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Ft. Collins To Re-Address Colorado Medical Marijuana Dispensary Issue

Staff CMM - Tuesday, August 14, 2012
As November nears, voters in Ft. Collins will most likely be asked to once again address the issue of medical marijuana dispensaries in the city. A pro-medical marijuana group in Ft. Collins has gathered nearly 9,000 signatures – approximately 4,786 more signatures than required, to place a measure on the November ballot asking that the ban on medical marijuana dispensaries be lifted. Last year, voters passed the ban by a 53 to 47% margin. One former dispensary owner feels this was not a true reflection of how the general population feels and believes that by placing the measure on the November ballot, the measure will stand a greater chance of success, since this is a Presidential voting year. Those opposed to medical marijuana dispensaries in Colorado believe that dispensaries contribute to the growing number of drug users among the city’s youth. Spokespeople for citizens against the dispensaries go on to say that it isn’t the dispensary itself they oppose as much as what it represents.

Government Position Still Shady On Issue of Medical Marijuana in Colorado

Staff CMM - Tuesday, August 07, 2012
Problems continue to arise when it comes to the issue of medical marijuana legality in Colorado. With conflicting state and federal laws, officials are finding it difficult to sort out the proper legal stance when it comes to prosecution. The government position has been that marijuana is an illegal drug punishable under federal law. However, it has also been further clarified by David Ogden, a previous Deputy Attorney General of the United States in a memorandum sent to select U.S. Attorneys that they should not focus federal resources in their state on individuals whose actions are in clear and unambiguous compliance with existing state laws providing for the medicinal use of marijuana. The issue that many have been running into is that the memo does not legalize marijuana nor does it protect users of the drug from federal prosecution. Exactly where the right or wrong areas are in this matter is still in question.

End Of Moratorium Creates more Issues For Existing Medical Marijuana Dispensaries In Colorado

Staff CMM - Tuesday, July 24, 2012
The state of Colorado is preparing to lift a two-year dispensary moratorium July 1st and many dispensary owner hopefuls are chomping at the bit to begin the process of opening their own dispensary. With a market that is already completely over-saturated with medical marijuana dispensaries, these new hopefuls are in for quite a surprise. Although the moratorium will be lifted, many of the barriers will still remain. The cost of opening a business can be at least $100,000 or more and the regulatory requirements that go along with it are overwhelming. Coupled with the knowledge that marijuana is still an illegal substance according to federal law, this makes operation of a medical marijuana business even more risky. Despite the overwhelming odds, however, many are lining up to join the medical marijuana dispensary rush. With so many new hopefuls entering the market, this rush may create more problems with existing businesses who are already struggling to survive in an overly competitive business market.

Colorado Medical Marijuana Industry a Hot Political Topic

Staff CMM - Tuesday, July 03, 2012

As the Presidential election draws nearer, candidates from various places are beginning to focus in on some of the more hot topics for debate, the most recent one being the medical marijuana industry and whether it should be regulated like alcohol. Libertarian Presidential nominee, Gary Johnson, visited a Denver dispensary recently to voice his support for Amendment 64 in Colorado. The proposed Amendment would allow people 21 years of age and over to possess limited amounts of marijuana and would also allow marijuana sales to be taxed as any other product. The biggest hitch that states such as Colorado are running into is that even though medical marijuana has been deemed legal under state laws, there are still federal laws to contend with. Under federal law, marijuana possession of any kind is illegal and though people may have limited protection by state law, they are not protected under federal law. Presidential nominee Johnson claims that if he is elected President, he would see to it that any medical marijuana businesses operating within local and state laws would not have to worry about being shut down by federal prosecutors.

Medical Marijuana Dispensaries in Colorado Not Responsible For Teen Drug Use

Staff CMM - Friday, June 29, 2012

According to a recent study by economists at the University of Colorado Denver and other colleges, the recent increase in medical marijuana dispensaries in the state has no responsibility for any rise in teen drug use in Colorado. The study was conducted through nationally respected surveys in high school behavior as well as drug screening tests on patients entering federally funded drug treatment centers. While their results showed no correlation between dispensaries and teen drug use, the White House’s Office of National Drug Control policy criticized the spread of medical marijuana and medical marijuana dispensaries and drew conclusions connecting it with teen drug use. Economists felt that the best numbers available didn’t show any greater use in any of the states where medical marijuana was legalized for dispensing. While the subject still remains a point of federal contention, further studies are not expected to yield any different results.

Denver Medical Marijuana Ad Vote Delayed

Staff CMM - Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Members of the Denver City Council recently voted unanimously to postpone a final vote on whether to ban medical marijuana ads I Denver until August 20th of this year. Members of both sides of the issue showed up at the public hearing to voice their concerns on the subject. A nurse who took the podium stated clearly that even though she was an advocate and supporter of medical marijuana, she also supported the ban on medical marijuana outdoor advertisements, saying that people are able to find dispensaries without the aid of ads. The executive director of the Medical Marijuana Industry Group, Michael Elliot, spoke in favor of the ban, stating that kids were not just limited to 1,000 feet of schools, parks and daycare but are everywhere that these outdoor ads could be seen. The ordinance that was designed was modeled after a federal tobacco advertising law by Councilwoman Debbie Ortega. Ortega stated the purpose of the ordinance is to protect the city’s youth. If the ordinance is passed, it will be enforced on a complaint basis. Supporters of the right to outdoor advertising say the ban will only serve to further push the Colorado medical marijuana industry further into the shadows and set back any progress the industry has made thus far. The first reading regarding the vote will be scheduled for August 13th.

U.S. Attorney’s Warning Results in Further Colorado Medical Marijuana Dispensary Closings

Staff CMM - Tuesday, June 19, 2012
The U.S. Attorney’s office and Drug Enforcement Administration, headed by U.S. Attorney John Walsh, has successfully closed another 25 medical marijuana dispensaries in the state of Colorado this month. Walsh sent letters of warning to the dispensaries stating that they were located within 1,000 feet of school property, which is a federal offense, and ordered them to close within 45 days or face potential civil and criminal prosecution. The first round of letters sent by the Attorney’s office to 23 dispensaries in Boulder, Colorado resulted in the closing of all 23 dispensaries. The second round of warning letters to 25 dispensaries resulted in all 25 dispensaries closing down. However, Walsh is not finished yet. A third round of letters is expected soon. Supporters of medical marijuana in Colorado fear that these actions by the U.S. Attorney’s office may have a seriously detrimental effect on the industry as a whole, not to mention the economy, as they believe medical marijuana is a viable business and source of revenue for the state.

PTSD Still Debated As Medical Marijuana Condition in Colorado

Staff CMM - Friday, June 15, 2012
While the list of medical conditions grows under the Colorado medical marijuana umbrella, some conditions are still being turned down as legitimate and protesters are renewing their efforts to add them to the legal list. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, has become a matter of heated debate recently in the Colorado arena. Many advocates for medical marijuana in Colorado have planned protests outside the Colorado state board of health lately in an attempt to get the disorder recognized by the state, claiming that many veterans afflicted with PTSD can be treated with the use of medical marijuana. The state of New Mexico already includes the disorder in their list of qualifying conditions and the state of Arizona held a hearing recently to discuss including the disorder to their list. Advocates for medical marijuana in Colorado feel the state of Colorado is falling behind and are urging officials to make a decision. PTSD was considered by the state two years ago and was turned down at that time. Officials have made no comment as to whether it is being considered now.

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.

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