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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.

Are Medical Marijuana Drivers a Road Hazard?

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.

Arrested Couple Claim Marijuana Growth Stash is for Medical Use

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.

Medical Marijuana in Colorado Becoming a Stinky Issue

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. 

Fort Collins and Longmont BanOn medical Marijuana Devestating to some Businesses

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.

Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Struggling to Stay in Compliance with Ever-Changing Laws

Todd Davis - Thursday, October 06, 2011

 

With the laws in Colorado regarding medical marijuana dispensaries changing more often than a traffic light at a busy intersection, dispensary owners are finding themselves in a constant state of stress trying to keep themselves in compliance with regulations. And with those changing laws comes an influx of business owners to state agencies looking to renew licensing and keep in compliance, while agency workers are finding themselves overwhelmed with requests. Many business owners, after waiting nearly six hours in line at the Department of Revenue’s Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division, found themselves leaving without a renewal. With so many business owners rushing to comply with state regulations before cutoff dates, the state is finding it difficult to keep up with the demand for renewals. In light of this struggle to keep in compliance, most state officials are being lenient when it comes to those trying to update equipment and renew licenses per the new laws. However, some business owners still remain concerned that with all the strict rules being put in place, it may all be in vain if tighter security keeps customers away.

High Driving A hot Topic for Colorado Law Enforcement

Todd Davis - Tuesday, September 27, 2011

As the legalization and use of medical marijuana in Colorado grows to new heights, Colorado law enforcers are finding themselves busier than ever with traffic violations related to marijuana usage. While all states currently have a law against driving while impaired, there are some lawmakers in the state of Colorado who are proposing to set an impairment standard which would allow prosecutors to charge drivers with a DUI if they have 5 nanograms of THC per milliliter of blood while behind the wheel.  Currently, Nevada and Ohio have a limit of 2 nanograms of THC per milliliter for driving and 12 other states have a zero-tolerance policy for driving while under the influence of any illegal substance. Arizona, Illinois and Rhode Island are just a few of these states with a zero-tolerance policy. Colorado has yet to set a limit for driving while under the influence of THC, but until a law is passed, those driving while under the influence of marijuana beyond the state-allowed limit for impairment will be prosecuted.

Ever Changing Medical Marijuana Laws in Colorado Becoming Costly

Todd Davis - Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Some medical marijuana dispensaries in Boulder are finding keeping in constant compliance with the ever-changing medical marijuana laws in the state as well as in the city itself to be rather exhausting. For many dispensary owners, they find themselves running ragged trying to keep paperwork updated and keep themselves up-to-date on any recent changes in law when they feel that energy could be better spent operating their business and servicing their customers. And it’s not only the paperwork. Many owners are finding themselves becoming further and further in debt due to fees owed to the state for various compliance regulations. Some dispensary owners who operate million dollar businesses are finding it less and less likely that they will actually pull in a paycheck of their own due to fees owed. The tough part is that paying those fees will not guarantee these dispensaries will still obtain a license for the next year. However, those dispensaries who have established themselves in the city are determined not to let themselves be driven out by the changing laws and will continue to do all they can to make their businesses continue.


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