Future of Medical Marijuana Is Cloudy

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  Future of Medical Marijuana Is Cloudy

Posted by CN Staff on May 16, 2010 at 05:04:39 PT
By Kevin Duggan 
Source: Coloradoan 

Colorado -- Uncertainty continues to cloud the future of the medical marijuana industry in Fort Collins. Local officials as well as marijuana advocates say they are waiting to see what happens next for the budding industry following the state Legislature's passage of two bills aimed at regulating how medical pot is prescribed, grown and distributed.House Bill 1284 establishes an authority within the state Department of Revenue to license and oversee medical marijuana centers.
The authority would be funded by myriad fees on growers and dispensaries that have yet to be established but are expected to run into the thousands of dollars.The measure allows local governments to ban marijuana businesses. The bill was designed to shut down the majority of existing marijuana businesses by increasing their costs and making them jump through numerous regulatory hoops, said Travis Cutbirth, co-owner of Medical Gardens of Colorado, 420 S. Mason St., Fort Collins."The stated intention of this bill was to set the bar so high that most people couldn't reach it," he said."It's like tying someone's legs and hands behind their back, tossing them in the water and telling them to learn how to swim," he said. "If you don't make it to shore, too bad."Senate Bill 109 addresses the doctor-patient relationship regarding medical pot, including blocking physicians from working for dispensaries.The bill also establishes a medical review board that would determine whether a patient younger than 21 should receive medical marijuana.Gov. Bill Ritter has indicated he will sign both pieces of legislation. If that happens, marijuana advocates say they will sue the state and challenge the constitutionality of the laws. Snipped   Complete Article: Coloradoan (CO)Author: Kevin DugganPublished: May 16, 2010Copyright: 2010 The Fort Collins ColoradoanWebsite: KevinDuggan coloradoan.comCannabisNews Medical Marijuana Archives

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Comment #21 posted by JoeCitizen on May 19, 2010 at 08:49:37 PT
Schedule II = Easy Research
If cannabis is made Schedule II (or lower) it would dramatically ease the difficulty of doing good research on it. It is damn near impossible to do research on Schedule I substances. There is a presumption that it has NO medical use, so why are you even asking? The paperwork is mountainous, the DEA is right in your face doing constant inspections. Worst of all, it puts a black mark on your record as far as ever getting further grant money.Schedule II restrictions are much less onerous. A LOT more research would get done if cannabis were Sched. II. And I have no fear whatsoever of good research. "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."
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Comment #20 posted by Hope on May 17, 2010 at 14:26:25 PT
I'm thinking it must be something on the evening news. Maybe.
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Comment #19 posted by ripit on May 17, 2010 at 11:27:25 PT
i have been looking every
where and i couldn't find the abc spot.what a pain!i really can't find much of anything about cannabis on their site. what a shame.if anybody has or knows of a link to it i'd be etremely grateful.
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Comment #18 posted by Hope on May 17, 2010 at 07:12:48 PT
Thanks, FoM
Ran on to a good article out of Canada by Dan Gardner.Drug War Claims Another
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Comment #17 posted by FoM on May 17, 2010 at 06:46:01 PT
I have the opposite problem. When I want to spell normal I have to stop and think and not type norml. LOL!
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Comment #16 posted by FoM on May 17, 2010 at 06:44:26 PT
All fixed now.
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Comment #15 posted by Hope on May 17, 2010 at 06:12:47 PT

Sorry... can't believe I did that
until I saw it sliding by on it's way to's Normal.... but it's really Norml. If I don't capitalize all the letters... my little finger just puts that a in there anyway.
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Comment #14 posted by Hope on May 17, 2010 at 06:10:30 PT

Norml On ABC News today
Confirmed: Marijuana Legalization To Be Discussed Today On ABC News
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Comment #13 posted by Nic on May 17, 2010 at 05:29:38 PT

comment 3 that is fantastic news To Control Alcohol Abuse
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Comment #12 posted by runruff on May 17, 2010 at 02:21:12 PT

