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Monday, July 20, 2009

Colorado Board of Health May Revise Law

The Denver Post

The Colorado Board of Health today will vote on a proposal that may cut off some of 7,360 registered patients' access to medical marijuana.

The proposal would shut down small and large medical marijuana dispensaries by limiting them to selling their medical herbs to five patients at a time.

Currently there is no limit to how many patients they can supply.

At issue is wording in Amendment 20, passed in 2000 by Colorado voters, which allows people with debilitating medical conditions, such as cancer and HIV/AIDS, to grow their own marijuana or appoint a "caregiver" to do it.

Caregiver has, however, in some cases taken the form of dispensaries that serve more than 600 patients each.

The health board is proposing to tighten the definition of caregiver to someone who does more that just supply marijuana.

More than a thousand people are expected to attend today's meeting to voice their opposition to the changes, said Brian Vincente, the director of Sensible Colorado, a pro-marijuana nonprofit advocacy group.

One of those opposed is Damien LaGoy, who is HIV-positive and his caregiver's ninth patient.

LaGoy uses medical marijuana to treat the severe nausea he says comes with his daily cocktail of HIV medications.

"If I lose my caregiver, I don't know what I'll do," LaGoy said. "I'll have to find someone on Colfax or by the Civic Center and get it off the street."

To keep patients from buying marijuana on the streets, it should be treated like any other medicine dispensed by a doctor or pharmacy, Vincente said.

"If you go to Walgreens, they won't say, 'Sorry, we've already helped five people, we're not going to help,' " he said.


Anonymous said...

This is a direct way to criminalize more people, get more money, and further the incarceration rate in Colorado. There is zero compassion for people who require this natural herb.

The opinion of the people in Colorado doesn't matter. This state is becoming more and more like a dictatorship.

It's time to begin planning a move out of Colorado. When the will and welfare of the people are dismissed, it isn't worth the effort to stay.

Anonymous said...

Just keep on raising hell. It won't do a lot of good to move elsewhere as all politicians are the same. They love prisons more than people

Debera said...

The law certainly needs to be revised so as to provide better medical facilities....


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