Medical Cannabis Patient and Caregiver Protection
here to download the draft bill (PDF)
This bill was written by the CTI Medical Cannabis Policy Group
and is not an official Colorado state bill.
Nov. 2, 2009
The Colorado General Assembly is going to take up the issue of
clarifying Colorado's Medical Marijuana law this session, which
begins Jan. 13, 2010. Sen. Chris Romer (D-Denver) will be the bills
main sponsor in the Senate, and Rep. Tom Massey (R-Poncha Springs)
is going to be the House sponsor of the bill.
Members of the Cannabis Therapy Institute met with Sen. Chris Romer
on Monday (10/26) to discuss the medical marijuana bill. He said
he had not drafted anything yet and was just in the information-gathering
stage of the process. We provided Sen. Romer with the draft of a
bill called the Colorado
Medical Cannabis Patient and Caregiver Protection Act. This
bill was written by the CTI Medical Cannabis Policy Group and is
not an official Colorado state bill. This bill came from ideas
in the draft
ordinance that CTI released on Oct. 6, 2009.
We were excited to be the first organization to provide a concrete
example of how Colorado's medical marijuana law could be clarified
to better protect caregivers and patients. We thought it was important
to take a proactive approach to the upcoming legislative session
by drafting our own legislation instead of waiting for the state
to do it. We hope that Senator Romer will adopt some of the provisions
of our draft bill. He has promised to work with CTI and others during
the drafting process. At the time we met him, he said he had not
yet met with law enforcement or any other organizations.
We are actively seeking input on this bill from patients, caregivers
and advocates. We will be having a public meeting to discuss the
upcoming legislative session in the next week or two. Please send
your suggestions and comments on the draft bill as soon as possible