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Thurs., July 7, 2011
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Attorney Adam Mayo presents the patient collective model, which is a profitable business model that allows patients to help other patients as provided for in the Colorado Constitution. The Patient Collective business model (protected by the Constitution) may actually offer more legal protection than the MMC model (protected only by statute). Like MMC's, patient collectives can be run as for-profit organizations. Unlike MMC's, Patient Collectives are not regulated by the Department of Revenue & enjoy 100% protection under the Constitution.

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PCRLP News Release
June 28, 2011

 

Last chance to become a plaintiff

A news release from the:
Patient and Caregiver Rights Litigation Project
Phone: 1-888-328-4367
Web: www.CannabisLawsuits.com
Email: patientlawsuit@yahoo.com

A wise man once said, "It is better to be a plaintiff than a defendant."
With new laws set to go into effect on July 1 that were designed to shut
down up to 80% of existing medical marijuana dispensaries in Colorado, it
is possible that some of these shutdowns will result in criminal charges
and owners becoming defendants in a criminal prosecutions.

The alternative is litigation against the onerous new rules. The Patient
and Caregiver Rights Litigation Project is on the verge of filing a lawsuit
against the unconstitutional provisions of the new laws regarding medical
marijuana in Colorado that are set to go into effect on July 1.

If this lawsuit is successful, only the named plaintiffs on the lawsuit,
and members of the PCRLP, will enjoy the benefits of any injunctions issued
by the court. Why take the chance? There is still time to join the PCRLP,
but barely.

If you are interested in helping preserve your constitutional rights,
please call IMMEDIATELY to see if you can become a member of PCRLP before
the lawsuit is filed.

*** Help Save Patients and Caregivers ***

*** Fight Patient Surveillance and Medicine Tracking ***

*** Get Your Constitutional Rights Back ***

Contact:
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Email: patientlawsuit@yahoo.com


CTI News Release
June 27, 2011

 

New DOR Rules Effective July 1

The article below by the Associated Press details some of the new regulations going into effect on July 1 regarding medical marijuana in Colorado. These new regulations have patients very concerned about their privacy.

MMC-applicants are now required to have video cameras record every transaction in an MMC or a production facility. MMCs are also helping the Department of Revenue track every patient purchase from "seed to sale" in a massive law enforcement database to ensure that patients do not get "too much" medicine.

These videos and transaction records will be available to all law enforcement, including the DEA, on demand, without a warrant, and without notification to patients that their information has been released to the police.

The AP story also details a stunning new revelation that the DOR apparently does not intend on issuing any licenses to MMCs until July 2012. This means that every dispensary in the state will continue to operate in a gray area of the law: MMCs have no state license, and they also have no Constitutional protection. (MMCs revoked their right to be a caregiver under the Constitution in order to apply to become an MMC.)

If an MMC is selling marijuana in Colorado without a license, there is the potential that the DOR will at some point deny them a license and target them as a criminal enterprise. If this happens, anyone that shopped or worked at the unlicensed MMC may be put under criminal investigation as well.

MMC employees are being asked to surrender large volumes of personal and financial information to the DOR and submit to an extensive criminal background investigation, including photographs and fingerprints sent to the FBI. Westword reported in two articles today about the rush for employees to register with the DOR. But many are questioning the intelligence of this, because none of the MMC-employers have been granted state licenses. This means employees are signing up to work at UNLICENSED,
potentially "criminal" businesses, for the next year.

Westword Story 1

Westword Story 2

CTI encourages all patients and MMC-applicant-employees to CONSULT AN ATTORNEY before they continue to shop or work at an MMC after July 1 to make sure that their privacy rights and 4th and 5th amendment rights are preserved.

The Patient and Caregiver Rights Litigation Project is working to overturn these laws. Please contribute to:
http://www.cannabislawsuits.com/

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http://www.cnbc.com/id/43540260

CO pot shops face surveillance, shorter hours

Published: Sunday, 26 Jun 2011 | 11:57 AM ET

By Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press

DENVER - Colorado's marijuana industry will become the nation's most regulated later this week, and pot shops are scrambling to comply with new seed-to-sale tracking, shorter business hours and mandatory video surveillance for growing plants and finished products.

Some of the requirements, such as a grow-your-own regulation forcing pot shops to grow 70 percent of the pot they sell, have already taken effect. But most rules will kick in Friday, including background checks for everyone working around medical marijuana to screen out drug felons.

Other rules include video surveillance of both growing marijuana plants and finished pot products, a move to make sure medical pot doesn't end up on the black market. The state also plans to enforce a statewide 8 p.m. closing time for pot shops.

Colorado also is imposing registration requirements on caregivers, people who grow for up to five patients. Caregivers fought unsuccessfully in the state Legislature this year to keep their growing sites and what they're growing private. Some pot growers vow to drop out of the system rather than face state oversight.

"I see the caregiver model pretty much evaporating," said Adam Mayo, an attorney in Steamboat Springs who advises marijuana patients, growers and shop owners.

Instead, Mayo said, caregivers may choose to stop growing plants for patients and instead offer them warehouse space to grow their own allotment of six plants each. Because patients are not required to tell the state where they're growing their pot plants, Mayo said a marijuana collective such as a communal warehouse wouldn't violate state law.

"You could charge them just like you'd charge a tenant," Mayo said of patients.

It's an option a few caregivers and even dispensary owners are taking seriously.

"I'm not crazy about going on a registry that might be obsolete in a couple years," said Bret Kantola, a Denver caregiver who currently raises plants for two people but said he's getting out rather than register. Kantola cited shifting signals from the federal government on marijuana and a confusing state regulatory framework.

"It's been very, very turbulent, and it's been one thing after another," Kantola said of Colorado's efforts to regulate the pot business.

The owner of two dispensaries in Lafayette, Veronica Caprio of 420 Highways, said she plans to close her shops and start a collective. She decried Colorado's regulations as intrusive for marijuana patients.

"It's complete unknown territory, this Big Brother tracking," Caprio said.

A spokeswoman for the state's Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division, which oversees many of the pot regulations, said collectives may be illegal. Julie Postlethwait said a collective growing site would fall under state regulations if the site were under a single person or group's control.

Caregivers who want to try collective growing say they're prepared to test the state. Timothy Tipton, a Denver caregiver, says he's starting a collective and plans to sublease plots to patients who won't be allowed to sell or even give away pot they grow so they can avoid state oversight.

"It allows patients who are upset with all the regulation going on here to maintain their constitutional rights" to grow and use pot, Tipton said. "We have the constitutional right to do this, and we're not giving up."

Maybe so, but not all caregivers are as outspoken as Tipton. Tipton organizes an annual pot-tasting contest called the Caregivers' Cup, which planned its final contest in Denver on Sunday. He said about 1,000 patients a year have shown up at the celebration to sample and rate pot strains -- but caregivers are wary of public attention and have said they won't participate after the registration requirements take effect.

Marijuana advocates, along with state officials and lawmakers who approved the rules, are divided about what the oversight will mean for medical marijuana in Colorado. Sponsors of the regulatory bill last year boasted that the rules would drive half the state's 800 or so dispensaries out of business. But more than 700 of them have applied for state licenses, due to be issued in July of 2012.

Ryan Cook, general manager of three dispensaries in Denver called The Clinic, said patients haven't complained as much as he feared about increased video surveillance, a mandatory 8 p.m. closing time and a requirement that patients' marijuana registry cards be scanned every time they buy pot.

"I get a sense from patients they're accepting the requirements," Cook said. "We'll see how it evolves, but right now, people just want a safe and affordable way to get their meds."

But at a recent marijuana legalization debate in Denver, pot advocate Rico Colibri of the Association of Cannabis Trades warned that increased tracking and surveillance could turn out badly if the federal government hanges course on deferring to states that allow medical pot.

"There could be scary things happening to people here very soon," Colibri said.

 

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Legislative Wrap-Up 2011

Colorado Patients Win Victories in Legislature

Activists Put Focus on 2012 Legalization Ballot Initiative

Report from the Cannabis Therapy Institute

May 16, 2011

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Colorado patients won some big victories in the state legislature this year. Three bills were introduced this year that further eroded the rights of patients and caregivers under the Colorado Constitution. With the Cannabis Therapy Institute leading the way to oppose these bills, patients were able to kill two of the three bills.

The first bill, HB11-1250, would have banned all edible cannabis products. This fell relatively quickly, as the entire patient community spoke out very strongly against a ban on edible therapy.

HB 11-1261 was a DUI/THC bill. It would have set a limit of 5 nanograms/millileter of THC in the whole blood. Anything over 5 ng/mL would automatically be considered DUI per se, and patients would have faced losing their drivers licenses in addition to criminal DUI charges. The bill would have eliminated the requirement for the prosecution to prove that the driver was actually impaired. Through intense grassroots lobbying efforts, the bill was watered down to just a study of whether THC causes impairment. However, 3 days before the session was scheduled to end, the 5 ng DUI per se language was put back into the bill. Last minute lobbying by law enforcement seemed to ensure a victory for this bill. However, when the final vote was taken, the bill was killed altogether, scoring a huge victory for patients and justice!

CTI argued that most patients would always be over 5 ng because of their constant use, but would not actually be impaired. Local reporter William Breathes, from the Denver alternative weekly Westword, voluntarily submitted to a blood test for THC after fasting for 16 hours, and the test returned at 13.5 ng! His physician affirmed that Breathes was totally unimpaired. This was one of the factors that helped kill the bill. Another factor was that the sponsor of the bill, Rep. Claire Levy (D-Boulder) could provide no evidence that THC was the cause of any accident in Colorado, and admitted that she based the 5 ng on an "intuitive feeling" rather than hard research.

Unfortunately, the third anti-cannabis bill, HB 11-1043, passed with no opposition in the legislature. This was the "cleanup bill" from last years massive legislation, which created a statutory entity called a "Medical Marijuana Center" (MMC). HB 11-1043 completed the removal of MMCs from the protection of the Colorado Constitution, by adding a line to the statute that said the Constitution did not apply to MMCs. This is concerning, because the US Attorney's office in Colorado has indicated that the feds consider the Constitution to afford greater protection than the MMC statute. Colorado was among the medical marijuana states that received threatening letters from the feds, but no MMCs have yet been targeted for federal raids.

HB 11-1043 also extends the statewide moratorium on new MMC applicants for another year. Over 1,000 people applied to become MMCs last July 1, but the Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division (MMED) of the Department of Revenue has not granted any licenses.

Another disturbing aspect of HB 11-1043 is the Caregiver Grow Location Registry. For the first time in the history of Colorado's ten-year-old medical marijuana law, caregivers will be required to register themselves, their patients' ID numbers, and the locations of their grows with the Department of Revenue. This has many caregivers and patients nervous that their confidentiality rights will be breached, and that more regulation of caregivers is on the way.

HB 11-1043 goes into effect July 1, as do 77 pages of new regulations from the Department of Revenue. MMC applicants are getting tired of existing in legal limbo. They are forced to comply with an ever-growing list of restrictions, but they have no guarantees that they will ever be granted a license for their efforts.

The MMC law that passed in 2010 was designed to put 80% of dispensaries out of business. Every week, MMCs shut down because they can't comply with the pages of new restrictions. No other industry in Colorado has ever seen this kind of deliberate over-regulation. Activists with the Patient and Caregivers Rights Litigation Project are working on an injunction against all the laws and regulations, to be filed before July 1. (cannabislawsuits.com)

The Legalize2012.com Project is building a grassroots coalition to bring a legalization initiative to the 2012 ballot in Colorado. Polls show 50% support for legalization in Colorado, so it's not a question of when cannabis will be re-legalized, it's a question of how it will be re-legalized.

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HB 11-1043, Caregiver Registration and Patient Rights Elimination "Cleanup" bill

Some parts of it may be good in that it clarified HB 10-1284, but none of it addresses patient privacy concerns. It also continues on the path of separating the medical marijuana program from the health agency and the Constitution, removing Constitutional protection for MMCs explicity.

- Eliminates Constitutional protection for the actions of MMC licensees. Licensees "shall not be subject to the terms of" Article XVIII, Section 14 of the Colorado Constitution (Colorado's Medical Marijuana Law).

- Extends the moratorium on new Medical Marijuana Center applicants in the state for another year, until July 1, 2012. This harms patients and industry by artificially eliminating competition.

- Restricts an MMC to sell only 6 non-flowering plants to a patient every 3 months

- Limits Medical Marijuana Infused Products Manufacturers to 500 plants

- Allows law enforcement to destroy plants and cannabis that they seize, in violation of Article XVIII, Section 14 of the Colorado Constitution, which requires law enforcement to preserve patient medicine.

- If an MMC license is revoked, that MMC's marijuana will be immediately considered to be a "controlled substance." Presumably, then immediately the owners and employees would be subject to criminal prosecution, since the marijuana they possess would no longer be considered legal medical marijuana.

- Requires caregivers to register the location of their grows with the Department of Revenue.

- Requires caregivers to surrender the Registry ID numbers of their patients to the Department of Revenue.

- Allows the Department of Revenue to share locations of caregiver grows with law enforcement and local governments with an address-specific request, and exempts them from public records )?_.

- Appropriates $1 million from the Medical Marijuana Program Fund to hire 14.5 additional full-time employees (FTE) for the "Circle Program", an inpatient substance abuse treatment facility in Pueblo that only has 20
beds.

- Clarifies that residency applies to owners only

- DOR may deny license for good cause

- Felony drug convictions are licensing disqualifiers

- MMC may provide samples to laboratory that has a testing license

- DOR can promulgate rules for testing

- Procedures for license revocation

- Product may be destroyed or given to indigent patients

- If multiple centers, can grow all mmj at one cultivation site

- MMC subject to prohibitions on unfair business products - selling below cost

- Physician who owns a valid license only without condition or restriction may provide medical marijuana recs

- Indigent patient does not have to pay fee. Changes it to the federal poverty line

- Land that's used for cultivation cannot be considered agricultural land for tax purposes

- Medical marijuana are medical records for purpose of theft


HB1261 (THC/DUI) : KILLED

HB1261 sought to ban patients from driving privileges by setting a limit on THC in the blood that most patients will always exceed. Any driver with an amount of THC over 5 nanograms/milliliter in their blood will be considered impaired and guilty of DUI per se and subject to loss of their driver's license and other criminal penalties. This will greatly impact patients, because many of them will test over that limit due to their chronic use, but not be impaired.

