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25 More Colorado Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Closed By Feds

Staff CMM - Tuesday, April 17, 2012

As the rules and regulations regarding medical marijuana in Colorado are tweaked and refined, one very clear detail in Colorado state law stands out. It states that dispensaries in the state are not allowed to be located less than 1,000 feet from any school in the state. However, some shops have been allowed to remain open if local governments allow the shops to be closer to school buildings. As the federal government takes a closer look at these regulations, things are beginning to change. As part of an overall crackdown on drugs, the federal government is stepping in and tightening their grip on medical marijuana laws across the country. John Walsh, A U.S. Attorney located in Colorado, sent word last month to 22 medical marijuana dispensaries in the state to either move or be closed with it was determined they were located too close to school properties. This month, Walsh handed out 25 more warnings to medical marijuana dispensaries in Colorado to close because they are located too close to school properties. All dispensaries who received these warnings have been given 45 days to close or they will be faced with federal prosecution.

Debat Continues Over Medical Marijuana Recommendations by Doctors

Todd Davis - Friday, May 13, 2011




Tougher rules and restrictions regarding Colorado medical marijuana patients have now become directed at doctors in Colorado and which in particular, which doctors should be allowed to recommend medical marijuana to patients. The Colorado Board of Health is aiming to make it clearer on how well doctors know their patients before recommending marijuana treatment and also question whether doctors with conditions on their licenses such as a surgeon being banned from surgery due to the development of arthritis should be allowed to recommend marijuana to their patients. These regulations are aimed at discouraging marijuana mills in which doctors recommend marijuana to new patients after only a brief visit. Approximately 1,300 people who applied for medical marijuana cards this last year were denied by the state due to their recommendations coming from doctors with license conditions.

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.

Whirlwind Continues

Todd Davis - Saturday, July 17, 2010

True to form, the medical marijuana business has provided more challenges to lawmakers and business owners alike. The State has recently approved a two million dollar budget to hire temporary processors to eliminate the backlog of medical marijuana applicants. According to state officials, the backlog has grown to over 60,000 unprocessed applications. This is problematic in more ways than one. First, new Colorado cannabis laws require medical marijuana applications to be processed in thirty five days – woops. Also, this opens the door for more fraudulent activity as patients are using their State provided paperwork in lieu of a license. Finally, it has opened the door to forgery and fraudulent activity as the backlog has created a mess of paperwork that makes it easier for fraudulent paperwork to be unnoticed. The rules and boundaries have become clearer when it comes to medical marijuana in Colorado. Now it is a matter of controlling and enforcing rules and regulations.

New Tax Can Legitimize the Industry

Todd Davis - Sunday, February 28, 2010

Colorado state senate is reviewing Bill 1284, which will impose an excise tax onto Colorado medical marijuana. This excise tax would be very similar to the tax imposed on alcohol. Although this might initially sound like a blow to the industry, it is actually a step towards legitimacy. Taxation of this sort implies the industry will be allowed to remain public and flourish. If the bill passes in the senate, it will be up to voter's approval. Colorado medical marijuana dispensaries could be looking at a brighter future if this tax passes; legitimate tax means legitimate business. There is still a long road ahead, especially when it comes to the federal government's view of Colorado medical marijuana. Bill 1284, however, could very possibly be the tax law voters and proprietors have been waiting for.

Dispensaries Losing Allies

Todd Davis - Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Although Colorado medical marijuana dispensaries have become a thriving, successful, and legitimate business, there are still obstacles to overcome. Attitudes among the public have been fickle at best. Most recently, Wells Fargo has decided to suspend new accounts for Colorado medical marijuana dispensaries, leaving the booming industry with almost no options in the way of finance and banking. Unfortunately, Colorado medicinal marijuana seems to be losing ground with the public, lawmakers, and now the finance industry. In spite of the obvious legitimacy of the infantile industry, Colorado marijuana is constantly presented resistance and skepticism. In addition, more regulations are on the way as the State Senate just passed a bill barring doctors from writing recommendations and prescriptions inside dispensaries.  This bill will also add more requirements to acquire a medical marijuana card. Objectively, one cannot deny the obvious lucrative and medical potential of Colorado medicinal marijuana. Compromise will have to prevail so the industry can flourish.

