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Local Controversy Linked to Colorado Medical Marijuana

Todd Davis - Thursday, January 07, 2010

Two recent controversies have been tied to Colorado medical marijuana and Colorado marijuana dispensaries. In Denver, police are investigating an alleged connection between a residential shooting and Denver Medical Marijuana. According to police, although the shooting happened in a private residence, the shooting may have been related to a medicinal marijuana transaction. Denver police are not giving any more information at this time. In Weld County, a Colorado marijuana dispensary owner is receiving a daily citation from police due to a paperwork issue. Apparently, the owner’s paperwork was not processed in time to avoid the 75 day moratorium imposed by the county. As a result, his business is receiving a daily citation until he either closes his business or the matter is resolved in court. The legitimacy of both cases could be argued, but the fact remains that more controversy and litigation will be on the horizon. For now, the court of public opinion is still in session as lawmakers, businesses, and caregivers prepare for the inevitable increased regulation of medical marijuana in Colorado.  

Colorado Medical Marijuana Users Look to Drug to Manage Chronic Pain

Todd Davis - Tuesday, December 08, 2009


For most chronic pain sufferers in Colorado, medical marijuana is the much preferred treatment to deal with painful symptoms. The use of medical marijuana has been shown to greatly reduce pain when alternative forms of treatment have failed. The analgesic properties of cannabinoids found in marijuana can be an effective tool in pain management without the serious side effects that can be experienced with pharmaceutical pain relievers. Another benefit to the use of medical marijuana is the reduction in necessary doses of opioids when used in conjunction with marijuana. While there are side effects to the use of both marijuana and pharmaceutical drugs, the side effects with marijuana were milder in comparison including dizziness, slurred speech, sedation and mental clouding. Side effects of many opioids, including codeine, included rapid or irregular heartbeat, seizures, difficulty urinating and hallucination. For many patients, medical marijuana is a safer, more effective alternative.



Colorado Medical Marijuana Dispensary to File Suit Against City of Centennial

Todd Davis - Thursday, December 03, 2009

Many Colorado medical marijuana patients are finding access to the drug is being hindered by clashing state and federal laws. While the state of Colorado has made medical marijuana legal, federal laws still rule the substance illegal, and the conflicting viewpoints are affecting dispensaries to a large degree. One example is CannaMart, who applied for a business license in Centennial, Colorado to serve as a dispensary for medical marijuana. Although a business license was granted, it was revoked within a month. City officials claimed the owners were not honest on their applications and did not state they were a medical marijuana dispensary. City officials also claimed the business went against federal regulations. The owners and several patients who elide on the dispensary are filing a lawsuit against the City of Centennial in order to get the dispensary’s license reinstated. Centennial is not the first city to ban dispensaries. Earlier this month the City of Castle Rock, Colorado also banned medical marijuana dispensaries. While cities are trying to keep marijuana from becoming easily accessible to everyone, patients who rely on the drug to control medical conditions are finding it harder and harder to gain access to the drug and the relief it offers them.

Colorado Marijuana Dispensaries Too Legit to Quit

Todd Davis - Tuesday, November 17, 2009

On the surface there was good news for medical marijuana dispensaries in Colorado. Colorado Attorney General John Suthers presented his opinion that medical marijuana dispensaries can and should collect state sales tax adding a bit of legitimacy for themedical marijuana industry. In the opinion letter Mr Suthers suggested that dispensaries should be required to apply for and receive a sales tax license from the state to do business.

Gov. Bill Ritter's administration said that it would put the word out that dispensaries should plan to start paying sales tax and obtain a sales license tax license quickly. Medical marijuana caregivers of any kind should pay close attention to this latest news and prepare to collect more taxes. Attorneys and tax advisors are recommended in this ever changing business.

Medical Marijuana in Colorado May Take Lead from California Legal Loopholes, Part One

Todd Davis - Monday, November 02, 2009

In Colorado, medical marijuana is just beginning to see a small amount of growth. In California, this growth has already gotten out of control. In 2003, only a handful of dispensaries existed, but thanks to a legal loophole known as a hardship exemption, that number jumped to 183 by 2007. This loophole has allowed dispensaries to open with hardly any paperwork or permits. According to officials, nearly 600 California dispensaries took advantage of the loophole. In order for Colorado to keep from following in California’s footsteps, action will have to be taken to ensure that such loopholes do not exist under Colorado state law. Some shop owners in California have learned how to manipulate the loophole to well that they have been able to make setting up medical marijuana dispensaries almost a turn-key business. For lawmakers, stricter regulations will be essential to ensure that stores cannot simply open anywhere, especially near schools. Strict regulations are imperative in keeping medical marijuana purely for medical use.

Access to Medical Marijuana in Colorado Still Difficult

Todd Davis - Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The use of medical marijuana in Colorado, while legal, still poses problems for people who have been recommended by doctors to use the drug to manage pain caused by accidents or long-term illnesses such as cancer or AIDS. Access to the drug remains difficult, since most users reside on the western slope and travel to dispensaries on the Front Range is hard for some who are too sick to travel or grow their own.

In 2000, Colorado voters passed an amendment to allow patients who were recommended by a doctor to possess less than two ounces or grow up to six plants to help with the management of pain. Although doctors are allowed to recommend patients to the State Health Department, they are not able to prescribe medical marijuana in Colorado. With over 5,000 registered medical marijuana users in the state, getting from the recommendation to the actual product has been a difficult process.

Boulder Celebrates International Cannabis Day

Todd Davis - Saturday, August 08, 2009

A crowd of approximately 10,000 people gathered recently at the University of Colorado to celebrate the use of both Boulder medical marijuana and the overall use of marijuana. As more states are beginning to legalize medical marijuana, Colorado and other states are beginning to see more and more rallies to support overall legalization of the drug.

The Boulder rally, knows as International Cannabis Day, was also celebrated in Civic Center Park in Denver with approximately 3,000 people gathering together to show support. Police were stationed at the events to ensure public safety, but no arrests were made. The holiday has gained attention over the last several years as issues of medical marijuana use have been put more and more in the spotlight.

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