This bill was killed. It will be sent back to the state Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice (CCJJ) for more study, and likely brought up again when the Legislature convenes in Jan. 2012.


HB 11-1250, Cannabis Edible Bill
Originally sought to ban MMCs from producing or selling any edible cannabis product. Amended to only address packaging requirements. Since the Department of Revenue already has the authority to set labeling standards, this bill is unnecessary.


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June 15, 2010

June 15, 2010: UPDATE: These rules all passed unamended. Thanks to all those who sent in comments.

ACTION ALERT: Board of Health Patient and Caregiver Rulemaking Hearing

The Colorado Board of Health will hold a rulemaking hearing on Wed., June 15, at 9am concerning sweeping changes to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's rules and regulations regarding medical marijuana patients and caregivers.

ATTEND HEARING
Board of Health Public Rulemaking Hearing
Restrictions on Patients and Caregivers
Wed., June. 15, 2011
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Sabin Conference Room
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South Denver, CO
Time: 9am and 12noon (They have inexplicably broken up the Patient and
Caregiver comments. The hearing on caregiver rules will be in the morning and the hearing on patient rules will be at 12noon.)

SEND EMAIL COMMENTS
1) Cut and paste the following text, or put it in your own words.
2) Email it to the two email addresses in the letter.

SAMPLE TEXT:

Mailto:cdphe.edobohcomments_patientrules@state.co.us
cdphe.edobohcomments_primarycaregiverrules@state.co.us

Subject: Patient and Caregiver Rulemaking

June 14, 2011

To the Board of Health:

In regards to the proposed Amendments to Rules and Regulations Pertaining
to Medical Use of Marijuana (5 CCR 1006-2) for patients and caregivers,
please accept these comments for the official record.

Rules for Patients

1) I object to Regulation 12 (C) (6), which states that a patient shall not "operate, navigate, or be in actual physical control of any vehicle,
aircraft, or motorboat while under the influence of medical marijuana."
There is no proof that marijuana causes impairment in operation of a motor vehicle. This criminalizes patients with debilitating medical conditions, who must continuously medicate to control their chronic conditions. The state statutes regarding "driving under the influence of drugs" (DUID) is already adequate. The CDPHE does not have the authority to create a new crime called "DUIMM".

2) I object to Regulation 12 (C) (1), which states that a patient shall not
"undertake any task while under the influence of medical marijuana, when
doing so would constitute negligence or professional malpractice." This
regulation is vague, unenforceable, and potentially harmful to patients. It
is without any rational basis.

3) I object to Regulation 2 (B) (2), which states that the Patient
Confidential Registry application may now contain a space for a Medical
Marijuana Center to be listed. The CDPHE has no authority to collect
information on Medical Marijuana Centers (MMC). Article XVIII, Section 14 of the Colorado Constitution, Colorado's medical marijuana amendment, only authorizes the CDPHE to collect the name of the patient and the patient's caregiver, if designated, and to keep this information confidential.
Additionally, the CDPHE has no regulatory authority over MMCs, which are regulated through the Department of Revenue. The collection of MMC
information by the CDPHE shows their intent to share this information with the DOR, in violation of patient privacy guarantees in the Constitution. The Board of Health shall pass no rules that infringe on patient's constitutional right to confidentiality or that allow the CDPHE to share information with the DOR.

4) I object to Regulation 2 (E), which states that a patient may change his
primary caregiver once per month. First, the CDPHE has no authority to
state how often a patient may change caregivers. Additionally, under DOR
rules, a patient cannot change his MMC more than once every 120 days. The CDPHE Regulatory Analysis stated that the reasoning behind this was to protect the investment of the cannabis medicine provider, by allowing the plants to get through a 3 to 4 month grow cycle. In this light, this
provision is unfair to caregivers, as they will not have their investment protected for as long as MMCs.

5) I object to Regulation 2 (I), which states that patients who have been
convicted of a criminal drug offense, ordered by a court to drug or
substance abuse treatment, or sentenced to the division of youth
corrections must reapply to the registry if they wish to continue in an
active status on the registry. This regulation unfairly punishes patients
who have been convicted of, or forced to plead guilty to, any kind of drug
offense. Drug convictions do not have any bearing on a person's right to
use medical marijuana under the Constitution. There is no rational basis
for this regulation.

Rules for Caregivers

1) I object to Regulation J (6), which states that a primary caregiver
shall not "operate, navigate, or be in actual physical control of any
vehicle, aircraft, or motorboat while under the influence of medical
marijuana." There is no proof that marijuana causes impairment in operation of a motor vehicle. This criminalizes patients with debilitating medical conditions, who must continuously medicate to control their chronic conditions. The state statutes regarding "driving under the influence of drugs" (DUID) are already adequate. The CDPHE does not have the authority to create a new crime called "DUIMM".

2) I object to Regulation J (3), which states that a primary caregiver
shall not "undertake any task while under the influence of medical marijuana, when doing so would constitute negligence or professional malpractice." This regulation is vague, unenforceable, and potentially harmful to patients. It is without any rational basis.

3) I object to Regulation 9 (C), which states that the CDPHE is going to start collecting names of people who want to be primary caregivers, but don't have any patients, and allow the CDPHE to give names of caregivers to any registered patient. The CDPHE has no authority to collect names of primary caregivers. This appears to be another way for the CDPHE to help the DOR create the database of everyone even remotely interested in growing medical cannabis in Colorado. There is no authority for this in the Constitution or in statute.

3) I object to Regulation 9 (L), which states that if patients do not require caregiver service other than the provision of medical marijuana, then the patients shall not designate a primary care-giver. This violates patient's Constitutional right to use their caregiver of choice. If a patient does not need additional services, the CDPHE has no authority to deny the patient the right to use their husband, wife, brother, sister or anyone from serving as their caregiver. This regulation is cruel and malicious and has no rational basis.

I respectfully submit these comments.

Sincerely,


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May 20-22, 2011
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· Live concerts
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Make sure your company doesn’t miss out on this great opportunity to reach thousands of potential new customers. For more information or to register to become an exhibitor click here www.KushExpo.com or email us your contact info if you would like to be contacted. Please note that KUSH EXPO IS NOT AFFILIATED IN ANYWAY WITH KUSHCON OR KUSH MAGAZINE.

May 11, 2011
(Wed.)
6:30pm to 9:00pm

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LEGISLATIVE WRAP-UP and
HB1261 VICTORY PARTY

Wed., May 11, 2011
Casselman's Bar and Venue
2620 Walnut Street, Denver, CO 80205

Free and open to the public.

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OUTLINE
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Schedule

6:30pm to 7:00pm

7:00pm to 9:00pm
Medical Marijuana Legal Panel
TOPIC: Legislative Wrapup
The legislative session ends on May 11. Find out what the new laws mean for you. Get the opinions of Colorado's top attorneys, including Rob Corry, Danyel Joffe, Craig Small, Ann Toney, Leonard Frieling, and Lauren Davis!

LEGAL PANEL PARTICIPANTS

Robert J. Corry Jr. (Denver)
Phone: 303-634-2244
www.robcorry.com

Lauren C. Davis (Denver)
Phone: (303) 634-2268

Leonard Frieling (Boulder)
Phone (303) 666-4064
www.Lfrieling.com

Danyel Joffe (Denver)
Attorney at Law
Phone: 303-757-6572
www.joffelawfirm.com

Craig Small (Boulder)
Phone: (303) 442.8900
Web: www.cbslaw.net

Ann Toney, Lawyer (Denver)
Phone: 303-399-5556
www.anntoneylaw.com

PRESS RELEASE

THC/DUI Bill KILLED

 

For immediate release, May 9, 2011

Contact: Cannabis Therapy Institute
1-877-420-4205

THC/DUI Bill KILLED!!!

The Colorado Senate voted on Monday night to kill HB1261, the THC/DUI bill, in its entirety, scoring a huge victory for patients nationwide. According to the Denver Post, the bill cannot be brought up again this session.
http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_18028238

Earlier today, it looked like the bill was sure to pass. Sen. Morgan Carroll said in an interview today that law enforcement was lobbying heavily in favor of it. Sen. Carroll didn't think the Democrats had the votes to kill the bill.

The death of the bill did not come easy, and its last minutes were filled with high stakes political drama, as law enforcement lobbyists scrambled to snatch up last minute votes on the Senate floor.

On the first attempt to vote on it, the bill was laid over until the Fiscal Note could be presented. This gave the lobbyists more time. The Fiscal Note was retrieved less than an hour later, and the Senate attempted another vote on the bill.

First, they voted whether or not to insert the study recommended by the Senate Judiciary Committee back into the bill, and reject ed the 5 ng THC/DUI per se law. On a voice vote, the Senate voted to adopt the study and reject the 5ng THC/DUI per se law.

This amazing reversal of the language was surprising even to the Senate chair, who said "the chair is in doubt" as to which side won in the voice vote. The Senate chair then asked the members against HB1261 to stand. The chair then pronounced, "More than 18 having arisen, HB1261 fails."

About 15 minutes later, there was a last ditch attempt to revive the bill by Senators Boyd and King by an Amendment from the Committee of the Whole to reverse the vote that just happened. This time, the chair called for a roll vote. The Senate voted 20 to 15 not to revive HB1261. So, now the bill is killed, and cannot be revived any more this session, in any form.

"This is a huge victory for patients, who fought to uphold their rights with hundreds of letters and phone calls," says Laura Kriho, spokesperson for the Cannabis Therapy Institute, which led the fight against HB1261.

Kriho credits Corey Donahue, of a group called "Crazy for Justice", for helping kill the bill. "Corey spent the whole day down at the Capitol today trying to educate the Senators. His effort was an enormous help," says Kriho. "The Senate got pressure from everywhere. Thanks to all those who helped in this effort!"

Please write to the Colorado Senate and say THANK YOU for killing HB1261:

SENATORS WHO VOTED TO KILL HB1261 (THC/DUI)

May 9, 2011

Aguilar, Irene (D)
Denver, Jefferson
303-866-4852
irene.aguilar.senate@state.co.us

Brophy, Greg (R)
Cheyenne, Elbert, Kiowa, Kit Carson, Lincoln, Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Prowers, Sedwick, Washington, Yuma
303-866-6360
greg@gregbrophy.net

Cadman, Bill (R)
El Paso
303-866-2737
bill.cadman.senate@state.co.us

Carroll, Morgan (D)
Aurora
303-866-4879
morgan.carroll.senate@state.co.us

Foster, Joyce (D)
Arapahoe, Denver
303-866-4875
joyce.foster.senate@state.co.us

Giron, Angela (D)
Pueblo
303-866-4878
angela.giron.senate@state.co.us

Guzman, Lucia (D)
Denver
303-866-4862
lucia.guzman.senate@state.co.us

Harvey, Ted (R)
Douglas
303-866-4881
ted.harvey.senate@state.co.us

Hudak, Evie (D)
Jefferson
303-866-4840
senatorhudak@gmail.com

Jahn, Cheri (D)
Jefferson
303-866-4856
cheri.jahn.senate@state.co.us

Kopp, Mike (R)
Jefferson
303-866-4859
mike.kopp.senate@state.co.us

Lundberg, Kevin (R)
Larimer
303-866-4853
kevin@kevinlundberg.com

Mitchell, Shawn (R)
Adams, Broomfield, Weld
303-866-4876
shawnmitch@aol.com

Morse, John (D)
El Paso
303-866-6364
john.morse.senate@state.co.us

Nicholson, Jeanne (D)
Boulder, Clear Creek, Gilpin, Grand, Jefferson, Summit
303-866-4873
jeanne.nicholson.senate@state.co.us

Schwartz, Gail (D)
Alamosa, Chaffee, Conejos, Costilla, Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Mineral, Pitkin, Rio Grande Saguache
303-866-4871
gail.schwartz.senate@gmail.com

Spence, Nancy (R)
Arapahoe
303-866-4883
nancyjspence@gmail.com

Steadman, Pat (D)
Adams, Denver
303-866-4861
pat.steadman.senate@state.co.us

White, Jean (R)
Eagle, Garfield, Jackson, Moffat, Rio Blanco, Routt
303-866-5292
jean.white.senate@state.co.us

Williams, Suzanne (D)
Arapahoe
303-866-3432
suzanne.williams.senate@state.co.us


PRESS RELEASE

THC/DUI Bill Revived

 

For immediate release, May 8, 2011

Contact: Cannabis Therapy Institute
1-877-420-4205

THC/DUI Bill Revived

Colorado House Bill 11-1261, the THC/DUI bill, has been revived, with only 3 days left in Colorado's 2011 Legislative session. This is sad news for medical marijuana patients, who will become targets for increased THC/DUI arrests and prosecution and suspension of their drivers licenses.

HB1261 had been amended by the Senate Judiciary Committee on April 18 to create a task force to study whether there was scientific evidence that THC causes impairment. However, on Friday (5/6) the Senate Appropriations Committee removed the study language from the bill, reverting to the version of HB1261 that passed the House on March 23.

Click here for the bill.

The bill now needs only to be voted on by the full Senate twice (Second and Third Readings) to pass. The 2011 Colorado Legislative Session ends at midnight on May 11. All bills will be decided one way or another by this time.

Senator Morgan Carroll (D-Aurora), the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee who sponsored the study language, confirmed to CTI by email that the original bill was back in play. Senator Morgan Carroll wrote: "It is true. They pulled out the amendment we put on in judiciary, it is back to the original bill, and it appears we do not have the votes (in the Senate) to kill it."

HB1261 seeks to ban patients from driving privileges by setting a limit on THC in the blood that most patients will always exceed. Any driver with an amount of THC over 5 nanograms/milliliter in their blood will be considered impaired and guilty of DUI per se and subject to loss of their driver's license and other criminal penalties. This will greatly impact patients, because many of them will test over that limit due to their chronic use, but not be impaired.

For example, Westword reporter and marijuana patient William Breathes had his blood drawn to prove that a patient would be above the 5ng/mL limit even when sober. His THC blood content, after 16 hours of fasting, was 13.5 nanograms, well over the 5ng limit. Yet he was completely unimpaired.

