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Denver Marijuana Law Rewrite Necessary

Staff CMM - Wednesday, December 12, 2012
In the wake of Amendment 64 passing in Colorado, marijuana laws are being scrutinized with a more critical eye. What worked to an extent for medical marijuana dispensaries in Colorado in the past will simply not suffice as new businesses begin to take shape on the horizon. Recreational marijuana dispensaries will need to have a new set of regulations to operate by and the Department of Revenue’s Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division (MMED) is settling down to the task. MMED spokesperson Julie Postlethwait stated that the division is expecting to hold three public forums to discuss new rules, with the first coming January 11th. Current regulations for Colorado medical marijuana are not always clear, as evidenced by several court cases recently where dispensary owners were charged with growing more plants than the state allows. With a fluctuating client base and the state falling months behind on processing paperwork, dispensary owners have found it difficult to stay in compliance at all times. Spokespeople for the new marijuana initiative are hopeful that the state will be able to work out the kinks by the time the law takes effect in 2014.

Regulation-Setting For Colorado Marijuana No Easy Task

Staff CMM - Friday, November 30, 2012

Although Colorado recently passed a bill to make marijuana possession legal to adults in small quantities, setting rules and regulations for the substance moving forward will be no easy task. Most lawmakers are estimating that depending on how the federal government will approach the new state law, it could take until July 1, 2013 to even adopt new regulations for marijuana stores and these new stores wouldn’t be looking at opening until January of 2014. Considering that it took a full year for departments to write and implement new procedures for medical marijuana in Colorado, it is a safe bet that the new marijuana store process will take at least that long. The goal for state lawmakers is to construct a set of rules and regulations that will be the least offensive to the federal government as possible in order to avoid a federal crackdown.

Colorado Marijuana Legalization Discussion Just Beginning

Staff CMM - Wednesday, November 28, 2012
With the onset of marijuana legalization in Colorado thanks to the passing of Amendment 64 in November, Governor Hickenlooper is just starting out on a series of discussions with various officials regarding both the impact on the state and the direction it will be heading as it moves forward. One of the primary concerns Governor Hickenlooper has is how the federal government will respond ot the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and whether the federal government will choose to execute power over the legalization. The main area of concern is that while the U.S. Justice Department officials have stated that the federal government will continue to consider marijuana possession illegal under federal law regardless of individual state laws, they have been vague regarding the specifics and it is that detail Governor Hickenlooper is making an attempt to gt clear answers to. A spokesman for the Governor stated recently that Hickenlooper will continue urgent efforts to get the federal government to state its position on the issue.

Latin Countries Concerned About Marijuana Vote In Colorado

Staff CMM - Friday, November 16, 2012

As the law was passed this November to legalize marijuana in Colorado, leaders of several Latin countries including Mexico, Belize, Honduras and Costa Rica expressed extreme concern over the impact this law will have on their efforts to curb illegal drug smuggling from their own countries to America. The leaders called for the Organization of American States to study the impact of the votes. It is expected that the United Nations’ General Assembly will hold a special session on the prohibition of drugs by 2015. With these countries already experiencing a very high percentage of drug trafficking, leaders are concerned about the death toll that will follow as they continue their attempt to police illegal drug activity. Drug exporting is expected to rise as a result of the law being passed and with the increased inflow of marijuana in Colorado, officials are concerned that more dangerous drugs will also begin to follow suit.

Cloudy Future for Colorado Marijuana

Staff CMM - Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Although the measure was passed on November 6, 2012 to legalize marijuana in Colorado in small quantities, the future of this law is still in question as is the impact it will have on the state. Officials in Mexico are expressing concerns regarding cartels and the pot that is sent from Mexico to the U.S. and Colorado illegally. It is speculated that the passing of this measure will encourage a heavier import of the drug, making work for law officials harder and potentially more dangerous than it already is. According to Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, speculation that the pot measure will increase Colorado ‘pot tourism’ is unrealistic. Although the ease of obtaining the drug will initially attract people, it will be difficult to take the drug out of the state and although marijuana in Colorado is legal, it is still considered illegal under federal law. It is believed that federal officials will be keeping an even closer eye on the drug trafficking activity occurring in the state.

