Video: Auditors with Guns will Control Colorado
Senator Chris Romer (D-Denver) is one of the co-sponsors of HB1284
and SB109, two bills in the Colorado legislature which seek to eliminate
95% of the dispensaries and patients in the state.
Romer discussed the bills at a meeting of the Medical Marijuana
Business Alliance on April 15, 2010 at the Loews Hotel in Denver.
His comments were shocking to the audience. He used the phrase "auditors
with guns" dozens of times when describing the medical marijuana
regulatory regime he envisions. Members of the Cannabis Therapy
Institute were in attendance and sent out a press release the next
day. On 4/20, the People's Cannabis News released a video of the
event with clips from Romer's speech. You can watch the video here:
Romer started out on a threatening note. "If you all don't
clean up your own house, we're going to clean it up for you."
And then, "Certainly if we send some auditors with guns, we're
gonna really clean it up fast."
Romer described the new medical marijuana regime, saying the Department
of Revenue would be the main regulatory agency. "These people
audit with guns," he said. "They'll probably be at the
dispensary or grow house about every 5 to 7 days." He continued,
"You are gonna get to know your auditor. Your auditor is gonna
be your best friend. He's gonna have a gun, but that's OK."
This Law Enforcement Model to Medicine, run by "auditors with
guns", will destroy patients' safe access to medicine. Every
gram of cannabis will be checked at the whim of "auditors with
guns" from seed to patient. Romer says, "That same auditor
with a gun is gonna force you to destroy the amount of medical marijuana
that is not allocated to the patient."
Romer repeated the phrase "auditors with guns" dozens
of times in his 20 minute speech, almost seeming gleeful at the
thought. "There's a huge debate about how many of those auditors
with guns we need."
At this meeting, Romer was also asked how much a state dispensary
license would cost. He replied that the fee could be up to $50,000
a year, maybe more.
These bills will create a government-sponsored monopoly of a few
mega-Walmart dispensaries. Instead of following the will of the
voters to allow caregivers to take care of their patients, these
laws will force out many truly compassionate caregivers who serve
only a small number of people, leaving the industry open only to
well-funded dispensaries focused on profit, not patients. And it
will be a big profit, once 95% of their competition has been eliminated.
Patients before Profits!
Kill HB1284 and SB109
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