*Business Owners and Caregivers Unite to Defeat HB1261*
The Cannabis Therapy Institute is calling for a phone and email campaign to the General Assembly, lead by every MMC applicant and caregiver in the state, on behalf of their patients. Since this bill is a direct attack on the MMC customer base, CTI hopes that MMC business owners who have stayed out of cannabis politics for the whole year, will use the last three days of the session to mount a last-ditch campaign to defeat this bill. Please copy info@cannabistherapyinstitue.com on any emails you or your patients send, so that you can get full credit for participating in the campaign to kill HB1261. Patients support businesses that support patients!

Email the General Assembly and ask the to VOTE NO on HB1261 or amend it to the Senate Judiciary Committee version, which asked for a study to prove there was scientific evidence that THC causes impairment.

CONTACT GENERAL ASSEMBLY
Click here for spreadsheets and email lists

Make sure you copy info@cannabistherapyinstitute.com on any email
correspondence you send or receive.

TALKING POINTS
- HB1261 is unfair to medical marijuana patients and will force patients
back on prescription medications that do not have nanogram levels and are not routinely tested for by the police.
- HB1261 will require a "forced blood draw", forcing anyone suspected of
driving under the influence of THC to submit to a blood draw forced by the
state. Currently, alcohol levels can be tested through urine, breath or
blood. But under the THC/DUI bill, the nanogram count can only come from a forced blood draw.
- The sponsor of HB1261, Rep. Claire Levy (D-Boulder) admits that she
cannot point to one single accident caused solely by marijuana and that the
research on setting a nanogram limit as evidence of impairment is "all over
the place."

WATCH LIVE ONLINE
HB1261 is scheduled for a debate on the floor of the Senate on May 10,
starting sometime after 9am. You can watch live video:
http://www.coloradochannel.net/

GENERAL ASSEMBLY HOME PAGE
http://www.leg.state.co.us/

LEGISLATIVE WRAP-UP MEETING
Wed., May 11, 2011
Casselman's Bar and Venue
2620 Walnut Street, Denver, CO 80205
Legalize 2012 Monthly Networking Meeting
Medical Marijuana Legal Panel
7:00pm to 9:00pm: Legislative Wrapup: The legislative session ends on May 11. Find out what the new laws mean for you. Get the opinions of Colorado's top attorneys, including Danyel Joffe, Craig Small, Ann Toney, Leonard Frieling and Rob Corry! Free and open to the public.

May 7, 2011
(Sat.)

 

13th Annual Global Marijuana March

International Day to End Cannabis Prohibition

The Global Marijuana March (GMM) is a celebration of cannabis culture that occurs the first Saturday in May in over 250 cities worldwide.

Denver Global Marijuana March (5th Annual)
Join us on a 3.6 mile march to end cannabis prohibitionBring protest signs and long banners. FLOATS ENCOURAGED: Contact Miguel Lopez in advance for floats.

10:00 am:
Assemble in Lincoln Park across Broadway from the State Captiol

High Noon: March leaves Lincoln Park headed to La Raza Park (aka Columbus Park)
38th and Navajo (3800 Osage Street)

12pm to 6pm: Music and speakers at La Raza (aka Columbus) Park

March Route:
- March leaves the State Capitol at Colfax and Sherman
- Goes down Sherman Street to 20th Street
- Over 20th Street Bridge
- Then north on Osage to Columbus Park

Sponsor a Marcher
Sponsor a marcher for $15.00 ($4.20/mile)

Proceeds go to Legalize2012.com, 4th of July White House Smoke In, and the Denver 420 Rally Coalition

For more information, contact:
Miguel Lopez
Phone: (720) 338-8766
Email: mpedrolopez (at) yahoo.com

http://www.myspace.com/denvergmm
http://cures-not-wars.org/

May 4, 2011
(Wed.)

 

Senate Judiciary Committee
Hearing on HB 11-1250
Edible Ban/Labeling Bill

Wed., May 4, 2011
TIME: 1:30pm
LOCATION: Capitol Building, 200 E. Colfax, Denver, CO
ROOM: Senate Conference Room 356

This will be the final opportunity for public comment on this bill. See below for more details.

This will be the final opportunity for the public to comment in person on
this bill. The bill originally banned edible marijuana products. It has
since been amended to require labeling standards for edibles. It can still
be amended. The public is encouraged to attend and speak in favor of
cannabis edible therapy.

May 4, 2011
(Wed.)

 

PHOTOS AND VIDEO OF FRANK MARZANO

PATIENT/CAREGIVER RETURN-OF-PROPERTY EVENT

May 4, 2011

Medical Marijuana Patient Frank Marzano
Retrieves Evidence from the Ft. Collins Police Department

{Ft. Collins, CO| -- Frank Marzano, a medical marijuana patient and caregiver whose 2007 marijuana cultivation conviction in Loveland was overturned by the Colorado Court of Appeals last August, got his confiscated property returned to him today. Frank's cultivation conviction was thrown out due to an illegal search. Today at the Ft. Collins Police Department, Frank retrieved a truckload of growing equipment, including 19 sets of growing lights and ballasts, three 3-foot filters and fans, a CO2 machine, a trimming machine, and many bulbs. Marzano was joined today by his attorney, Robert J. Corry Jr., who won the appeal.

Under the Colorado Constitution's medical marijuana amendment, Marzano's property was not to be harmed or destroyed. However, the police refused to return any of his medicine to them, many bulbs were missing or broken, and they cut the power cords off of all the electrical equipment that he retrieved.

For more background information, see:
http://www.cannabistherapyinstitute.com/legal/#marzano
http://www.robcorry.com/

PHOTOS AND VIDEO OF THE EVENT AVAILABLE -- CLICK HERE


May 2, 2011

 

No on HB1043 - Caregiver Registration Bill

Senate Judiciary Committee
Hearing on HB 11-1043

Mon., May 2, 2011
TIME: 1:30pm
LOCATION: Capitol Building, 200 E. Colfax, Denver, CO
ROOM: Old Supreme Court Chambers, 2nd Floor

This will be the final opportunity for public comment on this bill.

LISTEN LIVE ONLINE
http://www.coloradochannel.net/

Capitol Bill Room
Always call the Bill Room for any last minute time changes to the hearing time/date. (303) 866-3055

Colorado House Bill 11-1043, the Medical Marijuana "Patient Rights Cleanup and Caregiver Registration" bill, will be voted on by the Colorado House of Representatives on Friday. (4/8). The stated intent of this bill is to "clean up" some unclear language from the medical marijuana bill that
passed last year. However, this new bill also contains a whole new set of attacks on patient rights contained in its 25 pages.

Several people have had questions about a Washington, DC-based lobbying group called the "Marijuana Policy Project", who sent out an email on Tuesday asking people to send an email to their Representatives stating they should Vote YES on HB 1043, and that the constituent would "appreciate it" if they would remove the caregiver registry language. The "Marijuana Policy Project" sample letter to legislators told people to tell their Reps: "This is really the only bad provision in the bill."

CTI's analysis shows that this bill is anything but good for patients. It puts more control of medical marijuana into the hands of the Department of Revenue, instead of the health department. It does little to protect patient privacy and continues the process of setting up a massive government database to track patient purchases from "seed to sale." It eliminates Constitutional protection for anyone applying to become a state-licensed Medical Marijuana Center (MMC). And it attacks patients through their caregivers, making caregivers register the location of their patient grows and Registry ID numbers of their patients with the Department of Revenue.

As a patient rights organization, the Cannabis Therapy Institute is encouraging people to contact their state Representatives and Senators and ask them to vote NO on HB1043.

Here are some of the specific provisions that CTI finds worrisome. Click
here to read the full bill
:

1. Eliminates Constitutional protection for the actions of MMC licensees. Licensees "shall not be subject to the terms of" Article XVIII, Section 14 of the Colorado Constitution (Colorado's Medical Marijuana Law). (page 4)

2. Extends the moratorium on new Medical Marijuana Center applicants in the state for another year, until July 1, 2012 (page 4). This harms patients and industry by artificially eliminating competition.

3. Restricts an MMC to sell only 6 non-flowering plants to a patient every 3 months (page 11)

4. Limits Medical Marijuana Infused Products Manufacturers to 500 plants (page 15)

5. Allows law enforcement to destroy plants and cannabis that they seize, in violation of Article XVIII, Section 14 of the Colorado Constitution, which requires law enforcement to preserve patient medicine.

6. If an MMC license is revoked, that MMC's marijuana will be immediately considered to be a "controlled substance." Presumably, then immediately the owners and employees would be subject to criminal prosecution, since the marijuana they possess would no longer be considered legal medical marijuana. (page 16)

7. Makes a list of locations of all medical marijuana grow locations in the state open to the public. (page 19)

8. Requires caregivers to register the location of their grows with the Department of Revenue. (page 20)

9. Requires caregivers to surrender the Registry ID numbers of their patients to the Department of Revenue. (page 20)

10. Allows the Department of Revenue to share locations of caregiver grows with law enforcement and local governments. (page 20)

11. Presumably makes locations of caregiver grows part of public records, as there is not provision in this bill to exempt them from public records.

12. Appropriates $1 million from the Medical Marijuana Program Fund to hire 14.5 additional full-time employees (FTE) for the "Circle Program", an inpatient substance abuse treatment facility in Pueblo that only has 20
beds.

April 30,2011
(Sat.)
3pm to 5pm

 

Last Saturday of the Month Rally
State Capitol Building, West Steps
200 E. Colfax, Denver, Colorado
Sponsored by the Denver 420 Rally Coalition

Wed., April 20, 2011

 

 

International Cannabis Day (4/20)
Happy 420!



Denver
: Official Colorado 420 Rally
Civic Center Park
Downtown Denver
All day music, booths, fun!

Boulder: Non-permitted gathering at CU-Boulder, Norlin Quad

Other locations TBA. Send an email if there is an event in your town.

Mon., April 18, 2011

 

 

Mon., April 18, 2011

HB 11-1261, THC/DUI Bill

Senate Judiciary Committee
Hearing on HB 11-1261

Mon., April 18, 2011
TIME: 1:30pm
LOCATION: Capitol Building, 200 E. Colfax, Denver, CO
ROOM: Old Supreme Court Chambers, 2nd Floor

HB1261, the THC/DUI bill, will be heard by the Senate Judiciary Committee on April 18, 2011. This will be the final opportunity for public comment on this bill.

LISTEN LIVE ONLINE
http://www.coloradochannel.net/

Capitol Bill Room
Always call the Bill Room for any last minute time changes to the hearing time/date. (303) 866-3055

YOUR PHONE CALLS AND EMAILS ARE WORKING!!!
We have had some *positive feedback* from Senators that they are listening to our concerns about patients.
KEEP YOUR PHONE CALLS AND EMAILS COMING!(see below)

WARNING: DUI/THC BLOOD DRAWS ALREADY ON THE RISE
The Denver Post last week reported that the number of blood samples sent to the health department (CDPHE) by police to be tested for THC has been rapidly increasing since 2009. In 2009, the police sent about 800 blood samples to the CDPHE. In 2010, the number of blood samples taken by police doubled to over 1600 tests. In 2011, police have sent the CDPHE over 1100 tests, in just the first three months of the year.

The CDPHE cannot handle this large influx in blood samples, so currently
has a backlog of 1,176 samples waiting to be tested.

In 2010, 29% of the samples tested had THC greater than 5ng/mL, and some of the samples also tested positive for another drug.
http://www.denverpost.com/news/marijuana/ci_17687134

TALKING POINTS
HB1261 seeks to ban patients from driving privileges by setting a limit on THC in the blood that most patients will always exceed. Any driver with on amount of THC over 5 nanograms/milliliter in their blood will be considered impaired and guilty of DUI per se and subject to loss of their driver's license. This will greatly impact patients, because many of them will test over that limit and not be impaired, due to their chronic use.

- HB1261 is unfair to medical marijuana patients and will force patients back on prescription medications that do not have nanogram levels and are not routinely tested for by the police.
- HB1261 will require a "forced blood draw", forcing anyone suspected of driving under the influence of THC to submit to a blood draw forced by the state. Currently, alcohol levels can be tested through urine, breath or blood. But under the THC/DUI bill, the nanogram count can only come from a forced blood draw.
- The sponsor of HB1261, Rep. Claire Levy (D-Boulder) admits that she cannot point to one single accident caused solely by marijuana and that the research on setting a nanogram limit as evidence of impairment is "all over the place."
- Contrary to other reports, the "per se" part of the bill has *not* been removed. This means that a person charged with THC/DUI can still introduce evidence that their blood level was below the "per se" number, but cannot introduce evidence that, in spite of the number, they were not impaired.
- Ask your Representative to remove the "per se" standard from the bill and allow patients to present behavioral evidence that they were not impaired.
- Ask your Representative to include an exemption for medical marijuana patients.

Go to the state legislature's page to see the calendar or read the bill.
http://www.leg.state.co.us/

EMAIL THE JUD. CMTE. and
Bcc: THE REST OF THE SENATE

Colorado Senate Judiciary Committee
angela.giron.senate@state.co.us,
steve.king.senate@state.co.us,
linda.newell.senate@gmail.com,
jeanne.nicholson.senate@state.co.us,
ellen.roberts.senate@state.co.us,
mark.scheffel.senate@state.co.us,
kevin@kevinlundberg.com,
lucia.guzman.senate@state.co.us,
morgan.carroll.senate@state.co.us,

The Rest of the Colorado Senate (excluding Judiciary Committee)
irene.aguilar.senate@state.co.us,
bob.bacon.senate@state.co.us,
betty.boyd.senate@state.co.us,
greg@gregbrophy.net,
bill.cadman.senate@state.co.us,
joyce.foster.senate@state.co.us,
kevin.grantham.senate@state.co.us,
ted.harvey.senate@state.co.us,
rollie.heath.senate@state.co.us,
mary.hodge.senate@state.co.us,
senatorhudak@gmail.com,
cheri.jahn.senate@state.co.us,
mike.johnston.senate@state.co.us,
keith@keithking.org,
mike.kopp.senate@state.co.us,
senatorlambert@comcast.net,
shawnmitch@aol.com,
john.morse.senate@state.co.us,
senatorrenfroe@gmail.com,
gail.schwartz.senate@gmail.com,
brandon@brandonshaffer.com,
nancyjspence@gmail.com,
pat.steadman.senate@state.co.us,
lotochtrop@aol.com,
jean.white.senate@state.co.us,
suzanne.williams.senate@state.co.us,
info@cannabistherapyinstitute.com

SENATE CONTACT INFO.
Click here for spreadsheets and email lists

Get on our email list for updates:

Colorado Cannabis Marijuana Newsletter

Mon., April 18, 2011

 

 

Mon., April 18, 2011

HB 11-1261, THC/DUI Bill

Senate Judiciary Committee
Hearing on HB 11-1261

Mon., April 18, 2011
TIME: 1:30pm
LOCATION: Capitol Building, 200 E. Colfax, Denver, CO
ROOM: Old Supreme Court Chambers, 2nd Floor

HB1261, the THC/DUI bill, will be heard by the Senate Judiciary Committee on April 18, 2011. This will be the final opportunity for public comment on this bill.

