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CO MMJ Rules Rewrite Seeks Efficiency, Simplicity
Posted by CN Staff on January 28, 2013 at 05:53:44 PT
By John Ingold, The Denver Post
Source: Denver Post 
Denver -- The idea was promoted as very Big Brother, but in a good way. When Colorado rulemakers drew up regulations for the state's medical-marijuana industry in 2010, they put in a requirement that video-surveillance systems in stores and growing facilities be able to connect to the Internet. The intention was that state auditors  day or night, in their office or on the go  could sit before a computer and remotely monitor every minute detail of a medical-marijuana business to ensure full compliance. Someone would always be watching.
Three years later, the state has quietly acknowledged it hasn't been looking.In a draft of new rules for medical-marijuana businesses, rulemakers have pulled the Internet-connectivity requirement for surveillance systems."It is not technically or financially feasible," state Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division spokeswoman Julie Postlethwait wrote in an e-mail.In fact, the entire rule book is being rewritten to make it sleeker, more easily enforced and less ambitious. Postlethwait said experience  plus an executive order instructing all state agencies to improve their rules  prompted the rewrite."It's about figuring out more efficient ways to make it work," said Mike Elliott, the head of the Medical Marijuana Industry Group, a trade association."We can see it now," he said. "We have a much better idea of what works and what doesn't work."That is a message for another set of rule writers to consider as they create regulations for the state's forthcoming recreational-marijuana industry.SnippedComplete Article: http://www.denverpost.com/news/marijuana/ci_22463392/Source: Denver Post (CO)Author: John Ingold, The Denver PostPublished: January 28, 2013Copyright: 2013 The Denver Post Website: http://www.denverpost.com/Contact: openforum denverpost.comCannabisNews  Medical Marijuana Archiveshttp://cannabisnews.com/news/list/medical.shtml 
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Comment #1 posted by The GCW on January 28, 2013 at 07:23:01 PT
D.C. too.
Along with Hawaii, California, Oregon, Mass, Maine etc., there's also talk about RE-legalizing the superplant in D.C.Marijuana Politics Hit the Nation's CapitolVictory in D.C. would be a symbolic statement, and weed activists have been successful with the initiative process there before.http://www.alternet.org/marijuana-politics-hit-nations-capitol
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