Controversial Rules for MMJ Caregivers Approved
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Controversial Rules for MMJ Caregivers Approved
Posted by CN Staff on June 15, 2011 at 19:23:02 PT
By John Ingold, The Denver Post
Source: Denver Post
Denver -- The state Board of Health today adopted major new rules for Colorado's small-scale medical-marijuana providers, over the objections of cannabis advocates who said the rules are too harsh.The rules will require that caregivers  medical-marijuana providers serving five or fewer patients who cannot grow for themselves  do more than just give cannabis to patients. Instead, they must also do something extra, like help patients with shopping, cooking or getting to doctors' appointments.
Medical-marijuana advocates fear the added responsibilities will severely trim the number of caregivers, which state officials said today stands at 16,000. The advocates say caregivers provide a link to medical-marijuana for patients who are poor or who live in areas where there is no convenient access to dispensaries.But Health Board members said they do not think the regulations present the doomsday scenario that advocates worry they do."There's a lot of things caregivers are already doing that would meet this definition," Board President Laura Davis said at today's hearing.The rules will not affect dispensaries, which serve large numbers of patients and are regulated by separate laws.Caregivers are required by the state constitution to have a "significant responsibility for managing the well-being of the patient." What, exactly, that means has been the subject of a years-long debate, played out at the Board of Health, the legislature and the courts. The new rules were intended to settle the debate.Law enforcement officials said the rules are needed to help them better differentiate between legitimate medical-marijuana caregivers and illegal drug dealers hiding behind the claim that they are caregivers. Neal Richardson, the chief deputy district attorney in Denver, called such a clear separation "the linchpin in our enforcement efforts against people who are dealing drugs." Snipped   Complete Article: Denver Post (CO)Author: John Ingold, The Denver PostPublished: June 15, 2011Copyright: 2011 The Denver Post Website: openforum denverpost.comCannabisNews  Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #1 posted by runruff on June 16, 2011 at 05:49:09 PT
What could be more absurder?
Mega-banks serve the pharm industries at the same time they launder billions of dollars of drug/blood money then turn around and fund for profit prisons where they imprison minor drug offenders for profit. Drug companies will tell you their products may kill or maim you and are not held responsible for any of their chicaneries!This new rule is plain harassment. The kind of bull headed solution that will ultimately drive people to demand total legalization. 
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