LISTEN LIVE ONLINE
http://www.coloradochannel.net/

Capitol Bill Room
Always call the Bill Room for any last minute time changes to the hearing time/date. (303) 866-3055

YOUR PHONE CALLS AND EMAILS ARE WORKING!!!
We have had some *positive feedback* from Senators that they are listening to our concerns about patients.
KEEP YOUR PHONE CALLS AND EMAILS COMING!(see below)

WARNING: DUI/THC BLOOD DRAWS ALREADY ON THE RISE
The Denver Post last week reported that the number of blood samples sent to the health department (CDPHE) by police to be tested for THC has been rapidly increasing since 2009. In 2009, the police sent about 800 blood samples to the CDPHE. In 2010, the number of blood samples taken by police doubled to over 1600 tests. In 2011, police have sent the CDPHE over 1100 tests, in just the first three months of the year.

The CDPHE cannot handle this large influx in blood samples, so currently
has a backlog of 1,176 samples waiting to be tested.

In 2010, 29% of the samples tested had THC greater than 5ng/mL, and some of the samples also tested positive for another drug.
http://www.denverpost.com/news/marijuana/ci_17687134

TALKING POINTS
HB1261 seeks to ban patients from driving privileges by setting a limit on THC in the blood that most patients will always exceed. Any driver with on amount of THC over 5 nanograms/milliliter in their blood will be considered impaired and guilty of DUI per se and subject to loss of their driver's license. This will greatly impact patients, because many of them will test over that limit and not be impaired, due to their chronic use.

- HB1261 is unfair to medical marijuana patients and will force patients back on prescription medications that do not have nanogram levels and are not routinely tested for by the police.
- HB1261 will require a "forced blood draw", forcing anyone suspected of driving under the influence of THC to submit to a blood draw forced by the state. Currently, alcohol levels can be tested through urine, breath or blood. But under the THC/DUI bill, the nanogram count can only come from a forced blood draw.
- The sponsor of HB1261, Rep. Claire Levy (D-Boulder) admits that she cannot point to one single accident caused solely by marijuana and that the research on setting a nanogram limit as evidence of impairment is "all over the place."
- Contrary to other reports, the "per se" part of the bill has *not* been removed. This means that a person charged with THC/DUI can still introduce evidence that their blood level was below the "per se" number, but cannot introduce evidence that, in spite of the number, they were not impaired.
- Ask your Representative to remove the "per se" standard from the bill and allow patients to present behavioral evidence that they were not impaired.
- Ask your Representative to include an exemption for medical marijuana patients.

Go to the state legislature's page to see the calendar or read the bill.
http://www.leg.state.co.us/

EMAIL THE JUD. CMTE. and
Bcc: THE REST OF THE SENATE

Colorado Senate Judiciary Committee
angela.giron.senate@state.co.us,
steve.king.senate@state.co.us,
linda.newell.senate@gmail.com,
jeanne.nicholson.senate@state.co.us,
ellen.roberts.senate@state.co.us,
mark.scheffel.senate@state.co.us,
kevin@kevinlundberg.com,
lucia.guzman.senate@state.co.us,
morgan.carroll.senate@state.co.us,

The Rest of the Colorado Senate (excluding Judiciary Committee)
irene.aguilar.senate@state.co.us,
bob.bacon.senate@state.co.us,
betty.boyd.senate@state.co.us,
greg@gregbrophy.net,
bill.cadman.senate@state.co.us,
joyce.foster.senate@state.co.us,
kevin.grantham.senate@state.co.us,
ted.harvey.senate@state.co.us,
rollie.heath.senate@state.co.us,
mary.hodge.senate@state.co.us,
senatorhudak@gmail.com,
cheri.jahn.senate@state.co.us,
mike.johnston.senate@state.co.us,
keith@keithking.org,
mike.kopp.senate@state.co.us,
senatorlambert@comcast.net,
shawnmitch@aol.com,
john.morse.senate@state.co.us,
senatorrenfroe@gmail.com,
gail.schwartz.senate@gmail.com,
brandon@brandonshaffer.com,
nancyjspence@gmail.com,
pat.steadman.senate@state.co.us,
lotochtrop@aol.com,
jean.white.senate@state.co.us,
suzanne.williams.senate@state.co.us,
info@cannabistherapyinstitute.com

SENATE CONTACT INFO.
Click here for spreadsheets and email lists

Get on our email list for updates:

Colorado Cannabis Marijuana Newsletter

Wed., April 13, 2011

 

Legal Panel Discussion

How Patients, Caregivers and Dispensaries Can Protect Themselves

Wed., April 13, 2011
Casselman's Bar and Venue
2620 Walnut Street, Denver, CO 80205

Free and open to the public.

Schedule

6:30pm to 7:00pm

7:00pm to 9:00pm
Medical Marijuana Legal Panel
TOPIC: How Medical Marijuana Patients, Caregivers and Dispensaries Can Protect Themselves
Get the opinions of Colorado's top attorneys, including Danyel Joffe, Craig Small, Ann Toney, Leonard Frieling and Rob Corry!

LEGAL PANEL PARTICIPANTS

Robert J. Corry Jr. (Denver)
Phone: 303-634-2244
http://www.robcorry.com

Leonard Frieling (Boulder)
Phone: (303) 666-4064
http://www.lfrieling.com/

Danyel Joffe (Denver)
Attorney at Law
Phone: 303-757-6572
http://www.joffelawfirm.com

Craig Small (Boulder)
Phone: (303) 442.8900
http://www.cbslaw.net

Ann Toney, Lawyer (Denver)
Phone: 303-399-5556
http://www.anntoneylaw.com

Free and open to the public.

 

Sat. and Sun.
April 2-3, 2011

 


PATIENT DISCOUNT AVAILABLE

In response to a request from CTI, the organizers of the High Times Medical Cannabis Cup (April 2-3 in Denver) are giving a discount to the event for qualified Colorado patients. High Times graciously offered a 50% discount using the coupon code below. Patients can purchase tickets online for $25 for the two-day event. This gives patients unlimited access to both days of the Expo, including all cultivation seminars and activism panels, plus the awards ceremony and a gift bag. Sorry, no medical marijuana will be given out by High Times at this event.

USE THIS LINK TO PURCHASE DISCOUNT TICKETS
http://medcancup2.eventbrite.com/?discount=CT50

SPEAKERS
Featured speakers include Cannabis Science CEO Dr. Robert Melamede,
Attorney Robert J. Corry, Jr. Robert Chase of the Colorado Patients and
Caregivers Coalition and Kathleen Chippi of the Patient and Caregiver
Rights Litigation Project.

FREE LEGALIZE 2012 STICKERS
Stop by the CTI/Legalize 2012 booth for a FREE Legalize 2012 sticker.
http://www.Legalize2012.com/

MEDCANCUP.COM
See the HT Med Can Cup website for details about the expo, the speakers,
the grow seminars, and the Medical Cannabis Cup competition. There will
also be a pre-event party at Casselman's on Friday night.
Click here for more info.

USE THIS LINK TO PURCHASE DISCOUNT TICKETS
http://medcancup2.eventbrite.com/?discount=CT50

Wed., March 23, 2011

Colorado Legislative Update (03/23/11)

We've got good news and bad news.

Good News: Your grassroots lobbying effort is having an effect!!! Your emails, and especially phone calls, are working!

Bad News: HB1261 passed the full House today.

Colorado has seen three bills introduced this year into the state legislature that will directly attack patient rights. As a result of your efforts sending emails and connecting with your state Representatives, we are making progress!

The House Judiciary Committee voted *not* to ban edibles at their hearing on Tuesday, March 15. Rep. Acree told CTI after the hearing that she had learned a lot from patients about the importance of edible cannabis therapy, and that she decided it wouldn't be fair to the patients to outlaw edibles.

With regards to HB1261, the THC/DUI bill, Rep. Claire Levy indicated this morning that she might actually vote against her own bill. Levy was quoted in Westword this morning, "There was enough concern in the medical marijuana community about the impact of a per se limit, and enough uncertainty in the research about the causal relationship between marijuana and accidents, that I thought we should err on the side of caution in this very new kind of legislation."

Read the Westword article about Rep. Levy

Unfortunately, HB1261 passed Colorado House of Representatives by a vote of 51 to 14 on Wed., March 23. Voting against the measure were 7 Democrats and 7 Republicans (22% of the House): Baumgardner (R), Becker (R), Court (D), Duran (D), Kagan (D), Looper (R), McKinley (R), Nikkel (R), Pace (D), Priolla (R), Rieseberg (D), Solano (D) , Sonnenberg (R), Wilson (D)

In the end, Rep. Levy voted in favor of HB1261.

HB1261 NEXT STEP

HB1261 (THC/DUI) will now go to a Senate Committee (to be assigned) for its First Reading. If it passes the Committee, then it is on to the Full Senate for a Second and Third Reading.

CALL AND EMAIL YOUR SENATORS
Keep your phone calls and emails coming. Now it's time to educate the
Senate about the impact this bill will have on patients.
1) Be respectful.
2) Back up your facts with research.
3) Be honest about how this may affect you as a patient.

Talking Points
- HB1261 is unfair to medical marijuana patients and will force patients back on prescription medications that do not have nanogram levels and are not routinely tested for by the police.
- HB1261 will require a "forced blood draw", forcing anyone suspected of driving under the influence of THC to submit to a blood draw forced by the state. Currently, alcohol levels can be tested through urine, breath or blood. But under the THC/DUI bill, the nanogram count can only come from a forced blood draw.
- The sponsor of HB1261, Rep. Claire Levy (D-Boulder) admits that she cannot point to one single accident caused solely by marijuana and that the research on setting a nanogram limit as evidence of impairment is "all over the place."
- Contrary to other reports, the "per se" part of the bill has *not* been removed. This means that a person charged with THC/DUI can still introduce evidence that their blood level was below the "per se" number, but cannot introduce evidence that, in spite of the number, they were not impaired.
- Ask your Representative to remove the "per se" standard from the bill and allow patients to present behavioral evidence that they were not impaired.
- Ask your Representative to include an exemption for medical marijuana patients.

SENATE CONTACT INFO.
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Thurs.,
March 24, 2011

 

Official 4-20 Rally Fundraiser
Time: 6:00 pm

Casselman's Bar and Venue
2620 Walnut Street, Denver, CO 80205

Hosted by Hypnautic & King Tef
Music by DJ X * Over 20 Artists Performing!

Cost: $10
21+ Ages

For more information:
Myspace.com/420rally

Wed.,
March 23, 2011

 


Get Legal Party

Casselman's Bar and Venue
2620 Walnut Street, Denver, CO 80205

Time: 4pm til ???

Movie, Music, Speakers, Tables, Fun!

For information & tickets go to: http://getlegalparty.eventbrite.com or find the event on Facebook!

Visit CTI's Table at this exciting More Green event.

March 22, 2011

 

 

Closing Arguments in Court Hearing on Loveland MMC Ban

Tues., March 22, 2011
Time: 2:30pm - NOTE TIME CHANGE
Larimer District Court
C
ourtroom 4C (Honorable Daniel Kaup)
2
01 LaPorte Avenue in Fort Collins, CO

Attorney Robert J. Corry, Jr. will present closing arguments for plaintiffs in a lawsuit for an injunction against the City of Loveland's ordinance banning MMCs in the town. Mr. Corry will argue that the City of Lovleand does not have the authority to ban patients from exercising their constitutional rights. If the judge grants the injunction, dispensaries in Loveland will be allowed to reopen.

Presenting closing arguments for the defendants will be the State of Colorado, represented by Geoff Blue, Assistant Colorado Attorney General, and the City of Loveland, represented by Josh Marks of the law firm of Berg Hill Greeleaf & Ruscitti and John Duval of the Loveland City Attorneys Office.

Click here to read a report from the Fort Collins Coloradan

March 22, 2011

HB1261: Full House to Vote on THC/DUI Bill

ACTION ALERT: SEND EMAILS TO ALL HOUSE MEMBERS

LISTEN LIVE ONLINE
You listen online to the full House of Representatives debate:
http://www.coloradochannel.net/

Colorado Cannabis Marijuana Newsletter

March 17, 2011

 

 

For immediate release, March 17, 2011

Feds Threaten State Dispensaries Nationwide

Read the Department of Justice's "Haag Memo" here:
http://www.cannabistherapyinstitute.com/legal/feds/doj.haag.memo.pdf

Get on the Cannabis Therapy Institute email list for updates:
http://www.cannabistherapyinstitute.com/

Protest Federal Intervention into State Medical Marijuana Laws
Call the White House at (202) 456-1414 between 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST and send an email right now:
SEND THE WHITEHOUSE AN EMAIL

In a little-publicized memo, the federal government has indicated that the
gloves are off with regards to medical marijuana dispensaries, "regardless
of state laws." Previous memos had indicated a loosening of federal
prosecutions of medical marijuana, however the new memo states very clearly that the feds consider all dispensaries illegal under federal law and that their prosecution is a "core priority" of the feds.

