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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
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.
ACTION ALERT: HEARING ON HB1284
This is your *last chance* to give public testimony on House Bill
1284, a bill designed to destroy the current medical marijuana program
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
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
CAREGIVERS TAKE ACTION
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
READ THE BILL
version of HB1284 from the General Assembly webpage
CALL AND EMAIL
URGENT - URGENT - URGENT
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,
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
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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