More Than Just Hits From a Bong
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More Than Just Hits From a Bong
Posted by CN Staff on June 17, 2011 at 06:12:21 PT
Denver Post Editorial
Source: Denver Post
Denver -- It's about time the state got a grip on the role of medical marijuana caregivers. The vote Wednesday by the state Board of Health to require caregivers to provide sick patients with, well, care in addition to marijuana is a long time coming.The regulations are in line with Colorado's 2000 medical marijuana constitutional amendment, an appellate court decision and state statutes.
But since the regulatory changes will circumscribe the efforts of those who see medical marijuana as a backdoor route to legalization, the rules also drew howls of protest.Nevertheless, the rules are reasonable.The constitutional amendment describes a caregiver as someone who has "significant responsibility for managing the well-being of the patient."State statute says that simply providing medical marijuana doesn't cut it. Furthermore, a 2009 Colorado Court of Appeals decision rejected the idea that all you had to do to be a caregiver is to provide marijuana to people with medical marijuana cards.The board's vote requires caregivers to engage in support activities, such as housekeeping, preparing meals and making arrangements for health care.While we have concerns about how authorities will enforce these rules, they are in keeping with the original aim of the amendment  to give seriously ill people relief by allowing them to smoke marijuana without fear of prosecution. Snipped   Complete Article: Denver Post (CO)Published: June 17, 2011Copyright: 2011 The Denver Post Website: openforum denverpost.comCannabisNews  Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #1 posted by runruff on June 17, 2011 at 06:44:40 PT
Since 1937...
...the prohibition of cannabis has become a game of hair splitting to the enth degree. Every angle presented that exposes the ludicrous hypocrisy and tyranny is countered by a new law or edict.Even the 85 year old federal circuit court judge that ruled in my case, admitted from the bench that the law and the CSA [marijuana prohibition] had become too convoluted to judge [make a ruling].Measures and counter measures based on an unconstitutional law to begin with, what have we got; Mud Soup!Convolution begins at the top!
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