The "Haag Memo" was written on Feb. 1, 2011 from United States Attorney Melinda Haag (Northern District of California) to John A. Russo, Esq., Oakland City Attorney, in response to an Oakland City Council request for guidance regarding medical marijuana and federal law. The memo was written with consultation and approval from U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

Read the Original Story in the Medical Marijuana Business Report

The "Haag Memo" clarifies the "Ogden Memo", which was written by former Deputy Attorney General David W. Ogden on Oct. 19, 2009 for the Department of Justice. The "Ogden Memo" seemed to indicate that the new Obama administration would restrict federal prosecution of medical marijuana providers in states that had medical marijuana laws. This was heralded by many as giving them the green light to pursue medical marijuana activities, as long as they were in compliance with state law.

The "Haag Memo" clears up that misconception with some very unambiguous statements. The memo says clearly that the feds will not look the other way on medical marijuana. The "Haag Memo" states very clearly that the feds will continue to investigate, arrest and prosecute medical marijuana dispensaries in every state "regardless of state laws."


Toke of the Town Article

In addition, the memo calls prosecuting medical marijuana dispensaries a
"core priority" for the feds.

According to the memo, medical marijuana commercial activity is still
considered by the Department of Justice to be "a violation of federal law
regardless of state laws permitting such activities."

The memo may be the cause of the recent increase in federal raids at
medical marijuana dispensaries. Only 4 days after the memo was issued, the DEA raided 4 dispensaries in California Just this week, the DEA raided
more dispensaries in California and Montana. They arrested dozens of
people, and seized the assets and bank accounts of several dispensaries.

IMPLICATIONS FOR COLORADO

"Maybe this will wake people up who think that it can't happen here," says
Kathleen Chippi of the Colorado-based Patient and Caregiver Rights
Litigation Project (cannabislawsuits.com), who is trying to raise money to
file lawsuits to uphold Colorado's Constitutional right to cannabis
medicine. Many legal observers agree that Colorado has the best chance of
fighting the feds in court because Colorado is one of the only states whose medical marijuana law is actually in the state Constitution.

However, last year the state of Colorado set up a regulatory scheme that
required caregivers to surrender their Constitutional rights. The state
created a new entity called a Medical Marijuana Center (MMC). However, in order to apply to become an MMC, the applicants had to surrender their Constitutional rights to be caregivers, leaving them with no Constitutional protection.

MMC applicants also had to sign their power of attorney over to the state
Department of Revenue for extensive investigations of every aspect of their lives, including family, spouses, children, and bank accounts. Over 700 people applied to become MMCs last July 1, 2010. The investigations on these applicants are in full swing, and no licenses to applicants have yet
been granted.

MORE QUOTES FROM THE HAAG MEMO

"We will enforce the CSA vigorously against individuals and organizations
that participate in unlawful manufacturing and distribution activity
involving marijuana, even if such activities are permitted under state
law."

"Others who knowingly facilitate the actions of the licensees, includmg
property owners, landlords, and financiers should also know that their
conduct violates federal law."

"As the Attorney General has repeatedly stated, the Department of Justice
remains fumly (sic) committed to enforcing the CSA in all states."

READ THE DOJ MEMOS

"Haag Memo" (Feb. 1, 2011)
http://www.cannabistherapyinstitute.com/legal/feds/doj.haag.memo.pdf

"Ogden Memo" (Oct. 19, 2009)
http://www.cannabistherapyinstitute.com/legal/feds/doj.ogden.memo.pdf

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March 22, 2011

 

 

Dept. of Revenue Releases New Regulations

{Denver} -- The Colorado Department of Revenue has promulgated 77 pages of new rules relating to Medical Marijuana Centers (MMCs) in Colorado. These new rules will go into effect July 1, 2011.

You can read the rules here:
http://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite/Rev-Enforcement/RE/1251575119584

It appears the DOR has tried to address security and privacy concerns of patients, but they still fall far short of what is necessary to ensure patient confidentiality. The new rules state that "Surveillance recordings and clear still photos must be made available to the MMED and law enforcement upon an administrative or law enforcement request demonstrating that the information sought is relevant and material to a legitimate regulatory or law enforcement inquiry."

There is no definition of the word "legitimate", so this would probably require MMCs to give patient surveillance recordings to the DOR or any other law enforcement agency on demand, unless the MMC was willing to go to court to challenge the "legitimacy" of the request.

CTI is still analyzing these new rules and will have more comments soon.

SIGN UP FOR LEGAL TRAININGS
CTI will be having several legal training sessions for these rules. Please sign up on our email list for updates.

Colorado Cannabis Marijuana Newsletter

March. 16, 2011
(Wed. )

Board of Health Public Rulemaking Hearing

Board of Health Public Rulemaking Hearing

Restrictions on Physicians and Caregivers
March. 16, 2011 (Wed. )
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Sabin Conference Room
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South Denver, CO

Time: Approx. 1pm. Suggest arriving at noon to make sure you don't miss anything.

ACCORDING TO THE BOARD OF HEALTH: Times stated are approximate. The agenda may be modified at the discretion of the Board. Rulemaking hearings may be continued at such times and places as the Board may determine. At the discretion of the Chair, oral testimony during public rulemaking hearings may be limited to five minutes or less, depending on the number of persons who wish to testify. Testimony will be taken in order of the sign-up sheet for each public hearing.

http://www.cdphe.state.co.us/op/bh/

Click here for more information about the Board of Health

March. 15, 2011
(Tues. )

Update on Edible Medicine Ban Vote on Tuesday (3/15)

Click here for full report

The House Judiciary Committee voted not to ban edibles at their hearing on Tuesday, March 15. Instead, House Bill 11-1250 was amended to allow the Department of Revenue to write requirements that will make medical marijuana edible packaging child-proof.

Congratulations to the dozens of people who called and emailed their representatives! The pressure from patients and caregivers certainly had an effect on Rep. Acree deciding to drop her original idea for a ban. Rep. Acree told CTI after the hearing that she had learned a lot from patients about the importance of edible cannabis therapy, and that she decided it wouldn't be fair to the patients to outlaw edibles.

However, in a bizarre twist, Rep. Acree displayed the below example of a medical marijuana infused product label that she would like to see. The sample label includes the wording "Legal and governmentally approved statement describing that pot is bad, M-ok."

This is a clear reference to the "Drugs are Bad, Mkay" South Park comedy animation skit from Comedy Central. Read the Westword Blog: Medical marijuana hearing nods to "Drugs are Bad, M'Kay" South Park ep?

WATCH THE SOUTH PARK VIDEO:
http://www.southparkstudios.com/clips/103414/drugs-are-bad

Click on photos for larger images:

Hopefully, this is just a joke and the warning that "Pot is Bad. M-ok" will not make it onto the final state-approved medical marijuana labels.

Rep. Acree addresses the House Judiciary Committee members with her fake infused product samples in front of her. The clear tupperware container actually contained a regular Hostess cupcake. These props are similar to the ones she used at the last hearing, where she tried to link Cap'n Crunch Cereal with medical marijuana.


Rep. Acree shows the press that it is really just a Hostess cupcake in her fake medical marijuana infused products package.

Read AP article for more information on the 3/15 hearing.

HB1250 will now be sent to Appropriations, then to a 2nd and 3rd reading in the full House. If it passes the House, it will be sent to the Senate. It can be amended at any point, so this bill will probably be in flux until the end of the legislative session.

March. 15, 2011
(Tues. )

Edible Medicine Ban Hearing on Tuesday (3/15)

House Bill 11-1250 might outlaw all medicinal cannabis edible products in the state, overturning the licensing scheme for Infused Products Manufacturers that was created by the state legislature last year. Amendments have been proposed to lessen the impact of this bill, but nothing is set in stone. All options remain on the table, and new, unseen amendments have been promised by the sponsors.

No public comment will be taken at this hearing, so even though many people testified about an edibles bill on March 1, the bill will be significantly changed and the public will not be allowed an opportunity to comment on it.

LISTEN LIVE ONLINE
You can listen online to the House Judiciary committee hearing:
http://www.coloradochannel.net/

*** IMPORTANT: HAVE REAL-TIME IMPACT ON THIS HEARING ***
Many of the Reps. read their email during these hearings. If you hear something you disagree with when you listen live online, you can send the committee members an email, and there is a good chance they will see it. It is very important is people to email the Reps. with links and research refuting any law enforcement misinformation. Since this hearing is will not allow public comment, real-time emails will be even more important.

HEARING ON CANNABIS EDIBLE BAN
House Judiciary Committee

DATE: Tues., March 15, 2011

LOCATION: Room 0107, Basement, state Capitol Building, 200 E. Colfax, Denver, CO

TIME: 1:30pm

Email House Judiciary Committee members:

COPY AND PASTE EMAILS OF HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE AND BILL SPONSORS
bob.gardner.house@state.co.us, mark.barker.house@state.co.us, brian@briandelgrosso.com, crisanta.duran.house@state.co.us,repkagan@gmail.com, pete.lee.house@state.co.us, claire.levy.house@state.co.us, rep.nikkel@gmail.com, su.ryden.house@state.co.us, jerry.sonnenberg.house@state.co.us, mark.waller.house@state.co.us, cindy.acree.house@state.co.us, senatorrenfroe@gmail.com, info@cannabistherapyinstitute.com

Capitol Bill Room
Call the Bill Room for status on bills and any last minute time changes.
(303) 866-3055

Go to the state legislature's page to see the calendar or read the bill.
http://www.leg.state.co.us/

See background article:

March 1, 2011: HB1250 in Limbo: Committee Delays a Vote
Sponsor Links Cap'n Crunch and Izze to a
"Medical Marijuana Menace" for Colorado Children

Thurs., March 10, 2011


Hearing on HB1261

ROOM CHANGE: Old Supreme Court Chambers, 2nd Floor, state Capitol Building

 

UPDATE: Bill passes: 6 to 2

Read the Denver Post Article about the Hearing

Read the Westword Article About the Hearing with Photos from CTI


HB 1261 Hearing: THC/DUI Bill Medical Marijuana Patients May Lose Driving Privileges

CALL AND EMAIL HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE: Click here for details

THC/DUI Bill Hearing on Thursday (3/10)

House Judiciary Committee Hearing on HB 1261

DATE: Thurs., March 10, 2011

TIME: 1:30pm

NOTE ROOM CHANGE: Old Supreme Court Chambers, 2nd Floor, state Capitol Building, 200 E. Colfax, Denver, CO (Note, this room only seats about 40 people so arrive early. There are 3 other bills on the agenda before the DUI bill.)

Capitol Bill Room (for last minute changes): (303) 866-3055

Attire: Dress to Impress
Provisions: Bring food and water, as the hearing may last a while.

Sign up on CTI's email list for updates:
http://www.CannabisTherapyInstitute.com

LISTEN LIVE ONLINE
You can listen online to the House Judiciary committee hearing in he Old Supreme Court Chambers:
http://www.coloradochannel.net/

*** IMPORTANT: HAVE REAL-TIME IMPACT ON THIS HEARING ***
Many of the Reps. read their email during these hearings. If you hear something you disagree with when you listen live online, you can send the committee members an email, and there is a good chance they will see it. It is very important is people to email the Reps. with links and research refuting any law enforcement misinformation. The citizens who attend the hearing only have 2 minutes to speak, but by sending emails to the Reps. during the hearing, you can actually have a very big impact.

Colorado House Judiciary Committee Emails

bob.gardner.house@state.co.us, mark.barker.house@state.co.us,
brian@briandelgrosso.com,crisanta.duran.house@state.co.us,
repkagan@gmail.com,
pete.lee.house@state.co.us, claire.levy.house@state.co.us,
rep.nikkel@gmail.com, su.ryden.house@state.co.us,
jerry.sonnenberg.house@state.co.us, mark.waller.house@state.co.us, info@cannabistherapyinstitute.com

BACKGROUND
HB1261 would declare that anyone found driving with 5 nanogram/milliliters or more of THC in their bloodstream would be guilty of "DUI per se" and subject to a misdemeanor offense and the possible revocation of their driver's license. Click here for more info:
http://www.cannabistherapyinstitute.com/bills/dui/


YIPPIES SHAME POLICE TO PATROL CAPITOL

JOIN THE PATROL!

Wed., March 9, 2011

 

CTI PUBLIC MEETING &
LEGAL PANEL DISCUSSION

Wed., March 9, 2011
Casselman's Bar and Venue
2620 Walnut Street, Denver, CO 80205

Free and open to the public.

Schedule:
6:15pm to 7:00pm

7:00pm to 9:00pm
Medical Marijuana Legal Panel
Get the opinions of Colorado's top attorneys on some of the new laws that will be enacted this year. Discussion topics include:
HB 11-1043, Patient Rights Elimination "Cleanup" bill: This is a constantly-changing bill with a laundry list of changes to last year's bills. Some parts of it may be good, but none of it addresses patient privacy concerns. It also gives the DOR greater authority to create penalties and to police MMCs and patients. It extends the moratorium on new MMCs until July 2012. It requires caregivers to disclose the location of their grows to local officials and all law enforcement.
HB 11-1250, Cannabis Edible Ban: Seeks to ban MMCs from producing or selling any edible cannabis product.
HB 11-1261, THC/DUI Bill: Seeks to ban patients from driving privileges by setting a limit on THC in the blood that most patients will always exceed. Any driver with an amount of THC over 5 nanograms/milliliter in their blood will be considered impaired and guilty of DUI per se and subject to loss of their driver's license.

LEGAL PANEL PARTICIPANTS

Robert J. Corry Jr. (Denver)
Phone: 303-634-2244
www.robcorry.com

Leonard Frieling (Boulder)
Phone: (303) 666-4064
www.Lfrieling.com

Danyel Joffe (Denver)
Attorney at Law
Phone: 303-757-6572
www.joffelawfirm.com

William Lahey (Littleton)
Lahey Law Firm, P.C.
Phone: 303-399-3308
www.laheylawfirm.com

Sean T. McAllister (Summit County)
McAllister, Darnell & Gottlieb, P.C.
Cannabis Law Center, P.C.
Phone: 970-453-6594
Web: www.mcallisterlawoffice.com

Craig Small (Boulder)
Phone: (303) 442.8900
Web: www.cbslaw.net

Ann Toney, Lawyer (Denver)
Phone: 303-399-5556
www.anntoneylaw.com

For more information about these bills, go to the Cannabis Therapy Institute.

