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Colorado Medical Marijuana DUI Bill Defeated

Staff CMM - Tuesday, May 29, 2012
The Colorado Senate has been a veritable beehive of activity when it comes to bills dealing with the subject of medical marijuana. A recent bill in the senate is one dealing with the level of THC drivers can have in their blood stream when behind the wheel. Lawmakers in Colorado had been pushing hard to implement laws crating strict limits on THC levels and many medical marijuana professionals feared that passing such a law would cause a severe drop in the number of medical marijuana patients as well as declines in sales. As the vote neared, members of the medical marijuana industry feared the law would be passed, due to the fact that various reports indicated there was enough support in the senate to pass the bill. However, at the last moment, one member of the senate who was in support of the bill failed to show up and the bill died in a tight vote. The one missing senate vote would have made enough difference to pass the bill. Members of the medical marijuana

Campaign to Legalize Marijuana In Colorado Strengthens

Staff CMM - Friday, May 25, 2012

As the November elections draw nearer, the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol has decided to strengthen their efforts to convince the voting public to vote to legalize the substance for recreational use. With tactics such as television ads during daytime programming and a large billboard strategically placed opposite Mile High Liquors across from Sports Authority Field, the campaign is urging the public to reconsider the old stereotypes regarding marijuana and view it much the same as liquor is viewed. The Campaign believes that using marijuana is safer than liquor, as stated in their TV ad where a young lady is e-mailing her mother and claims that she feels safer around marijuana users. An attempt to legalize marijuana approximately six years ago failed when voters turned it down. Sue Rusche, President and CEO of National Families in Action, a non-profit anti-drug organization, believes that legalization of marijuana will cause more problems than it will solve. The Organization is not confident that advocates for marijuana will work to protect children from gaining easier access to the drug and feel the initiative is more focused on making money than protecting children.

Colorado Medical Marijuana Registry Shows Continued Growth in 2012

Staff CMM - Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Although the Colorado Medical Marijuana Registry started off in June 2011 posting strong numbers when it came to registered patients, the number of new registered patients began to drop as the year went on. By December, 2011 the registry had posted a nearly 50,000 patient decline. As the New Year began, numbers began to rise again and officials believe it is largely due to the drop in the registry fee from $90 to $35. Since December, approximately 12,800 patients have signed on to the registry. The majority of registry patients are men, at an average age of 42 and inclu8de 46 minors who have their registry card through a parent or guardian. Nearly 55% of all registered Colorado medical marijuana patients have a designated caregiver, which is a 2% drop from February of this year. The Registry also shows that approximately 500 patients were put on a six-month waiting list due to various reasons such as seeing a physician’s assistant instead of a doctor and the Colorado Medical Marijuana Registry is expecting an increase in registered patients once that six-month period has been completed.

Colorado Medical Marijuana Sees Turnaround In Patient Numbers

Staff CMM - Friday, May 18, 2012

According to sources last year, the Colorado Medical Marijuana Registry was in a severe slump, suffering from a radical drop in the amount of patients applying for a card. As of the end of January 2012, however, this slump seems to have turned around, posting an increase of nearly 3,000 patients. Most of the statistics remained the same though. The average patient age remained at 42, while women accounted for only 32% of the registry patients. The largest number comes from people registering someone else as their caregiver. There are currently at least 10,000 registered caregivers in the state of Colorado. Although the state experienced this rise in patients in January, they are still approximately 43,500 patients below the peak enrollment recorded in June 2011. Many patients have cited privacy concerns when it comes to renewing their cards, stating a dislike for the intrusion of their privacy regarding buying habits and quantities, while others had their applications denied and have been forced to wait six months before reapplying. The CDPHE stated that their primary focus during the next few months will be to process applications within the 35 day window rather than keeping the website updated due to the smaller number of people they currently have in employment.

