Crackdown Could Trim Thousands of CO MMJ Plants
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Crackdown Could Trim Thousands of CO MMJ Plants
Posted by CN Staff on April 02, 2014 at 05:40:24 PT
By John Ingold, The Denver Post
Source: Denver Post
Colorado -- A crackdown on Colorado medical marijuana patients could trim the number of marijuana plants being legally grown in the state by tens of thousands, according to new figures from the state health department.The crackdown focuses on patients authorized to grow more than the standard number of marijuana plants, as many as 99 plants for some. While those patients make up only about 2 percent of the state's 111,000 registered patients, the patients are authorized to grow more than 85,000 marijuana plants  nearly 12 percent of the total plants that registered medical marijuana patients are allowed to grow.
The state's new scrutiny of patients with large plant counts comes after an audit last year warned that such patients may be "distributing the excess marijuana to individuals without (medical marijuana) cards."But medical marijuana advocates say the crackdown could also have far-reaching impacts on patients who use the higher-than-normal plant counts to create concentrated treatments, which they say help the most serious conditions. And the crackdown could also affect the supply for medical marijuana dispensaries, which are limited in how much marijuana they can grow by the plant counts of the patients who have designated the stores to grow for them."Patients have done nothing wrong here," Teri Robnett, a medical-marijuana advocate and patient who is authorized to grow 24 plants, said last week during a meeting where officials announced the crackdown. "And yet patients will be the ones who suffer."The controversy reaches deep into the folds of Colorado's wrinkled marijuana laws.Patients on the state's medical marijuana registry are typically authorized to grow six marijuana plants  with no more than three of those ready for harvest at any given time. But doctors can recommend that patients grow more plants if it is "medically necessary."SnippedComplete Article: Denver Post (CO)Author: John Ingold, The Denver PostPublished: April 1, 2014Copyright: 2014 The Denver Post Website: openforum denverpost.comCannabisNews  Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #2 posted by afterburner on April 02, 2014 at 16:18:55 PT
"Ninety-nine pot plantsDepending on several factors, 99 marijuana plants could produce as many as 12,000 joints."
}This statement at the end of the article shows that the crack-downers are NOT listening to the MMJ patients need for cannabis oil, nor are the crack-downers familiar with the mountain of research compiled by Granny Storm Crow.Besides, what part of Legalized do the crack-downers not understand? How many bottles of beer are in a beer truck? Who cares.
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Comment #1 posted by swazi-x on April 02, 2014 at 14:33:20 PT
Of Course
This crackdown on "excessive" cannabis plants is exactly what law enforcement wants - an excuse for easy overtime pay instead of dangerous police work. It also keeps the supply of cannabis tight, keeping the price at prohibition levels, making it tempting to sell in the black market for decent $$, creating more "criminals" for law enforcement to catch.Let everyone grow as much as they want - the price tanks everywhere in CO (recreational shops, dispensaries, black market) and suddenly it's not worth breaking the law to sell or grow for profit. This is how it should be everywhere in the world - so commonly grown and used that it costs next to nothing and has no value on the black market.It's high school level economics folks. Crack a book for crying out loud.
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