WORKING PRESS: Receive complimentary food and drinks courtesy of the Cannabis Press Association. Check in at the CPA press table.

More information:

Cannabis Therapy Institute
http://www.CannabisTherapyInstitute.com/

Legalize 2012
http://www.Legalize2012.com/

Patient and Caregivers Rights Litigation Project
http://www.CannabisLawsuits.com/

Cannabis Trade Council
http://www.CannabisTradeCouncil.com/

Cannabis Press Association
http://www.CannabisPressAssociation.com/


UPDATE on EDIBLE BAN

 

HB 1250 in Limbo: Committee Delays a Vote

Are Cap'n Crunch and Izze the New "Medical Marijuana Menace" for Colorado Children?

Click here for update on March 1 Hearing

March 3, 2011 (Thurs.)

 

Department of Public Health and Environment
Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee

Note: This committee reports to the Board of Health, which is the official rulemaking authoriy.
Location: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Sabin Conference Room
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South Denver, CO
Time: 9:00 am - 11:30 am
More information:
http://www.cdphe.state.co.us/hs/medicalmarijuana/advisory.html

 

HB1250: Edible Ban Public Hearing

Tues., March 1, 2011

ROOM CHANGE:
Now in Old Supreme Court Chambers, State Capitol Building, 200 E. Colfax, Denver, CO

 

LISTEN LIVE ONLINE
Listen online to the House Judiciary Committee hearing live.

 

Edible Medicine Ban Hearing on Tuesday (3/1)

House Bill 11-1250 will outlaw all medicinal cannabis edible products in the state, overturning the licensing scheme for Infused Products Manufacturers that was created by the state legislature last year. The bill is sponsored by Rep. Cindy Acree (R-Arapahoe and Elbert Counties) and Sen. Scott Renfroe (R-Weld County).

This bill has been assigned to the House Judiciary Committee. The public hearing on the bill has been set for March 1, 2011. This will be the public's ONLY TIME TO COMMENT on the bill, until it is moved to the Senate. PLEASE BRING ALL YOUR PATIENTS TO SPEAK OUT AT THIS HEARING. This is a serious attack on patient rights, and we must show the Committee that will not allow them to prohibit this important cannabis therapy.

HEARING ON CANNABIS EDIBLE BAN
House Judiciary Committee

Tues., March 1, 2011

LOCATION: ROOM CHANGE: Now in Old Supreme Court Chambers, 2nd Floor, state Capitol Building, 200 E. Colfax, Denver, CO

TIME ESTIMATE: According to the official House Calendar, the hearing on HB1250 is scheduled to begin "upon adjournment". This means when the Representatives adjourn from their morning session on the House Floor, they will start the hearing on HB1250. What time they start the hearing all depends on how many items are on the House calendar for that morning, so there is no way to say the official start time of the hearing.

It would be safest to show up earlier, maybe around 9am or 10am. Our guess is that testimony will be taken from around 10am to 12noon. The hearing will break at noon for lunch, and then reconvene at 1:30pm only if there is more testimony to hear.

Capitol Bill Room
Call the Bill Room for status on bills and any last minute time changes.
(303) 866-3055

Go to the state legislature's page to see the calendar or read the bill.
http://www.leg.state.co.us/

Attire: Dress to Impress
Provisions: Bring food and water, as the hearing may last a while.

LISTEN LIVE ONLINE
You listen online to the House Judiciary Committee hearing:
http://www.coloradochannel.net/

CALL AND EMAIL HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE: Click here for details


YIPPIES SHAME POLICE TO PATROL CAPITOL

JOIN THE PATROL!

 

Feb. 16, 2011
(Wed. )

BIG PATIENT PRIVACY MEETING WED.

Board of Health Meeting
Feb. 16, 2011 (Wed. )
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Sabin Conference Room
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South Denver, CO
Time: Noon (please come early, as the agenda item may start before noon).

At CTI's request, the Board of Health is holding an informational briefing on the current status of the state's confidential medical marijuana registry and plans to replace the CDPHE Registry with a non-confidential Registry run by the Department of Revenue. Representatives from the CDPHE, the Colorado Attorney General's office and the Department of Revenue will present a briefing to the Board.

The Board of Health will also discuss CTI's petition for rules to protect patient privacy. At their January meeting, the Board denied CTI's petition on an emergency basis, saying their was no imminent threat to the confidentiality of the Registry, but they agreed to hold a hearing on whether to set the rules over for formal rulemaking. According to their website, "The Board will only discuss and decide whether it will grant the petition and set the proposal for a future rulemaking – the Board will not be hearing CTI’s proposed amendments this time.

Click here to read CTI's proposed rules to protect patient privacy:
http://www.cdphe.state.co.us/op/bh/hearingnotices/
5CCR1006_2Reg1_ConfidentialRegistryPetitionRequest.pdf

Click here for more information on the Board of Health

IF YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT PATIENT PRIVACY, PLEASE ATTEND THIS MEETING.

 

Feb. 11, 2011
(Friday)

LAST CHANCE TO COMMENT

UPDATE ON DOR RULEMAKING PUBLIC HEARINGS: Click here for photos and video


Colorado Becomes First State with "Pot Cops"

New Medical Marijuana Criminal Law Enforcement Logo Introduced at First "MMED" Public Hearing

Activists blame George Soros, Drug Policy Alliance and the Marijuana Policy Project for the poorly-written language of Colorado's Amendment 20, which Colorado activists told them in 1997 would harm patients. This new branch of law enforcement is the result of their law enforcement model to medicine.
Fight against bad constitutional language, join the Legalize 2012.com Project today!

DEFEND THE REGISTRY CAMPAIGN

DOR Proposes New Rules Violating Patient Privacy

COMMENTS DUE BY Feb. 11, 2011 at 5:00pm

SAMPLE COMMENT
"The new Department of Revenue rules related to video surveillance and tracking of patient purchases violate the patients' right to confidentiality guaranteed in the Article XVIII Section 14 of the Colorado Constitution."

Send comments to:
MMEDRulecomments@dor.state.co.us

Please send a copy of your comments to the Cannabis Therapy Institute:
info@cannabistherapyinstitute.com

IMPORTANT: Your comments will become part of the official rulemaking record and will be important when courts decide if the rules are valid.

Click here for more info and updates on the DoR Rulemaking Hearings

Hearing on HB 1043
Feb. 10, 2011

(Thurs.)
1:30 p.m.

State Capitol Building

Old Supreme Court Chambers

LISTEN ONLINE
You listen online to the Old Supreme Court Chambers.

 

Photos and Update from Hearing on HB 1043 (2/10/11)

HB 1250: Edible Cannabis Medicines to Be Outlawed in Colorado

Hearing today at 1:30pm

State Capitol
Old Supreme Court Chamber
200 E. Colfax, Denver, CO 80201

House Bill 11-1250 Introduced
House Bill 11-1250 was introduced on Wed., Feb. 9, 2011. This bill will outlaw all medicinal cannabis edible products in the state, overturning the licensing scheme for Infused Products Manufacturers that was created by the state legislature last year.

The bill is sponsored by Rep. Cindy Acree (R-Arapahoe and Elbert Counties) and Sen. Scott Renfroe (R-Weld County). Co-sponsors of the bill include Reps. Balmer, Conti, Joshi, Ramirez, and Scott and Senators Harvey, King K., and Lambert.

LISTEN ONLINE AT 1:30pm
You listen online to the Old Supreme Court Chambers.
http://www.coloradochannel.net/

This bill has been assigned to the HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE. This committee is MEETING TODAY at 1:30pm at the state Capitol to discuss a different medical marijuana bill (HB 1043, the "cleanup bill" that further erodes the rights of caregivers and patients in the state.).

PLEASE SHOW UP AT THE CAPITOL TODAY AT 1:30pm in the OLD SUPREME COURT CHAMBERS on the second floor. If you weren't planning on coming to testify on HB-1043, please come to voice your concern about the prohibition of edible cannabis foods in Colorado.

Our patients depend on edible cannabis medicines as one of the most important ways to ingest and benefit from cannabis. The therapeutic value of consumed cannabis medicinals cannot be understated. This is another direct attack on patient rights.

At the last big hearing on attacks on patient rights, only a handful of people showed up to testify and very few of the businesses that are directly affected. Can we change this apathy on the part of the industry? Can we pack a hearing room once again, as we did when medical marijuana was a civil rights movement and not just an "industry"? Let's try today!!!!

SPREAD THE WORD: 1:30pm today!!!
Thurs., Feb. 10, 2011
House Judiciary Committee
Hearing on HB 11-1043
Old Supreme Court Chambers
State Capitol Building
200 E. Colfax, Denver, CO 80201

SAVE CANNABIS EDIBLES!!!

BRING FRIENDS!!!!

Remember, this is a hearing on HB 11-1043, but this is the same committee that will eventually hear HB 1250, so let's take this opportunity to introduce ourselves to them and educate them.

Click here to read more about HB 1043:
http://www.cannabistherapyinstitute.com/bills/2011/hb1043.action1.html

Go to the state legislature's page to read the bills:
http://www.leg.state.co.us/

Please copy and repost this announcement.

Feb. 10, 2011
(Thurs.)
9:00 am - 11:00 am

 

Department of Public Health and Environment
Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee

Note: This committee reports to the Board of Health, which is the official rulemaking authoriy.
Location: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Sabin Conference Room
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South Denver, CO
Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
More information:
http://www.cdphe.state.co.us/hs/medicalmarijuana/advisory.html

Public Comments to the Advisory Committee: cdphe.MMRAdvisoryCommittee@state.co.us

Please send a copy of your comments to the Cannabis Therapy Institute:
info@cannabistherapyinstitute.com

Feb. 9, 2011
(Wed.)

Legalize 2012 Monthly Networking Meeting

Wed., Feb. 9, 2011
Casselman's Bar and Venue
2620 Walnut Street, Denver, CO 80205

Free and open to the public.

Schedule:
6:30 to 7:30pm

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Dr. Gonzo Returns!
An Evening with Dennis ("Dr. Gonzo") Blewitt

Attorney and author Dennis L. Blewitt has recently come out of retirement to tackle the government insanity caused by cannabis prohibition through his blog and through the legal system. Dennis was the inspiration for the character "Dr. Gonzo" in Hunter S. Thompson's counterculture bible "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas". Join us for a fun evening with Dr. Gonzo as he shares his insights into the current marijuana legalization situation in Colorado and beyond. Hear his tales of the Green Tongue, a new law enforcement practice in which a green tongue is a sure sign of recent cannabis consumption. Read Dr. Gonzo's blog for a preview of his talk:
http://gonzo2.posterous.com/


Dennis "Dr. Gonzo" Blewitt
Dennis "Dr. Gonzo" Blewitt

Jan. 28, 2011

Chris Bartkowicz Sentencing

Chris Bartkowicz is a Colorado caregiver who received 5 years in federal prison for a medical marijuana grow that was legal under Colorado law.

WHERE: Alfred A. Arraj United States Courthouse (west entrance), 901 19th Street, Denver, Colorado 80294.
COURTOOM: 7th floor - The Honorable Judge Philip Brimmer
TIME: 10am (arrive early for a seat)
BE RESPECTFUL and DRESS TO IMPRESS! Please be very respectful in the courtroom. No signs or noisemaking devices or even T-shirts with slogans on them inside. We don't want to harm Chris' case, but we do want to be there to show support.

BRING A PHOTO ID TO GET INTO COURTHOUSE.

Click here for more info.

Jan. 27-28, 2011

 

Department of Revenue
Rulemaking Public Hearing
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Place: Jefferson County Justice Center
Administration and Courts Facility
Hearing Room (HR 1)
100 Jefferson County Parkway Golden, CO

Jan. 28, 2011

DoR
ACTION
ALERT

 

Update Jan. 28. 2011:

UPDATE ON DOR HEARINGS

DEFEND THE REGISTRY CAMPAIGN

DOR Proposes New Rules Violating Patient Privacy

COMMENTS DUE BY Feb. 11, 2011 at 5:00pm

SAMPLE COMMENT
"The new Department of Revenue rules related to video surveillance and tracking of patient purchases violate the patients' right to confidentiality guaranteed in the Article XVIII Section 14 of the Colorado Constitution."

Send comments to:
MMEDRulecomments@dor.state.co.us

Please send a copy of your comments to the Cannabis Therapy Institute:
info@cannabistherapyinstitute.com

IMPORTANT: Your comments will become part of the official rulemaking record and will be important when courts decide if the rules are valid.

Click here for more info.

Jan. 27, 2011
(Thurs.)

Department of Public Health and Environment
Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee

Note: This committee reports to the Board of Health and has no official rulemaking authority.
Location: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Sabin Conference Room
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South Denver, CO
Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
More information:
http://www.cdphe.state.co.us/hs/medicalmarijuana/advisory.html

Public Comments to the Advisory Committee: cdphe.MMRAdvisoryCommittee@state.co.us

Please send a copy of your comments to the Cannabis Therapy Institute:
info@cannabistherapyinstitute.com

Jan. 19, 2011

 

Board of Health Denies CTI Request for Emergency Rules
Sets Informational Meeting on Patient Privacy for Feb. 16, 2011

Wed., Jan. 12, 2011

 

The Patient & Caregiver Rights Litigation Project
the Cannabis Trade Council and the Cannabis Therapy Institute will be hosting a:

Public Meeting and
Medical Marijuana Legal Panel

Wed., Jan. 12, 2011
Casselman's Bar and Venue
2620 Walnut Street, Denver, CO 80205

Free and open to the public.

Patient and Caregiver Rights Litigation Project
www.CannabisLawsuits.com

Jan. 12, 2011

 

Big Rally in Favor of Patient Rights

Spread the word!
Protect Patient Privacy!!!

State Capitol Building
12 noon - 2:00 pm: Rally
Civic Center Park - Greek Theatre
Enter through 14th Avenue side of park

3:00 pm: Lobbying tours of the Capitol. Meet in cafeteria.

Note: This is a non-smoking event.

On January 12, the state legislature convenes. Last year, the legislature gutted the Constitutional amendment that gave patients in Colorado the right to use cannabis as medicine. Under the guise of "regulation", the legislature passed two bills that greatly restrict patients' access to their Consitutionally-protected medicine.

