House Bill 1284 Endangers Patients
The House Judiciary committee took public comment on the bill
on March 4. However, the bill they debated (version L002) was very
different from the bill that had been open for review since Feb.
5 (version L001). Almost none of the audience members got an actual
copy of the bill, and it is still not available on state's website
as of March 17, a full two weeks after the hearing. So the Committee
took testimony on a bill that most people had not seen. Read CTI's
open letter to the House Judiciary Committee on how they have
so effectively shut patients out of the legislative process.
CTI has obtained a copy of L002 version of the bill from one of
the sponsors and posted it on our website. Click
here to read it.
House Bill 1284 is a 48-page monstrosity seeks to eliminate 80%
of existing dispensaries. HB1284 would:
· Create a " Medical Marijuana Enforcement Investigator"
that would be allowed to perform warrantless searches of dispensaries.
They would be able to come in and count and weigh a dispensary's
cannabis and pore over patient records to make sure the dispensary
didn't have "too much." They would be able to do this
repeatedly and with no warning and no probable cause to suspect
· Set up a state medical marijuana licensing board run by
the Department of Revenue, not the Department of Health.
· Require 75% of all the cannabis used by the dispensary
would have to be grown onsite.
· Require patients to name their dispensary when they get
their license, without the opportunity to shop around or change
· Prohibit patients who live near schools from engaging in
the use of medical marijuana inside their homes
· Require dispensary owners to pass background checks and
submit fingerprints to the FBI.
· Prohibit dispensary owners that have felony drug convictions
· Require caregivers to giver up their 5th Amendment right
This bill still has not been voted on by the House Judiciary Committee,
so the public still has a chance to contact the committee. There
will also be a public hearing on amendments to the bill, but the
public will not have an opportunity to testify again until the bill
passes the House and is assigned to a Senate Committee
Public Hearing on HB1284
Monday, March 22, 2010
House Judiciary Committee
Room: Room 0107 (Basement)
State Capitol Building, 200 E. Colfax, Denver, CO
No public comment, just show of support.
TAKE ACTION NOW!
Call your local House and Sentate Members and ask them to VOTE NO
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*NO ON HB1284
(All of these House members voted in favor of SB109. Now they have
a chance to redeem themselves and stand up for patients and vote
NO on HB1284.)
Rep. Claire Levy (D) - Chairperson, Majority Whip
District 13: Boulder, Clear Creek, Gilpin
Rep. Elizabeth "Beth" McCann (D)
District 8: Denver
Rep. Lois Court (D)
District 6: Arapahoe, Denver
Rep. Bob Gardner (R)
District 21: El Paso
Rep. Daniel Kagan (D)
District 3: Arapahoe
Rep. Steve King (R)
District 54: Delta, Mesa
Profession: Violent Crime Investigator
Rep. Joe Miklosi (D)
District 9: Denver
Rep. B.J. Nikkel (R)
District 49: Larimer, Weld
Rep. Sal Pace (D)
District: 6 Pueblo
Rep. Su Ryden (D)
District 36: Arapahoe
Rep. Mark Waller (R)
District 15: El Paso
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