People should be enraged over the recent regulatory rational of the State. The Department of Revenue, in particular, made a recent decision announced by top Medical Cannabis Industry regulator Matt Cook. Recently, Cook delayed medical cannabis patients from accessing their medicine for over one month. Suffering people who require medical cannabis from a doctor now have to wait 35 days to access their relief.
This regulation is absent of human compassion and devoid of legislative logic.
In Amendment 20, we promised patients the ability to use this medicine for the most chronic conditions. Patients suffering from cancer, aids, muscular dystrophy, and chronic pain have been GUARANTEED the RIGHT to use medical marijuana to help them with their health. Now Matt Cook has regulated that right. Patients must now wait 35 days from the day they send in their application to the State registry to be able to access a medical cannabis center. These centers are the equivalent of medical cannabis pharmacies for Amendment 20 protected patients. Walgreens is not regulated this way with pharmaceutical medicine.
With the general population stigmatizing patients as “potheads”, the concern is that fellow citizens will accept Cook’s measures as normal protocol for medical marijuana regulation. People should understand the reasoning behind Matt’s decision that is affecting thousands across the state. Matt Cook’s arbitrary “35 day rule” is based in bureaucratic logic and regulatory bias.
The Colorado Department of Health manages the Medical Marijuana Registry. The department is currently delayed seven months in processing applications. However, they take the $90 fee from each patient immediately.
Would any other citizens stand for a $90 fee and a month-long wait to access prescription drugs? Drugs that help with similar conditions as MMJ? Drugs like Ambien, Percoset, Vicodin, and Xanex?
To shortcut this lengthy processing, the Department of Health has instituted a policy to approve ANY application after 35 days. This means patients are approved on day 35, despite the fact that applications are not processed until several months later. This has created a technicality that patient paperwork is not valid until it is “technically” approved 35 days later. This is the logic begind the rule Matt Cook has instituted.
Patients are suffering waiting for government to institute an automatic acceptance of their application at day 35.
This is also deceptive in the public’s view of medical cannabis patients. Due to the discretion of most patients, people do not see the detrimental effects this regulation has on the health and well being of severely sick people. When a hospice patient only a few months to live, Matt Cook is literally robbing them of relief because of bureaucratic processing , rules, and regulation.
How is it right to force a chemo patient to vomit, without relief or appetite? Or for someone to live with severe pain and be forced toward opiates for weeks on end?
Patients cannot change this as unlimited government power was granted to the Department of Revenue to regulate centers. Does House Bill 1284 ring a bell?
This is why a packed testimony room tied up legislators for days. Senators didn’t listen to the people most impacted by their decision to APPROVE “Hasty-House Bill 1284”. This oversight of the people’s voice has caused consequences taking shape today. Counties are being sued by business owners they allowed, regulated, then opted to put to public vote to ban.
The county is being sued accordingly. It is unfortunate we have to pay for our politicians’ short sight and lack of compassion. With more and more cities putting bans into effect, one wonders how long it will be before out of control lawsuits are draining already deficit municipal budgets. We are in the middle of the Great Recession and cannot afford the mistakes of our elected officials. The patients needing their medicine that offers unique relief should have their rights protected from government.
After all, what can a patient do for the first 35 days? Perhaps purchase from the only other source…
No one wants our elderly and sickly thousands to purchase medical cannabis from neighborhoods or back alleys.
Politicians should be encouraging people to VOTE NO on 1A.
A vote against 1A is a vote in support of safe patient access, regulated small business, and constitutional rights.