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Acquiring a Medicinal Marijuana Card

Rachel Davis - Monday, May 31, 2010

Many potential patients may neglect Colorado medical marijuana because they are either afraid or ignorant to the process. Acquiring a medical marijuana card is simple if done correctly. One major pitfall the patient needs to avoid is illegitimate businesses and physicians. There are a plethora of doctors and offices to choose from, but a large percentage of offices are running without proper licensing and certification. This website, in contrast, is an excellent resource for patients looking for direction. One would be well advised to use the contact information provided on this very website; all physicians are qualified and certified. In addition, the office is centrally located and in compliance to all current law and code. Nothing is more frustrating to a patient than going through the trouble of acquiring a Colorado medical marijuana card only to find out they unknowingly received it illegally. Beware of cheap and flighty offices. Using this website and the physician herein employed will guarantee a smooth transaction and experience as well as a completely legal Colorado medical marijuana card.

More Propaganda, Less Benefit

Rachel Davis - Monday, April 26, 2010

House Bill 1284 has officially passed in the House and is now up for Senate approval. Basically, the Bill gives towns and cities the right to ban dispensaries and creates stronger background checks for dispensary owners. What is most disturbing is the level of white noise and propaganda being spewed from both sides.  According to Colorado cannabis advocates, Bill 1284 is unconstitutional as it restricts Amendment 20, which was passed by voters. Opponents to medicinal marijuana in Colorado claim Amendment 20 was a lie and a farce and has been abused to the point where their children are exposed to a medicinal marijuana dispensary on every corner. Both views, of course, can be viewed as obtuse and reactionary. Objectively speaking, the industry boomed in a short amount of time; one should expect a defensive reaction from the public. Likewise, cannabis can have significant benefit beyond the medical trade; tax revenue alone could relieve significant budget strain for cities and the State. Unfortunately, both sides seem content with using propaganda and fear tactics to get their point across. In reality, it comes down to the potential for full blown legality; advocates want it, opponents fear it. Soon enough, initiatives and new amendments (such as initiative 47) will be presented to the voting public, thus ending the debate. This industry is legitimate; it should be allowed to thrive. Hopefully both sides will find common ground and the public will be allowed to make the choice, much like alcohol and tobacco.

New Tax Can Legitimize the Industry

Rachel 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.

State and Federal Law Collide

Rachel Davis - Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Due to the vague and cryptic nature of Colorado medical marijuana law, more growers and dispensaries are feeling the backlash from the DEA. Recently, a grower in Highlands Ranch was arrested by federal agents while his entire inventory was confiscated. What is most disturbing about this situation is the grower believed he was in compliance with state law. Regrettably, federal law supersedes state law, thus making the grower of Colorado cannabis a felon in the eyes of the DEA. This could potentially open the doors for more confiscation and firm restriction via federal lawmakers. Unfortunately, Colorado medicinal marijuana laws have been ambiguous at best from the beginning. It is becoming painfully evident that clearly defined laws and guidelines must be in place before more people who believe they are compliant end up in federal prison. Blame lies in all areas of the industry, from vague law to overzealous proprietors. Until firm and acceptable guidelines are in place, similar situations will plague the industry, causing more skepticism and fear among the public and government officials.

Current and Future Challenges for Dispensaries

Rachel Davis - Thursday, February 11, 2010

In spite of potential and projected business growth, regulation of medicinal marijuana in Colorado is simply a matter if inevitability. What is crucial, however, is how much the regulations hinder perspective growth of the industry. Recently, the City Council passed an ordinance to require licensing for Colorado medical marijuana dispensaries. Although this is a logical step in the progression of Colorado marijuana regulation, the requirements to attain a license could become a major point of contention. Currently, the Colorado medicinal marijuana dispensary owner will be required to pass a background check and pay fees totaling about $5000 (including annual fees). As time goes on, however, restrictions could become tighter and more subjective. For example, the Massey-Romer bill would allow the licensing board to establish a potential owner’s “moral character” and deny a license based on that subjective opinion. Regulations, ordinances, and perspective bills are changing on nearly a daily basis. Once again, it will be up to the public to decide on the fate of Colorado medical marijuana as a myriad of bills will surely be presented to the voting public. While opponents of medicinal marijuana in Colorado push for harsher restriction, advocates and business owners will be challenged to find initiatives that will please the public while still maintaining financial enterprise.

Boulder Medical Marijuana Dispensary Laws Once Again Subject of Debate

Rachel Davis - Tuesday, December 08, 2009

        

 

The Boulder medical marijuana community is facing criticism by Boulder DA Stan Garnett, who intends to file a civil lawsuit asking for injunction or declatory judgment to determine whether dispensaries are legal or not. Although efforts were made by Colorado attorney Richard Everstine to dissuade Mr. Garnett, Mr. Garnett stands by his decision to file the suit, claiming it is the best solution to what he considers a problem in the city. Letters were written to the editor of the Colorado Daily on the subject, stating that DA Garnett’s personal war on medical marijuana patients must come to an end. Mr. Garnett’s response to this claim stated that he has no intention of declaring war on patients, but is simply trying to o better define the parameters of operation for dispensaries in order to

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