Today marks the final day of this year’s legislative session. At midnight tonight, all proposed bills must have decisions on them made. For me, this means substantially less trips to Denver every week.
At the last minute, despite the “study” recommendation on HB 1261 (THC Dui Per Se Limit) from the Senate Judiciary Committee, this bill was revived. This put the whole community on stand by and on edge for the last 3 days of the session, since the Senate Appropriations Committee decided to reject the proposed amendments on Friday May 6.
On Monday May 9, the Senate voted to delay their vote on the bill and at 7pm they voted it down when more than 18 Senators rose against the bill. When the bill’s author Sen. King, called for a reversal of the vote, it failed 20-15. If only our politicians could be so understanding and sensitive of other cannabis legislation, we may be able to turn the tide of Colorado’s MMJ industry toward a brighter future.
I think they finally understand that 124,000 adults now have a voice about their health choice in cannabis.
In less fortunate news, the efforts against House Bill 11-1043 were less effective. The bill is known as the “MMJ Clean Up Bill” and is an extension of law made in House Bill 1284. Despite being called a cleanup bill, this law dirties the industry more than it cleans it up. The provision that caregivers must register with the State and be subject to inspection is in
direct violation of Amendment 20 which promises complete privacy of information.
It’s funny to think that this is the way politicians in areas with bans must now attempt to regulate their “industry”. Looking at 5 patients per caregiver at a time. I tried to warn them it would happen, but fear of a plant can make people do some stupid things.. like getting rid of the model they could monitor, tax, and regulate.
Does anyone else find it funny that the GOP and these conservative areas that banned regulated models are generally pro-local small business and less government intervention?
Ironic, considering the MMJ industry.
If Senator King would spend a little more time seeing how Grand Junction might benefit from having greenhouses next to vineyards, he could see how this industry IS a benefit to conservative values. After all, “I give unto thee ALL seed bearing plants” was a law long before the republicans controlled the House and we made cannabis laws.
Unfortunately, the “Clean Up Bill” wasn’t cleaned up as I asked and was passed 5/10/11. Hello Senators Letter – HB 1243 Clean up Bill
Finally, the State looked at House Bill 1250 again. This bill was originally a ban on edibles that turned into a legislative law to duplicate an administrative law requiring packaging for products. Let me explain. House Bill 1284 set up the MMED (Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division) of the Department of Revenue. In this, the industry becomes subject to the powers of regulatory government that has unlimited power to create rules. One of the rules going into effect already covers packaging and labeling. House Bill 1250 became the second law, legislatively, regarding the same subject: labeling of medical cannabis.
If HB 1250 passes, we’re looking at a waste of tax payer dollars mandating legislative law on top of administrative regulation. Both laws are hindering to each other since administrative law becomes subject to State legislation and State legislators are harder to get to change the law than a regulatory administration. The State is also less informed about medical cannabis than the regulatory MMED.
So many laws, so little time. Stay tuned, add me on RSS and tell your patients and fellow citizens. Information and insight from my head to your eyes.
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