Patients, caregivers and advocates are called upon to unite to protect the Colorado Constitution and defend Colorado's patients.

Lobbying tours of the Capitol will follow the rally, so this will be an opportunity for you to meet your state lawmaker and urge them to pass laws that protect patient privacy and their right to safe access.

Lobby Tours

Start at 3:00pm: Meet at the South (handicapped) Entrance near 14th and Sherman. Led by community organizer Miguel Lopez.

Rally sponsored by Denver 420 Coalition.

Tues., Jan. 11, 2011

 

Department of Public Health and Environment
Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee

Location: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Sabin Conference Room
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South Denver, CO
Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
More information:
http://www.cdphe.state.co.us/hs/medicalmarijuana/advisory.html

On the agenda for this meeting is the permanent elimination of physicians who have "conditions" on their licenses from the ability to write medical marijuana recommendations, even though they are qualified to practice medicine in Colorado in other areas. Also to be discussed is the new requirement for recommending physicians to have a relationship with their patients that is not exclusively related to medical marijuana. This new rule would require patients to make the physician that is willing to sign their recommendation their permanent primary care physician. This is another attack on patients' right to choose their physicians and will increase the cost of getting a medical marijuana recommendation dramatically.

See website for draft proposed rule:
http://www.cdphe.state.co.us/hs/medicalmarijuana/advisory.html

WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Please attend the meeting or send comments.

Public Comments to the Advisory Committee: cdphe.MMRAdvisoryCommittee@state.co.us

Please send a copy of your comments to the Cannabis Therapy Institute:
info@cannabistherapyinstitute.com

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 

Jan. 5, 2011
Patients File Lawsuit Against State to Take Back Their Rights

Patient and Caregiver Rights Litigation Project
www.CannabisLawsuits.com

Dec. 17-19, 2010

KushCon II
Cannabis Convention
Denver Convention Center
www.Kushcon.com

Sat., Nov. 13, 2010

Irvin Rosenfeld Talk and Book Signing
Location: Oriental Theatre, 4335 W 44th Ave, Denver, CO
Time: 3:00pm to 5:30pm
Description: Irvin Rosenfeld is one of only 4 medical marijuana patients in the country that receive cannabis legally from the federal government. Books available for signing make great HOLIDAY GIFTS.
Cost: FREE and open to the public
Sponsor: Cannabis Therapy Institute, 1-877-420-4205
More information:
http://www.cannabistherapyinstitute.com/

Sun., Nov. 14, 2010

Annual 420 Rally Fundraiser
Location: Casselman's Bar and Venue, 2620 Walnut Street Denver, CO
Time: 12:00pm to 8:00pm
Description: Annual Fundraiser for Denver 420 Rally and B-Day Bash for Miguel Lopez, 420 Rally Director
Part of the proceeds will go to support the Legalize2012.com campaign
Music:C.O.D. Feat. THA Docha + XL MC, Medicince Man, DJ Russh, 420 All Stars, MUTE: Man’s Microphone, Hypnautic
Cost: $10/$5 for mmj patients
Contact: (720) 338-8766

Thurs., Nov. 18, 2010

Department of Revenue Rulemaking Advisory Board Meeting
Location: Department of Revenue, Gaming Conference Room
1881 Pierce Street, Lakewood, CO
Time: 9:00 am to unknown
Description: The public is invited to observe discussions of the Department of Revenue's Medical Marijuana Workgroup, which is writing new rules and regulations for the medical marijuana industry in Colorado. Topics include patient surveillance systems, government patient database and tracking systems, potential patient fingerprinting requirements, and other important issues. Draft rules of 92 pages are available already. Hundreds of more pages will be written by January 2011.
More information: Department of Revenue Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division
http://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite/Rev-Enforcement/RE/1251575119584

Thurs., Nov. 18, 2010

Medical Marijuana Business Alliance Monthly Networking Event
Location: Denver Marriott City Center, 1701 California Street, Denver, CO
Time: 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Guest speakers: Matt Cook & Dan Hartman (Department of Revenue) and Karen McGowen (Department of Public Health & Environment)
Cost: Free
Contact: MMBalliance.com

Sun., Nov. 21, 2010

Caregivers' Cup 2010
Location: Oriental Theatre, 4335 W 44th Ave, Denver, CO
Time: 5:00 pm til 10:00 pm
Description: The Colorado Cannabis Caregivers' Cup is a fun and humorous competition among legal patients and caregivers to see who has cultivated the "best" medicine. This is a private event in conjunction with the One Love Patient Empowerment Event. See website for entry and booth information.
Sponsor: Rocky Mountain Caregivers Cooperative
Cost: Sliding scale
More information:
http://www.caregiverscup.com/

Wed., Nov. 3, 2010

Legalize 2012 Campaign Kickoff Event

The Politics of Cannabis Relegalization
with Paul Danish

FREE and open to the public

Click here for more info:
www.legalize2012.com

Medical Cannabis Education Retreat

Sat., Oct. 30, 2010
Medical Cannabis Education Retreat
Two Cannabis Therapy Classes

Part of the Certified Cannabis Therapist™ Training Program.
- Cannabis Therapy 101: Cannabis Therapy Fundamentals
- Cannabis Therapy 201: Basic Clinical Skills & Research Methods

Oct. 25, 2010

Denver City Council Debates Banning Caregivers
Call to protect patients' rights to grow at home.

Cannabis Medicine-Making Class

Wed., Oct. 20, 2010
Cannabis Medicine-Making Class

Instructor: Deanna Gabriel, Certified Clinical Herbalist
Discover the world of cannabis medicine making! Demonstrations will be given on tincture-making and oil infusing. Part of the Certified Cannabis Therapist™ Training Program.

Sept. 30, 2010

Department of Revenue Makes Patients Wait for Medicine
New Patient Collective Business Model Announced

Runs Aug. 27 thru Sept. 18
Fri. and Sat. nights

Reefer Madness: The "Hit" Musical
by the Equinox Theater Company
at the Bug Theater, 3654 Navajo Street, Denver

"Highly recommended. It's not what you expect."
--- Cannabis Therapy Institute

September 24-25, 2010

Plant Medicine Expo
Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel

CTI Instructor Deanna Gabriel will give four classes.

Click here for schedule

Wed., Sept., 22, 2010

Rally for Chris Bartkowicz

DEA -- GO AWAY!!!

Chris Bartkowicz is a Colorado caregiver facing federal charges for growing medical marijuana. He is the first caregiver in Colorado to be targeted by the feds. If his prosecution is successful, he won't be the last.

Sensible Colorado has organized a protest and rally for him at the Federal Courthouse in Denver on Wed. (9/22).

WHAT: Protest to support Chris Bartkowicz and Colorado Medical Marijuana Patients
WHEN: Wednesday, September 22nd, 8:00-8:30am
NOTE from CTI: Chris' hearing starts at 9am, so be in line to get through security into the courhouse by 8:30am.
WHERE: Alfred A. Arraj United States Courthouse (west entrance), 901 19th Street, Denver, Colorado 80294.
COURTOOM: 7th floor - The Honorable Judge Philip Brimmer
WHY: No one should be sent to jail for growing legal medical marijuana.
WHAT TO BRING: Signs, water bottles, noise making devices
BE RESPECTFUL and DRESS TO IMPRESS! Please be very respectful in the courtroom. No signs or noisemaking devices or even T-shirts with slogans on them inside. We don't want to harm Chris' case, but we do want to be there to show support.

Click here for more info.

Thurs., Sept., 16, 2010

Department of Revenue Rulemaking Meeting

Department of Revenue Rulemaking Meeting

The Department of Revenue is holding their second rulemaking "workgroup" meeting on Thursday morning at the Department of Revenue. According to the Department of Revenue, "Workgroup members will engage in a discussion concerning draft rules pertaining to HB 10-1284. The public is invited to attend and observe the discussion of the workgroup. There will not be an opportunity for non-workgroup members to participate in this meeting."

DATE: Thurs., September 16, 2010

TIME: 9:00 or 9:30am (??)
According to the DOR website, the meeting starts at 9:30am, but according to an email sent by Matt Cook to his hand-selected advisory panel, the meeting starts at 9:00am

LOCATION:
Department of Revenue
Gaming Conference Room
1881 Pierce Street
Lakewood, CO 80214

Note: This is a very small room with limited seating capacity. The first workgroup meeting was attended by over 100 spectators, with many spilling into the hallway. Despite many complaints from the public, the Department of Revenue has refused to secure a larger venue for these meetings. The DOR received over $10 million in application fees from the medical marijuana community in July and August, so they certainly have the funds to rent a larger room. Since so any of our community are disabled, the lack of effort to accomodate patients by the Department of Revenue is especially appalling.

Please arrive early if you want a seat. It would be safest to assume the meeting starts at 9am.

BACKGROUND
At the first Workgroup Meeting on 8/27, the DOR revealed plans for a large patient database and surveillance system, designed to track and record every patient's purchase. This system will be shared with at least 5 other government agencies. This plan is not in the draft rules they published, but was only announced verbally at the last meeting.

Click here to watch a video of Matt Cook, head of the new Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division of the Department of Revenue, describing the system.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIHwxj_sD1s

DRAFT RULES
Click here to read the draft rules (PDF file)

COMMENTS
Email all comments on the draft rules or public process to Matt Cook, head of the new Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division of the Department of Revenue.
Email: mcook@spike.dor.state.co.us

Please send any correspondence to: info@cannabistherapyinstitute.com

Go to the Department of Revenue's website for more info.

 

Fri., Aug. 27, 2010

TWO RULEMAKING MEETINGS

DATE: Friday, August 27, 2010

TIME: 9:00am

MEETING #1: Department of Revenue Workgroup Meeting
According to the Department of Revenue, "Workgroup members will engage in a discussion concerning draft rules pertaining to HB 10-1284. The public is invited to attend and observe the discussion of the workgroup. There will not be an opportunity for non-workgroup members to participate in this meeting."

This is the rescheuling of the secret meeting that the Department of Revenue tried to hold that CTI helped expose a few weeks ago.

Go to the Department of Revenue's website for more info.

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DATE: Friday, August 27, 2010

TIME: 1:00-3:00 p.m.

MEETING #2: Joint Department of Revenue and Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Meeting

According to the CDPHE, "The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the Department of Revenue will hold a joint public meeting on Aug. 27, 2010, to receive public input on emergency rules adopted by the Department of Revenue and to be provided with an update from the industry, caregivers, patients and other stakeholders regarding the industry's current status."

Go to the CDPHE website for more info.

LOCATION
for both meetings:
Department of Revenue
Gaming Conference Room
1881 Pierce Street
Lakewood, CO 80214

 

Tues., Aug. 24, 2010

Preliminary Hearing in Denver Child Abuse Case

Help Protect Parent/Patient Rights!

Click here for more info.

Sat., Aug. 21, 2010

Cannabis Festiva

Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010
9am to 8pm
Dick's Sporting Goods Park

All day music and cannabis education event.
Tickets are only $10.00.

Cannabis Festiva will be held at Dick's Sporting Goods Park Stadium, the largest professional soccer stadium and complex in the U.S. conveniently of I-70 and just 9 miles from downtown Denver.)

There will be Live music, informative guest speakers, vendors, food and fun. Come enjoy the festivities and show your support for Colorado's MMJ community. A portion of the proceeds benefit the fight for Colorado MMJ rights. No MMJ card required.

Click here for more info.:
http://www.cannabisfestiva.com/

Thurs., Aug. 19, 2010

Medical Marijuana Business Alliance
Business to Business Monthly Networking Event

When: Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010

Time: 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Topic: New Medical Marijuana Regulations

Guest Speakers
- Robert J. Corry, Jr., Attorney (Denver)
- Charles T. Houghton, Attorney (Colo. Springs)
- Matt Cook, Department of Revenue's Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division
- Dan Hartman, Department of Revenue's Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division

Location:
Casselman's Bar and Venue
2620 Walnut Street
Denver, CO 80205
www.casselmans.com

Sponsored by the Medical Marijuana Business Alliance
Free and open to industry professionals
Contact for more information and to RSVP
http://www.MMBAlliance.com

Aug. 14 and 15, 2010

Signature Drive This Weekend in Broomfield

Help Overturn Broomfield's Ban on Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Mon.,
Aug. 9, 2010

ACTION ALERT: Denver City Council Debates Banning Caregivers

CALL AND EMAIL TODAY!!!

Click here for details.

Mon.,
Aug. 4, 2010

Colorado Department of Revenue Cancels
Secret Medical Marijuana Meetings

Click here for details.

Activists call for openness in the process.

Mon.,
Aug. 2, 2010

Aug. 2, 2010

Department of Revenue "Emergency" Rulemaking Hearing

Click here for details.

July 24, 2010

July 24, 2010

Bringing Nationalism Back to Denver Event

Skyline #2 Park
16th Street Mall and Arapahoe
Denver, CO

In order to welcome back the Colorado contingent that celebrated Independence Day in Washington, D. C. at the annual 4th of July Hemp Coalition rally, there will be a gathering in downtown Denver this Saturday in Skyline #2 Park, next to the historical Daniels and Fisher "clock tower" building. The purpose of this event is to educate the marijuana community on knowing their rights to be effective in advocating for the legalization of marijuana on the local and national fronts as well as to energize marijuana enthusiasts, activates, and advocates for the upcoming year and 2011 Denver 420 Rally. 2012 is the goal for the re-legalization of marijuana in Colorado and by knowing our rights and how to affectively lobby legislation, re-legalization of marijuana is less than a couple years away. This means collectively we have a lot of work to do in the next year and a half.

10am to 4:20pm: Speakers including Attorney Robert J. Corry, Jr., Attorney Tae Darnell, Professor Bob Melamede, Cannabis Science CEO and Miguel Lopez, community organizer

4:20pm: Social Hour

5:20pm to 8:20pm: CopWatch Training - 3 part program

8:20pm: Outdoor showing of two movies: Grass and War on Drugs

Sponsored by Mile High NORML

July 20, 2010

Appeal of the case of Frank Marzano
Oral Arguments
July 20, 2010
9:00 am
101 W. Colfax Ave., Suite C
Denver, CO
Attorney Rob Corry will present oral arguments in the case of his client Frank Marzano.

