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Edible Medicine Ban Hearing on Tuesday (3/1)

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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.

It is also good to show up early to get a seat in the hearing room. Usually, medical marijuana hearings are held in the Old Supreme Court chambers, the biggest room in the Capitol, because of the large turnout for these hearings. Inexplicably, the Judiciary Committee doesn't think there will be that much interest in this hearing, so they have scheduled it for a smaller room.

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.

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http://www.CannabisTherapyInstitute.com

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

Here is the official summary of HB 1250:
"Current law permits a medical marijuana-infused products licensee to produce edible products. The bill would prohibit medical marijuana-infused consumable food and beverage product manufacturing and sale."

ACTION ALERT: Stop HB 11-1250, the Medical Cannabis Edible Ban

Emails and Phone Calls Needed

Sample Letter to House Judiciary Committee
"I urge you vote no on House Bill 11-1250. Edible cannabis is an important therapy for patients. 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. Please have compassion for Colorado patients who need cannabis edible medicine to survive."

We are urging you to CALL and EMAIL the House Judiciary Committee Members.

COPY AND PASTE 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, cindy.acree.house@state.co.us, senatorrenfroe@gmail.com, info@cannabistherapyinstitute.com

Please send CTI copies of any letters you send: info@cannabistherapyinstitute.com

House Judiciary Committee Members Phone and Email

BOB GARDNER, Chair
Colorado State Representative, District 21
Capitol Phone: (303)866-2191
E-Mail: bob.gardner.house@state.co.us

MARK BARKER, Vice Chair
Colorado State Representative, District 17
Capitol Phone: 303-866-3069
E-Mail: mark.barker.house@state.co.us

BRIAN DELGROSSO
Colorado State Representative, District 51
Capitol Phone: (303)866-2947
E-Mail: brian@briandelgrosso.com

CRISANTA DURAN
Colorado State Representative, District 5
Capitol Phone: 303-866-2925
E-Mail: crisanta.duran.house@state.co.us

DANIEL KAGAN
Colorado State Representative, District 3
Capitol Phone: (303)866-2921
E-Mail: repkagan@gmail.com

PETE LEE
Colorado State Representative, District 18
Capitol Phone: 303-866-2932
E-Mail: pete.lee.house@state.co.us

CLAIRE LEVY
Minority Whip
Colorado State Representative, District 13
Capitol Phone: (303)866-2578
E-Mail: claire.levy.house@state.co.us

B.J. NIKKEL
Majority Whip
Colorado State Representative, District 49
Phone: 303-866-2907
E-mail: rep.nikkel@gmail.com

SU RYDEN
Asssistant Minority Caucus Chair
Colorado State Representative, District 36
Capitol Phone: 303-866-2942
E-mail: su.ryden.house@state.co.us

JERRY SONNENBERG
Colorado State Representative, District 65
Capitol Phone: 303-866-3706
Email: jerry.sonnenberg.house@state.co.us

MARK WALLER
Assistant Majority Leader
Colorado State Representative, District 15
Capitol Phone: (303)866-5525
E-Mail: mark.waller.house@state.co.us

HB 11-1250 Bill Sponsors

REP. CINDY ACREE (R-Arapahoe and Elbert Counties)
Capitol Phone: 303-866-2944
E-mail: cindy.acree.house@state.co.us

SEN. SCOTT RENFROE (R-Weld County)
Capitol Phone: 303-866-4451
E-mail: senatorrenfroe@gmail.com

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