Cannabis Rally at the General Assembly

WHAT: Protest Against HB1284

WHEN: 12PM, Thursday, March 4, 2010

WHERE: West Steps of the Capitol , 200 East Colfax Avenue

WHY: HB1284 would create an unnecessary state bureaucracy, raise patients’ costs, and restrict their access to medicine “My clients' lives literally depend on their access to medicine, and we will fight any government proposal that would restrict supply and raise costs, such as this proposal," says sttorney Robert J. Corry

Sponsored by: Mile High NORML, the Denver 420 Rally, the Cannabis Therapy Institute, the Colorado420 Coalition, Rocky Mountain Caregivers Cooperative, and the Colorado Coalition for Patients and Caregivers (CCPC)

Assembly:
11:30AM Mingle with other activists

Speakers:
12:00PM Rob Corry, Cannabis Crusader and Defense Attorney
12:20PM Dr. Robert Melamede, Assoc. Professor at UCCS, CEO of Cannabis Science Inc.
12:40PM Miguel Lopez, Executive Director of Denver’s annual 4/20 Rally
1:00PM Robert Chase, Founder of CCPC

Action:
1:30PM Join us as at the House Judiciary Committee Hearing on HB1284 in the Old Supreme Court Chambers on the second floor of the Capitol to show our opposition to the bill.

House Bill 1284

House Bill 1284 is the second of the law enforcement bills, which seeks to shut down access to medical cannabis and only allow well-funded dispensaries to compete in the new regime. HB1284 is a 45-page monstrosity that would further restrict patients and caregivers. Click here to read it.

HB1284 would set up a state medical marijuana licensing board run by the Department of Revenue, not the Department of Health. It would require all dispensaries to be run as non-profits, eliminating the ability to collect taxes from them. Ninety-percent of all the cannabis used by the dispensary would have to be grown onsite. HB1284 would require dispensary owners to
pass background checks and submit fingerprints to the FBI. You could not own a dispensary if you had ever had a felony drug conviction, but any other felony is OK. HB1284 would require caregivers to giver up their 5th amendment right against self-incrimination. HB1284 would even prohibit the cannabis leaf symbol from being used in advertising.

Attorney Rob Corry has provided a detailed analysis of the many ways this bill will harm patients:
http://www.cannabistherapyinstitute.com/bills/hb1284.corry.comments.pdf

Lawmakers clearly don't understand the special cannabis medicines and strains that the smaller caregiving businesses are providing to patients and want to restrict the industry to the point where there are only a few mega-Walmart dispensaries in Colorado.

Meanwhile, patients are still getting arrested and prosecuted and they are still losing their jobs, their homes, and their children due to their choice of medicine. The real problems of patients are ignored while legislators try to appease law enforcement and put the medical cannabis genie back in the bottle. Patients are using the slogan "Nothing about us without us" and encouraging lawmakers to actually work with patients and form a commission to study the real problems, instead of railroading through poorly-written and blatantly un-Constitutional laws without any
patient input.

Thursday, March 4, 2010
1:30pm
Public Hearing on HB1284

House Judiciary Committee
Room: Old Supreme Court Chambers
PUBLIC COMMENT WILL BE TAKEN!!!

TAKE ACTION NOW!

*URGENT - URGENT - URGENT - URGENT - URGENT*
*CALL TODAY - CALL TODAY - CALL TODAY*
*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
Profession: Attorney
Cap: 303-866-2578
E-mail: claire.levy.house@state.co.us

Rep. Elizabeth "Beth McCann (D)
District 8: Denver
Cap: 303-866-2959
E-mail: beth.mccann.house@state.co.us

Rep. Lois Court (D)
District 6: Arapahoe, Denver
Cap: 303-866-2967
E-mail: loiscourt@msn.com

Rep. Bob Gardner (R)

District 21: El Paso
Profession: Attorney
Cap: 303-866-2191
E-mail: bob.gardner.house@state.co.us

Rep. Daniel Kagan (D)
District 3: Arapahoe
Cap: 303-866-2921
E-mail: repkagan@gmail.com

Rep. Steve King (R)
District 54: Delta, Mesa
Profession: Violent Crime Investigator
Cap: 303-866-3068
E-mail: steve.king.house@state.co.us

Rep. Joe Miklosi (D)
District 9: Denver
Cap: 303-866-2910
E-mail: joe@joemiklosi.com

Rep. B.J. Nikkel (R)
District 49: Larimer, Weld
Cap: 303-866-2907
E-mail: rep.nikkel@gmail.com

Rep. Sal Pace (D)
District: 6 Pueblo
Cap: 303-866-2968
E-mail: sal.pace.house@state.co.us

Rep. Su Ryden (D)
District 36: Arapahoe
Cap: 303-866-2942
E-mail: su.ryden.house@state.co.us

Rep. Mark Waller (R)
District 15: El Paso
Profession: Attorney
Cap: 303-866-5525
E-mail: mark.waller.house@state.co.us

EMAIL ALL House Judiciary Committee Members
claire.levy.house@state.co.us, beth.mccann.house@state.co.us,
loiscourt@msn.com, bob.gardner.house@state.co.us, repkagan@gmail.com, steve.king.house@state.co.us, joe@joemiklosi.com, rep.nikkel@gmail.com, sal.pace.house@state.co.us, su.ryden.house@state.co.us, mark.waller.house@state.co.us

Remember to cc us on any correspondence with legislators: info@cannabistherapyinstitute.com

Call Ahead

Always call the BILL ROOM at the Capitol to make sure that a hearing has not been rescheduled at the last minute:
BILL ROOM: (303) 866-3055

The House and Senate Calendars are updated daily, and these hearings can be changed with little or no notice.
General Assembly Home Page

Audio and Video Broadcasts

If you can't come to these public hearings, there are video and audio broadcasts of most of them, available through the Colorado Channel.
http://www.coloradochannel.net/

 

Cannabis Rally at the General Assembly

WHAT: Protest Against HB1284

WHEN: 12PM, Thursday, March 4, 2010

WHERE: West Steps of the Capitol , 200 East Colfax Avenue

WHY: HB1284 would create an unnecessary state bureaucracy, raise patients’ costs, and restrict their access to medicine “My clients' lives literally depend on their access to medicine, and we will fight any government proposal that would restrict supply and raise costs, such as this proposal," says sttorney Robert J. Corry

Sponsored by: Mile High NORML, the Denver 420 Rally, the Cannabis Therapy Institute, the Colorado420 Coalition, Rocky Mountain Caregivers Cooperative, and the Colorado Coalition for Patients and Caregivers (CCPC)

Assembly:
11:30AM Mingle with other activists

Speakers:
12:00PM Rob Corry, Cannabis Crusader and Defense Attorney
12:20PM Dr. Robert Melamede, Assoc. Professor at UCCS, CEO of Cannabis Science Inc.
12:40PM Miguel Lopez, Executive Director of Denver’s annual 4/20 Rally
1:00PM Robert Chase, Founder of CCPC

Action:
1:30PM Join us as at the House Judiciary Committee Hearing on HB1284 in the Old Supreme Court Chambers on the second floor of the Capitol to show our opposition to the bill.

 

     
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