The Denver Post
A Denver District Court judge rebuked the state Board of Health on Tuesday for changing rules about medical marijuana without providing adequate notice to patients.
In his ruling, Chief Denver District Judge Larry Naves struck down the state board's actions from a meeting earlier this month. At that telephone conference meeting, the board repealed the definition of a medical-marijuana "caregiver," casting the burgeoning industry into uncertainty — all without taking public testimony. Naves also ordered the state to pay the attorneys' fees of medical-marijuana advocates, who filed a motion saying they were wrongly blocked from participating in the hearing.
"How is it a fair hearing?" Naves hammered the state's attorney during her arguments.
Tuesday's tussle was just the latest legal fight over Colorado's work-in-progress medical-marijuana system.
There are now more than 12,000 people on the state's medical-marijuana registry, a state official said Tuesday. Caregivers, as defined in the state's constitution, are those who provide medical marijuana to patients and have a "significant responsibility for managing the well-being of a patient."
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Wednesday, November 11, 2009
The Denver Post