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Law Loophole Can Mean Big Marijuana Surplus in Colorado

Staff CMM - Friday, June 08, 2012
Medical marijuana in Colorado has become a big business over the last few years and recently, it seems to have become a business for the black market as well. Caregivers who grow for patients are allowed to have three mature plants and two ounces of usable marijuana per patient at any given time, but many times those plants can yield much more than the usable two ounces. Under ideal conditions, many of these plants can yield more than a pound per plant, leaving the caregiver with a large surplus of marijuana to dispose of. As long as the surplus remains on the plan, it is legal under the Colorado state laws. However, once it is harvested, it becomes illegal and this is when caregivers are turning to the black market rather than being stuck with the surplus. Staff attorneys for the Colorado General Assembly say they are aware of the loophole, but as of yet, a solution has not been presented. Regulating the number of plants will not completely address the problem because the surplus issue will still remain.

Newe Laws May Inhibit Colorado Medical Marijuana Caregivers

Todd Davis - Saturday, May 07, 2011



Colorado medical marijuana caregivers may be under tighter scrutiny in the near future as state legislators work to pass bills requiring caregivers to be more open about the product they grow. Lawmakers in Colorado are concerned that it may be harder to disseminate between legitimate caregivers and what they consider to be basement drug dealers. A bill currently pending in legislature is aimed at creating a database of the estimated 40,000 registered caregivers in the state who currently are not under the same kind of security or reporting requirements as commercial dealers. Caregivers are concerned this may put them at risk for police harassment as well as increased crime.

4/20 Rally Gains Strength in Boulder

Todd Davis - Sunday, April 17, 2011

Boulder cannabis
 enthusiasts are enjoying stronger turnouts for the annual 4/20 rally. Last year, a crowd of around 10,000 people gathered together in what is referred to as the Norlin Quad near the University of Colorado campus. Approximately 20 to 25% of that number was estimated to be students of CU. Many cannabis users claim Boulder provides a more comfortable setting than Denver though spokespeople for CU tend to find the event annoying and not a very good representation of what the college is about. In the past, efforts have been made to deter the crowd of marijuana gatherers such as fertilizers on the lawn and turning on the sprinklers, but attempts have been unsuccessful. Police officials will be keeping an eye on the crowd but keeping a distance. However, any littering will be met with steep $1,000 fines.

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.

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