Todd Davis - Saturday, November 26, 2011
One topic that is not commonly covered when discussing medical marijuana in Colorado is religion’s views on the subject. On the religious side, high-ranking members of various church organizations have openly stated their approval of marijuana for medical use, stating that it is considered by the church an act of compassion for those suffering from an otherwise debilitating state. Then there is the other side of the coin. A 25 year-old man in Georgetown, Colorado who was recently found guilty of marijuana possession claimed that his religious beliefs necessitated the use of cannabis and that the plant was not only sacred, but used as a botanical messiah in his communication with God. While law officials believe that the Georgetown man was sincere in his beliefs, the issue of possession without a medical marijuana card, as well as driving under the influence of the drug took precedence and the man was sentenced to 30 hours of community service and a find of several hundred dollars.
Todd Davis - Monday, November 21, 2011
Recently, a question has begun to arise among law officials and lawmakers in Colorado who work with medical marijuana laws in the state. Is a driver who is under the influence of medical marijuana a hazard on the road? The answer seems to be yes. New regulations have begun to present themselves in the form of large billboards seen along most major roadways such as Santa Fe Drive stating that anyone caught driving while under the influence of drugs – whether medically recommended or not, will be charged the same and prosecuted. Currently, a state Department of Public Safety group working with the issue is considering whether to re-introduce a bill limiting the amount of THC, the psychoactive chemical found in marijuana, a driver may have in their system when on the road. Earlier this year, when 2,600 blood samples were tested from drivers who had marijuana in their system, over 500 came back over the limit of 5 nanograms per milliliter, which is over the current per se limit. While most law officials agree that some sort of limit is needed, it has yet to be decided just what that limit should be.
Todd Davis - Wednesday, November 16, 2011
When a couple in Larimer County was arrested last week for having $385,000 worth of marijuana plants in their house, they claimed they had a right to grow it for medical marijuana use. The 220 plants, along with numerous bags of packaged marijuana, drug paraphernalia, hallucinogenic mushrooms, marijuana growing materials and numerous firearms are confiscated from the couple’s home. Current medical marijuana laws dictate that a person with a state- issued medical marijuana card is legally able to grow up to six plants, and some believe that with the growing popularity of medical marijuana and medical marijuana dispensaries around the state, it is giving people an excuse to use and grow marijuana for personal use and hide under the cover of local and state laws. Until absolute, defined boundaries can be set in place, local law officials will have their hands full trying to keep the growing of marijuana limited only to those who actually use it for medical reasons.
Todd Davis - Wednesday, November 16, 2011
A common complaint by those opposed to medical marijuana in Colorado is perhaps the smell of marijuana in general. Most dispensary owners are aware of this problem and are instructed by law to provide a clear ventilation system that will filter out all smells of product cultivation outside of the establishment. However, what about outside the establishment? While Colorado law permits patients to use medical marijuana for a variety of physical ailments, it cannot thoroughly stop patients from using the product in public. There will always be festivals, gatherings, sit-ins and general get-togethers where those who simply want to smoke will do so regardless of others around them. This issue falls under the same area as cigarette smokers. While there will always be those who believe it is their right to enjoy their product regardless of where they are, there will also always be those who believe it infringes on their right to clear air to breathe, untainted by the smell of either marijuana or cigarette smoke.
Todd Davis - Thursday, November 03, 2011
Those business owners who had or were trying ar did open medical marijuana shops in the city of Fort Collins and Longmont, Colorado have been left out in the cold with the recent voting results. Both Longmont and Fort Collins has placed a ban on all medical marijuana related activity in their city and owners who had previously established businesses are being forced to move their location outside the city limits. This has many businesses owners frustrated about losing their client base. If these businesses are forced to relocate outside the city limits, dispensary owners fear that those clients who have debilitating conditions and are unable to travel will not be able to make the trip outside the city to purchase the supplies they need. Although several lawmakers sympathize with the situation dispensaries are facing, they admit that medical marijuana laws are currently operating in a very gray area and city officials are forced to comply with state and local regulations.