Who is the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition?

Our mission is to reverse the trend of mass incarceration in Colorado. We are a coalition of nearly 7,000 individual members and over 100 faith and community organizations who have united to stop perpetual prison expansion in Colorado through policy and sentence reform.

Our chief areas of interest include drug policy reform, women in prison, racial injustice, the impact of incarceration on children and families, the problems associated with re-entry and stopping the practice of using private prisons in our state.

If you would like to be involved please go to our website and become a member.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

First pot bill nears the Capitol finish line | The Spot

First pot bill nears the Capitol finish line | The Spot

The first of two medical marijuana bills – a plan to more strictly regulate the relationships between doctors and patients – passed the House with just one objection this morning.

Senate Bill 109 would bar doctors from writing recommendations inside dispensaries that sell medical marijuana and requires a full physical exam before recommending marijuana for patients.

House Majority Leader Paul Weissmann, D-Louisville, favors the legalization of marijuana voted against SB 109, because it required doctors recommending medical marijuana do more than doctors prescribing other pain-killing drugs like Vicodin.

“Why should a doctor have to do a full physical if a patient has a neck injury?” Weissmann asked. “Why should it be different for pot?”

The Senate must agree with a minor amendment to the legislation before it heads to the governor’s desk.

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