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.
Staff CMM - Tuesday, October 23, 2012
federal crackdown on medical marijuana dispensaries in Colorado that began in
January of 2012 has resulted in 57 dispensaries closing their doors so far,
with another ten dispensaries recently being added to the list. U.S. Attorney
John Walsh has closed this latest round of dispensaries for being within 1,000
feet of schools, as was the case with the other 57 dispensaries in what has
proven to be one of the most aggressive law enforcement actions the industry
has experienced so far. The latest ten dispensary shut downs were part of a
third wave of letters sent by Walsh, but other dispensaries should be prepared
for a fourth wave as Walsh’s office has identified further dispensaries in
violation. Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett feels that Washington, D.C.
could find a better use of their time. However, Walsh has indicated his commitment
to the crackdown and stated the closures were not at the direction of
Washington, but at his direction as a U.S. District Attorney and as a Colorado
Staff CMM - Monday, October 01, 2012
Many medical marijuana dispensaries in Colorado work hard to provide a legitimate service to patients in Colorado, but as with anything, a few bad seeds tend to spoil what others are working so hard to achieve. Eleven people connected with The Silver Lizard dispensary in Denver were accused recently of illegally funneling the drug to other states for distribution. The eleven people face a 59-count indictment for charges of racketeering and marijuana distribution and if found guilty, the defendants face sentences ranging eight to 24 years. Colorado Attorney General John Suthers stated the defendants are accused of illegally distributing marijuana to 13 other states and Washington, D.C. In a recent statement, Suthers opposed Colorado’s medical marijuana laws. Suthers claimed that due to these laws, Colorado is becoming a major exporter of marijuana to the rest of the country.
Staff CMM - Wednesday, September 26, 2012
A former medical marijuana dispensary owner in Lafayette, Colorado was charged recently for possession and selling marijuana with the intent to take the drug out of state. Officials began watching the dispensary owner in August of 2011 when an informant at the U.S. Postal Service disclosed the dispensary owner sold large amounts to the informant, who said the marijuana would be shipped to a friend in Missouri. Once under surveillance, undercover officers and the informant again arranged to purchase ten pounds of marijuana for $30,000 from the dispensary owner with the intention of shipping the drug to friends in Missouri. The dispensary owner was arrested after the buy took place. Police then searched the owner’s house, uncovering ten pounds of marijuana. The dispensary owner entered into a plea bargain and was sentenced to 12 months of probation, 48 hours of community service and was ordered to pay restitution.
Staff CMM - Wednesday, August 29, 2012
When the State of Colorado first passed a bill allowing medical marijuana dispensaries to operate, it is doubtful any would have been able to foresee the explosion the medical marijuana industry would experience as a result. Medical marijuana dispensaries began to pop up everywhere in a rush to join this new and growing industry. Several factors, however, have impeded progress, the largest and certainly the most imposing being the federal government. Marijuana is still considered an illegal substance in the eyes of the government and Colorado medical marijuana dispensaries have found themselves in a constant battle as to their rights. Earlier this year, the U.S. Attorney’s office sent two rounds of letters to dispensaries located within 1,000 feet of schools ordering them to shut down or face prosecution. This created quite an uproar in the marijuana community, but the government is holding fast to their law, sending ten more letters recently to dispensaries. The letters give the dispensaries until September 17th to close or face prosecution. With the large gap that exists between state and federal laws and rights, dispensaries are going to find it difficult to proceed and flourish, at least for the foreseeable future.
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.
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.
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.
Staff CMM - Tuesday, May 08, 2012
For those patients who are new to the medical marijuana arena, getting a better understanding of marijuana strains can be a big help. Basically, there are two types of strains; the cannabis Sativa strains, which tend to present a lighter feeling and the cannabis Indica strains, which tends to offer a heavier, more stoned feeling. Depending on the patient’s medical needs, experimenting with the strains until one is found that will offer relief from symptoms may be the way to go. The Sativa strains tend to be of a taller variety, while the Indica strains are shorter and more compact. Both strains offer a very wide variety of hybrids to choose from and evaluating the various strains can help the patient find the appropriate medical marijuana to cope with their chronic condition. Patients should seek the professional opinion of someone at a medical marijuana dispensary to help them sort through the various strains and hybrids for a better understanding of what is available.
Staff CMM - Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Conflicts between state and federal offices have been spurred on by the recent distribution of letters from the U.S. Attorney’s office to medical marijuana dispensaries in Colorado demanding that all dispensaries closer than 1,000 feet of school properties must be closed within 45 days or face prosecution. Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett has sent the U.S. District Attorney John Walsh a letter this month urging him to back away from enforcement issues against Colorado medical marijuana dispensaries, although the specific reasoning for the letter was not disclosed. Walsh responded by stating that enforcing federal laws to protect children from drug abuse is a core responsibility for his office and will remain so, as enforcing federal laws against selling marijuana near schools is a legitimate use of his office’s resources. Although Colorado law allows limited usage of marijuana for various medical reasons, marijuana is still considered an illegal drug under federal laws.