Setbacks Curb Recent Progress

Todd Davis - Saturday, January 30, 2010

As the debate over the legitimacy of medicinal marijuana in Colorado rages on, it really comes down to one simple notion: attitude. One side of the argument contends that Colorado marijuana should remain illegal because their attitude about the product remains negative; it is a dangerous narcotic, it has been illegal for a reason, etc. Others have seen the positives in Colorado medicinal marijuana; it is an excellent pain reliever, it can be a great source of revenue. In the end, it will come down to what attitude wins out. One Colorado marijuana dispensary laboratory has felt the wrath of the opposing view as they were raided by DEA agents this week and forced to hand over records and thousands of dollars in product. The agency, so far, has given no comment only stating that the investigation is ongoing. Another medicinal marijuana dispensary in L.A. was ordered to close its doors by a county superior judge. Unfortunately, the vague nature of current law helps enable both sides of the battle. Episodes such as these, however, simply perpetuate negative attitudes among the public, especially among “swing voters”. Slowly, medicinal marijuana in Colorado is gaining progress in the public eye; dispensaries are still flourishing and little backlash in the form of public protest has been reported. Hopefully, as Colorado medicinal marijuana laws solidify and attitudes change, medical marijuana in Colorado will be allowed to flourish as originally intended.

Decriminalization Gaining Ground

Todd Davis - Saturday, January 23, 2010
Currently, Colorado medical marijuana law prohibits possession of cannabis on a state level.  However, cities such as Breckenridge have already passed city laws that have legalized possession even for people who do not have a Colorado medical marijuana card. Other cities such as Aspen, Leadville, and Nederland are proposing similar decriminalization laws. Even though possession of Medical marijuana in Colorado will remain illegal to the state, there is a noticeable relaxation among the public when it comes to Colorado medicinal marijuana.  Although the subject remains controversial, it is certainly no longer taboo.  Decriminalizing laws are another example of Colorado marijuana becoming more accepted among the public. Perhaps these new laws will open the door for common acceptance of medical marijuana in Colorado for both the public and lawmakers.

Mindset and Law Variance Between Cities

Todd Davis - Wednesday, January 20, 2010

When it comes to controversial issues, there will always be massive variance in point of view; Colorado medicinal marijuana is a prime example. In the capital city of Denver, restrictive laws are debated on a daily basis. Most recently, a restriction has been suggested to limit the size of the store front sign of a Colorado medicinal marijuana dispensary. In a totally opposing mindset, the township of Nederland is preparing to vote on a Cannabis Festival and a law legalizing the use of marijuana. As of now, Colorado medical marijuana laws give each city or town the right to restrict locally. For example, Colorado medical marijuana dispensaries are banned in Greeley and Broomfield. Meanwhile, Nederland is preparing for a possible festival to celebrate Colorado marijuana. Until state laws become more clearly defined and restrictive, massive variance between cities will exist.

Restrictions Tighten Locally, Expos Open Nationally

Todd Davis - Monday, January 11, 2010
It is no mystery that medical marijuana in Colorado has grown exponentially in a short period of time. For now, Colorado marijuana dispensaries are reaping the rewards of free enterprise. On the other side, lawmakers and general opponents of Colorado marijuana are seeking more restriction and regulation of the booming industry. Currently, the state senate is proposing yet another bill in an effort to squelch the flourishing business. The new bill will focus on limiting the number of patients a caregiver can serve; this could drastically dampen the expansion of the industry and curtail current business.  Meanwhile, Medical Marijuana Inc. in conjunction with the National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Law (NORML) will be launching the first National Educational Expo in L.A. this week. Vendors, caregivers, and CEOs are all expected to make appearances in an effort to gain common ground with the opposing public and lawmakers.  This expo provides evidence that the medical marijuana industry is gaining legitimacy nationally. Currently, there are no expos being planned in the near future for Colorado medical marijuana.  The rift between the industry and general opposition is becoming larger and more apparent on a daily basis. The only question that remains is how far restriction goes in an effort to halt the industry.

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