Colorado Medical Marijuana
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In 2000, Colorado residents voted in Amendment 20 which modified the state's constitution making Medical Marijuana legal in Colorado. Since that time, Colorado Medical Marijuana Law has become one of the most publicized Medical Marijuana laws in the country. In 2009, the Obama administration countered the previous administration's policy of random DEA raids on medical marijuana facilities by suspending all federal raids on medical marijuana facilities acting within the guidelines of their state laws. After this declaration, the Colorado Medical Marijuana industry seemed to blossom over night. Within one year, the number of dispensaries in Colorado had grown from less than 50 to over 1,000. As a result of this demand, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has had difficulties , any individual seeking registration will be met with long delays.
Colorado Medical Marijuana law protects qualified individuals from prosecution and imprisonment for possession, procurement, and cultivation of cannabis. The registration and administration of the law is handled by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Colorado residents with qualifying medical conditions must submit an application, certification from a licensed physician, copy of a valid state issued identification for both the patient--and caregiver if applicable, and a check or money order for $90. All original documents must be submitted to:
4300 Cherry Creek Dr. South
Denver, CO 80206
Questions may be addressed via phone: 303.692.2184, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Qualifying conditions accepted under Colorado Medical Marijuana law include:
Medical Marijuana Colorado law allows a patient or caregiver to possess, transport, and procure up to two ounces of usable cannabis, and six plants, of which only three may be mature. While transportation is allowed, consumption while operating a motor vehicle is prohibited. Consumption is not allowed in public areas, or in public view.
No insurance company is required to reimburse for any expenses related to the procurement, consumption, or cultivation of the medication. In addition, there are no requirements for employers or housing authorities to tolerate consumption by their employees or residents.
News & Updates
Recent steps by the federal government have put the medical marijuana industry of multiple states in question. Colorado is no exception to this, as banks throughout the state were recently bullied into ceasing all business ties with medical marijuana dispensaries.
The response from the local Colorado population has been surprisingly mixed. Despite the fact that Colorado was one of the earlier states to adopt medicinal marijuana policies, there are still many residents speaking out in support of a proposed ban on dispensaries.
As of last week, there is not a single bank in Colorado that will openly deal with a medical marijuana dispensary. This comes as shocking news to the patient and caregiver community, as well as local law officials, who worry about increased crime due to cash transactions.
Many dispensary owners have made statements about this new development, saying they're not quite sure what they're going to do in response. They obviously can't securely deal with large amounts of cash, especially when dispensaries have already been targets for thieving in the past.
The advances made toward medical marijuana rights recently have been incredible, but many people don't think it's enough. Why stop at medical marijuana, after all, when science and experience show no real reason to restrict its popular use?
This is the question that Colorado is asking as they seek to completely legalize the drug. Colorado Springs is currently being used as a test market for complete legalization, and the population will soon see a number of TV spots and mailing packets in support of the development.
A District Court judge in Boulder County, Colorado has ruled that the city of Longmont may enforce its ban on medical marijuana businesses, despite the fact that medical marijuana is permitted under Colorado state law. In her decision, she ruled that local communities may ban medical marijuana dispensaries because such businesses do not have a right to operate under Amendment 20 of the Colorado constitution. She also ruled that the businesses have no protected property interest that could be guarded by injunction.
The Colorado House of Representatives passed an additional measure to fine tune the continuously evolving Medical Marijuana Law.
In a 52-12 vote that passed with no verbal contention, the bill looks to fine tune existing laws relating to patients, caregivers, and dispensaries. Now on its way to the state senate, the bill sets greater measures for patient privacy in dispensaries, as well as the standards of video monitoring of those patients while purchasing.
The Colorado Board of Health is looking into tightening restrictions regarding the doctor-patient relationship, when recommending the use of medical marijuana. Colorado lawmakers began seeking a more legitimate doctor-patient relationship in 2010, in response to their fears of physicians recommending large quantities of people in a short time.
Medical Marijuana, once the ugly stepchild of Colorado's local businesses, is starting to gain favor by adding a fresh revenue stream to the struggling economy. As with many governments across the nation, Colorado's budget is stretched thin in most areas, and seriously deficient in others. However, unlike most states, Colorado has a unique revenue stream helping in a small but very useful way.
Consistently at the forefront of innovation in the fledgling Medical Marijuana industry, Colorado continues forward by allowing certain Medical Marijuana related courses to be considered "higher education."
Officials in Colorado recently proposed greatly increasing the controls associated with Medical Marijuana purchases and sales. State officials want to keep digital records of all transactions of Colorado Medical Marijuana in order to curb illegal "black market" distributions.
Many in the Colorado Medical Marijuana community fear intrusion of the proposed "big brother" program. Officials want to go as far as requiring a digital scan of fingerprints before each sale from dispensary to patient and even keeping track of the Medical Marijuana with radio-frequency devices.
The Highlands Ranch, Colorado resident who was raided by the DEA after displaying his grow operation to a local television news reporter is battling against an increasingly strong current in the first Federal prosecution case to follow the Obama administration's memos relating to Medical Marijuana.