Medical Marijuana Patients in Colorado Show Decline

Staff CMM - Tuesday, May 15, 2012
During the last five months of 2011, the state of Colorado showed a significant decline in the number of registered medical marijuana patients. The month of June 2011 posted the highest number of patients at around 128,000 but by the end of the year, that number had fallen to just around 80,000. It was estimated that January 2012’s numbers fell to around 65,000, which can possibly mean that nearly half of all registered medical marijuana patients in Colorado have chose not to renew their cards. One potential reason could be the drop in the application fee in January 2012 from $90 to $35. It is possible many patients were waiting for the price reduction to take place before renewing their cards. However, many patients claim that the entire process has made applying for a card much too difficult. Since having a doctor’s recommendation is enough to make it legal to possess marijuana in the state of Colorado, some patients feel that it is unnecessary to apply for a license and simply renew the doctor’s recommendation periodically. Others find the process of having a medical marijuana card in Colorado much too intrusive and dislike having the quantity of their purchases tracked and having their picture taken. With these thoughts in mind, it questions how long the medical marijuana registry in Colorado will continue to operate.

Growing Medical Marijuana for the New Colorado Patient

Staff CMM - Friday, May 11, 2012
Growing your own marijuana for medical use can be tricky. However, armed with a bit of knowledge, kit is possible to cultivate the state required six plants easily and with very little hassle. The first thing to remember is that marijuana plants require light, water, ventilation, the proper temperature and plenty of nutrients. Being an annual plant, cannabis is generally grown outside and therefore has adapted to seasonal changes and buds and flowers according to these seasonal changes. If the plant is grown indoors, the grower must be certain to use the proper lighting to simulate an outdoor environment. During the vegetation stage, it is recommended to give the plant 18 hours of light followed by six hours of dark. Once the plant has reached the appropriate height, it is then recommended to give the plans 12 hours of light followed by 12 hours of dark in order to trick the plants into budding. When budding begins, it is crucial to remove the male plants before they have a chance to pollinate the female plants. Female plants that have been pollinated will not be able to produce the appropriate buds needed. Once a female plant flowers, these flowers will be harvested for later use.

Understanding Medical Marijuana Strains

Staff CMM - Tuesday, May 08, 2012
For those patients who are new to the medical marijuana arena, getting a better understanding of marijuana strains can be a big help. Basically, there are two types of strains; the cannabis Sativa strains, which tend to present a lighter feeling and the cannabis Indica strains, which tends to offer a heavier, more stoned feeling. Depending on the patient’s medical needs, experimenting with the strains until one is found that will offer relief from symptoms may be the way to go. The Sativa strains tend to be of a taller variety, while the Indica strains are shorter and more compact. Both strains offer a very wide variety of hybrids to choose from and evaluating the various strains can help the patient find the appropriate medical marijuana to cope with their chronic condition. Patients should seek the professional opinion of someone at a medical marijuana dispensary to help them sort through the various strains and hybrids for a better understanding of what is available.

Colorado Marijuana Versus Alcohol Debate Spreads to Local Billboards

Staff CMM - Friday, May 04, 2012

In an effort to make the public more aware of Amendment 64 regarding the initiative to regulate marijuana like alcohol, the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol has posted a billboard near Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The billboard shows a young woman with a headline underneath stating, ‘For many reasons, I prefer marijuana over alcohol. Does that make me a bad person?’ This billboard has sparked a literal outrage in the community from those who oppose the legalization of marijuana. It is the feeling among this community that advertisements such as these are encouraging young people to choose drugs over alcohol when neither one is a smart choice.  The Campaign was quoted in a statement as saying, ‘We are not telling people what to think. We are simply asking them to think. Many opponents in the community believe this billboard is in extremely poor taste and efforts have been made to see that the billboard is removed.

Senate Clears Proposal On Training For Colorado Medical Marijuana

Staff CMM - Tuesday, May 01, 2012

A recent proposal aimed at allowing people to be trained who work in the medical marijuana business has just cleared the Senate and will now make its way to the House for a second vote. The proposal’s intention is to train employees working in the medical marijuana business in Colorado in state regulations as well as how to spot fake medical marijuana cards. This training would be similar to training that already exists for the alcohol industry. The Senate vote, which was carried out at the end of March, was 24-11 in favor of providing responsible medical marijuana vendors. If the proposal should pass, local medical marijuana dispensaries will be allowed to designate their own trained employees and in exchange, could be given a break if for some reason they were to run afoul of state regulations.

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