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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

WORKING PRESS: Receive complimentary food and drinks courtesy of the Cannabis Press Association. Contact CPA to RSVP for this event.

Feb. 10, 2011
(Thurs.)
1:30 p.m.

 

URGENT ACTION ALERT: EMAILS AND PHONE CALLS NEEDED TO HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE

Public Hearing on HB 11-1043
Rep. Massey and Sen. Steadman Medical Marijuana "Cleanup Bill"

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

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Click here for more info.

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. 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

Feb. 16, 2011
(Wed. )

Board of Health
Patient Privacy Informational Meeting

   

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Current News and Action Alerts

Patient and Caregiver Rights Litigation Project Formed
Patients concerned about new government tracking database and invasion of patient privacy.


Fix the Constitution: Legalize 2012
Help fix the fatal flaws in Amendment 20 by rewriting Colorado's Constitution to provide more protection for patients and caregivers.

Colorado Medical Marijuana News
Cannabis Therapy Institute Recent Updates

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.

Watch Grassroots Cannabis Lobbying Training Video from 2010 Legislative Session

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/

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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

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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

Read Patient Stories and Medical Cannabis Testimonials

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.