New Colorado Marijuana Law Raises Many Questions

Staff CMM - Saturday, November 10, 2012
Although the vote last Tuesday was an overwhelming yes to legalize marijuana in Colorado, officials and head of the Colorado tourism board felt the initiative is raising more questions than anything else. A major concern is that the passing of the law will bring an influx of marijuana tourists – people who come to the state simply to purchase and use marijuana, thus increasing the possible trafficking of the drug. Another concern is that if this should happen, it will begin to deter others who had planned to visit Colorado, thus bringing down the image of the state. A further concern is the fact that marijuana laws in Colorado do not supersede federal laws. Since federal law still considers marijuana illegal, there is the question as to whether the recreational marijuana measure will actually take effect at all. The U.S. Department of Justice is still pending decision on possible lawsuits directed at the state as they determine the assertion of federal supremacy over drug law. Until the issue is cleared up, the most that recreational marijuana users can do is speculate about the future of marijuana in Colorado.

Medical Marijuana Dispensaries in Colorado Fear Backlash From Amendment 64

Staff CMM - Friday, November 02, 2012

Although Amendment 64, the bill proposing to legalize marijuana in small amounts to adults appears to be beneficial on the outside, many dispensary owners fear a backlash of problems the Amendment will create should it be passed. Dispensary owners fear that if marijuana should become legal, many dispensaries will open that would not require people to have as medical marijuana card, making it much easier for people to purchase marijuana and therefore circumvent the need for medical marijuana dispensaries all together. There are still a few who hold out hope that the Obama administration will change its mind about marijuana legalization if Obama is reelected, but should Romney be elected, he has already made it clear that he will fight the marijuana legalization efforts tooth and nail.

Political Race Focusing On Marijuana Legalization In Colorado

Staff CMM - Tuesday, October 30, 2012
The issue of whether or not marijuana in Colorado should become legal has now spilled into mainstream politics with a fervor and only seems to be picking up speed. Candidates from both sides are working hard to make their opinions known, even going so far as to stand on the steps of the state capitol to hand out flyers. Republicans seem to be pulling ahead as far as favoritism for the bill, while Conservatives and Democrats are showing a stronger preference toward opposing the bill. In Colorado Springs, which has a larger Republican population than any other city in the state, activists stood outside Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan’s rally handing out flyers to inform passing Republicans, stating legalization would be fiscally prudent as it would be able to be taxed, regulated and monitored by the state. Democrats in opposition feel legalization will pose a threat to future generations and feel the bill is not in the best interest of children.

Is Big Money Trying To Buy Marijuana Legalization In Colorado?

Staff CMM - Friday, October 19, 2012
As the November vote for Amendment 64, the bill proposing legalization of marijuana in the state of Colorado, draws near, pro marijuana legalization donors are stepping forward and pouring millions of dollars into support campaigns. Advocates associated with billionaire donors George Soros and Peter Lewis are directing funds toward support of Amendment 64 in Colorado, reportedly raising as much as $1.1 million as of September 12th. Much of that total -- $876,000 reportedly came from Lewis. Another $90,000 came from the Drug Policy Action, which raises the question as to whether these large money supporters will be able to sway votes in favor of the Amendment. Without the large money backing, the question arises whether the bill would be able to stand on its own or fail.

Colorado Medical Marijuana Advertising Banned

Staff CMM - Wednesday, September 12, 2012
In a unanimous vote that lasted less than a minute, the Denver City Council has voted to ban all types of outdoor advertising for medical marijuana including billboards, posters, bus benches, windshield leaflets and sign twirlers. The Denver City Council also voted immediately afterwards to kill an alternate, more limited plan that would have blocked outdoor advertising within 1,000 feet of schools, parks and daycare facilities. The position of the Medical Marijuana Industry Group is that this will show good faith by businesses to fit into their communities. Businesses will still be allowed to advertise online, in newspapers and magazines and also at any charity events they sponsor. While the Cannabis Business Alliance is not happy with the vote outcome, they feel that clear rules have now been established that will enable them to move forward.

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