Remember: "last to die in a lost war"?
Think like a DEA?Who wants to be the last to loose out on retirement?Who wants a job with fewer perks, less power?Who wants a job where you cannot shoot people, [legally]Where will agents meet big time dealers they can extort huge sums of money from?The avalanche of truth that will be unloosed will prove the criminality of federal agents lo these many years!They do not want to be known as the DEA, [Dinkiest Enforcement Agency]What they are holding up in their and their sponsors interest is:The multi-billion dollar hemp industry that could have already solved our unemployment problem.The billions in savings for wasted funds spent on dangerous, questionable, death for profit drugs!DEA are creeps, they are the spawn of the most evil man to taint the white house. They are Nixon's "Rosemary's Baby". They are and always have been about and for themselves.Here is the news flash of the evening!We are the exorcist! 
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Comment #11 posted by Brandon Perera on May 17, 2010 at 00:44:40 PT

pretty good article. goin on with the Marc Emery locations for rallies?
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Comment #10 posted by The GCW on May 16, 2010 at 19:02:03 PT

I believe the movement will not come to a stop. It will likely put another hole in the dike. Open up more, not less conversation. The movement is getting a lot of momentum from people like Us who have no intentions of letting up if cannabis is RE-scheduled to II. To government, being Schedule I to some extent means they don't want to even talk about it. To RE-schedule it means they have to back off and also talk about it. If cannabis is RE-scheduled to just II it will open up a can of worms.  Being honest about it requires the plant to not be scheduled along with coke and meth.It will be something to scream about.-0-Schedule II will give some room for doctors to actually prescribe the plant but that is just an extention of the tweaked system in place now.People; sick people who wish to use the plant should not be extorted by government or doctors to get permission to use the plant. We've alreado been given permission to use the plant on the 1st page of the Bible.RE-schedule, RE-legalize and RE-move the tweaked laws and humans and for that matter, all the animals will be able to once again use the plant as God, The Ecologician intended.Yes, the plant was not only created for Us, it was also created for all the living creatures. -see the 1st page.And the animals have suffered too.
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Comment #9 posted by FoM on May 16, 2010 at 17:53:53 PT

I have never concerned myself about any substance but Cannabis. My logic is many states mostly in the south will have to lessen their penalties for cannabis if it is rescheduled. Some of the penalties are very extreme now.
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Comment #8 posted by josephlacerenza on May 16, 2010 at 17:31:33 PT

Just a Thought....
The rescheduling of cannabis is important. But, it will shut down any further discussion regarding responsible adult use of cannabis for recreational purposes. We would no longer be able to reasonably argue for the "privilege" to use a controlled substance i.e. cocaine, oxy, meth etc. if cannabis was removed from schedule I to a lower schedule. It will help those who could obtain a prescription from a doctor. But, and this is a big one, it could be the end to the legalization movement, and possibly stymie any further movement with hemp.Just a thought.... 
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Comment #7 posted by Hope on May 16, 2010 at 16:33:38 PT

Ronnie James Dio killed by cancer
That's a shame. Cancer. People still being killed by cancer.Wonder if anything would be better in 2010 if all the money spent all these years on chasing and trying to eradicate just the cannabis plant had been spent on cancer research.Cancer is bad. It causes real suffering. It kills and maims human kind and animal kind. Directly. It needs to be fought.Money and lives spent fighting the cannabis plant and the people who wish to use it is a foolish, obscene, total and complete waste. 
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Comment #6 posted by Hope on May 16, 2010 at 16:14:43 PT

Thank you.Seems like, once again, the enforcement branches of government shouldn't be making such decisions. The physical enforcers are the "Brawn" people. There's supposed to be some "Brains" people, you'd think, making the policy decisions.

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Comment #5 posted by RevRayGreen on May 16, 2010 at 15:14:34 PT

Thanks runruff
for the metal fans RIP RJD...... Ronnie James DIO....
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on May 16, 2010 at 15:03:28 PT

Great news! At this point the penalties would really drop if even at a Schedule II. It would mean they understand cannabis has medical properties too! 
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Comment #3 posted by runruff on May 16, 2010 at 14:51:39 PT

My inside sources tell me....
...the Chubby Bulldog AKA: Michelle Leonheart and reps from HHS are in a heated battle over rescheduling cannabis....the DEA wants to go no lower than schedule 2 while HHS is recommending schedule 4. The DEA cannot go higher than the HHS recommends so they are holding things up trying to get a higher schedule.The DEA knows that any lower than sched.2 and they are toast. They are anyway but they will have their hopes up until they get a museum and a commemorative statue in Washington behind the highway rest stop restrooms under the overpass.
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Comment #2 posted by Nic on May 16, 2010 at 10:38:38 PT

May "We Begin
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Comment #1 posted by runruff on May 16, 2010 at 05:56:01 PT

The harder the try the more they fail!
This is god's way of saying, "leave my gifts alone, they do not need regulating"!Legal like dirt!
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