July 9, 2010

Medical Marijuna Business Applications Available
Medical Marijuana Business Applications Demand Unprecedented Scrutiny

Applications Due August 1, 2010

Legalize 2012

Re-Legalize 2012

The freedom-based initiative is Legalize 2012, a grassroots campaign to place an initiative on the Colorado ballot to relegalize cannabis and hemp in Colorado for adults for all uses. While it is vital that Colorado create a system of distribution for patients that works, at this point, we believe the best way to accomplish this is by full relegalization. The ballot initiative will be modeled after freedom-based models to legalization, which reject the sin taxes and over-regulation promoted in other models. The Re-Legalize 2012 Project is currently forming a fundraising board & ballot initiative language committee. Please contact us to get involved or donate.
http://www.legalize2012.com

 

PANEL DISCUSSION
WITH
TEN
ATTORNEYS

CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEOS

Mon., May 24, 2010
Attorney Panel Discussion on Medical Marijuana
Ten Medical Marijuana Attorneys Unite for Panel Discussion

Join this unprecedented gathering of Colorado medical marijuana attorneys in an important panel discussion about the current legal situation in Colorado. Attorney Panelists are Clifton L. Black (Colorado Springs), Jessica P. Corry (Denver), Tae Darnell (Denver), Lauren C. Davis (Denver), Jeffrey Gard (Boulder), Richard Gee (Blackhawk), Charles T. Houghton (Colo. Springs), Danyel Joffe (Denver), Craig Small (Boulder), Ann Toney (Denver)

FREE and Open to the Public

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

May 19, 2010

Medical Marijuana Action Alert Vol 21
Danyel S. Joffe, Attorney
djoffe@joffelawfirm.com
303-757-6572

May 19, 2010
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Important Pending Deadlines
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HB10-1284 will go into effect July 1, 2010. There are Very Important Deadlines That You Must Be Aware Of.

Failure to Meet Deadlines May Be Treated As Criminal Offenses and Prosecuted.

All Medical Marijuana Centers that are operational, or have applied to Local Licensing Authorities before July 1, 2010, will be allowed to continue to operate (or start operation) after July 1, 2010. (However, Please Note Conditions Listed Below.)

If you have not applied for a local license or are in a community that has a Moratorium extending past July 1, 2010, then it will be very difficult to open a Medical Marijuana Center until after July 1, 2011. Colorado will impose a Moratorium on new Medical Marijuana Centers from July 1, 2010 through July 1, 2011.

If you are operating a Medical Marijuana Center, the following Deadlines apply to you. If your application for a local license is not approved until after August 1, 2010, you will have 30 days from licensure to meet the deadlines.

On or Before August 1, 2010, you must fill out forms from the Department of Revenue and pay a fee (unknown amount) to continue to operate. Failure to meet the deadline will result in either shutting down or facing criminal charges. Further, If You Miss The August 1 Deadline And You Stay Open, That Fact Will Be Proof You Are Of Unsatisfactory Character And You Will Be Denied A License.

On or Before September 1, 2010, Medical Marijuana Centers must certify to the State that they are cultivating at least 70% of necessary medical marijuana.

You must apply for a license with your local government and with the State before July 1, 2011. All the rules and regulations for Medical Marijuana Centers and Infused Produce Centers and Growth Centers take effect. (This is more complex then it seems. You should seek legal counsel if you might be violating any provisions on July 1, 2010.)
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Visit our updated website:
http://www.joffelawfirm.com
You can find back issues of the Medical Marijuana Action Alert. It has
links to key pending legislation and the Colorado Constitutional Amendment on medical marijuana.

May 13, 2010

Medical Marijuana Action Alert Vol 19
Danyel S. Joffe, Attorney
djoffe@joffelawfirm.com
303-757-6572

May 13, 2010
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HB10-1284 will go into effect July 1, 2010. It is a poorly designed law built around the assumption that patients, dispensaries, growers, edible manufacturers and caregivers are fundamentally dishonest. The law is intended to trap the unaware. It is also intended to scare people out of business.

While numerous legal challenges will probably be mounted to challenge HB10-1284, the lawsuits will take a long time to move through the Courts.

In the meantime there are many troubling issues about this law which can have direct and often destructive impact on everyone involved in this field. The bill is complex and detailed and easily open to misinterpretation.

Before making any decisions based on a possibly erroneous or questionable interpretation of this law, be certain that you know what will work and what might be an extremely costly error.

While there are many traps and pitfalls for the unaware, there are also many seemingly insurmountable problems that have creative solutions. For example, depending on the needs of the dispensary, there are ways a dispensary can maintain an adequate, fresh supply of product without going over the federal 100 plant limit. Likewise, although dispensaries will not be allowed to buy from growers, there are ways that dispensaries and growers can work together, within the bounds of the new law, so that the growers can focus on growing and dispensaries can focus on getting product to market. In order to make sure you are in compliance with HB10-1284, and to implement creative problem solving, you need to start taking action now. You cannot wait to see what happens. Do not allow yourself to be one of those frightened out of business.
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Visit our updated website:
http://www.joffelawfirm.com
You can find back issues of the Medical Marijuana Action Alert. It has links to key pending legislation and the Colorado Constitutional Amendment on medical marijuana.

May 12, 2010

Final Versions of the Bills

HB1284: Medical Marijuana Dispensary Regulation

SB109: Physician/Patient Relationship

May 11, 2010

HB1284 Passes the Colorado General Assembly

Ask Governor Ritter to VETO HB 1284 and SB109

MARCH AND RALLY
SAT., MAY 15, 2010

CALL AND EMAIL THE GOVERNOR
Bill Ritter, Governor
136 State Capitol
Denver, CO 80203-1792
Phone: (303) 866-2471
Email: Governor.Ritter@state.co.us

Click here for more info.

May 11, 2010

Legislative session ends May 12

Call your house representatives and tell them to vote NO on the final version of HB1284, to be voted on May 11.

URGENT NOTICE TO COLORADO DISPENSARY OWNERS

If HB1284 passes the state legislature and is signed into law, it will completely change the rules for anyone involved in medical marijuana in Colorado. There are a few important deadlines that are approaching that businesses must be aware of.

July 1, 2010: You must be operating an established medical marijuana center or have applied for a local license.

August 1, 2010: State registration fee due (amount unknown at this point).

Sept. 1, 2010: A medical marijuana center must be producing 70% of its medicine either onsite or with separate licenses for "optional premises cultivation."

July 1, 2011: State licensing fee due (amount unknown at this point).

Click here to enroll in this legal seminar to find out what you need to do to stay compliant.
http://www.cannabistherapyinstitute.com/classes/

Sign up on our Email List for more upcoming legal seminars and trainings:

Colorado Free Cannabis (Marijuanaa) Newsletter

May 3, 2010

HB1284 Will Shut Down 80% of Dispensaries in Colorado
Call Your Senator Today

April 23, 2010

Hearing on HB1284
Senate Local Government Committee

Tuesday, April 27, 2010
State Capitol Building
200 E. Colfax, Denver, CO 80201

Call and Email the Senate Local Government Committee

Attend the Hearing on Tuesday.

Click Here for More Info.

April 22, 2010

Last Chance to Call House Members

HB1284 Passes Full House by a 39 to 23 Vote

April 21, 2010

Letter from CTI to District Attorney Stan Garnett Regarding 420 Prosecutions in Boulder

April 21, 2010

KILL HB1284 and SB109

TAKE ACTION NOW!

ACTION ALERT: Auditors with Guns will Control Medical Marijuana in Colorado

Video: Auditors with Guns by the People's Cannabis News

PRINT THIS FLYER: Printable PDF Action Alert

 

April 20, 2010

Watch Grassroots Cannabis Lobbying Training Video

 

April 16, 2010

Appropriations Committee Hearing on HB1284
Friday, sometime after 7:30am
Room LSB-A Appropriations, State Capitol, Denver
Check the House Calendar for details

April 15, 2010

Jack Herer: Rest in Peace
Cannabis Hero

April 20, 2010

Upcoming Cannabis Events and Fundraisers
International Cannabis Day (4/20)
420 Rally in Civic Center Park

Note: One Love Event at the Oriental on 4/18 has been CANCELED.

March 23, 2010

HB1284 Passes with Amendments
Bill would still endanger patients by putting their caregivers out of business

March 22, 2010

Monday, March 22, 2010
1:30 pm
Public Hearing on HB1284
House Judiciary Committee
Room: Room 0107 (Basement)
State Capitol Building, 200 E. Colfax, Denver, CO
No public comment, just show of support.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO.

March 4, 2010

UPCOMING STATEWIDE HEARING

Call your Senators and Reps today!

Thursday, March 4, 2010
1:30pm
Public Hearing on HB1284

House Judiciary Committee
Room: Old Supreme Court Chambers
PUBLIC COMMENT WILL BE TAKEN!!!

RALLY AT NOON ON CAPITOL STEPS!

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO ON THESE HEARINGS

March 2, 2010

Tues., March 2, 2010
6:00 pm
Boulder City Council Meeting

WHAT: Discuss permanent medical marijuana dispensary ordinance
ACTION: Please show up to testify against the proposed ordinance.
We would like the City Council to form the Boulder Compassionate Medical Cannabis Commission, composed of patients, caregivers, physicians, advocates, city officials and law enforcement officers, instead of enacting their proposed ordinance that will harm patients.

LOCATION:
Council Chambers
Municipal Building (second floor)
1777 Broadway, Boulder, CO
Southwest corner of Broadway and Canyon.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO.

March 4, 2010

UPCOMING STATEWIDE HEARING

Call your Senators and Reps today!

Thursday, March 4, 2010
1:30pm
Public Hearing on HB1284

House Judiciary Committee
Room: Old Supreme Court Chambers
PUBLIC COMMENT WILL BE TAKEN!!!

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO ON THESE HEARINGS

Feb. 21, 2010

CTI Reform Calendar: Meetings and Events

Feb. 13, 2010

Rogue DEA Agents Bust Medical Marijuana Grow in Colorado
Letter from Attorney Rob Corry to US Department of Justice

Feb. 4, 2010

URGENT: Public Comment Hearing on Thursday (2/4)
House Judiciary Committee - 1:30pm - Arrive Early
NO ON SB109

Jan. 27, 2010

SB109 Passes HHS Committee 6 to 1
Moves to the Full Senate
Jan. 27 ACTION ALERT
Feb. 1 Update: SB109 passes Full Senate 34 to 1, bill now moves to the House of Representatives

Jan. 27, 2010

HEARING ON SB109 SET FOR WED., JAN. 27 at 10am
Protect Patient Rights - Urge the Senate HHS Cmte. to VOTE NO on SB109

Jan. 23, 2010

DEA's War on Patients

Jan. 15, 2010

Photos from NORML Cannabis Rally

Jan. 13, 2010

THC Ministry to Bless State Legislators

Jan. 14, 2010

January 14, 2010: BIG RALLY AT STATE CAPITOL

Free "I'm a Patient and I Vote" stickers will be given to the first 300 patients, compliments of the Cannabis Therapy Institute.

Jan. 10, 2010

BREAKING: Sen. Romer Withdraws Restrictive Medical Marijuana Bill

Jan. 8, 2010

Rob Corry Debates Sen. Romer on Jon Caldara's Indpendent Thinking show.
Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

Jan. 7, 2010

Attorney Rob Corry's Comments on Romer's Bill (PDF)

Jan. 3, 2010

Action Alert: Contact Denver City Council

Jan. 2, 2010

Law Enforcement Releases their Draft of a Statewide Bill

Jan. 1, 2010

New Versions of Sen. Romer's Statewide Bill and the City of Denver's Bill to Regulate Dispensaries Released

Dec. 15, 2009

Arapahoe District Court to Hear Landmark Challenge to Municipal Medical Marijuana Bans Friday Afternoon

Dec. 15, 2009

Upcoming Hearings, Meetings and Events

Dec. 8, 2009

CTI Invites Sen. Romer to Cannabis Holiday Health Fair - Dec. 12 update, Senator Romer and Councilman Brown will Attend!

Dec. 8, 2009

ACTION ALERT: Medical Marijuana Bill Will Shut Down Dispensaries - Write you state reps TODAY!

Nov. 25, 2009

Upcoming Reform Meetings, Events, Classes, and Rallies

Nov. 18, 2009

Benefit Tonite for Medical Cannabis Defendant Nicholas Paloshek

Nov. 16, 2009

Formal Opinion of Attorney General John Suthers Regarding Sales Tax and Medical Marijuana

Nov. 15, 2009

Public Hearings in Denver, Ft. Collins, Grand Junction, Loveland, and Pueblo County This Week

Nov. 15, 2009

More Details on Colo. Medical Marijuana Bill

Nov. 15, 2009

CTI Statement on Sen. Romer's Medical Marijuana Bill

Nov. 15, 2009

Daily Camera: Romer's medical marijuana bill would target dispensaries, younger patients; State senator calls status quo a 'train wreck'

Nov. 11, 2009

Westword: Did the Boulder City Council accidentally define illegal weed dealers as medical-marijuana businesses?

Nov. 10, 2009

Court Overrules Board of Health "Emergency" Ruling

Nov. 5, 2009

Injunction Filed Against Board of Health "Emergency" Ruling

Nov. 3, 2009

Board of Health Emergency Hearing
Board Adopts Clendenin Caregiver Definition

Nov. 1, 2009

Legislator Education Campaign: Help us teach Colorado legislators about medical marijuana

Nov. 1, 2009

Draft Bill: Colorado Medical Cannabis Patient and Caregiver Protection Act
A bill written and proposed by the Cannabis Therapy Institute

Oct. 29, 2009

Court of Appeals Decision in Clendenin Case
Decision Changes Definition of Primary Care-Giver

Oct. 22, 2009

Sen. Chris Romer to Introduce Colorado Medical Marijuana Bill in 2010
Send your State Legislators your Medical Cannabis Story!

Oct. 6, 2009

Draft Ordinance and Medical Cannabis Economic Development Report Released

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Medical Marijuana in Colorado

The Cannabis Therapy Institute contains information on medical marijuana in Colorado for patients, caregivers, advocates and policymakers. Medical marijuana is a Constitutional Right in Colorado, and the CTI pledges to defend and uphold that right for all patients.