive and criminal act, issued the “Emancipation Proclamation”, effectively emancipating the lawfully ratified 13th Amendment and pronouncing the right of the government to establish slave labor camps for prisoners, which we now see all around in the US.More...
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Comment #12 posted by Had Enough on May 01, 2010 at 09:08:32 PT
That Crazy Horse link is excellent...That should be screened at every Congressional Meeting and at every Christian gathering.Thank You...
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Comment #11 posted by The GCW on May 01, 2010 at 08:37:34 PT
Guns, Whiskey, Water -REMINDS Me
That Guns, Whiskey, Water -REMINDS Me of 2 things.James Watt; "I don't like to paddle, and I don't like to walk," &Alcohol, tobacco and guns, -from J.D. Blackfoot's Song of Crazy Horse
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Comment #10 posted by Had Enough on May 01, 2010 at 08:09:46 PT
Something else to consider...
The dispensaries that do survive will be the ones that donate money to the politicians campaign coffers...Operating kinda like Mel & Betty Sembler/Calvina Fay’s programs like SEED, Strait Foundation, that has now turned into the present day Drug Free America Foundation, all operating on taxpayers money.They line the pockets and help place politicians/bureaucrats in high places, in turn they get all the taxpayers funding they can get on the down low, while the taxpayer is kept too busy with things like American Idol to pay attention..These politicians are slick, they tend to think ahead...while appearing to be dumber than a box of rocks as a diversion from their real goals...Which would & control!!!***Further notes of interest for those that want or need to ‘know’...George W. Bush, The Drug Free America Foundation, Inc., (formerly Straight Foundation, Inc.) and the Republican Party Free America Foundation
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Comment #9 posted by Had Enough on May 01, 2010 at 07:27:27 PT
Guns, Whiskey, Water & Pot
“”Cook said the department believes about 1,100 dispensaries are operating in the state, but he only expects about half to apply for licenses. He said some of the others won't be able to qualify and others may not want to put up with the hassle of being regulated.””They don’t like the idea of not being able to arrest and cage people for will make new laws to ‘regulate’ and ‘overcharge’ the dispensaries out the door. Then ‘hassle' the rest who can survive the onslaught of the ‘new laws’ and ‘regulation’...The term ‘regulate’ should be defined as ‘to make regular’...not a term used to put free enterprise into a monopoly for only a select few.If Mr. Romer doesn’t want people to touch his guns, whiskey, or water...He should give the same respect and not touch other people’s pot...
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Comment #8 posted by Herbologist on May 01, 2010 at 05:36:40 PT:
Guns and Money!
Lets bring in the Big Guns,Lets sale our water to the highest bidder.Welcome to Government.None of you realize that we our owned by British monarchy and you can check your own stock with a broker,just read him your social security number.Romer is of poor stock to CO.He says one thing in the day and does another by night.By the numbers he claims himself we would be audited for one minute a month.
        Be well,Be safe.Herbologist
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Comment #7 posted by EAH on April 30, 2010 at 22:58:10 PT:
More BS
It is just astonishing that dispensary ownership involves a criminal background check. It is a fallacy to to believe that check separates those who were never involved with the black market from those who were. All it succeeds in doing is to give a free pass to those who never got convicted of involvement, while unfairly excluding those that were. It is the height of head in the sand denial to think that those leading the way to establish dispensaries never had any previous cannabis involvement. Where did their motivation and expertise come from?What needs to happen is that legalization runs over all this dispensary regulation BS like a freight train, sweeping it aside as a much more just and practical paradigm gets implemented.
