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, June 15, 2011

Controversial rules for medical-marijuana caregivers approved - The Denver Post

Controversial rules for medical-marijuana caregivers approved - The Denver Post

The state Board of Health today adopted major new rules for Colorado's small-scale medical-marijuana providers, over the objections of cannabis advocates who said the rules are too harsh.

The rules will require that caregivers — medical-marijuana providers serving five or fewer patients who cannot grow for themselves — do more than just give cannabis to patients. Instead, they must also do something extra, like help patients with shopping, cooking or getting to doctors' appointments.

Medical-marijuana advocates fear the added responsibilities will severely trim the number of caregivers, which state officials said today stands at 16,000. The advocates say caregivers provide a link to medical-marijuana for patients who are poor or who live in areas where there is no convenient access to dispensaries.

But Health Board members said they do not think the regulations present the doomsday scenario that advocates worry they do.

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