Wrong Way on Medical Pot Bill
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Wrong Way on Medical Pot Bill
Posted by CN Staff on January 20, 2011 at 05:55:45 PT
Denver Post Editorial 
Source: Denver Post
Colorado -- A new medical marijuana bill that is supposed to tie up some loose ends in the new regulatory framework actually poses some rather significant changes  and most of them are not good policy.We were taken aback by several elements of the bill, and asked co-sponsor Rep. Tom Massey, R-Poncha Springs, about, for instance, the proposal to loosen up laws prohibiting people with felony drug convictions from owning dispensaries.
Massey assured us that was not his intent, and his response to this and other tenets of the bill is that the measure is in rough form and must be refined before it moves forward.We certainly hope so because this bill, as is, comprises a wish list from medical marijuana purveyors who lost many of these same arguments in last year's legislative session.What's changed?The current law, which was passed last year after much debate, disqualifies forever anyone with a felony drug conviction from having a dispensary license. It also prohibits anyone who had other felony convictions within the last five years from getting a license.The proposed change would make it so that only those with felony drug convictions in the last five years would be prohibited.This would be a step backward. Those who have engaged in criminal drug activity have no business dealing with medical marijuana. That's just inviting a fox into the henhouse.Furthermore, why would Coloradans want someone with a recent felony conviction of any kind getting a dispensary license? This is a business fraught with potential for abuse, and there is no reason to open it up to recent convicts. Snipped   Complete Article: Denver Post (CO)Published: January 20, 2011Copyright: 2011 The Denver Post CorpWebsite: openforum denverpost.comCannabisNews  Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #3 posted by Hope on January 20, 2011 at 12:10:43 PT
I really thought this comment to another commenter
over at the Denver Post was very apt.It was made in reply to a commenter called "Postgrad" by a commenter called "Bleeth" at 11:33 A.M. today."Postgrad wrote:
I was fine with allowing marijuana use to help people who really needed it--like cancer patients or those who suffer chronic pain. However, there just aren't enough of these people to justify the huge number of dispensaries that have cropped up. Common sense would tell you something else is happening here. People have been enabled to get "medical" marijuana who don't need it--and furthermore, they are sharing it with their friends. We should be passing more restrictions and not broadening opportunities for abuse."Bleeth responds, "I grow weary of people like you making judgment calls on what medication I should be taking for my condition. According to you I should have to ingest medicine that rips up my liver and destroys my stomach.I certainly hope you share the same concern about people that abuse pharmaceuticals and "share" them their friends. Sure, people slip through the cracks and scam the system, so what? Why do you even care and how does it affect you in any way? Who are you to tell me what I should be taking for my pain? We should all be able to take what works for us and synthetic meds don't work for me.One does not need to be at "death's door" to be qualified to take the medication that works for them. I don't think I should have to forgo my constitutional right to the medication of my choice because you think people are abusing the system.Get over yourself."
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Comment #2 posted by dongenero on January 20, 2011 at 08:32:48 PT
funny delusion
 People with drug felony convictions who have engaged in criminal drug activity have no business dealing with medical marijuana?That's a nice delusion. Actually, they are generally among the most qualified. Do you really think the people who know enough to operate a dispensary and grow operation were not already involved in such activities? Quite a plan these legislators have. Only unqualified and inexperienced people should run dispensaries and grow operations, huh?
What miracle will they perform next, water into wine?
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Comment #1 posted by ripit on January 20, 2011 at 08:16:04 PT
i wanna know..
if they keep felons and ppl with dui's from owning bars? is there a real legit reason for these kind of laws or is it just another controll issue?
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