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Comment #6 posted by BGreen on April 30, 2010 at 22:53:49 PT
Romer is a DINO
Democrat In Name Only.This is the kind of crap I would expect to see from the Republican tea baggers but not somebody who identifies themselves with the more socially compassionate party.Who else has "armed auditors?" I worked in a pharmacy and we didn't have armed auditors. The MO Division of Pharmacy inspector would come by occasionally and look through our records but they certainly weren't armed.How much does a CO pharmacy pay for a license application fee? What about a liquor store?Romer needs to go. Vote him out!The Reverend Bud Green
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Comment #5 posted by The GCW on April 30, 2010 at 21:41:23 PT
And the Denver Post
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Comment #4 posted by The GCW on April 30, 2010 at 21:33:20 PT
IN a newspaper
I see it's in the Summit Daily News. backs lower fees for marijuana dispensaries
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Comment #3 posted by The GCW on April 30, 2010 at 21:28:03 PT
LTE about Romer in Boulder Weekly
Letter from, Anonymous Colorado medical marijuana dispensary owner about Romer:-0-US CO: PUB LTE: The war on dispensaries
 Webpage: 29 Apr 2010I remember about a year ago Sen. Chris Romer started courting the local dispensaries and medical marijuana organizations under the ruse that he was going to “pass reasonable legislation to legitimize our growing industry.” As we listened to his proposals, it became clear that his only concern was to make a name for himself as “the one who would tame the Wild West” and his concern for the patient or local industry was a deception to further his political goals. His voiced disdain for the “Wild West” makes him more of an embarrassment to Colorado than a representative of Colorado.As local dispensaries and others, such as American Medical Marijuana Standards Association (AMMSA) President Larry Hill, met with Sen. Romer, it became clear the senator wanted us to sharpen the knife he planned to stab us in the back with. We tried to explain to him that this industry was quite capable of developing its own regulatory standards for the protection of the patient and the public at large, but Sen. Romer had other ideas — every transaction videotaped; card-swipe technology into a central database recording every transaction; a police investigation of any patient purchasing more that two ounces per week.Local organizations and dispensaries soon had to distance themselves from the senator to maintain their own integrity. About this time the senator picked up another group of friends to “play” with — California dispensaries. Sen. Romer continues to add as much startup cost to opening a dispensary as he can, his latest proposal a $50,000 dispensary license.The California chain dispensaries are his most ardent supporters. Support for his proposals at the local level, whether patient or dispensary, is virtually nonexistent.From Sen. Romer’s own remarks his intent is easy to ascertain: “I plan to reduce the number of dispensaries in Colorado by 50 percent within a year.”Did you know that 50 percent of the dispensaries in Colorado are California chains? Vincent Carroll’s March 26 article in The Denver Post indicates which 50 percent the senator would like to get rid of: “Romer remains committed to regulatory standards that squeeze out what he calls [a] ‘knucklehead’ dispensary model run by people with no expertise and not enough capital.”It is sad that he views his own constituents as “knuckleheads without enough capital.” It is the working poor who put him into office.Later on, Mr. Carroll’s article states:“He foresees dispensaries as sophisticated ‘wellness’ centers regulated as thorsee oughly as casinos, where every transaction is videotaped.”Every transaction videotaped? Ever heard of HIPAA or the Fourth Amendment, Sen. Romer?“Sophisticated wellness centers” is code for “huge start-up expenses.” This “sophistication” he has proposed includes requiring that 90 percent of a dispensary’s medicine be grown on site. So your building store front and grow operation would cost $5,000 to $10,000 a month alone.It is crystal clear what you are trying to pull, Sen. Romer. Mom and Pop, the working poor and the rest of us knucklehead riffraff can go to hell, while you pursue your Walgreens, Wal-Mart and Wall Street version of “sophisticated wellness centers.”Colorado medical marijuana dispensary ownerEditor’s note: Boulder Weekly rarely agrees to publish a letter to the editor anonymously. In this case, the author of the letter felt that he and his business would be targeted if this letter could be attributed to him. Given the current political climate, we agreed to run the letter anonymously, after confirming his identity.Coming soon to MAP
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Comment #2 posted by ekim on April 30, 2010 at 20:36:13 PT
enforced with armed auditors
heard that Rnold was on Leno last night.all i see is the sure i would like to be Prez,
but was not born here.where are the hard hitters when the Term was telling
Leno -- you gota look at the numbers --well daya let a higher court decide
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Comment #1 posted by Had Enough on April 30, 2010 at 20:27:56 PT
Sen. Chris Romer Quotes
"It was stunning to me that this common-sense thing couldn't be done," said Romer, a Democrat. He sponsored a bill last year to allow water harvesting, but it did not pass.”"Welcome to water politics in Colorado," Romer said. "You don't touch my gun, you don't touch my whiskey, and you don't touch my water."Found here...Who owns Colorado's rainwater?
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