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Medical Cannabis Day of Action

Senate Local Government Committee
Hearing on HB1284
Tuesday, April 27, 2010

State Capitol Building
200 E. Colfax, Denver, CO 80201

11am-12pm: Grassroots Lobbying Tours of the Capitol
Grassroots lobbying tours led by community organizers from Mile High NORML and the Colorado Coalition for Patients and Caregivers will leave from the Cafeteria in the Basement at 11am and 12 noon. This will be an opportunity to lobby senators before the hearing begins. See Mile High NORML's grassroots lobbying demonstration video:

2:00 pm: Hearing on HB1284
Senate Local Government Committee
Old Supreme Court Chambers
Second Floor, North End, State Capitol Building
The south entrance is handicapped accessible.

*** Please arrive early to sign up to testify. ***

Sign-up inside the Old Supreme Court Chambers
Attire: Dress to Impress
Provisions: Bring food and water, as the hearing may last a while.

This is your *last chance* to give public testimony on House Bill 1284, a bill designed to destroy the current medical marijuana program in Colorado.

We are also urging you to CALL and EMAIL the Senate Local Government Committee Members (see below.)

HB1284 is now a 72-page monstrosity that allows the Department of Revenue to control the licensing and all standards of medical marijuana "centers." On April 22, the bill passed the full House by a vote of 39 to 23. The bill requires a dispensary to get a state license, a local license and a cultivation license. A state license might cost up to $50,000, according to Senator Chris Romer, one of the bill's sponsors. Most dispensaries will not be able to comply with the requirement to cultivate 70% of their medicine

HB1284 creates Medical Marijuana Enforcement Investigators, who could investigate the center any time it is open, or appears to be open. They do not need a search warrant, but they would have police powers to enforce all Colorado laws. Senator Romer has said that dispensaries could expect an auditor to be at their clinic every 5 to 7 days.

HB1284 is fraught with problems. CTI proposes that the state instead set up a commission to study the issue and introduce a sensible bill next year, to make sure this complicated issue gets addressed properly.

HB1284 now moves on to a public hearing in the Senate Local Government Committee, scheduled for Tuesday, April 27.

This will be the last opportunity to give public testimony on the bill

Caregivers are urged to rally their patients to attend this hearing at the Capitol. Forward this action alert to your email list and post it on your website.

You listen online to the Old Supreme Court Chambers.

Click here to read a more detailed analysis of HB1284 from two attorneys.

Attorney Danyel Joffe's Action Alerts on HB1284

Attorney Lauren Davis' Action Alert on HB1284

Latest version of HB1284 from the General Assembly webpage



Contact these Committee members by phone and email. Be polite and professional. Ask them to vote No on HB1284 and instead form a Commission of patients, caregivers, lawmakers and law enforcement that will draft a bill that will work, instead of pushing through a 72-page regulatory nightmare that will force all but the richest dispensaries out of business.

Senate Local Government Committee Members

Sen. Gail Schwartz (D-Snowmass), Chair
District 5 (Alamosa, Chaffee, Conejos, Costilla, Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale,
Mineral, Pitkin, Rio Grande and Saguache Counties)
Capitol Phone: 303-866-4871

Sen. Joyce Foster (D), Vice-Chair
District 35 (Arapahoe and Denver Counties)
Capitol Phone: 303-866-4875

Sen. Bill Cadman (R)
District 10 (El Paso County)
Capitol Phone: 303-866-2737

Sen. Mary Hodge (D)
District 25 (Adams County)
Capitol Phone: 303-866-4855

Sen. Ken Kester (R)
District 2 (Baca, Bent, Crowley, Custer, Fremont, Huerfano, Las Animas,
Otero and Pueblo Counties)
Capitol Phone: 303-866-4877

Sen. Kevin Lundberg (R)
District 15 (Larimer County)
Office Location: 200 E. Colfax
Denver, CO 80203
Capitol Phone: (303)866-4853

Sen. Linda Newell (D)
District 26 (Arapahoe and Jefferson County)
Capitol Phone: 303-866-4846


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